SCOTT Mitchell admitted his disappointment after missing out on the opportunity to lock horns with good pal Scott Waites at Lakeside.

The pair’s potential quarter-final tie was scuppered after the Bransgore ace suffered a shock 4-2 defeat to Andy Baetens at Frimley Green on Wednesday.

Yorkshireman Waites progressed after beating Dean Reynolds 4-2 in his second-round tie, setting up a last-eight showdown with the Belgian.

The 40-year-old is seeking a hat-trick of BDO world crowns, having lifted the title in 2013 and 2016.

Mitchell, the 2015 champion, told the Daily Echo: “I really fancied playing my mate Scott Waites. We have had some real humdingers in the past and I was looking forward to that.

“I wasn’t thinking about it at the time but I would have really liked to have played him up there on the Lakeside stage.”

Baetens, in his inaugural Lakeside campaign, is scheduled to take on Waites tomorrow.

Mitchell is now set to return to the family farm with a short break from the oche.

“It’s time to go back and get back to reality. Family comes first,” he added.

"I will enjoy my couple of weeks off the dartboard and then try to get myself ready for the Dutch Open.”