Monday 28 October 2019

Cross winning everything shocker

Hey guys, remember about four months ago when everyone was saying Rob Cross was a one hit wonder? Those were fun times, weren't they?

He took it down over Gerwyn Price, who seemingly ran out of steam, meanwhile in the BDO, John O'Shea (no, not that one) managed to claim the title over Scott Waites, while Lisa Ashton took down the women's event.

New FRH rankings:

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

Lower down, quarter finalist Jeffrey de Zwaan hits #22 within 1500 points of #21, Ricky Evans is up to #26, less than 1000 points behind #25, and Vincent van der Voort reclaims a top 30 spot for the first time in a long time. Ross Smith is within a couple of thousand points of the top 40, while Ted Evetts cements a top 60 spot.

They've drawn the World Series Finals, let's have a quick look at it:

Michael van Gerwen v Michael Smith/Gerwyn Price
James Wade v Wayne Jones/Jonny Clayton
Damon Heta v Kyle Anderson/Mensur Suljovic
Daryl Gurney v Krzysztof Ratajski/Nathan Aspinall

Peter Wright v Ricky Evans/Ian White
Gary Anderson v Danny Noppert/Jeffrey de Zwaan
Raymond van Barneveld v Jermaine Wattimena/Gabriel Clemens
Rob Cross v Dave Chisnall/Simon Whitlock

Here I've italicised those players that are locked into the Grand Slam, and bolded those that are not yet there. As a reminder, White and Suljovic tentatively hold places #15 and #16 respectively. Can we see anyone breaking through and knocking someone out? From the bottom half, White certainly has the class, but can he do it on TV? Seems to be a discussion we have every twelve months. de Zwaan has the peak to do so, I can't really see anyone in the bottom quarter getting past Cross though. In the top half, maybe Ratajski can, but a first couple of games of Aspinall and then Gurney is another horrid draw to have to come through.

I'd be stunned if White doesn't make it one way or another. If you can call a bolded player from each half that isn't White in the bottom half to make the final then good luck to you!

BDO are having their worlds qualifier right now. They're down to about 2/3 rounds left, looking at each section we've got Jeff Smith looking good against a bunch of players I haven't heard of, a probable playoff against a couple of old PDC names in Matt Padgett and Nick Fullwell, another group of relative unknowns with Wes Newton being the only name that's instantly recognisable, then a section where I think the biggest names are Willie Borland and Jesus Noguera. It'd be fun if that last name got in, he could do a LOT of damage.

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