Sunday 29 September 2019

I blame you for the moonlight sky

From a post back in April (

Well, three out of three isn't bad I guess. Ratajski got it done, with one of the most brutally dominant final sessions I can remember, handling all of White, Gurney and Chisnall, all winners on the European Tour this year, with zero fuss whatsoever and not giving any of them a chance. Unbelievable stuff. Congrats to Krzysztof, let's see what he can do in Dublin next week.

The draw for that is out, and with the European Championship also being in draw order we know that as well, but we'll pick those up midweek. For now, the Challenge Tour - it looks like Mark Barilli binked the last one over Ciaran Teehan, who seems to have taken a good weekend a few months ago on the Dev Tour as a sign and racked up a whole heap of cash for himself this weekend. Koltsov fell at around the last sixteen stage, so Jesus Noguera was able to hold on for the second tour card spot, adding to the ranks of Iberian-based players on the tour. Will be interesting to see what he does - he is entered for the two Dublin Pro Tours, so we'll get a bit of an idea. Callan Rydz held on to claim the overall title - which puts him into the worlds, in a set play format, the heavy scoring he can do could end up causing a lot of players some trouble, it'll be exciting to see.

New FRH rankings:

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

Ratajski's jumped a bunch and is a lot closer to Lewis now than he is to Bunting. Cullen's mere appearance in Gib got him over Whitlock, but there's an enormous 50k gap up to twelfth right now. Duzza is less than 500 points behind Hopp, and will likely get in to the post-Dublin Pro Tour ranking list barring weirdness, he basically just needs to keep par. With all the chalk there was, there's nothing of real note further down the rankings.

I believe this weekend was the last in the BDO before the worlds cutoffs, but with the glacial pace of BDO reporting, I'll probably catch up on that in a couple of weeks when things have been worked out properly. For now, expect a decent Grand Prix preview some time this week (but no bets before Saturday evening), and I'll probably look at the European Championship as well.

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