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Live Darts on Saturday January 13: BDO World Championship 2018 Day Eight preview and order of play

Waites aims to do the double over Duzza

Semi-Final Saturday at Lakeside sees the top two seeds aiming to set up a clash in Sunday's show-piece, while two of the most successful players in the history of the women's game vie for a fourth world crown.

The 41st BDO World Championship is heading for a gripping climax as two former champions and two in-form hopefuls look to take a huge step towards the £100,000 top prize.

Glen Durrant is looking to become the first man to successfully defend this title since Martin Adams in 2011 and join an elite group of only eight multiple Lakeside Champions.

The number one seed has raised his game accordingly as each round has progressed and will be hoping to do so once again when he takes on two-time champion Scott Waites in the afternoon session.

Middlesbrough ace Durrant dropped just one set in routine wins over Gary Robson and Daryl Fitton, before recording his highest ever Lakeside average (100.92) in coming from 4-1 down to deny Jim Williams in an epic Quarter-Final on Friday.

That victory meant that 'Duzza' will remain a BDO player for the foreseeable future after a signing a pre-tournament contract which prevented him from entering PDC Qualifying School should he reach the Semi-Finals at Lakeside.

With a clear mind, he now has his sights firmly set on another stint as Lakeside king but will be all too aware of the threat posed by 'Scotty Too Hotty'.

Waites famously defeated Durrant 5-4 in the Quarter-Finals here two years ago on the way to regaining the title and will be determined to inflict similar heartache on the Teessider.

Unseeded coming into the competition, Waites began his run with a 3-1 victory over Ross Montgomery, before overcoming Dean Reynolds 4-2 in the Second Round.

Like Durrant, he also staged a remarkable fightback in the Last Eight, coming from 4-1 behind to break the heart of Belgium's Andy Baetens in a last set decider.

Waites has never lost at the Semi-Final stage at Frimley Green but starts out as the considerable underdog to dethrone the defending champion and remain on course to become only the fifth three-time Lakeside World Champion.

The second Semi-Final sees world number two Mark McGeeney up against rank outsider Michael Unterbuchner in the evening session.

Both players find themselves in uncharted waters, with McGeeney having previously failed to surpass the Second Round stage, while Unterbuchner is enjoying a memorable debut run in the competition.

Things could have been very different for McGeeney had he failed to hold his nerve in a sudden death leg against Martin Adams in Round One, though he went on to make light work of 2016 finalist Danny Noppert with a 4-1 triumph.

The Stockport thrower showed his metal once again as he edged out Welsh veteran Wayne Warren in a ninth set decider late on Friday evening and will have to draw upon every last ounce of energy as he returns for the biggest match of his career to date.

Unterbuchner entered the tournament as an 80/1 outsider and began his run with a narrow 3-2 victory over Canada's David Cameron in the Preliminary Round.

He then produced three superb shows of resilience, dispatching third seed Jamie Hughes in a deciding set, beating Martin Phillips 4-2 and coming from two sets down to deny Richard Veenstra.

No German hopeful had ever surpassed the First Round at Lakeside prior to the arrival of 'The Unterdog', and the man from Munich will be keen for his fairy-tale run not to fall agonisingly short.

The day's action commences with the Women's World Championship final between decorated duo Lisa Ashton and Anastasia Dobromyslova.

A re-run of the 2013 final sees Ashton bidding for a fourth title in five years to become the outright second most successful player in the history of the competition.

Dobromyslova won their only previous Lakeside final clash 2-1 and will be confident of securing her first world title since that day, having produced a trio of 82+ averages en route to the decider.

The action gets underway from 12.30pm GMT at the Lakeside in Frimley Green, with all men's matches to be contested over the best of eleven sets and the women's final best of five. All sets are the best of five legs.

Any match which goes to a deciding set must be won by two clear legs. If the score in the final set reaches 5-5, a sudden-death leg will be played.

BDO World Championship 2018 Schedule


Saturday January 13

Afternoon Session (2.30pm-5pm)

Women's Final
Lisa Ashton v Anastasia Dobromyslova

Men's Semi-Final 1
Glen Durrant v Scott Waites

Evening Session (7pm-10pm)

Men's Semi-Final 2
Mark McGeeney v Michael Unterbuchner


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Live Darts on Saturday January 13: BDO World Championship 2018 Day Eight preview and order of play

Semi-Final Saturday at Lakeside sees the top two seeds aiming to set up a clash in Sunday's show-piece, while two of the most successful players in the history of the women's game vie for a fourth world crown.

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