Winmau World Masters 2014

25th October 2014

Dorset had three individuals playing in this tournament, starting on 9th October 2014.

Daniel Perry (Lytchett) was once again in action in the boy's event. His first round was against Shane Doherty of Northern Ireland, a steady start earning him a 4-1 win. Round two was to be a match against Mattias Flodin of Sweden, another solid game sees Dan through 4-2. Next up was another lad from Northern Ireland, Jason McDonnell. A very high scoring match ensued, this time Dan was to fall short 2-4.

Eddie White (Blandford) had qualified for the championship and was drawn in Group 9. His first opponent was the high scoring Joni Laine from Finland, Eddie was equal to the task and won by 3 sets to nil. His second match was against the young but very experienced Jimmy Hendriks of the Netherlands. A close often tense match was to follow, Eddie with a couple of timely 120 shot-outs closed out the match 3-1. Eddie was well into his stride now, his next challenger was Cedric Waegemans from Belgium, there was to be no catching Eddie who dispatched him 3-0, only dropping one leg in the process.

The next game was the board final with a televised match against the number 3 seed Alan Norris as a reward. His opponent, Chris Dobey from Northumberland had been playing well all day, this continued to be the case. An extremely tightly fought match was to follow, Eddie putting up a great fight but losing out 0-3, this score-line did not justify the match, as every set went to the deciding leg.

The other representative from Dorset was Scott Mitchell (Lytchett). Scott had secured himself a place in the last 32 as the fourth seed from his BDO tour ranking. His first match was to be a repeat of his Lakeside first round from last year. 'Crocodile Dundee' Paul Hogan, as expected, produced another thrilling tight contest, another 161 shot-out when it looked like he was about to go out. Scott held his nerve and took the match 3 sets to 2. Up next was the much fancied Swede, Daniel Larsson. From the off and with an amazing display of power scoring Scott took the match 3-0.

The Winmau format as it is makes for very exciting viewing, sets being won in the blink of an eye. Scott was again soon ahead in the match, but within a flash, his fellow England international Glen Durrant was all square. A strong last set from the Cleveland player was to be enough to see him through.

A great show from the travelling darters of Dorset.