Sunday 16 June 2019

ET8 aftermath

Chizzy managed to win it. Nice job, played good darts throughout and has been doing all year, but can't say I wasn't rooting for Dobey in the final, just looked like after going 2-0 up he hit the wall completely, it was his first Euro Tour final so it's a bit of uncharted territory, and an 11 leg all the way encounter with Jose de Sousa followed by a game of the same length against Gerwyn Price has got to have taken it out of him a bit. Still, it's got him into every major for the rest of the year which Euro Tour money counts for, so there's at lest that. Props to Jonny Clayton for getting to the semi final, always nice when someone who's been throwing decent darts and has people saying he's "out of form" for not getting results get those results.

Going to cut straight to the new FRH rankings:

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

Price was edging ahead of Gurney regardless based on recency of results but a semi didn't exactly harm his efforts. Aspinall was the same, while Chizzy's win was more than enough to dump Suljovic down to his lowest ranking in quite some time. Cullen and Webster are both sliding and much closer to Hopp than they are to Lewis, while Wattimena's quarter gives him the final spot in the top 20.

Lower down, Chris Dobey rises to #25 following his final appearance, Ratajski cements a spot in the top 30, while neither of them played Dimitri van den Bergh has finally passed Kim Huybrechts to become Belgium's number one, and quarter finalist Jose de Sousa sees himself sandwiched between two players at opposite ends of their careers in Harry Ward and Wayne Jones for position number 79 on the list. Kirk Shepherd couldn't quite get into the top 100, being just behind Ryan Meikle for the final spot. And Per Laursen's in the top 200!

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