The Dorset Professional Darts Association's World Championship which is currently under way at the Angelina Palace, Lyme Regis will see a second round without hot favourite and three times former Champion, Raymond van Bonevelt. "Bonie", the Doyen of Dorset Darts, as the popular Dutchman is known to his fans, was a shock three sets to nil loser of his first round match against Irish newcomer Podraig O'Double. O'Double had himself survived defeat only narrowly in the preliminary round in which he played the Beaminster veteran James "Shaky" Throw. O'Double finally hit double one at the 34th attempt in the deciding game of the third set, sending the popular Throw home "early doors".
Played according to West Country rules using the Dorset Board on which singles are trebles, trebles are doubles and doubles are trumps, the DPDA World Championships are organised by Threadbone Leisure and sponsored for a fifth year by The Hornimint Company. A spokesperson for Threadbone Leisure, whose Angelina Palace venue was recently completely refurbished earlier this year at a cost of more than €180 said, "whilst we are disappointed that the crowd-pulling van Bonevelt will not be with us for the final rounds, we are pleased for O'Double who, at only 18 stones, is the lightest of this year's players and one to watch for the future. We are confident that he will bring his growing fan base (Twitter followers number more than 7) to future rounds".
Other results (First Round):
Ricky Oche (3-1) Sid Bull
Tony Shaft (3-2) Henke van Flite
Ton Eighty (3-0) Single Tops
Ron Check-Out (2-3) Rudy Bounce-Out
Madof Tung-Sten (1-3) Robin Chucker
Kum-Phrom Shanghai (3-2) Anders van der Wire
Eric Bristols (1-3) PC "Bobby" George
Second Round matches take place on Boxing Day; the finals are on December 27th at 7.30pm. Entrance is £40 per person, Beer is £12.50 a pint.