Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Quick Players Championship post

King and White got the wins over yesterday and today. White was to be expected a bit, he's been playing well all year - King not so much, but he managed to get the job done. Wade and Darren Webster were the beaten finalists, while Adie made the semis today hitting a nine as part of seven twelve or better dart legs, coupled with his recent European runs, he's getting some form back. That's put him above Norris, whose hopes of making the Matchplay are reliant on Huybrechts losing his opening game in Hamburg. That may well be possible as he went 0/2 this week against Mark Webster and Kevin Burness, but still, it's out of his hands now. Burton's done some brief numbers and it looks like 27 places are locked up, so it'll be a fair bit of luck of the draw.

Beaton made two semi finals, a good return to form after a quiet 2018 so far, Mark Webster made a semi which was a bit of an easy run to be fair, Dolan made the quarters today beating Cross (Cross and van Gerwen in one week is nice), Noppert made a quarter today but has probably left too much to do to make Blackpool, while from outside the FRH top 100, Yordi Meeuwisse, Robert Marijanovic, Jarred Cole and Bradley Brooks all pulled in over two grand (the last two with quarter final runs).

Quick FRH top 20:

1 Michael van Gerwen
2 Rob Cross
3 Peter Wright
4 Gary Anderson
5 Daryl Gurney
6 Phil Tayor
7 Mensur Suljovic
8 Michael Smith
9 Simon Whitlock
10 Ian White (UP 1)
11 Gerwyn Price (DOWN 1)
12 Dave Chisnall
13 James Wade
14 Darren Webster
15 Jonny Clayton
16 Adrian Lewis (UP 1)
17 Joe Cullen (DOWN 1)
18 Mervyn King (NEW)
19 Raymond van Barneveld (DOWN 1)
20 Kim Huybrechts (DOWN 1)

King was as high as 16 but dropped today after losing his board final, he's less than 100 points behind Cullen and 1000 behind Lewis. White's up into the top 10, Norris leaves the top 20 and could easily plummet a lot by the end of next month if Kim can win one game this weekend. What are the DRA rules on Norris betting on whoever Kim plays as insurance? I think we should be told.

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