Sunday 26 March 2017

Euro Tour 1 aftermath

Before that, props to Aaron Dyer on getting another Challenge Tour win, and also Lee Evans on picking up one as well.

So Peter Wright's finally got over the van Gerwen final issue, congrats to him but I do wonder what would have happened if MvG, after starting leg 3 with a maximum, had managed to kill the 321 left in 18 darts, rather than letting Wright break to get back into things. We'll never know.

Best player performance: There was quite a lot of chalk here, the quarter finals had filtered out all the qualifiers and all the top four seeds were still left, I'll give it to the champion - having to come through two tight struggles against Kist and Price, but also looking superb in rolling over Bunting, Huybrechts and van Gerwen for a loss of just seven legs in those games.

Best single match performance: Johnson over Wade is a contender, there's lots of good scoring from plenty of players, Wattimena over Roith catching the eye, but I'll give it to van Gerwen over Wattimena, finishing every leg in under 15 darts, two of them in twelve or less, only losing the one leg where he'd left 13 after twelve darts.

Worst player performance: Wade blowing a 5-1 lead obviously. Smith probably close.

Worst single match performance: Jan Dekker, after rolling over Michael Smith like it's an easy thing to do, he then loses 6-0 to Benito van de Pas, averaging 71 in the process. Not like Benito played that well there, he only finished two of his legs in fifteen darts or less, Dekker could easily have come close, he just opted not to do so.

New adjusted rankings:

1 Michael van Gerwen
2 Gary Anderson
3 Peter Wright
4 James Wade
5 Dave Chisnall
6 Raymond van Barneveld
7 Adrian Lewis
8 Mensur Suljovic (UP 1)
9 Phil Taylor (DOWN 1)
10 Jelle Klaasen
11 Kim Huybrechts
12 Benito van de Pas (UP 1)
13 Simon Whitlock (DOWN 1)
14 Ian White
15 Alan Norris (UP 1)
16 Michael Smith (DOWN 1)
17 Gerwyn Price
18 Daryl Gurney
19 Robert Thornton
20 Mervyn King (NEW)

I've also managed to get a pivot table on my huge data spreadsheet to work, kind of, so I can now see data from the nearly 7000 legs of darts it knows about (beginning from September 2016). Taking a 30 leg won minimum as a cutoff (which covers over fifty players), I can now see at a glance who's the best at various stats. So here's how things stand:

Highest percentage of legs in 12 darts or less:
1 Michael van Gerwen
2 Gary Anderson
3 Kim Huybrechts
4 Adrian Lewis
5 Raymond van Barneveld
6 Mervyn King
7 Phil Taylor
8 Peter Wright
9 Vincent van der Voort
10 Jelle Klaasen

Highest percentage of legs in 15 darts or less:
1 Michael van Gerwen
2 Adrian Lewis
3 Gary Anderson
4 Raymond van Barneveld
5 Kim Huybrechts
6 Peter Wright
7 David Pallett
8 Phil Taylor
9 Mensur Suljovic
10 Simon Whitlock

Highest percentage of legs in 18 darts or less:
1 Vincent van der Voort
2 Michael van Gerwen
3 Mensur Suljovic
4 Phil Taylor
5 Raymond van Barneveld
6 Gary Anderson
7 Daryl Gurney
8 Robbie Green
9 Peter Wright
10 Cristo Reyes

Highest average in losing legs:
1 Gary Anderson
2 Michael van Gerwen
3 Phil Taylor
4 Peter Wright
5 Raymond van Barneveld
6 Dave Chisnall
7 Adrian Lewis
8 Mensur Suljovic
9 Cristo Reyes
10 Daryl Gurney

Think the most surprising thing to me is Huybrechts - how the hell has he got relegated from the Premier League? Before people start screaming sample size at me, Huybrechts is in the top five for most legs won in this sample - behind only MvG, Wright, Wade and Barney. It can only be inconsistency - in the legs he's lost, he averages only 88.

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