1991 BDO World Darts Championship

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Embassy World Darts Championship
Tournament information
Dates 4–12 January 1991
Venue Lakeside Country Club
Location Frimley Green, Surrey
Country England
Organisation(s) BDO
Format Sets
Final – best of 11
Prize fund £110,500
Winners share £26,000
High checkout 170 England Kevin Kenny
Quarter Final
vs Scotland Jocky Wilson
Champion(s)
England Dennis Priestley

The 1991 Embassy World Darts Championship was held at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green, Surrey from 4–12 January 1991. Phil Taylor was the reigning World Champion and started off well in the early rounds, before losing in the quarter-finals to Dennis Priestley who took the title.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

The Tournament Friday 4 January - evening

There were three first round matches held on the first day of competition at the Lakeside. The opening match of the competition saw Tony Payne of the USA break his Lakeside duck by defeating Chris Johns of Wales 3-1 to advance to the second round. Payne had lost five consecutive years in the First Round. Then Phil Taylor, the number 1 seed began his defence of the World title with a 3-1 win over Martin Phillips of Wales. The reigning champion had a 95.97 average in advancing to a second round match against Tony Payne. In the final match of the day, Bob Sinnaeve defeated Eric Burden in a very tight game, by 3 sets to 2. There was just 1.2 points between the pair of them.

Saturday 5 January - afternoon In the first match of day two of the competition saw a big shock with the defeat of Magnus Caris the number 8 seed, knocked out 3-0 by Englishman Dennis Priestley, Dennis recording a 93.30 average in advancing to a match against Bob Sinnaeve. The second match saw Russell Stewart, Phil Taylor's first victim a year ago advance to the last 16 for the fourth time, the first time since 1989. Russ knocked out Knud Nilsen from Norway by 3-0 with 84.87 average. The final game of the afternoon saw very nearly the elimination of the number 5 seed, Bob Anderson for the second year running. He edged Sean Palfrey of Wales by 3 sets to 2 to go through to the second round.

Saturday 5 January - evening 3 more games on Saturday night. In the first, future champion Raymond Barneveld from the Netherlands made his Lakeside debut, however 11 legs later it was all over. Keith Sullivan dropping just two legs in the battle of the debutants. The second match was a let down for Paul Lim; He had hit a nine dart finish in the 1990 championship and advanced to the quarter-finals before losing 4-0 to Cliff Lazarenko, however this year, faced with a tough first round match against Alan Warriner lost 3-0 and bowed out in the first round. The final game saw Kevin Kenny defeat Albert Anstey 3-2 with an 88.65 average. It was to be the start of a very memorable week for the 29 year old unseeded Englishman making his second appearance at the Lakeside.

Sunday 6 January - afternoon Three games on the afternoon of the busiest day of the championship (7 matches in total). The first saw the most eagerly anticipated clash of the first round, Peter Evison (seeded 2) against twice champion John Lowe. The Game, a very tight affair, saw Evison edge through 3-2 with a 91.02 average. The first time, Lowe had been eliminated in the first round at the World Championships. The second game saw the champion from 2 years ago and ever popular Scot Jocky Wilson begin his campaign with a tense 3-2 win over Richie Gardner. Wilson who edged three matches in 1989 in the deciding set brought memories of his last 26 triumph over Alan Warriner. Could this be the start of another tense but great week for the twice world champion?

Sunday 6 January - evening Four matches tonight, all of them being played in the bottom quarter of the draw. First match on was Ronnie Sharp against Cliff Lazarenko, who had both reached the quarter-finals in 1990 - Sharp taking sets off Taylor. This time, it wasn't a close contest, with Lazarenko entering Round 2 with an easy 3-0 whitewash. Dave Whitcombe, seeded 6 and a seed for the first time since 1989, defeated Per Skau of Denmark with a 3-1 win, as well as an 84.6 average. Skau would enjoy later success at the Lakeside. Mike Gregory, who had lost his seeding (no.4) which he held last year, but to reach the semis again he would need to defeat the man who knocked him out in the last 4 5-2, Eric Bristow. The 3rd Seed defeated Kexi Heinaharju 3-0 to book a slot in the Second Round.

The Results[edit]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 5 sets Best of 5 sets Best of 7 sets Best of 9 sets
                           
           
 United States Tony Payne (80.16)  3
 Wales Chris Johns (81.42)  1  
 United States Tony Payne (86.22)  0
   England Phil Taylor (99.99)  3  
 England Phil Taylor (95.97)  3
 Wales Martin Phillips (89.37)  1  
 England Phil Taylor (96.21)  3
   England Dennis Priestley (95.28)  4  
 Canada Bob Sinnaeve (85.53)  3
 Wales Eric Burden (86.73)  2  
 Canada Bob Sinnaeve (83.91)  0
   England Dennis Priestley (95.34)  3  
 England Dennis Priestley (93.30)  3
 Sweden Magnus Caris (78.03)  0  
 England Dennis Priestley (93.87)  5
   England Bob Anderson (90.06)  2
 Australia Russell Stewart (84.87)  3
 Norway Knud Nilsen (75.93)  0  
 Australia Russell Stewart (83.97)  2
   England Bob Anderson (88.08)  3  
 England Bob Anderson (78.12)  3
 Wales Sean Palfrey (77.31)  2  
 England Bob Anderson (90.93)  4
   England Alan Warriner (88.65)  3  
 Australia Keith Sullivan (83.82)  3
 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld (74.88)  0  
 Australia Keith Sullivan (82.74)  1
   England Alan Warriner (84.60)  3  
 England Alan Warriner (96.84)  3
 United States Paul Lim (83.07)  0  
           
 England Kevin Kenny (88.65)  3
 Canada Albert Anstey (83.46)  2  
 England Kevin Kenny (90.75)  3
   England Peter Evison (85.65)  1  
 England Peter Evison (91.02)  3
 England John Lowe (88.89)  2  
 England Kevin Kenny (88.74)  4
   Scotland Jocky Wilson (86.52)  3  
 England Ronnie Baxter (83.46)  3
 Belgium Bruno Raes (82.98)  1  
 England Ronnie Baxter (92.46)  1
   Scotland Jocky Wilson (94.08)  3  
 Scotland Jocky Wilson (89.64)  3
 England Richie Gardner (82.02)  2  
 England Kevin Kenny (87.54)  2
   England Eric Bristow (94.98)  5


 England Cliff Lazarenko (82.41)  3
 Scotland Ronnie Sharp (82.62)  0  
 England Cliff Lazarenko (77.67)  1
   England Dave Whitcombe (83.01)  3  
 England Dave Whitcombe (84.60)  3
 Denmark Per Skau (79.62)  1  
 England Dave Whitcombe (86.43)  3
   England Eric Bristow (90.84)  4


 
 England Mike Gregory (85.68)  3
 Scotland Bob Taylor (78.60)  2  
 England Mike Gregory (88.95)  0
   England Eric Bristow (87.75)  3


 
 England Eric Bristow (90.54)  3
 Finland Kexi Heinäharju(78.78)  0


 
Final (Best of 11 sets) Saturday 12 January
(92.57) Dennis Priestley England 6-0 England Eric Bristow (84.15)
Highest Checkout: 129 3-1, 3-0, 3-0, 3-2, 3-0, 3-1 Highest Checkout: 41
England Dennis Priestley wins the 1991 Embassy World Darts Championship


External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff (July 20, 2002), "History of Embassy Darts", BBC Sports (online) (BBC News), retrieved February 23, 2011