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Scott Mitchell digs deep to march into last 16

By Robert Jones

Published 04/01/2016

Early scare: Scott Mitchell in action
Early scare: Scott Mitchell in action

Defending champion Scott Mitchell was given an early scare in the first round of the BDO World Championships at Lakeside.

Mitchell was given a rough ride by qualifier Craig Caldwell but bounced back off the ropes and landed a knockout blow.

The 45-year-old from the New Forest, battled back from 1-0 and 2-1 down to reach the last 16.

New Zealand's Caldwell hit nine 180s, but Mitchell's finishing was decisive.

"I only did three or four appearances in 2014, compared to the 40 or 50 I did in 2015," Mitchell said.

"They were coming up to Christmas as well, so the three or four weeks I usually spend pounding the board for five hours a day weren't there, because I was sat in a car travelling to Manchester, Newcastle or Belfast for the Sports Personality of the Year awards.

"I was only eight or nine rows from the front, which was really cool. I felt like I could touch Andy Murray when he picked up the trophy."

Sweden's Peter Sajwani and English two-time champion Ted Hankey won preliminary-round ties.

Hankey, the men's champion in 2000 and 2009, eased past Canada's Dave Cameron 3-0, while Sajwani beat England's Sam Hewson 3-2.

At the weekend, number one seed Glen Durrant progressed after overcomning Dean Reynolds of Wales 3-0.

Durrant said: "I'm absolutely delighted to get through."

In the women's event, England's 2015 runner-up Fallon Sherrock was knocked out by Denmark's Ann-Louise Peters in a sudden-death leg.

The 21-year-old's exit was another surprise after Anastasia Dobromyslova's first-round defeat on Saturday.

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