It was time for the top seed Glen Durrant to see if he could edge closer to his first BDO title as he was about to do battle with Darius Labanauskas in the quarter final. The crowd hoping that it is every much the thriller that Durrant was involved in throughout his last match.
The number one seed got it all away with a 96 and a couple of throws later a 180 to leave a handy 69 that he sorted on double 16 no problem. A lacklustre 55 from Labanauskas was punished with a 140 from Durrant in the second leg, he was soon down to 170 but Labanauskas had a shout at 112 but he just pulled up short singling 16 with his last dart. Luckily, he was to come back and after he doubled 8 first dart it was one all. An inconsistent third leg scoring wise was finished off by Labanauskas on double 8 after Durrant missed six doubles in a row. Throwing for the set Labanauskas had first pop at the outshot on a 101 but he missed tops to give Durrant a chance to level it all up but he was sloppy on double 12 and gifted the set to Labanauskas who saw off double top at the next opportunity.
Labanauskas got the second set off, then fired in a 180 to leave him on 90 with Durrant in no man’s land. Labanauskas took the leg and added another score on the board. Durrant squared off the set in the next leg on double 4 with his last dart. A nice 137 gave Durrant the chance of taking control in leg three but a paltry 41 let him down on his next throw. Labanauskas was first on an out but Durrant crashed in a 180 to pressure him leaving just 83. Labanauskas with 53 left missed his chance and significantly against the throw Durrant closed the leg out to go two one up. Durrant was favourite to take the set on his throw and he did just that climbing over one hundred ahead and then won it on double 18; one set all.
Durrant clocked up a 100 to start the third set and soon moved away from Labanauskas as he struggled with a handful of 60’s. Durrant took out 14 with Labanauskas offering little threat to make it four legs on the run for the Smoggie. Labanauskas fared much better in the next leg leaving 140 after only 9 darts but he messed up only leaving 104 that he missed and Durrant had a chance to break. With 50 left Durrant went 2-0 up to add another leg to his collection. Durrant was now throwing for the set and he shot himself into a healthy position, leaving 171 before Labanauskas produced a 180 to add a bit of pressure on Durrant. Durrant just like Labanauskas before him made a bit of a hash of his darts; Labanauskas returned to the fray and made the leg on tops. The fourth leg was again littered with errors and Durrant had to stop and recalculate on more than one occasion; Labanauskas had a chance of 32 but missed by a mile in darting terms; Durrant for the set tried to close out 64 but he had double trouble himself and Labanauskas took the leg to set up the decider. A slip of only 40 from Labanauskas allowed Durrant to open up some ground with a 150 lead and leave him 112 for the third set. He lethargically only managed 60 under no pressure at all and Labanauskas needing 156 nearly took the roof off with two treble twenty’s and double 18 for the set.
Labanauskas clocked up a 180 in the opening leg in set four to set him on the way to leaving 60; polished off no problem next visit. Labanauskas now seemed to have the shift in momentum and a decent 140 gave him a chance to equal the highest checkout to date, 170. He left 76 and with Durrant unable to take out 96 he returned but just missed the double; Durrant made it 1-1 in legs next throw. A 140 from Labanauskas gave him a slight advantage and a chance to throw at 124 to hold his throw; he just missed the bull but upon return missed two darts at the double 8 and Durrant sneaked in on tops for the leg. Durrant had a cushion in the next leg as Labanauskas struggled to really get above 100 in the scoring; Durrant polished off 52 for the leg and set on tops with Labanauskas left to rue what might’ve been had he took his chances.
A maximum from Durrant started the fifth set and six darts later he was left with 96. Labanauskas was back on 261 so Durrant had time to slot double 6 and go 1-0 up. Labanauskas was looking out of sorts in the next leg as he battled the board and himself, hitting 40 early on before making a slight recovery but it was all too late as Durrant finished off the leg to go 2-0 up and set him up to throw for the set. A couple of 140’s for Durrant left him 85 for the set in the third leg and he slotted double 5 to win it in double quick time.
