World number two Mark McGeeney has suffered a shock exit at the Lakeside this evening in the last sixteen of the BDO World Darts Championship at the hands of rank outsider Conan Whitehead.
McGeeney, who was also the tournament’s top seed before his unexpected exit, appeared unable to settle into his usual routine, with match commentators suggesting that rogue commentary from the crowds may have hindered his performance.
The shock result means that Glenn Durrant has been installed as outright favourite, with the 48 year old now priced at an odds-on of 10/11 by Paddy Power to claim a third consecutive world title, a feat that was last achieved by legendary darts talisman Eric Bristrow in 1986.
Mitchell Rank Outsider
Current world number one Scott Mitchell continues to be priced as an outsider at 10/1, despite dispatching the veteran Serb Oliver Ferenc with a convincing 3-0 victory in the last round.
Struggling with recent form, Bournemouth-born Mitchell has struggled to secure a higher than third finish in any of his last five tournament outings, with little to suggest from his recent performances any momentum back towards the kind of form which saw him win the championship in 2015.
German Michael Unterbuchner remains bookmakers’ second favourite on 13/2.