REPORT: Durrant and Mitchell battle their way through to tomorrow’s England Open semi-finals

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Glen Durrant and Scott Mitchell both made it through to the semi-finals of the England Open earlier today.

Last year’s beaten finalist Durrant rarely looked in trouble as he came through a field of more than 500 players to reach the last four of the category A competition.

After beating 32nd seed Rhys Hayden in the last 32, the BDO number one got the better of Andy Brown (5-3) and Garry Thompson (5-1) to advance to the semi-finals tomorrow.

Mitchell, a runner-up in the England Open in 2014, beat George Cressey 5-3 in the last 16 before seeing off 27th seed Wouter Vaes 5-2 in the quarter-finals.

Durrant will play Wayne Warren in the semi-finals tomorrow, after the Welshman thrashed defending champion Wesley Harms 5-1 in the last eight.

In the other semi-final, Mitchell faces off against Conan Whitehead, who is enjoying his best run in a BDO tournament after wins over Madars Razma, Dan Bradford and Sam Fuller helped him get through to the final day.

Second seed Jamie Hughes was one of seven seeds to crash out in the last 512, while three-time England Open champion Ted Hankey went out in the last 128.

The England National Championship will also reach its conclusion tomorrow, with defending champion Dennis Harbour aiming to become only the second player to retain the title.

Harbour faces Mitchell in tomorrow’s semi-finals, while 2011 champion Gary Robson meets Paul Harvey in the other semi-final.

Anastasia Dobromyslova’s bid for a third England Open ladies crown will resume tomorrow when the Russian faces Deta Hedman in the semi-finals.

Aileen de Graaf takes on Lakeside champion Trina Gulliver in the other semi-final.

Fallon Sherrock’s defence of her England National Championship ladies title continues with a semi-final clash against Hedman tomorrow, while in the other semi-final Lorraine Winstanley takes on Lisa Ashton.

2016 England National Championship

Men’s semi-finals
Paul Harvey v Gary Robson (21)
Scott Mitchell (3) v Dennis Harbour (15)
Best of 11 legs

Final
Harvey/Robson v Mitchell/Harbour
Best of 11 legs

Ladies semi-finals
Deta Hedman (1) v Fallon Sherrock (4)
Lorraine Winstanley (6) v Lisa Ashton (2)
Best of 11 legs

Final
Hedman/Sherrock v Winstanley/Ashton
Best of 11 legs

2016 England Open

Men’s semi-finals
Glen Durrant (1) v Wayne Warren
Scott Mitchell (3) v Conan Whitehead
Best of 11 legs

Final
Durrant/Warren v Mitchell/Whitehead
Best of 11 legs

Ladies semi-finals
Deta Hedman (1) v Anastasia Dobromyslova (5)
Aileen de Graaf (3) v Trina Gulliver (7)
Best of 7 legs

Final
Hedman/Dobromyslova v De Graaf/Gulliver
Best of 7 legs

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