Andy Hamilton secures 2019 BDO World Championship qualification

Hamilton continues his comeback trail (credit:Evert Zomer)

Andy Hamilton secured a debut in the BDO World Championship at the first attempt after coming through the play-offs in Bridlington on Wednesday.

Hamilton, a former PDC world finalist, dropped off the PDC circuit in 2017 after finishing the season outside of the world's top 64.

The 51-year-old, who was also a runner-up in the 2007 Grand Slam and 2013 UK Open, opted out of entering Qualifying School in favour of trying his hand on the BDO circuit and has now sealed a place in the BDO World Championship.

Hamilton was one of four players to progress through the qualifying rounds at the Bridlington Spa alongside Nigel Heydon, Krzysztof Kciuk and Ryan Hogarth.

All four players will enter at the Preliminary Round stage in the main event, which runs from January 5-13, 2019 at a venue still to be confirmed.

Hamilton began the day with a straight sets victory over former PDC professional Alex Roy before defeating Martin Dufek and former UK Open finalist Wes Newton 2-0.

He then overcame Frenchman Jacques Labre 2-1 to reach the Last 16 before dispatching Chas Barstow by the same scoreline and coming from a set down to defeat Northern Ireland's Chris Gilliland in the decider.

Should the winner of the upcoming Winmau World Masters already have qualified, Newton will take one of the two remaining places in the BDO World Championship as the next highest non-qualified player in the BDO rankings, with the other going to an Asian qualifier.

Heydon, who has appeared in two previous PDC World Championships, defeated former PDC Development Tour winner Adam Smith-Neale in the final round to seal his progression.

Poland's Kciuk, who featured in the 2010 PDC World Championship, denied BDO World Youth Champion Justin van Tergouw 2-1 in the final qualifying round to secure a debut in the BDO's show-piece.

Scotland's Hogarth denied 1996 Lakeside quarter-finalist Matt Clark on his way to a debut qualification.

In the Women's qualifiers, soft-tip star Mikuru Suzuki became the first Japanese lady to qualify for the BDO World Championship finals and was joined by Poland’s Karolina Podgórska.

Twelve year-old sensation Leighton Bennett, winner of the recent Cambridgeshire Open, booked his place in the BDO World Youth Final alongside Scotland's Nathan Girvan.



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