BDO Darts Championships

Darts

ByTheMinDarts

Happy New Year everyone. Stephen Clark aka @clarkyboy72 here. Let's Play Darts!!

If the PDC is the Champions League, then the BDO Championship is the JPT. Not great quality but could still be plenty of drama.

Tonight sees the return of Ted Hankey to the Lakeside stage. Couldn't hack it with the big boys and has been battling demons.

First match is Holland v USA as Ryan de Vreede takes on Larry Butler who played at the Lakeside in 1992, the year de Vreede was born!

Butler was in the Grand Slam of Darts in late 2015 and has a PDC major crown in his locker - He won the World Matchplay back in 1994

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Reigning German Trophy Champion Ryan "Pac Man" de Vreede comes out to Baggy Trousers by Madness.

Predictably "Eagle" Larry Butler comes out to "Born in the USA" - Crowd clap along with the enthusiasm 10 pints of watery lager can bring

Here we go then - Butler starts us off with 64. Almost his age. de Vreede with a couple of tons takes an early advantage.

Butler hits the first maximum of the night. Follows it with 49. The BDO in a nutshell. Two missed doubles from Butler. de Vreede hits 4!!