Monday, 19 March 2018

Players Championship 6

Congrats to Ian White, I've highlighted a few times here and there that he's been playing some good stuff, and he showed it yesterday by claiming the title. Bit of a surprise that van Gerwen went out to Wattimena, hopefully that gives Jermaine some confidence heading up in a season where he could push towards the top 32. Elsewhere, Dave Chisnall made the final, slotting in four twelve darters and two fifteen darters against Bunting, which I think is the best I have on record for anyone, while James Wilson was playing some very solid stuff, throwing seven twelve darters across the day. A good run for van den Bergh, this is the sort of thing he needs to be doing more regularly if, like Wattimena, he wants to push up towards the top 32. It'll be a key set of European qualifiers for them and a few others like de Zwaan, Dekker etc as this is where you can really start to accumulate ranking points. Will Barney show up?

Of those that didn't do well this weekend, it was a bit mediocre for Wright with two second round exits, Smith brought home no money, same as Price, Norris and Cullen.

Updated FRH rankings:

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

Exactly the same as two updates ago with White reclaiming #13 from Webster.

Ahead of Leverkusen this weekend, I'm going to see what a bit of software called Power BI can do with my stats. It's something I use at work and I don't know quite how badly it'll be crippled without a licence (it's free, but Microsoft in their infinite stupidity won't allow Gmail etc accounts to register), but if it can work even remotely it should be amazing for producing some real nice looking stats. Will be having a play with it in the upcoming days to see what works and what doesn't.

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