Lakeside 2018 Wesley Harms 1 Vs 3 Wayne Warren

Welsh veteran Wayne Warren went close to Lakeside history during his upset first-round win over Dutch favourite Wesley Harms.

Warren started the fourth leg of the first set with 180 . . . then another. That put the 55 year old on course for the first nine-darter at the Lakeside since Paul Lim way back in 1990. Warren put his seventh dart in treble 20, then aimed at treble 15 to leave double 18. But he dragged his eighth dart wide of treble 15. Warren’s frustration was obvious, but he held himself together to win the leg against the throw and then the set. Harms upped a gear in the second Set, winning it without reply against the darts, and then after they swapped breaks in the third set, the Dutchman had the advantage in the deciding fifth leg. He missed three for the set – and Warren pinched it with a nerveless 101 check out on treble 20, nine, double 16. Warren opened the fourth set with a 12 darter, Harms won the next with a 101 finish – but the Dutchman didn’t get another shot at a double as Warren outplayed him in the next two legs to claim a famous win, his first at the Lakeside after first-round exits in both 2005 and 2013.