Tony O’Shea and Wesley Harms will meet in the BDO World Championship semi-finals for the second successive year.
O’Shea saw off 16th seeded Darryl Fitton five sets to three to book his place in the final four. Robbie Green, who had sent a defiant message early on in the competition, was unable to stop Dutch Harms from progressing and now Harms will be hoping to avenge his semi-final loss to O’Shea last year. In the women’s competition, Lisa Ashton took just 15 minutes to take apart Sharon Prins.
Ali Carter was the second man to book his place in the Championship League snooker finals after a 3-0 win against Martin Gould in the second group final. It was far from a flawless day for Carter, with a 3-2 loss to Stephen Maguire and two narrow wins against Neil Robertson and Judd Trump in the remaining group games. Carter avenged his defeat to Maguire with a reverse in the semi-final, with Gould beating Aussie Robertson in the other game. Elsewhere in the group, last year’s Premier League winner Stuart Bingham finished bottom with just two wins.
Ben Maher continued his march into the British consciousness with another win, this time in Basel. Maher won the fourth event of the day and his first, riding Aristo Z to victory. The Olympian was joined on the podium later in the day by fellow gold medal winner Scott Brash, who took second in the City of Basel championship on Hello Sanctos. Laura Renwick had a decent day, coming sixth on Roller Coaster in event 4, but William Funnell saw Billy Grand and himself eliminated from the final jumps of the day. In Abu Dhabi, Ellen Whitaker secured seventh on Shearwater Upanda in the CSI3* event.
Continuing as England’s sole representation in the SuperSeries Premier Korea Open, Chris Adcock and Gabby White won their second game in a row with a 2-1 win against Poles Robert Mateusiak and Nadiezda Zieba. They may have made it to the quarter-finals, but they face a much tougher test in the form of the Chinese top seeds.
Scotland’s Scott Jamieson lies fourth in the Volvo Golf Champions European Tour event, level on points with Paul Lawrie, Danny Willett and Richie Ramsay. Colin Montgomerie and Michael Hoey scored par on the first day, but Darren Clarke is some way adrift on 75.
The first day of curling’s World Financial Group Continental Cup saw Team World take a slender one point lead over Team North America, with Eve Muirhead’s team bagging 1.5 of their available two points. Australian Open debutant Johanna Konta made it into the second qualifying round with a tough win against Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova, but Anne Keothavong was knocked out at the first time of trying. Newport-Gwent Dragons were pipped at the post in their Amlin Challenge Cup match with Bayonne, despite five penalties and a conversion from Tom Prydie. London Irish fared better, defeating Mont de Marsan 20-14 with two tries from Jack Moates.
Laurie Taylor and Giulia Harte were again the best skiiers in the British-dominated giant slalom at Les Houches. Jai Geyer performed well in Chatel and TJ Baldwin gained a respectable 34th place in the European Cup downhill event at Wengen. Carl Wallbank outperformed Grant Crossingham in the World Hang Gliding Class 1 Championships, finishing a high ninth, with his rival down in 23rd.