McGeeney edges thriller

13 January 2018 21:04:13 GMTPlus11

World number one Mark McGeeney came from 3-1 down against Wayne Warren to win 5-4 and book a place in the semi-finals of the 2018 BDO World Darts Championship in a thrilling contest at Lakeside.

Warren had the opportunity to win the match on double 20 in the eighth set. However, he missed his one shot at tops, allowing McGeeney to return to the oche and level the match at 4-4.

In the ninth set of the contest, Warren had a 2-1 lead but once again he was unable to capture the final leg needed for the victory. McGeeney won three consecutive legs, with double eight proving to be his winning dart which ensured he moved into the last four of this tournament for the first time in his career.

Gladiator is now 9/2 in the outright market for the trophy. He will face Germany's Michael Unterbuchner in the semi-finals and  is 1/3 to stop the run of the qualifier who has already faced four matches in this year's tournament.

Unterbuchner's latest victory came over Dutchman Richard Veenstra in a seesaw affair. Veenstra raced into a 2-0 lead and had darts to make it 3-0. However, he was unable to convert the third set his way and he was made to pay as the German stole it before taking a 4-2 advantage.

Veenstra put the disappointment behind him and stopped the rot in the seventh set. It then looked as though the number 11 seed had the momentum once again as the eighth set went his way. There proved to be one last swing though as a 130 checkout put Unterbuchner in control of the deciding set which went his way when he hit double eight.

Unterbuchner will be hoping to become the first qualifier since Christian Kist in 2012 to win the tournament and he is now 18/1 in the betting to go all the way.

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