Richie George defied the odds again to defeat the Netherlands’ Jan Dekker in the BDO World Darts Championship but he has Scott Waites waiting for him in the semis.
It wasn’t the first time George’s resolve has faltered this year and he soon found himself three sets to one down against the seventh seed. However, he recovered well and stormed back to take the deciding set, reaching his first Lakeside semi-final (on his first appearance) 5-4.
The jury’s still out on whether or not George can do a Christian Kist and win at the first time of trying. It’s a long shot that he’ll even emulate dad Bobby George, who reached the final on his debut, as he’ll have to plot some way past the phenomenal Scott Waites. The favourite was up against the seeded Paul Jennings in his quarter-final, knowing full well that the unseeded opponent had only dropped one set prior to this. Waites kept his cool and, despite losing two consecutive sets at 4-0, had enough in the tank to finish things off.
George is now the lowest-ranked competitor left at Frimley Green and I expect Waites to be battling Tony O’Shea in the final. “Silverback” may have been shaky at times during his match with Robbie Green, but he has a point to prove in the “young versus old” debate and should be able to teach Wesley Harms a humbling lesson.
In the only other match of Friday, Trina Gulliver was unable to force an upset against defending champion Anastasia Dobromyslova, but still managed to peg her back to 2-1.