Waites will face Veenstra next

Scott WaitesScott Waites
Scott Waites
Scott Waites launched his bid for a third BDO World Championship title with a comfortable 3-1 win over Jeffrey van Egdom at the Lakeside yesterday.

Waites, who works as a carpenter for Together Housing in Calderdale, had few scares against a competition debutant eyeing a giant-killing after a good season.

The 41-year-old, successful in 2013 and 2016, cruised through the first set 3-0. His Belgian opponent levelled matters but Waites dropped only two more legs in completing victory.

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Waites hit eight 180s but will be looking to sharpen his finishing against eighth seed Richard Veenstra on Thursday. The Dutchman edged past Nigel Heydon 3-2, winning a sudden-death deciding set 6-5.

Although Waites is seeded nine for this year’s World Championship, he is a slight favourite for his second round contest and a 16-1 chance to win the whole event. Reigning champ Glen Durrant is a hot favourite at around 11-10.

Meanwhile, Waites has revealed that this could be his last Lakeside campaign. He is to take part in the PDC Q School and could finally make the switch to the other side of the sport, However, competition in Wigan will be fierce with around 800 players expected to take part.

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