Cork darts star John O'Shea to face Swedish opponent in BDO World Championships

Cork darts star John O'Shea to face Swedish opponent in BDO World Championships
John O'Shea, from Knocknaheeny, BDO World Master Darts Champion 2019. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

THE winner of last weekend's BDO World Masters, Cork darts ace John O'Shea has drawn Swedish dart player Andreas Harrysson in the preliminary round of the 2020 BDO World Championships. 

The 42nd staging of the BDO World Championship will take place from January 4-12 at Indigo at The O2 Arena in London for the first time after the BDO announced it was to leave Lakeside after 33 years.

The men's tournament will feature 40 players competing for the BDO's showpiece event. Glen Durrant claimed the men's title in 2019 by defeating Scott Waites 7-3 in the final but will not be on-hand to defend his title after joining the PDC just weeks later.

The winner of the John O'Shea and Andreas Harrysson match will then play number one seed Wesley Harms in the first round proper. Last Sunday, the 44-year-old from Cork became the first Irish player to win the World Masters, the second biggest competition in Darts' BDO circuit. 

It's fair to say the win came out of nowhere. O'Shea was 219th in the world, suffering from a leg injury and a feeling he was reaching the end of his career.

He defeated former two-time BDO World Champion and former World Master Scott Waites in the final 6-4 in sets. O'Shea collected £18,000 for his efforts along with the oldest major trophy in world darts. The BDO World Championship takes place in January and O'Shea wants to follow the path of greats such as Martin Adams by adding the biggest prize to a World Masters win.

O'Shea revealed: "I'm in Killarney next week for the Irish Open, the first time Irish darts has brought a BDO event to Ireland. It's a category A tournament, there's €28,000 in prize money. 

"I'll play in that, I'll have the National singles at the latter end of November and my preparation starts now for the O2. 

"I feel like the players that are in it are the same players that played last week, so there's no reason why I can't go on and win the World Championship, that's the way I will be thinking anyway."

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