O'Shea v Harms: The year of the Silverback
Tony O’Shea produced one of the performances of his career to see off Martin Adams in the quarter-finals of the BDO World Championships on Thursday night, and warned his opponents that there is still more to come.
Silverback took control of the match by winning the opening two sets and then hit a 170 checkout in the fourth set to reassert his dominance on his way to a 5-2 victory over the defending champion.
“There’s nothing I can’t do when playing like that and in front of that support,” said O’Shea after the win. “I can’t imagine the pressure Martin was under trying to win the title for the third time on the trot – I’ll be over the moon with one!”
The 50-year-old may get a good indicator of the pressure Wolfie was feeling as he now goes into the semi-finals as the favourite for the title. Bookmaker Sky Bet offer odds of 13/8 that he lands a maiden Lakeside title on Sunday and 4/11 that he defeats Wesley Harms in Saturday’s semi.
Harms booked his place in the final four with another gutsy performance in victory over Paul Jennings. Despite losing the first set the Dutchman battled back with three ton+ finishes to win 5-3 and will return to the Lakeside stage as the underdog for the fourth time this week.
With the O’Shea match following directly on from Harms’ victory the disparity in quality was clear for all to see. Seven points separated the two winners’ averages while the all-English quarter had 11 maximums with two checkouts in excess of 160, in comparison to just four 180s and a checkout high of 120.
O’Shea has been working with a sports psychologist in the lead up to this championship and, unlike Raymond van Barneveld’s attempts to do something similar in the PDC, it appears to be having the desired effect. The 2009 Lakeside finalist is hitting some devastating finishes at crucial times in the match as his newfound aggressive streak pays dividends.
Harms is a good player with a bright future in the game, but he doesn’t appear to have the armory to challenge O’Shea in this form. Not yet anyway.
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