Labanauskas was now throwing to keep in touch with Durrant in what was a key set for both players. Labanauskas was first to an out, leaving 116 but he totally lost his way leaving 77 as Durrant applied some pressure leaving just 25 on his throw. Labanauskas missed his chance and Durrant took out 25 on double 8. It was more of the same in the next leg until Labanauskas hit a maximum 180 to give him a squeak at 66; sadly for him he blew the double 16 and Durrant made tops to go 2-0 up. Labanauskas kept the set alive on tops in the next leg but knew he had to stop the Teessider’s throw if he was going to have any chance of winning it. And that’s exactly what he did with a superb 180 and a magical 154 checkout on the bull to tie the set at two apiece. Durrant went two sets clear despite not playing to the best of his ability as Labanauskas missed five darts at doubles for the set and must’ve been thinking what could’ve been.
In what would be the last set if Labanauskas couldn’t break Durrant’s throw it was time to see if he was up to the task. Durrant flicked in a 137 on the way to leaving 48 and with Labanauskas refusing to look at the board the scorer announced he was one nil down. Durrant managed to take control of the darts on Labanauskas throw and left himself a real chance of moving 2-0 up with a chance of 83 but he mis-threw on the sinle number and Labanauskas punished him by taking out 108. The third leg was a dream start for Durrant, slotting a 180 and a 137 to put him streets ahead; a 136 left him 48. Durrant had no pressure on his next visit with Labanauskas on 334 and he sorted out the leg to go 2-1 up. Labanauskas got the fourth leg away but it was Durrant who weighed in to sneak ahead to leave 40 for the match. Tops for the match for Durrant; it only needed one dart and that was that. Durrant 5 sets to 2.
Next up Holland’s Danny Noppert took on the current Lakeside champion Scotty Waites. Noppert took the first leg on double 18 to break the Waites throw first dart. Waites had the chance to break back in the next leaving 36 himself with Noppert back on 129. No problem for Waites, first dart and it was 1-1. A maximum 180 from Noppert left him 161 in the next that he took 65 off to leave 96. Waites scored heavily to leave 20 and give Noppert something to think about; Noppert didn’t get close and Waites banged in 20 to go one leg up. Another 180 from Noppert gave him a 121 opportunity and he’d have six darts at it with Waites not on a finish. The Dutchman struggled, missing 8 darts at the double but when Waites missed double 5 Noppert escaped and took the leg. The decider was up and running with nothing between them with Waites on the better out shot 76 compared to the 144 of Noppert; Waites missed set dart on double 18 and Noppert put to bed his combination to take the set against the throw.
Noppert was soundly broken in the first leg of set two with Waites doubling 4 for the leg without Noppert even being on a double. Waites surged ahead in the second leg and soon left 76 for a two leg lead and that’s exactly what happened two darts later, treble 20, double 8. Noppert kicked off his throw with a 100 but a 140 from Waites immediately followed by another had him again with first shot at a combination 121. Waites narrowly missed the bull for the set, returned and conspired to miss the big number; Noppert stepped in and against the odds took the third leg. Waites now had the darts for the set; Noppert stepped it up with a lead of almost 200 and fired home a 141 before Waites got a look in, 2-2. Noppert, unexpectedly only five minutes ago was now throwing for the set. Some slack darts from both saw both trundle towards a possible out before Noppert left 60 for a two set lead. Stepping up, Noppert singled 20 and pinpointed tops to take the set 3-2 in the most unlikeliest of circumstances.
After the break Waites started with a 140, matched by Noppert before he added a ton and Noppert responded with another 140 to open the slenderest of leads. Waites crept to 80 with Noppert on 102 but he missed tops for the leg; as did Noppert; Waites secured the leg next dart on his return. Noppert cashed in in leg two as Waites gave him an opportunity after missing the single number 18 and then the double; Noppert picked off tops 1-1. Waites drew his first maximum 180 of the match and was soon on 138 that he left on 40. He made no mistake this time on tops to take the third leg. Noppert needed to hold his throw to save the set and from 74 he was guaranteed at six darts. He missed it first go, leaving 20 that he finished off on double 5 to make it 2-2. Waites got the decider away and it was neck and neck before Waites at the right time hit another 180 to leave 66; no problem three darts later on double 4 and it was now 2 sets to 1 in favour of Noppert.
