BDO World Championship Darts: Richie George following in father Bobby's footsteps

Last Updated: 11/01/13 11:16pm

  • Share:
Richie George: World Championship finalist

Richie George: World Championship finalist

Sky Bet

Richie George could follow in his father's footsteps as he moved into the semi-finals of the BDO World Championship after beating Jan Dekker in a 5-4 thriller.

Bobby George made the final on his debut, and his 23-year-old son could repeat the trick if he can beat Scott Waites and win a place in the Lakeside final on his first appearance in the event.

George slipped 3-1 behind against Dekker after the Dutchman won nine legs out of 11, but George responded with a run of form of his own as six legs out of seven tied it up at 3-3.

George then led 4-3 before a ding-dong battle went back Dekker's way as he forced a final set, but the man from Essex hit the shots just when needed to make it into the last four.

"I played well when I had to play well," said George. "And when I didn't have to play well I played terrible. I took the finishes out when I had to but again when I wasn't playing well I was terrible.

"Jan played well, he played similar to me and played well at times and I just had that little bit of luck and when I had my shots I took them.

"I'm happy to have made the semi-finals, but all I wanted to do was come here and play my best darts and I've still not done that yet, so hopefully in the next round."

Waites also made the semi-finals for the first time after he survived a bit of a wobble to beat Paul Jennings 5-2, after leading 4-0 at one stage but taking his foot off the gas.

In the women's event, reigning champion Anastasia Dobromyslova came from a set down to beat Trina Gulliver in the semi-final and she will now face Lisa Ashton as the Russian bids for a third world title.

  • Share:

Most Popular

Features

Greatest darts ever?

Greatest darts ever?

A look back at the terrific 2013 Grand Slam of Darts semi-final between Adrian Lewis and Phil Taylor.

Grand Slam of Darts

Grand Slam of Darts

Find out how you can watch all the action from the Grand Slam of Darts this November with Sky Sports.

Grand Prix gallery

Grand Prix gallery

A look at the best pictures from the World Grand Prix in Dublin where Michael van Gerwen was victorious.