The BDO World Championship Darts reaches its climax tonight as 2009’s beaten finalist Tony O’Shea (7/1 to win 7-5 against Christian Kist) gets a second chance to lift the trophy as he faces unknown Dutch qualifier Christian Kist. Both players had thrilling semi-finals with O’Shea edging a back and forth encounter with Wesley Harms while Christian Kist fought back from 5-3 down to beat 2009 champion Ted “The Count” Hankey.
Tony O’Shea (EVS to beat Christian Kist) has long been a fixture in the latter stages of all the major BDO tournaments. He has reached the final of the four BDO majors without ever winning one of the big titles. He lost in the 2009 World Championship final to Ted Hankey and many are expecting him not to waste his latest opportunity. O’Shea laid the gauntlet down to his rivals by beating three-time World Champion Martin Adams in the quarter finals and no one has been able to match him.
Christian Kist (4/5 to beat Tony O’Shea) was ranked 106th in the world by the BDO ahead of this tournament but he showed his talent in the very first round beating sixth seed and compatriot Jan Dekker with an impressive average of 97.7. Kist is the latest young Dutch star to make waves in the BDO after Jelle Klassen and Michael van Gerwen, both now with rival organisation the PDC.
Kist will count himself lucky to be here after he was seemingly on his way out of the tournament as he was 5-3 down in his semi-final with Ted Hankey. Hankey suffered a loss in concentration though as he let a draft on stage break his focus and allow Kist back into the game. Hankey announced he was moving to the PDC after his loss so maybe his head wasn’t in the right place for a World Championship semi-final.
Expect a close match between O’Shea and Kist. Both their respective semi-finals came down to a deciding set and there hasn’t been a winning margin bigger than two sets in the last six BDO finals.