Monday 3 July 2017

Leverkusen report

So that's the last tournament before the Matchplay for which we'll be able to accumulate stats, and with just the two Pro Tour events left to go we have a very good idea of who'll be playing in this event, with it coming down to just a half dozen or so spots from the Pro Tour. Peter Wright won again yesterday, but what awards will I give?

Best player performance: Mervyn King, and I don't think it's close. Coming from the Friday to reach the final has got to be a contender for anyone, but King did this in style - just the one twelve darter in round one, but three in round two backed up with a couple of fifteens in a demolition job over Ian White, another twelve against Petersen in the last sixteen with just the one leg over fifteen darts, Cross was a bit more of a grind but any win over Cross, fresh off beating van Gerwen, is a result, and beating Michael Smith to reach the final. He seems to be peaking at just the right time and no seed will want to face him in Blackpool.

Best single match performance: Rob Cross wins this for his win over the world number one, with two twelve darters and three more legs in fifteen darts or less, this has bumped his numbers in what was his weakest category a bit. Dave Chisnall against James Richardson was clinical, in what was an excellent weekend statistically for Chizzy, until he ran into Peter Wright. Richardson's opening game was quality, and Gurney didn't do bad in his opener either.

Worst player performance: Jelle Klaasen went out to someone he let win every single leg in more than fifteen darts, that will do fine.

Worst single match performance: Bit of a tricky one this, no real obvious contenders - van der Voort is excused because he's against van Gerwen, not sure what we expected Allenstein to do in his whitewash, I suppose I'll go for Matt Clark, no legs, 80 average, opponent not really doing enough to excuse the no legs.

Nothing much to comment on - because of my internet troubles I wasn't able to watch any of this, the only interesting thing is Lewis dropping out of the top 10 below. He can regain ground if he doesn't withdraw from the Pro Tour this weekend, a huge number of the top 10 aren't entered. Also from this weekend, Rob Cross is now in the top 35, John Henderson solidifies a top 40 spot, Kryzsztof Ratajski is now firmly entrenched in the top 100. 

Current adjusted top 20:

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

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