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Ashton starts her defence of the women’s championship against Rhian Griffiths and though Deta Hedman is the No 1 seed, Trina Gulliver says her best friend is the player to beat. “Lisa is so fluent,” said the 10 times world champion, “and when she’s at her best, she’s tough to beat. “She’s on fire at the moment – and she’s hungry to keep her title.”

Scott Mitchell enters the BDO Lakeside World Championship believing he’s playing as well as he was when he lifted the trophy in 2015. Mitchell gave the championship one of its greatest nights when he won the title. His final with Martin Adams went all the way to a deciding 13th set – and Mitchell nailed a 158 check out to break the throw that proved to be the turning point. The 47 year old hasn’t got beyond the quarter finals at the Lakeside since then, but his form over the last 12 months is good. “I won five tournaments,” he said, “and form is as good as it’s ever been. “I’m playing as well as I was when I won the world title – and that’s all down to confidence. “I’m not trying to convince myself, or other people, that I’m playing well. I’m proving it by going out there and winning tournaments. “But I know that as a darts player, it’s all about what you do at the Lakeside and in the World Masters.

Danny Noppert, the Dutchman beaten by Glen Durrant in last year’s final and second favourite with the bookmakers this time, starts at the preliminary round stage this time, against Joe ‘Chanesaw’ Chaney, the American No 1 whose titles last year included the Las Vegas Open. Noppert heads into the championship in good form having just won the Finder Masters 2017 and given that he consistently averages around the mid-late nineties, he could well have another good run at the Lakeside.The winner of Noppert-Chaney faces No 15 seed James Hurrell in the first round.

Lakeside debutants Justin Thompson (Australia) and Chris Gilliland (Northern Ireland) clash in a preliminary-round tie, with the winner facing Darryl Fitton in the first round. Thompson is at the Lakeside after winning the Australian National Singles and Gilliland fought through seven matches at the qualifiers in Bridlington, including a win over 2016 quarter finalist Dennis Harbour. Gilliland is confident that if he throws his best darts, he can make an impact at the Lakeside.

Women’s No 1 seed Deta Hedman, is sure to be a sentimental favourite with the Lakeside crowd when she launches her ninth world championship campaign against Rachna David. The No 1 seed has lost in three finals and in David, she meets a Norwegian who won four qualifying matches to reach the Lakeside.

The prize for either PG Pengiran Mohamed or Gary Robson is a first-round tie against defending champion Glen Durrant. Mohamed is from Brunei Darusallam and makes his Lakeside debut after battling through a field of around 200 entries in the Asian qualifier, while Robson is rather better known to Lakeside fans. The 50 year old from the North East has three times reached the quarter finals.

The 2017 bwin Grand Slam of Darts held at The Wolves Civic, Wolverhampton and shown live on Sky Sports once again involved eight of the very best players from the BDO Circuit.

This unique event where BDO players lock horns with their PDC counterparts is always a refreshing and memorable experience and this years event was no different. BDO number one Mark McGeeney was making his debut in this years competition alongside Scotland’s Cameron Menzies and Ross Montgomery and BDO World Trophy Champion Peter Machin. The debutants joined Glen Durrant, Scott Mitchell, Jamie Hughes, and Danny Noppert. All eight BDO players enjoyed the experience and the opportunity of playing a minimum of three matches with seven of them tasting a win in at least one of their group matches.

This draw for the 2017 Finder Darts Masters has taken place and thrown up some mouth watering groups in the process. This unique and presitgious darts tournament features the best players from the WDF / BDO and NDB circuits.

In total there are 24 men, six women and six Youth players taking part. The 24 men are divided into eight groups of three players, the first player is a seeded player. The remaining 16 players are then drawn in to one of the eight groups.

The women's tournament has two groups and each group has a seeded player.

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Recent Winmau World Masters Semi-Finalist and current Scottish Open Champion Cameron Menzies has been awarded one of the wildcard places for the upcoming Finder Darts Masters which takes place from the 8th – 10th December 2017.

Scottish International Menzies from Muirkirk has had fantastic year on the BDO circuit and its no surprise to see the 28yr old given an opportunity to compete for one of the biggest titles on the BDO calendar.

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Krzysztof Ratajski has declined his invitation to play in the 2018 Lakeside World Championships. The Polish player had received an automatic qualifying spot by virtue of winning the 2017 Winmau World Masters in September, but has informed the British Darts Organisation that he will not be competing.

England's Gary Robson (the highest ranked player on the BDO Invitation Table not already qualified) has now been added to the line up and is set to make his 16th Lakeside World Championship appearance in January.

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