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The 2010 Lakeside World Professional Darts Championship was the 33rd World Championship organised by the British Darts Organisation, and the 25th staging at the Lakeside Country Club at Frimley Green. Ted Hankey was the defending men's champion having won the title for the second time in the previous year's final against Tony O'Shea. The defending women's champion was Francis Hoenselaar, having beaten seven-time champion Trina Gulliver in the 2009 final. This tournament is fondly remembered by many fans for the first round match involving Martin Adams and Tony Fleet. The match, played in front of a prime time tv audience, has gone down in history as one of the worst games ever seen. A visibly intoxicated Fleet at first struggled to walk to the stage, almost falling into the crowd several times. He then struggled again to stand upright and throw his darts. Once the match started the tv audience was shocked at the horrific standard of darts from both players. The first leg of the match was finally won after 53 darts had been thrown.

Lakeside World Darts Championship
Tournament information
Dates2–10 January 2010
VenueLakeside Country Club
LocationFrimley Green, Surrey
CountryEngland, United Kingdom
Organisation(s)BDO
FormatSets
Finals:
best of 13 (men's)
best of 3 (women's)
Prize fund£325,000
Winners share£100,000 (men's)
£6,000 (women's)
High checkoutMartin Adams 170
Champion(s)
Martin Adams Trina Gulliver
«2009 2011»

Players from 32 countries around the globe competed to reach the BBC televised finals, which ran from 2–10 January at Frimley Green. The men's top seed was O'Shea. Julie Gore was top women's seed, ahead of Gulliver. There were 11 debutants at the world championships. Also for the first time two brothers, Tony and Steve West, were playing in the same world championship.

Martin Adams was the winner of the men's championship beating Dave Chisnall 7–5 in the final. Trina Gulliver won the Women's Championship for the eighth time beating Rhian Edwards 2–0.

Format and qualifiersEdit

Men'sEdit

The televised stages featured 32 players. The top 16 players in the WDF/BDO rankings over the 2008/09 season were seeded for the tournament.[1] An unusually high total of 11 of the seeded players were knocked out in the first round.

The 32 players who qualified for invitation into the first round proper of the men's singles were:

Top 16
  1.   Tony O'Shea
  2.   Scott Waites
  3.   Martin Adams
  4.   Darryl Fitton
  5.   Ted Hankey
  6.   Ross Montgomery
  7.   Dave Prins
  8.   Alan Norris
  9.   Joey ten Berge
  10.   Martin Atkins
  11.   Steve West
  12.   John Walton
  13.   Mark Barilli
  14.   Scott Mitchell
  15.   John Henderson
  16.   Ian White
Other qualifiers
  1.   Willy van de Wiel
  2.   Stephen Bunting
  3.   Brian Woods
  4.   Mareno Michels
  5.   Robert Wagner
  6.   Daryl Gurney
  7.   Gary Robson
  8.   Martin Phillips
  9.   Paul Hanvidge
  10.   Dave Chisnall
  11.   Garry Thompson
  12.   Martin McCloskey
  13.   Robbie Green
  14.   Tony West
  15.   Paul Carter
  16.   Tony Fleet

Women'sEdit

The televised stages featured 8 players. The top 4 players in the WDF/BDO rankings over the 2008/09 season were seeded for the tournament.[2]

The eight women qualified for invitation were:

Top 4
  1.   Julie Gore
  2.   Trina Gulliver
  3.   Irina Armstrong
  4.   Karen Lawman
Other qualifiers
  1.   Francis Hoenselaar
  2.   Linda Ithurralde
  3.   Deta Hedman
  4.   Rhian Edwards

Prize moneyEdit

The 2010 World Championship had a prize fund of £325,000 - a rise of £5,000 on the previous year.[3]

Men's Champion: £100,000 (up from £95,000)
Runner-up: £30,000
Semi-Finalists (2): £11,000
Quarter-Finalists (4): £6,000
Second Round (8): £4,250
First Round (16): £3,000
Women's Champion: £6,000
Runner-up: £2,000
Semi-Finalists (2): £1,000
Quarter-Finalists (4): £500
Nine dart finish: £52,000
Highest checkout: £3,000

DrawEdit

Men'sEdit

  • Match distances in sets are quoted in brackets at the top of each round. All sets best of five legs, unless there is a final set tie-break
First Round (best of 5 sets) Second round (best of 7) Quarter-Finals (best of 9) Semi-Finals (best of 11) Final (best of 13)
               
