Saturday, February 8, 2014

Mike Day & Stephen Holt at the World Darts Trophy Blackpool UK

Mike Day and Stephen Holt traveled last week to the UK to play in the Daily Mirror sponsored BDO World Darts Trophy. Mike Day was an invited player so did not have to partake in the preliminary rounds, being seeded through to the first round proper. Stephen had to go through the prelims and as this was Stephen's first overseas tournament he was going to find it tough but a great experience never the less.

Stephen had a bye in the first preliminary round and faced David Wilson from England (who I believe is  ranked 1014 in the BDO) in the next preliminary round. Unfortunately Stephen lost 0-4 in a best of 7 legs game, so lost the opportunity to progress from that point. I don't have any other details as regards the game but I think Stephen is to be commended for making the trip to the UK and having a go as I am sure it would have been pretty daunting to stand on the oche over there and perform at your best in such a one off short format encounter.

Mike also lost his first game to Ross Montgomery from Scotland (ranked 6th in the BDO) in the first round proper, but at least he had Stephen to console him. This was always going to be an extremely hard game for Mike as there would be no easy legs against a man ranked 6th. The game went this way:

0-1 Mike Day kicked off the match taking the first leg
1-1 High scores from Ross in this second leg evens the match
2-1 Ross kicked off the 3rd leg with 140, 137 and double top for the 3rd leg
3-1 Both players hit high scores in this leg and double 3 gives Ross the leg
4-1 60 out in this 5th leg leg gives Ross the advantage
5-1 18 dart leg including 135 and 140 moves Ross to one leg of the win
6-1 Despite Mike hitting high scores Ross hit some clinical darts to win the game. Ross had an impressive 94 average in this game but both players played some excellent darts.
Match report courtesy of the BDO

As you can see from this report, a 94 average from Montgomery is right up there, but the report mentions both players played some excellent darts, so well done again Mike following on from your effort at the Lakeside World Champs. I am sure you will be a better player for the experience and it was another courageous effort !


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