Michael Unterbuchner reaches BDO World Championship quarter-finals
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 12/01/18 6:54am
German qualifier Michael Unterbuchner produced another giant-killing to reach the BDO World Championship quarter-finals at Frimley Green.
The debutant became the first German to win on the Lakeside oche when beating David Cameron in qualifying and then eliminating third seed Jamie Hughes in the first round on Tuesday.
And the 29-year-old followed that up by taking the scalp of 14th seed Martin Phillips, beating the Welshman 4-2 to set up a last-eight clash with Richard Veenstra.
Unterbuchner averaged 88.88, hitting five maximums, and held his nerve to see out the match after Phillips had recovered from 2-0 down to level.
Ninth seed Jim Williams survived three match darts to beat Conan Whitehead 4-3 and seal a date with defending champion Glen Durrant.
Dutchman Veenstra, the 11th seed, cruised into the next round following a 4-0 whitewash of sixth seed Geert de Vos.
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In the women's semi-finals, defending champion Lisa Ashton will face world No 1 Deta Hedman while Trina Gulliver, who has won the event 10 times, plays three-time winner Anastasia Dobromyslova.
In the Youth Championship final, 17-year-old Justin van Tergouw defended his title in style, hitting a stunning 170 checkout en route to a 3-1 victory over Irishman Killian Heffernan.
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