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Delight for Day as he claims Swedish Open mens title

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Tom Beresford
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It was a successful day for England’s Daniel Day at the Swedish Open in Malmö. The Essex man won the category A BDO ranked competition after overcoming Andreas Harrysson the local man 6-4 in the final. Day came into the event as the number 14 seed and came through his board without losing a leg. Beating Hakon Helling, Alan Rask and Ricky Nauman. However, things got more difficult for Day from the last 16 onwards as the tournament unfolded.

In the last 16, Daniel played number 3 seed Jim Williams and overcame that challenge with a 4-2 victory.

Day then breezed past Scotland’s number one BDO player Ross Montgomery by a whitewash score line of 4-0.

Then it was onto the main stage and stream board for the England international. But, this didn’t faze Day in anyway.

Day produced his best two performances of the day with a comprehensive 5-1 win over Wayne Warren but, Day topped off the tournament with an average just north of 90 in the final. Daniel’s day was more special as it was his first tournament back after the birth of his daughter.

Local interest was kept up until the final with Andreas Harrysson reaching the final. The Finnish Masters winner had to have a flying start to the day as in his second match in the last 128 he had to take on the dangerous Nick Kenny. However, like the other three matches it was a clean sweep 4-0 win all the way through. The clean sweeps for Harrysson carried on with victories over Martin Atkins and then a big win over Dean Reynold’s by a 4-1 score line in the quarter finals. This led to the Swede’s best moment of the day. In the semi final Andreas took on twice BDO World Champion Glen Durrant. It was the local man who started faster getting myself in front at 4-2 the Swede would expect to make the final. But the BDO World Number one doesn’t give up winning the next 2 legs to force a decider.

In the scoring phases, Durrant looked the steadier of the two however unlike Glen he missed two darts at one of his favourite double in 16. Harrysson pounced with 100 checkout in two darts to make the final. The Swedish player just didn’t start the final as he did previous matches and was always chasing the game. However unseeded man will be delighted with his efforts in the Swedish Open.

Elsewhere, it was a steady run for the number two seed Mark McGeeney until the Englishman’s run was stopped by Welshman Wayne Warren. Also there was a major match in the rankings towards the Grand Slam BDO places. Two players on the edge of the top eight met in the last 16. It was eight seed Michael Unterbuchner and ninth seed Dave Parletti locked horns. It was a tense affair however the BDO World Championship semi finalist took the match by 4-3.

Tomorrow we will see the men take part in the Swedish Classic.

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