By PA Sport
Last Updated: 13/01/18 12:33pm
Defending champion Glen Durrant survived an almighty scare before booking his place in the BDO World Championship semi-finals.
On an exciting day in Surrey, all four of the last-eight contests went to a decisive ninth set.
The 47-year-old found himself 4-1 down in the best-of-nine contest against Wales’ Jim Williams.
However, 15 180s and an average of 100.92 – the highest in a nine-set match at Lakeside – eventually saw Durrant prevail 5-4.
Durrant will play fellow Englishman Scott Waites in the last four, after he also recovered from 4-1 down to beat Belgian Andy Baetens 5-4.
Qualifier Michael Unterbuchner continued his unlikely run by beating Holland’s Richard Veenstra 5-4 in another thriller.
Unterbuchner became the first German to win on the Lakeside oche when beating David Cameron in qualifying and then eliminating third seed Jamie Hughes and 14th seed Martin Phillips.
Veenstra, seeded 11th, dominated the first two sets but missed three darts at a double in the fifth leg of the third set as Unterbuchner snatched it before moving 4-2 ahead.
Six perfect darts at 2-1 in the seventh looked to have secured the 29-year-old’s progress, but he missed out on a nine-darter, failed to checkout 64 on his return and Veenstra snatched the leg and, ultimately, the set.
Unterbuchner missed match darts again in the eighth set but a 130 checkout saw him break throw in the first leg of the decider as he progressed.
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Mark McGeeney stands between Unterbuchner and a place in the final after beating Wayne Warren 5-4.
In the women’s competition, reigning champion Lisa Ashton beat Deta Hedman in the semi-finals and will face Russia’s Anastasia Dobromyslova in Saturday’s final.
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