1   Tony O'Shea 86.58 3
  Robbie Green 86.07 2
1   Tony O'Shea 94.53 4
  Stephen Bunting 93.96 0
16   Ian White 83.88 0
  Stephen Bunting 91.62 3
1   Tony O'Shea 88.80 5
  Robert Wagner 83.91 1
8   Alan Norris 90.24 2
  Robert Wagner 86.25 3
    Robert Wagner 89.97 4
  Brian Woods 88.47 3
9   Joey ten Berge 89.52 2
  Brian Woods 95.73 3
1   Tony O'Shea 88.29 3
  Dave Chisnall 97.32 6
5   Ted Hankey 92.52 3
  Gary Robson 83.22 0
5   Ted Hankey 86.94 4
  Willy van de Wiel 82.35 1
12   John Walton 82.35 2
  Willy van de Wiel 78.87 3
5   Ted Hankey 88.36 4
  Dave Chisnall 90.42 5
4   Darryl Fitton 86.55 1
  Dave Chisnall 90.21 3
    Dave Chisnall 96.84 4
  Tony West 86.04 2
13   Mark Barilli 81.15 1
  Tony West 79.89 3
  Dave Chisnall 93.42 5
3   Martin Adams 95.01 7
2   Scott Waites 86.79 3
  Paul Hanvidge 70.38 0
2   Scott Waites 91.44 4
15   John Henderson 89.01 1
15   John Henderson 84.99 3
  Mareno Michels 78.78 1
2   Scott Waites 91.62 4
  Martin Phillips 92.13 5
7   Dave Prins 80.22 0
  Martin Phillips 91.41 3
    Martin Phillips 87.60 4
  Paul Carter 83.10 2
10   Martin Atkins 87.18 1
  Paul Carter 83.61 3
  Martin Phillips 92.94 4
3   Martin Adams 97.38 6
6   Ross Montgomery 76.61 2
  Garry Thompson 75.51 3
    Garry Thompson 85.80 4
  Martin McCloskey 83.40 1
11   Steve West 83.79 2
  Martin McCloskey 79.74 3
  Garry Thompson 87.12 2
3   Martin Adams 95.79 5
3   Martin Adams 86.16 3
  Tony Fleet 65.33 0
3   Martin Adams 94.35 4
  Daryl Gurney 85.41 1
14   Scott Mitchell 85.83 2
  Daryl Gurney 91.11 3

Women'sEdit

  • All matches best of three sets, best of five legs
Quarter-finals
2–3 January
Semi-finals
7 January
Final
8 January
         
4   Karen Lawman 75.60 2
  Linda Ithurralde 73.86 0
4   Karen Lawman 73.56 0
  Rhian Edwards 73.92 2
1   Julie Gore 61.05 0
  Rhian Edwards 68.64 2
  Rhian Edwards 68.25 0
2   Trina Gulliver 80.52 2
3   Irina Armstrong 67.20 0
  Deta Hedman 71.49 2
  Deta Hedman 71.79 0
2   Trina Gulliver 79.68 2
2   Trina Gulliver 80.37 2
  Francis Hoenselaar 76.20 0

Television coverageEdit

The tournament has been broadcast by BBC Sport every year since its inception. Having fronted their coverage since 2001, Ray Stubbs did not host their broadcasts in 2010 following his decision to join ESPN the previous summer. He was replaced by BBC Radio 5 Live and Football on Five presenter Colin Murray. Rob Walker, the Master of Ceremonies at BBC's snooker events and host of the BBC's 2009 Winmau World Masters coverage presented the late night highlights and Darts Extra through the night on BBC2. Walker was also the roaming reporter during BBC2's live coverage. Bobby George once again was the pundit.

The commentary team was David Croft, Tony Green and the tournament's number 1 seed Tony O'Shea. Again, every dart was shown live, via the BBC's interactive coverage on its Red Button service – with the semi-finals and final both broadcast live on BBC1/BBC2 on the last weekend.

In Germany the tournament was broadcast by Eurosport. There was no coverage on SBS in the Netherlands, for the first time in several years as they chose to follow the majority of their players who featured in the PDC World Championship instead.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "WDF men's rankings". British Darts Organisation. Archived from the original on 25 November 2009. Retrieved 22 October 2009.
  2. ^ "WDF women's rankings". British Darts Organisation. Archived from the original on 22 February 2009. Retrieved 22 October 2008.
  3. ^ £100K top prize for men's champion Lakeside World Professional Darts Championship, 27 October 2009

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