Monday 8 May 2017

Euro Tour 4 aftermath

Congrats to Peter Wright on yet another win this year, and in amazing style with the whitewash over Michael van Gerwen. But what awards will we give?

Best player performance: I'm going to give this to Dave Chisnall. Four twelve darters in his opening game, another two in round three over Adrian Lewis, another over Cross and another against van Gerwen, who he only just lost 6-5 to, with MvG averaging over 110 in the legs Chisnall won, so great pressuring there. Pity he couldn't finish the second leg in the eighteen darts van Gerwen let him have, or hold the decider in fifteen, as I think he'd have given Wright a great game.

Best single match performance: Going to be hard to beat Wright in the final. Dekker against Wilson played some good stuff with two twelves, all but one leg in under fifteen and over 100 average when losing legs, van Gerwen in the semi final was also excellent as mentioned above. Don't want to give two things to Chisnall, his opening game would probably have taken it if he hadn't got quite so far in the tournament in such a consistent manner.

Worst player performance: I'll go for Reyes here. Ceder isn't a complete bunny, but to only win three legs (only one being in fifteen or less) and average 82 in the ones you lose? That's not good for a seed. When, on throw, your opponent starts with a 3 and you still lose the leg... Wade is close, he really should finish Webster off from the position he had, given Mark was really sluggish in the opening round.

Worst single match performance: There's only the one 6-0 all tournament, but van Gerwen didn't exactly play badly. Beaton against Ceder probably, Clemens was statistically worse but probably would expect to lose.

Looking to the majors, Dekker's done himself no harm but probably needs one more big run to be in real Matchplay contention, Ratajski's also looking solid for the European Championship with another grand in the bag. The current lineup for the latter has a great range of players in terms of countries represented, but there's an awful lot of time for that to change.

New adjusted rankings, and a big change:

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

For reference, Rob Cross is within four grand of the top 50.

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