Sunday 1 September 2019

Sunday's darts roundup

So Michael van Gerwen won his 4785th European Tour title... wait, he missed the bull for the match? Oh well, I guess Mensur won it then, I say guess as the bet365 stream cut out with Mensur needing 70 for the match, sort it fucking out guys. Vincent van der Voort had a nice run to the semi finals, while Peter Wright was nearly able to edge out MvG in the other semi where every leg went with throw. Quarter final appearances for both Rowby and Cameron Menzies will help them, meanwhile in the BDO, Jim Williams edged Richard Veenstra 8-6 to claim the World Trophy, not a classic final but looking at today's play overall Jim played the best and deserves it. Lisa Ashton claimed the ladies title in an alright game with Dobromyslova.

That's got some ramifications for the Grand Slam - Williams will be in assuming the BDO doesn't mess about with their selection policies (and even if they did, it'd be hard to work out any sort of permutations where Jim didn't get in), meanwhile it looks like Suljovic will have nicked the last spot on the PDC side from Jamie Hughes, I say the last spot, I don't know who out of him or Chisnall is ahead in the main Order of Merit, I so rarely pay attention to it. We had some Asian Tour action as well, Asada beat Malicdem in event 11, and completed the double by beating Ilagan in the second semi. The upshot of that is that he joins Ilagan and Lim to make Ally Pally, along with Malicdem, so much the same line up as last year. Asada could still claim a spot via the Japanese qualifier, which if I remember Jetze on Twitter correctly would bump Royden Lam up into a qualification spot. We'll have to see, the Japanese qualifier is usually fairly early on the calendar so we may know soon enough.

New FRH rankings:

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

Darren Webster's mediocre year continues as he drops out of the top 20, despite Mervyn not playing here and Jermaine losing in the first round, he's only just over 1k behind Wattimena, but with him not being in either of the next two Euro Tour events it's hard to see him getting back in soon. Quite a few places are close - Price only stayed ahead of Wade on account of Wade not playing, Wright's within 1k of getting eighth back from Aspinall, Cullen and Bunting are separated by less than 1k, and while we know 19th to 21st are close, Hopp's only 500 points above Wattimena as well. van der Voort didn't actually rise at all as he was in a bit of a gap on the rankings with other players around him also doing alright, Rowby's back up into the top 64 (just moved ahead of Phil Taylor who has the final place in that right now), while Menzies' quarter sees him within about 2.5k of the top 100.

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