Day 1, first round mens results and match reports from the Lakeside 2012 Professional Darts Championship.

Afternoon Session:

Gary Stone 3 v 0 Ron Meulenkamp 

Martin Adams 3 v 0 Scott Mitchell

Tony O’Shea 3 v 0 Steve West

Ross Montgomery 3 v 1 Fabian Roosenbrand

Evening Session:

Robbie Green 3 v 1 Darryl Fitton

Gary Robson 0 v 3 Steve Douglas

Match Reports From The BDO
Adams v Mitchell

Top seed and defending champ Martin Adams produced a clinical performance to whitewash local man Scott Mitchell 3-0 in just 26 minutes.

The experienced defending champ recovered from a nervy opening set in which he missed a string of doubles to book his place in the last 16. It means the 55-year-old veteran from Peterborough remains on course for a third successive title. Only one other player has won the title in three successive years – that was the legendary five times winner Eric Bristow. The Crafty Cockney completed the feat back in 1986.

Veteran Adams missed doubles in the opening set but his younger inexperienced opponent was unable to steal the initiative. Adams missed 15 doubles before clinching double16 for a 3-1 opening set success against the man from the nearby village of Bransgore.

Strapping 41-year-old Mitchell took the opening leg of the second set with the throw, Adams sweeping back to level with a show-stopping 136 checkout, finished on double eight. He struck a further psychological blow in the next as he fired in a maximum and followed up with a faultless 106 finish, completed on his favourite double 16

Despite missing double 12 and double six in the next for a set-winning 81 finish, Adams recovered and with his next visit to the board nailed bull for a 2-0 match lead. The opening legs of the third set were traded, Wolfie howling back with a super 132 checkout finished on bull to move ominously 2-1 ahead.

Nerves crept back into the match in the fourth leg, Adams missing four match-winning doubles and Mitchell also suffering double trouble before sneaking home on double two after missing finishes. The Dorset ace edged ahead in the fifth leg, wiring double 16 for a match-saving 136 finish before cool Adams clinched victory with single 16, double tops.

Adams, who is competing in a record 19th tournament, said: “I had some shaky moments. No one likes to play the first round but you have to do it. I had big finishes when I needed them. “Scott is a good player but he is too nice to win, I had to bully him. He needs to learn to do the same. He did try but I jumped in and bullied him,” said the top seed.

Stone v Ron Meulenkamp 

Scotsman Gary Stone toppled fellow debutant Ron Meulenkamp to win through 3-0 – the Dutchman becoming the first seed to crash in the championship.

Stoney left his opponent between a rock and a hard place as he blasted out a volley of four 180s to explode the title aspirations of the 16th seed from Leusden, nicknamed “The Bomb,” in just 31 minutes.

The Scot, who reached the championship via the tough qualifying playoffs, stamped his authority from the off.

After the opening legs were shared, Stone fired in a maximum to take the third against the throw after the Dutchman missed double tops. He then blasted in another 180 en-route to taking the opening set against the throwing advantage.The 16th seed annexed the opening leg of the next set against the throw and then pounced for a 71 checkout finished on double 20 after Stone, who hit a further maximum, twice missed double tops to level.

The Scotsman, who has only been playing darts for four years, outscored the Dutch left-hander on the race for the double in the third leg as Stone coolly notched a 97 finish.In the fourth “Stoney” blasted in another 180 to leave 38, Meulenkamp, who needed 96 for the set, hitting 68, as the man from Larkhall blazed in to level the set with 38, finished on double four.

The blue-shirted Scot powered his way to the double in the deciding fifth leg, clinching a set-winning 75, which he completed on double tops.Stone led 2-0 in the third set, the Dutch sharpshooter stealing the third after the Scotsman failed to checkout on 141 but the fencer Larkhall man recovered to book a place in the second round with double 12 after the despairing 16th seed failed with two attempts at the same double to save his title hopes.

O’Shea v West

Former green keeper Tony O’Shea teed up his title intentions clubbing Steve West 3-0 in a 27-minute thriller.

The eighth seed blasted out 140 and 142 checkouts en-route to his convincing victory over West, who lives in the Netherlands. For the second successive game nerves dominated the opening set. The fact that both players threw a total of 54 darts trying to achieve doubles summed up the tension in the opening set, snatched by a grateful eighth seed 3-2.

In the next set the Stockport sharpshooter, who was a losing finalist in the tournament in 2009, began to turn the screw as he found his aim, both on the tiny 60 segment and the narrow doubles sections. He took the set unchallenged as he moved into a 2-0 match lead.

Both players hit maximums in the opening leg of the third set, which the Cheshire county player clinched with double tops. A second maximum paved the way for a few moments of darting brilliance from O’Shea as he produced a 12 darter clinched with a 140 checkout in the second leg and then followed up with a match-winning 142 finish.

