Noppie aims to go one better
Danny Noppert goes into the 2018 BDO World Darts Championship hoping to go one better than 12 months ago where he was beaten 7-3 in the final by Glen Durrant.
The Dutchman was making his debut in 2017 and he had good wins over Richard Veenstra, defending champion Scott Waites and Daryl Fitton before losing to the number one seed in the final.
Noppert won his first major tournament with the BDO this season as he was successful in the 2017 Finder Masters. The 27-year-old averaged 95.03 in the final in his 5-3 victory over Wales' Jim Williams.
Unfortunately for Noppie, he was unable to get out of his group in the Grand Slam of Darts like he did in 2016.
He opened the tournament up this season with defeats against Daryl Gurney and Darren Webster, before beating Mark Webster in his final encounter, which was already a dead rubber.
Noppert is 1213.00 to win his maiden world champion title this month. He will start his campaign in the preliminary round as his ranking going into the tournament was not high enough to earn an automatic entry into the first round.
Last year's runner-up must defeat American Joe Chaney in the evening session of day one of the 2018 competition.
Noppert is currently at 1.16 to come through the contest and book a meeting with Richie Edwards in the first round.
The Dutch player is once again in the bottom half of the draw which opens up the possibility of a repeat of the 2017 final if he and Durrant can come through their respective halves.
Nopper could meet number two seed Mark McGeeney in the second round for a place in the last eight.
There are seven players from the Netherlands taking part in the 2018 BDO World Darts Championship and it is Wesley Harms who is the highest seeded participant making the trip across to Lakeside for the event.
The last player to win tournament from outside of the UK was Christian Kist who was successful in 2012.
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