Whitehead’s heavy scoring and pinpoint accuracy on the doubles would all come together at the perfect time, as he stormed past the number one seed in front of a packed Lakeside stage.
Checkouts of 60 and 119 closed out a sensational first set for the former World Trophy quarter-finalist, taking it 3-1. He would seize the second set by the same scoreline as missed darts at the double cost the number one seed, Whitehead cleaning up to double his advantage.
A 105 checkout on the bullseye would break the McGeeney throw as the Stockport thrower could only stand and admire the terrific Whitehead performance. Two more astonishing finishing shots were to follow, an 89 on the bullseye and then an 86 on double four to
confirm his place in the quarter-finals and close out an unbelievable performance from ‘The Barbarian’.
After a gruelling opening round clash first round tie with Roger Janssen, Jim Williams made light work of fellow Welshman Dean Reynolds to reach the quarter-final stage. ‘The Quiff’ reached the final eight-twelve months ago, crashing out to eventual champion Glen Durrant on that occasion.
Williams will be confident he can go a step further this time around following the convincing win over his Welsh teammate. The 34-year-old would take the opening set with a ton plus average, not allowing his opponent a dart at the outer ring.
A 90-check-out would tie up the second set of the match as Reynolds struggled to get out of first gear. A frustrated Reynolds continued to scrap but got very little change out of a confident looking Williams.
The Welsh number one confirmed the whitewash in the fourth and final set, taking out 62 for a crushing win over a devastated Reynolds. Williams will face either Scott Mitchell or Krzysztof Kciuk in the quarter-finals.
Two-time Lakeside World Professional Darts Championship winner Scott Waites secured his place in the last eight of the 2019 tournament as he defeated Richard Veenstra in another high standard match.
The Dutchman took the opening set of the match, overturning a 2-0 deficit as he won the set against the throw. A 79 and 101 checkout from Waites allowed him to take the second set of the match as the momentum shifted in his favour. Waites missed double 18 for a 156, but Veenstra couldn’t take advantage, and Waites swooped to gain the lead for the first time in the match.
A third 160 finish of the tournament saw Waites creep over the finishing line, setting up a tie with the conqueror of the number one seed, Conan Whitehead.
Schedule – Thursday 10th January
13:00 – Leighton Bennett (ENG) Vs Nathan Girvan (SCO) (World Youth Final)
14:15 – Mikuru Suzuki (JPN) Vs Sharon Prins (NED)
14:45 – Maria O’Brien (ENG) vs Fallon Sherrock (ENG)
15:15 – Scott Mitchell (ENG) Vs Krzysztof Kciuk (POL)
19:00 – Lorraine Winstanley(ENG) Vs Trina Gulliver (ENG)
19:30 – David Cameron (CAN) Vs Kyle McKinstry (NIR)
21:15 – Anastasia Dobromyslova (RUS) Vs Aileen de Graaf (NED)
21:45 – Glen Durrant (ENG) Vs Scott Baker (ENG)