Waites and O’Shea to Meet in Final & Anastasia Lifts Title No. 3

You could be forgiven for thinking the semi-final fixture between Scott Waites and Richie George was a mismatch, on paper it certainly was, but George Jr had already exceeded expectations by reaching the semi-final in his debut Lakeside appearance, and perhaps there would be one more twist in the youngster’s tungsten tale?

Lakeside World DartsNot quite, the difference in quality was clearly evident as Waites exposed flaws in George’s game and finished the match in double quick time. He took a nervy opening leg against the throw after both players missed doubles, and went on to take the first set without reply.

This was quickly followed by four consecutive sets, which saw Waites throwing some of his best Lakeside darts ever, as Richie could not live with the Yorkshireman’s high scoring.

In these first 5 sets Waites’ average peaked at 110 as he produced two potential nine dart opportunities (7 perfect darts followed by 6 a few legs later), with George only registering a solitary leg from the 16 played.

The interval came to George’s rescue, momentarily killing the former Grand Slam Champion’s rhythm allowing Richie to steal the sixth set 3-2. Waites sealed the 6-1 victory in the next set though and can look forward to his first Lakeside final, *where he will face Tony O’Shea or Wesley Harms. George can leave Frimley Green a proud young man, and will surely build on this to become a force within the game.

Waites will need to sharpen up on his doubles tomorrow and find some bigger checkouts, as neither O’Shea or Harms will let him off the hook to the same extent as George. However they will put him under more pressure which he should respond to and up his game accordingly.

O’Shea has a slightly better record from their previous meetings – winning four of the seven. Our records also indicate that a Waites v Harms final would be their first meet in competitive play, and looking at each players stats from the last 12 months they are well matched.

*Update Tony O’Shea won his semi-final against Wesley Harms 6-4, ESPN report can be seen below:

Tony O’Shea will contest another BDO World Championship final 12 months after he finished as a runner-up, after he triumphed 6-4 following a controversial finish against Wesley Harms. With the match locked at 4-4, Harms was disturbed by a fan at a crucial moment, and O’Shea capitalised to set up a meeting with Scott Waites.

The action that took place before that moment was thrilling. O’Shea nailed a 120 checkout in the very first leg of the match and followed it with a 121 clearance en route to the first set. Harms then responded with a 120 of his own to level at 1-1.

The standard stepped up a notch with O’Shea checking out 160 in the third, but he missed a shot at double-tops for the set, allowing Harms to take a 2-1 lead.

Back came O’Shea, levelling at 2-2 before producing an 11-dart leg as he moved ahead 3-2. A 12-darter in the sixth set further cemented the Silverback’s advantage, and he managed to move into a 4-2 lead despite missing seven darts for the set.

Dutchman Harms was not done and he battled back to 4-4, but then controversy struck. Harms looked set to level the ninth set at two legs apiece when a fan shouted “miss” just as he lined up a double. Both players looked visibly disgruntled, but O’Shea stayed focus to move 5-4 ahead.

He then peppered the treble-20s in the tenth set, finishing with a flourish to book a date with Waites in the final.

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