Sunday, 8 September 2019

ET11 round up - van Gerwen loses two finals in a row, wait, what?

Er, yeah, didn't see Joe Cullen winning that. Not at all, but the quality of darts he's played across today is hard to argue against. It's been a long time coming, and it looked like it might have taken quite a bit more time, but he's got over the line now. God knows what that does to the Grand Slam equations, I'd assume he's behind the others that have just one Euro Tour win (except Hughes), but it's too late in the evening to actually do the maths on that one.

Not a huge amount of surprises earlier in the day, I commented on Clayton getting past Wade earlier, so let's kick on to the new FRH rankings:

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

Ratajski is now less than 1500 points behind King (although still behind Webster) and could easily push into the top 20 following the Players Championship double header in midweek. Durrant reaches #24, O'Connor holds on to a place in the top 40, closely pursued by Jamie Hughes, and Wayne Jones rejoins the top 80. It was mostly a chalky weekend outside of Cullen's run, so not massive movement was expected.

Only two Euro Tours left to go before the cutoff, I might try to look at permutations tomorrow but with there being Players Championship events midweek I might not find the time to, and it may be prudent to wait to see who's entered Gib before deciding anything there. For now, congrats to Joe.

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