Sunday 5 May 2019

ET5 done

And it's another win for van Gerwen - although not without a couple of scares, both Peter Wright in the quarters and Ian White in the final took him to deciding legs, but he came through both times. Would be nice if someone did pick him off in a deciding leg, if only so that commentators shut the fuck up about it not happening since 1854 or whenever he last lost one.

Semi finalists were James Wade and Daryl Gurney, both got through their quarters in fairly close ones - Gurney 6-5 on the throw for the most of it (remember me saying in the previous post go for whoever wins the bull 6-5? Nice little earner that), Wade nicking the throw at 3-3 and holding out from there against Price. Only evening session not mentioned was Beaton/White, it was competitive for the first three legs then not so much.

New FRH rankings:

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

Just the one move, despite there being two Players Championship events since the last update. Lots of people close though - Smith would have been #3 with just a single win at any point, Lewis was one win away from getting past Clayton, same with Cullen over Webster.

Lower down, de Zwaan following his win is into the top 25 and should be able to overtake John Henderson pretty quickly, maybe Steve West on current results can quickly be reeled in as well. Willie O'Connor following his win sits at #47, a couple of decent results for Labanauskas leaves him just outside of the top 60. Arron Monk is up to #85, after a good week both Tytus Kanik and Boris Koltsov are into the top 100, Mark McGeeney's just one spot outside, and Harry Ward following his quarter final is less than 2000 points from the top 100.

I've got nothing I particularly want to write about right now, I think I'll take a few days just watching the Champions League and then maybe come up with something about the Challenge Tour ahead of the second weekend, where the rankings will get shaken up a bit.

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