Durrant eases past Fitton
Glen Durrant remains on course to defend his BDO World Darts Championship title after securing a 4-1 victory over Daryl Fitton in the second round of the 2018 tournament. Duzza averaged 99.43 in a brilliant performance in the evening session on Wednesday.
The 2017 champion got off to a flying start, winning six of the opening seven legs of the match to race into 2-0 lead. Fitton bounced back in the third set and looked to be in control of the deciding leg of the fourth set before Duzza hit 180 and then double 12 in his next visit for a 3-1 advantage.
Durrant sealed the victory in the fifth set, checking out 36 to book a meeting with Jim Williams or Conan Whitehead in the quarter-final. The man from Middlesbrough is 1/7 to lift the trophy again in Sunday's final.
Number two seed Mark McGeeney also overcame a tough draw in the second round as he beat last year's runner-up Danny Noppert 4-1. Noppie had not dropped a set in his opening two matches of the tournament and he got off to the perfect start against the world number one in the opening set.
McGeeney responded well though and soon took control of the match with some good finishing. The 45-year-old checked out 160 and 127 to keep his hope of winning a maiden world title alive. Gladiator is 9/2 in the outright market and will face Wayne Warren in the last eight after the Welshman upset Willem Mandiges to earn the opportunity to line up in the quarter-finals.
In Thursday's action at Lakeside, Michael Unterbuchner is back in action when he takes on the number 14 seed Martin Phillips. The German qualifier produced the surprise of the tournament earlier in the week when he knocked out Jamie Hughes. Unterbuchner is 8/11 to win his last-16 tie against the former World Masters winner.
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