Sunday, 17 February 2019

PC4 results

And Durrant's won one. What a start to his PDC career. Was a very impressive set of results all day, only really being challenged by Gerwyn Price (who Durrant beat in the semi final), Price managing a remarkable 13 twelve dart or better legs to top the points per turn ranking for the day, ahead of Durrant and van Gerwen, who was a surprise 6-1 victim of Nathan Aspinall at the last sixteen stage.

The other finalist was Dimitri van den Bergh, and it's hard to understate how much of an important result this is in his career. He knows that to get to more stage events, he's going to have to perform on the floor - this ought to kickstart things.

The only other semi finalist we haven't mentioned was Rob Cross, who in case anyone was of the opinion that he's still out of form, has the highest points per turn of anyone over the first four Players Championship events - even van Gerwen who's won two. Smith, White and Price round out the top five in that ranking, while Durrant slots in eighth. While he's been fairly quiet in terms of results, Ratajski is in the top ten, so let's not start thinking that his form at the back end of last season was just a flash in the pan.

Whitlock lost in the first round yet again, and is down in the bottom ten of points per turn for the four events we've had so far this season, which is incredibly worrying for fans of the Wizard, he's even below Benito if you want to get really worried. Elsewhere today, McGeeney got a whitewash victory over yesterday's semi finalist Mervyn King as part of a run to win his board before he was stopped by a solid Kyle Anderson, youngster Bradley Brooks made the quarters and was a leg away from knocking Durrant out, while Matt Edgar also reached that stage before losing to Dimitri in a tight game. Adrian Gray had a first real run after a slow start and Stephen Burton continued decent form from Challenge Tour call-ups, reaching the last sixteen.

New FRH rankings:

1 Michael van Gerwen
2 Rob Cross
3 Gary Anderson
4 Michael Smith
5 Daryl Gurney
6 Peter Wright
7 Gerwyn Price
8 James Wade
9 Mensur Suljovic
10 Simon Whitlock
11 Dave Chisnall
12 Ian White
13 Jonny Clayton
14 Darren Webster
15 Adrian Lewis
16 Joe Cullen
17 Nathan Aspinall (UP 2)
18 Stephen Bunting
19 Phil Taylor (DOWN 2)
20 Steve West

Not a huge deal of movement, although Cross was getting a bit close to Anderson so putting 4k in the bank is useful. Dimitri's firmly in the top 32 now, Edgar's in the top 70, two spots ahead of Durrant, Brooks is in the top 128 and Gavin Carlin from yesterday is safely in the top 200.

There's actually a stream of the Scottish Open linked from the SDA website, check it out if PC4 wasn't enough darts for you - looks like it's Ashton against O'Brien or Sherrock in the ladies, then the mens is Barilli or Harris agaisnt Harms or Caven. Might catch up towards the final. Girvan was able to make the quarters before losing to Harms, so a good run for the youngster.

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