Apparently there was some other darts to watch on TV Saturday night, but even if I could afford the luxury of Sky Sports, I still would have chosen to watch Our Scott’s first round match in the BDO Lakeside World Championships – and what a match it was…
If you’re not already aware, Our Scott is Scott ‘Scotty Dog’ Mitchell. He’s Our Scott because he plays in our local league (Wimborne Minster Darts League) on a Monday – in fact, we play Scott’s team in a league match tonight. In Saturday night’s match he wore the WMDL badge – the green and black round one, just above his pocket. Read more about Scott and the WMDL.
Scott was drawn to play Tony O’Shea, the three times losing finalist in the first round – a tough match that would see one of the big guns of the BDO fall at the first hurdle.
Hare and Tortoise
In the first set Tony set off like a train while Scott struggled to find any rhythm and lost the set 3-0. In the second set Scott appeared to slow his game right down – this seemed to disrupt Tony after his flying start and this time the set was won 3-0 in Scott’s favour – one set each, which was a relief after Scott’s poor start.
The next two sets were shared one a piece with some excellent darts being thrown, especially by Tony, hitting seven 140’s in a row (if you ignored shot-out attempts). But Scott hung onto his shirt tails displaying admirable strength of character to take the match to a deciding set (hitting 100+ out-shots in three consecutive legs) – and what a set the last one was!
I was already (literally) on the edge of my seat by this time! Scott had a go at a 101 shot-out to win the match but missed and Tony stepped in to take that crucial leg. From there the final set went as far as it could, to five legs all and a sudden death eleventh leg. The pair couldn’t even be separated when throwing for the bull, both hitting outer-bull at the first attempt before Tony hit the bull at the second attempt – Tony would be throwing first – a major advantage at that stage.
All the way through the match it was unclear who would eventually prevail. They both held their nerve right to the end, but eventually Scott got the winning double and moves in to the second. After a performance like that – controlled, resilient, consistent – who’d bet against him now?
Let us know what you thought of the match below or tell us if you think Scott can go all the way this year.