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Lakeside 2016 : Womens Championship Match Reports - Day 7
Deta Hedman 2-0 Ann-Louise Peters
Deta Hedman breezed through to her third World Championship Final at the Lakeside, after claiming a whitewash victory over Ann-Louise Peters on Friday evening.

‘The Dark Destroyer’, who has amassed over 91 ranking titles yet is still searching for her elusive World Championship title, produced two ton-plus checkouts and hit 6 out of 9 doubles en route to dismantling the ‘Danish Diamond’.

Both ladies made a sluggish start in the scoring department, before the leg came alive in the latter stages. Peters missed D20 for a 119 checkout and a hold of throw, and was ruthlessly punished. Hedman converted a 132 checkout in stunning style, going Bull, T14, D20 to break throw.

The 56-year-old doubled her lead moments later, hitting D18 for a 16-darter, having earlier missed the same target for a possible 14-darter. Peters was searching for consistency and was unable to register a shot at double when sat on 80 in the third leg. This enabled Deta to pin D10 and clinch the set without reply.

The second set followed a similar pattern. Hedman was throwing consistently and sealed her fourth straight leg by converting 50 on D20, for a 17-dart leg. 

Deta was throwing with supreme confidence and kicked off the second leg in the set with back-to-back 140’s. She nailed D10 to move to the cusp of victory, with Peters still searching for her opening leg.

The ‘Danish Diamond’ posted a timely 140 to leave 70, but she was denied a shot by the clinical Hedman, who recorded her second ton-plus checkout of the contest, converting D16 for a 106 finish, to seal an emphatic victory. 

Peters appeared slightly bemused at the end of the contest, as she believed the contest was over a best of five sets format, but Deta’s performance was as professional as ever. 

Hedman will be desperate to secure her maiden World title on Saturday evening, and on the basis of that performance, she will take some stopping.

Trina Gulliver MBE 2-1 Aileen de Graaf
Trina Gulliver MBE, 9-time World Champion, produced a fine performance to defeat fourth seed Aileen De Graaf to secure her place in a record 12thWorld Championship final.

Gulliver, who defeated reigning Champion Lisa Ashton on Thursday, recorded three maximums and averaged over 80 in defeating the 25-year-old Dutchwoman.

Trina made a positive start, by holding throw on D10 in a scrappy 21-dart leg, but De Graaf responded with a 20-dart hold courtesy of a 52 checkout, to draw level. Trina was throwing with far greater conviction this evening, and reclaimed her lead with a superb 108 checkout on D16 for an 18-dart hold.

De Graaf appeared poised to send the opening set into a fifth and deciding leg, but a fine 130 shot from Gulliver pressured the Dutch ace, who missed three darts at D20 and D10 respectively, enabling ‘The Golden Girl’ to return and post D16 for a 17-darter to clinch the opening set.

The opening leg of the second set was a sluggish affair, but De Graaf crucially held her throw, by converting 48 in two darts on D16. Aileen came extremely close to extending her advantage moments later, as she missed D8 for a 127 finish.

However, Trina was unable to capitalise and the pair missed a sequence of doubles, but De Graaf returned to pin D2 to double his tally.

However, Trina produced a fine leg against the darts to remain in contention. She recorded her second 180, followed by a score of 121, before completing an excellent 81 checkout culminating on D10, after she had pinned T17 with her preceding dart.

De Graaf almost delivered an emphatic riposte, but she missed D13 for a majestic 146 checkout. Yet, Trina was unable to restore parity in the set, squandering two darts at D20 for a regulation 50 finish. Aileen exploited this reprieve, returning to hit D13 to level up proceedings at one-apiece.

Gulliver had the throw in the third and final set and made a commanding start. The 46-year-old delivered her third maximum, before converting D16 for a 44 checkout and a fine 14-dart leg.

De Graaf appeared poised to draw level moments later, but an excellent set up shot from Gulliver pressured Aileen, who spurned three darts at D16 and D8 respectively. Trina stepped and authoritatively pinned D18 for a 19-dart leg, to move within a leg of her first World final since 2011.

Trina threw for the match in leg three, but showed no signs of finishing line nerves whatsoever. She produced successive visits of 140 and 125, and despite wiring the bull for an 88 finish, she re-composed herself, and converted D4 with her final dart to seal her place in the final.
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