Noppert needed 121 for the first leg of the 4th set and he left it handy on 74 with Waites back on 152. Noppert won the leg on tops making it the tenth successive leg to go with the darts. Noppert ended that record of legs won in sequence by breaking Waites in the next on double 10 to put him two nil to the good. Another solid leg from Noppert gave him an effort at 71 and he notched it in fine style on tops to take the set 3-0 and lead the match 3-1.
It was a pivotal set as the players came back on the stage after the break with it being vital for both players. Waites got it away but it was Noppert who took it against the darts on double 10 to leave Waites snarling at the board. Noppert was first on a finish in leg two leaving a 170 maximum checkout and he nearly slotted it, missing the bull by a whisker. Waites came from nowhere to win the leg on tops. In the next leg Waites carried on with the momentum putting in a 180 and a 140 to leave him way ahead but he missed 81 on double 6. Noppert again missed the bull on his combination; Waites missed all three at double 6, so Noppert returned to take the leg on double 12. A good 140 from Noppert contributed to opening a significant lead in the next leg but he floundered on the doubles. Waites allowed back in, remarkably singled 9 when aiming for double 12 to give the advantage back to Noppert. Noppert made it this time to take the set.
Noppert opened up the scoring in set six, doubling tops to go one up, he then smashed in a 180 on his opening throw in the next leg. Another 140 from Noppert left his 41 and this time it was his turn to hit the wrong bed; Waites stepped in to emphatically take the leg on the bull and level the set. Noppert battered the treble again and produced another 180 to start the third leg, followed by a 140. With Waites on 206, Noppert needed 86 but strangely left 9; Waites added the ultimate pressure with a 180 but it was too late, Noppert finished off 9 on double 4 and needed just one leg in this set for the match. Waites had the throw in the fourth leg to save the match; he left a 170 then 100 with Noppert unable to get out, he left 81. Waites missed and Noppert had 81 for the match. He stepped up and left himself two darts for the semi final place. He missed both on double 12 and Waites who thought he was beaten took out tops for the leg. Noppert was now throwing for the match and needed 170 with at least six darts. Once again he just missed the bull after hitting two treble 20’s. Waites left on 144 had to watch as Noppert returned for 25 for the match. Incredibly, Noppert wasted his opening with all three darts and Waites produced the darts of the night under extreme demands pulling off 144 on double 18 to snatch the set and keep his championship alive.
Waites still throwing to stay alive left himself 79 in the opener of set seven; making it no problem on double 11. Noppert ran up a 180 maximum to give himself a decent lead in the next leg but Waites lashed in one of his own to drag himself back into it. Noppert fell short on his double once again and once again Waites showed his true champion credentials with a 121 finish on the bull. Another 180 from Noppert gave him the advantage in leg three and a 171 left him on 16, Waites missed on 150 and Noppert held his nerve on double 2 to break. Yet another 180 from Noppert, his seventh of the night forced him down to 138 but he could only leave 40 with Waites on 141. Waites left 36 so Noppert collected the leg on double 10 to set up another deciding leg and what a crucial one it was. Waites had the throw and was soon down to 134 with Noppert hanging around on 124. Waites left 76; Noppert again missed the bull, this time for the match and looked on as Waites took the set.
Noppert held his throw in the first in set eight on double 16 before pointing to his entourage. Noppert whacked in another 180 and two more ton plus scores to set up 87 for a break of throw. He made it two nil on double 18 and now had the darts in his hand in leg three for the match. Noppert had a slight bit of daylight leaving 96 with Waites back on 142. Was this his chance now? Noppert stepped up, treble 20, double 18 and reserved his place in the semi final in what was a fantastic game of darts. Noppert 5-3.