Sunday 24 March 2019

van Gerwen wins again

Quick one this, van Gerwen defeated Rob Cross to claim the first title, very decent evening session which I'd recommend digging up on whatever source you have - van Gerwen earlier hit a nine darter with a cheeky T19-bull-D20 147 out against Suljovic in the semi final, Peter Wright being the other semi finalist. Quarter finals were full of mostly the usual suspects plus Justin Pipe, the bets didn't do great as neither of my picks won a leg (Wattimena against van Gerwen we expect that to be within range, Dimitri against Gurney, maybe not so much, oh well). Still a creditable 0.6 unit return on 3.6 invested for around what we're making so far this season, so I'll take it (plus personally I had Cross each way for the title). You also need to check out the final leg of the van Gerwen/Wattimena game, if only for the weirdest Robin Hood I've ever seen (you'll see why when you see it).

New FRH rankings:

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

That's all the changes, Chizzy didn't need to do a great deal to overcome a greatly deteriorating Simon Whitlock, Suljovic was close to overtaking Aspinall but couldn't quite get there, while Price and Gurney are separated by less than a Pro Tour final. Wade isn't too far off Wright but Peter was able to pad the difference a little bit. Not really much happening given that all the cake went to the top, Pipe's in a small bubble so didn't actually climb at all but just solidified a top 60 position, similar with Ross Smith. Wattimena is now within a thousand points of West and it is surely just a matter of time before he's back in the top 20.

More sometime next week with the aforementioned early new tour card holders report, before we continue with more European Tour action next weekend.

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