Sunday 22 September 2019

PC 25/26 - the best standard ever?

Oh boy, there was quite a lot of high quality darts thrown this weekend, but let's kick off with the FRH rankings before we analyse:

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

So the movers are primarily from yesterday, where Daryl Gurney claimed the title from Nathan Aspinall, given how tight the races between 4th/5th and 8th/9th are, those were enough. Max Hopp made a quarter yesterday, and despite missing today, an uncharacteristic double first round exit from Wattimena sees Hopp grab the place back - for now. Today, Mensur Suljovic beat Ian White in the final (White having made the semi yesterday as well), other good runs weekends from Michael Smith (semi yesterday), Clayton (semi today), Steve West (semi today and a board final yesterday), and further down Cristo Reyes showed signs of life with a quarter today, after I pointed out Ross Smith hadn't made a quarter on the floor he does the same, Justin Pipe got one yesterday to continue his upward form movement, Andy Boulton also had a great weekend with two board wins, turning one into a quarter final. Much further down, Geert Nentjes put 2.5k in the bank, Mike van Duivenbode made two board finals, while Callan Rydz continues his development having won his board yesterday.

So in terms of the standard? Here's what some people have done this weekend:

That's everyone scoring over 92 per turn. Sure, there's some small samples in there, but that scoring would get you in the top 16 overall for the season. People will look at some of the insane averages, and we'll let them, let's just say it was impressive. Rewatch the final of today if you can, that was a great game.

That's locked up the Grand Prix field as well - King was able to put two grand on from board finals, which is just slightly better than what I thought he needed to do as a minimum. Dimitri did little, but both had the money in the bank - Clemens suffered a shocker day 1 in losing to Wayne Jones, so he needed a semi final but could only reach the last 16 today. de Sousa only got three wins, running into a 102 average from Meulenkamp and a 115 average from Conan Whitehead, O'Connor would have had a tough time being the #32 seed both days but didn't even get to Ian White either time, and everyone else was just too far back. We've obviously had the final Euro Tour qualifiers, I'll go through the permutations later, but the notable point is that with Hopp and Clemens losing in the final round to Kim Huybrechts and de Sousa respectively, and Schindler being edged out by de Zwaan, there will be no German representation in the finals. Glad to see that the new qualification method for European tour card holders has really helped getting home names into your showpiece event!

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