UK Darts Issue 9 - December 2013 - Page 38

Battle At The Lake Who Or What Will Cause A Splash At Lakeside January 4th sees the start of the 37th BDO World Championships at the Lakeside Country Club, with the BBC reclaiming the exclusive television rights meaning that fans will see more of the darts than in previous years. Indeed at the time of writing it is expected that every dart of both the mens and ladies competitions will be available to view live (at least behind the red button). Fans will also get to see more of the BDO stars in action at the tournament than ever before, with 40 men and 16 ladies having qualified for the expanded fields. But just what else can you expect from the BDO’s flagship tournament. Crowds The traditional crowd at Lakeside is a lot more reserved than their counterparts from the Ally Pally and other PDC events. You will not see anything like the level of fancy dress, there will not be the singing, cheering and shouting, and you will see a lot less placards in the audience. This is not to say that the Lakeside crowd hasn’t got a lot to offer. I speak from personal experience when I say that Lakeside has a great atmosphere and the fans are certainly highly knowledgable. They do play their part in the matches and they do support their favourite players. Format By Mike Glover For the first time at Lakeside their will be preliminary round matches this year in the mens competition, with 16 players looking to take their place in the first round proper. From then on in it is a straight knockout, with the remaining 32 men playing down to a winner on 13th January. The ladies tournament is a straight knockout, with the sixteen playing down to a winner to be crowned on Saturday 12th December. Youth Fallon Sherrock of England will become the youngest player to compete in the ladies World Championships at 19 and the sixth seed has a genuine shot at the title. Should she achieve the feat she would become the sports youngest ever World Champion of either gender. The iconic Lakeside venue Experience Martin Adams will be playing in his 21st Lakeside World Championship this year, more than any other player in the history of the sport. His experience has told in the past, with the former England captain claiming the biggest crown in BDO darts on no less than three occasions, and with a resurgence of form recently there is nothing to say that he couldn’t win it back this year. Three time champion Martin Admas is hoping to regain the title