Bank on Wayne Warren for Lakeside Dutch double
Mandigers may not improve on indifferent show against Kenny
Channel 4, midday Wednesday
Wayne Warren produced arguably the performance of the first round in beating seventh seed Wesley Harms at the Lakeside World Darts Championships and there’s no reason to think he can’t sink a second successive Dutchman.
Veteran Warren chalked up a 95 average in a 3-1 humbling of the highly-rated Harms to register his first win on the Lakeside stage at the third attempt.
With that out of the way, and clearly a far more competitive beast for having spent a first year playing on the tour, he has nothing to fear against the flaky Willem Mandigers.
The 55-year-old, who beat Glen Durrant en route to the British Classic semis, is the 11-10 outsider and worth chucking an arrer at against Mandigers, who beat Nick Kenny 3-0 with a sub-90 average in his opener.
Neither man is famed for his consistency so the bigger-priced player definitely appeals.
Another Welshman who savoured victory at the third time of asking was Dean Reynolds, a first-round casualty in each of the last two years but a 3-1 winner over Chris Harris on Monday.
Many have questioned Reynolds' mental strength, but now he has got the monkey off his back there’s every reason to believe he can give former champion Scott Waites a good game.
In fact, Reynolds seemed to grow in stature against Harris – in the final set, the 25-year-old from Cardiff produced flawless arrers, averaging 102.4.
Waites was solid enough, beating Ross Montgomery in a tricky opener, and will be hard to beat. But if Reynolds can kick off against Waites as he finished against Harris, he’s not without a chance, and certainly worth backing on the handicap at the very least.
2pts 11-10 general
D Reynolds +1.5
2pts 15-13 BetBright
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