While the rest of the SMC team were at Alexandra Palace for the PDC World Championships, BDO number 1 and SMC player Glen Durrant headed to the famous Lakeside venue for the BDO World Championships.
Durrant recovered from the disappointment of an agonising semi-final defeat by Martin Adams 12 months ago to win several major titles in 2015, including the prestigious World Masters and Finder Masters. The 45-year-old from Middlesbrough is a strong favourite to win the Lakeside crown for the first time on Sunday, 10 January and he showed glimpses of his quality in a straight-sets victory over talented 23-year-old Reynolds.
Round 1: Glen Durrant 3-0 Dean Reynolds
Durrant began in clinical fashion, hitting a 180 on his first visit to the oche and, after a slight wobble, clinching the first set with a 12-dart leg. Lakeside debutant Reynolds provided a stern test for the world number one, but he missed doubles in a tight second set and that allowed Durrant to progress safely into round two.
Round 2: Glen Durrant v