Aileen de Graaf v Anca Zijlstra
The two last Dutchwomen in the draw were buoyed by Trina Gulliver’s shock victory over Lisa Ashton in the afternoon session. The fourth-seeeded de Graaf raced into a one set lead, but Zijlstra fought back, aided by a flukiest t60 quite possibly ever seen (the dart nested between one already in the t60 and one just below, the point just barely grazing the dartboard), and an 82 checkout on the bull to win the set. But in the end, the World Master won through to the semi-final and a matchup with the 9-time world champion Gulliver in Friday’s semi-final.
Martin Atkins v Richard Veenstra
Fresh off a victory over his best mate in the first round, Veenstra never let Atkins have a chance. Veenstra reeled off the first five legs of the match and six of the first seven, racing into a two set lead before Atkins even showed up. In the third set, the pair exchanged breaks, and then Veenstra made it three breaks on the trot, going out from 182 in two visits, with a 180 followed by d1. Atkins broke again to force a deciding leg, but in the end Veenstra moved 3-0 up in a set won with five consecutive breaks of throw. Veenstra finished off the match with another comfortable set, averaging over 91 and putting out a statement that he could win the title.
Deta Hedman v Lorraine Winstanley
After a series of major upsets in the women’s draw, both women entered with high hopes of winning the championship. However, Lorraine never really got going, winning a solitary leg out of seven. Winstanley missed d18 for a brilliant 156 early on, but besides that, never showed any of the scoring or finishing that saw her through her first round match, It was a regulation victory for the third seed, who now is the highest remaining seed in the tournament.
Scott Waites v Geert de Vos
The last match of the evening featured the former World Champion and the reigning World Trophy champion. The first set went the distance, with the two missing nine darts between them for the set—all at tops—before de Vos finally cleaned up. The second set had patches of inconsistency, but de Vos found brilliance on the finishes, taking out 129, 86, and 89, all on the bull, all for 15-dart legs, for a 2-0 lead in sets. In the third set, de Vos averaged 102.5, taking out legs of 11, 15, and 18 darts to make it 7 legs on the spin. De vos hit 6 of 8 from doubles in the second and third sets. Finally, Waites got going, winning the fourth set in three consecutive legs, aided no doubt by a disappearance act from de Vos. In the fifth set, de Vos again was nowhere to be found. After winning the first leg, de Vos was more than 200 points behind in the next three legs as Waites closed within 3-2. Waites then made it nine legs out of ten, moving level and forcing a decider. de Vos woke up a bit in the final set, but a 158 finish by Waites was the knockout punch, as a dejected de Vos was sent out.