Afterwards jublilant O’Shea admitted: “I was quite nervous. To win the first round means everything, there is just so much pressure in the first round, all the boys know what I mean. “My scoring was not too bad, just the doubles in the first set. But Steve struggled and had chances but then my finishing came together. It just means so much to win the first round match. Once you have done that you are in the tournament and can start to relax,” declared O’Shea.

Montgomery v Roosenbrand

Ninth seed Ross “The Boss” Montgomery brushed aside Dutch painter Fabian Roosenbrand 3-1 in an entertaining 35-minute encounter.  But after the match the Glaswegian admitted: “I will need to sharpen up my doubles for my next match with Tony (O-Shea) or he will punish me.

“When I was 2-0 up I thought I was in command but Fabian came back well. Overall I felt that I deserved to get past the first round,” said a smiling Montgomery.

Ross bossed his younger opponent into submission in the opening set, firing out a maximum en-route to a 3-0 success after Roosenbrand missed double 10 for a set-saving 100 checkout.  He racked up his fourth successive leg but the young Dutchman swept back to level against the throw and then produced a pulsating 83 pressure checkout finished on bull. Ross replied with his second maximum of the match, going on to level the set and then blasting out his third 180.  Roosenbrand defiantly hit a maximum, Montgomery firing in his fourth 180 before both players nervously missed a string of doubles before the Scot scrambled to double four to edge into a 2-0 match lead.

The determined Dutchman unleashed his second 180 en-route to taking a 2-0 third set lead as the ninth seed continued to miss doubles, taking his third successive leg with a 79 checkout completed on double tops, his success against the throwing advantage.  The man from the Lowlands maintained the momentum, taking the opening leg of the fourth set with double 20 but then The Boss took charge notching an 81 checkout on bull.

The bespectacled Scot refocused in the next, firing out his fifth 180 as he took the third leg against the throwing advantage to move into a potential match-winning 2-1 set lead. But Roosenbrand capitalised on a match-winning missed attempt for his favourite double tops from Ross to hit double 10 with his third dart.  Superior scoring from Montgomery steered him ahead and he booked his second round spot with his second throw for double 16.

Green v Fitton

Fourth seed Robbie Green dumped out people’s favourite Darryl Fitton 3-1 after a nail-biting opening round clash.

It is the third successive first round exit for Dazzler, who failed to sparkle in the 53-minute gripper as the giants of the oche blasted out 15 180s in a match marred by glaring double errors.

Green, nicknamed Kong now has the chance to scale new darting height after capturing the scalp of one of the sport’s biggest personalities.

The fourth seed signalled his intentions, storming into a 2-0 lead in the opening set despite a maximum from Fitton who wired bull for a 121 checkout. Dazzler sparkled in the third leg, firing in his second 180 and then levelled but failed to press home the throwing advantage in the deciding fifth, possibly memories of his shock first round exits playing on his memory.

Green took the opening leg of the second set, both players hitting maximums in the next and then missing countless doubles before Fitton ended the agony.

Grimacing and trying to gee himself up, Fitton powered in his fifth 180 but was punished for missed doubles, Green hitting a maximum in the next as he annexed the set for a shock 2-0 match lead.

The opening three legs of the third set went with the throw despite countless double errors by both players, Fitton holding his nerve to hit double tops for a 74 finish to claw back a set.

Again the legs went with the throwing advantage in the fourth set as Green opened up a 2-1 lead as both players pounded the 60 sector.

But it was Merseysider Green who triumphed booking his second round spot with double tops in the next leg as fellow Liverpool fan Fitton was left to reflect on what might have been.

Douglas v Robson

Kent left-hander Steve Douglas marched into the last 16, toppling fifth seed Gary “Big Robbo” Robson 3-1.

Precision finishing steered the Gillingham player to a shock 39-minute success over Robson, who enjoyed an impressive run to the quarter finals 12 months ago but failed to reproduce that form.

The Gillingham player shocked the fifth seed, battling back from 1-0 down to take the opening set 3-1 after Big Robbo failed to press home the throwing advantage.

Robson edged 2-1 ahead in the next set but determined Douglas swept back, taking back-to-back legs to claim a surprise 2-0 match lead.

The player from Northumberland who uses a hypnotherapist to help him focus on his game had lapses in concentration and grimaced, openly displaying his frustration as he desperately tried to find his top form on the sport’s most famous oche.

Douglas sprinted into the third set after a short break in the match, wiring bull for the game’s top finish of 170 and then narrowly missing double 10 for a show-stopping 137 finish, as he moved into a 2-0 leg lead.

Robson had an opportunity to steal the third leg but failed to press home the advantage as confident Douglas nervously missed double tops but recovered to book his place in the second round with double 10.