Trina Gulliver faced Claire Brookin in the first of the women’s clashes. Gulliver, no stranger to the Lakeside stage was in contrast to Brookin who was making her debut. Gulliver got us away with probably three darts that she would rather forget, notching only 30 but she soon put that behind her firing a ton to sneak back in front. Brookin also added a ton and a 60 to leave 116. Brookin just missed double 18 for the first leg and was unable to complete the job next time round. Gulliver showed signs of nerves missing double 10 but was let off the hook as Brookin messed up; Gulliver took the opener, 1-0. Gulliver suffered from bounce outs in the next but managed to leave 86 that she left on 60. Brookin missed tops for the leg but it went unpunished as she returned and managed to take out the unorthodox double 7 to tie things up. A 100 added to a 140 gave Brookin a decent lead in the third leg. With 121 left she narrowly missed the bull but Gulliver bust 78 hitting treble twenty. Brookin also bust and Gulliver had another chance but she missed again, as did Brookin. Nerves seemed to be creeping in everywhere until Brookin steadied herself to double 4 to go two one up. Gulliver took the next on double 2, well ahead of Brookin who struggled as Gulliver seemed to be getting her game together, 2-2. In the deciding leg of the set a superb 105 from Gulliver left her a 40 outshot but she managed to leave 20 after pulling her final dart. Gulliver took the set on her next visit on double 5 to a huge sigh of relief and with a break to give both players a little chance to gather their thoughts and settle into the match.
Brookin took the opening leg of set two and Gulliver responded taking the next despite missing 16 darts at a finish, eventually seeing off double 4. Brookin hit the first 180 of the match whilst Gulliver followed it with a 140. A superb 125 left 81 for Brookin with Gulliver handily placed on 40; she was unable to make it and showed visible signs of frustration. Gulliver with all the experience made sure of the leg, going 2-1 up. A couple of 140’s left Gulliver 81 for a place in the next round, that she left on tops with Brookin languishing back in the 200’s. Gulliver was not ready to hang around this time, collecting the match on her very next throw, two sets to nil.
The second of the women’s matches pitted Aileen de Graaf against Rachel Brooks. It was nip and tuck in the opener with de Graaf first on a finish needing 161 that she left on 80 for her return. Eventually de Graaf doubled 10 to go one nil up. Steady ton’s from both players got the next leg away but it wasn’t long before de Graaf notched a 180 to put her 140 away from the second leg. She narrowly missed the double for a twelve dart leg on double 10 but finished the job off soon after to break the throw. In the next a poor 45 gave de Graaf the chance to pull away from Brooks and she did just that with some steady ton’s, needing 147 with at least six darts. De Graaf left 80 with Brooks on 234 but she once again left herself needing double 10 for the set. After missing with the first three darts she had another go and took the set two darts later, completing all three legs of the set on double 10.
A superb double 140 effort from Brooks left her 140 that she left on 70 with de Graaf back on 224. Brooks miscounted going for double 10 when tops was needed but it was only a temporary glitch as Brooks picked it off first attempt next throw to get her first tally on the chart. Another 140 in the next from Brooks gave her a 157 chance but she made little dent in it with de Graaf on 24 waiting in the wings. De Graaf slotted double 12 first dart to level the set and put the pressure firmly on Brooks shoulders on her throw. De Graaf added more pressure on Brooks when she produced some magic darts banging in a 116 check out on tops to set her up to throw for the match. De Graaf was away again in the fourth leg and soon opened up a 100 plus lead to leave herself on 160 with no finish for Brooks. After leaving 60 de Graaf knew she would be back to seal the match and amazingly it was that lucky double 10 that de Graaf started the match on that she finished it on to set up a quarter final match against Trina Gulliver.