BDO World Darts: Stephen Bunting reaches semi-finals

BDO WORLD PROFESSIONAL DARTS CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • Venue: Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green
  • Date: 4-12 January

Coverage: Live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app

Top seed Stephen Bunting battled back from losing the first two sets to beat Rick Hofstra 5-2 and reach the BDO World Darts Championships semi-finals.

The 28-year-old from St Helens survived a scare to win through to his first last-four appearance at the Lakeside, where he will face Robbie Green.

Green, 39, beat countryman Tony Eccles 5-2 in the first quarter-final.

Martin Adams reached the last eight, where he will face Jan Dekker, with a 4-1 victory over Ross Montgomery.

Dutchman Dekker beat Belgian Geert de Vos 4-2.

Bunting squandered a host of set-darts as Hofstra took a commanding lead in their quarter-final clash, but "The Bullet" fought back to beat the Dutchman and set up a semi-final against Green.

Adams, who has returned to form after a difficult 2013, took a 2-0 lead but Scot Montgomery hit back in the next before the 57-year-old Englishman closed out the victory at Frimley Green.

If Adams, a three-time champion, beats Dekker, he will face either James Wilson or Alan Norris, who meet in Friday's other quarter-final.

In the women's tournament, Denmark's Ann Louise Peters beat Julie Gore of Wales 2-0 to reach the semi-finals, where she will face England's Deta Hedman, who beat German Irina Armstrong 2-0.

England's Lisa Ashton beat Aileen de Graaf of the Netherlands 2-1 to book her place in the quarter-finals.