Wednesday, 1 January 2020

2019 year end FRH rankings, Second/Third Division Darts player announcements

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Year end FRH rankings:


Big climbers are mostly the obvious - Aspinall and Ratajski, Dobey's made a huge amount of ground up, Ricky Evans is up there with a nice gain, while for losers? Webster and West have plummeted out of top 20 spots at the start of the year, while Michael Barnard's had the largest drop of anyone that's still in the top 100, along with Alan Norris - when you think of how little Barnard's done in 2019, that he's still in the top 100 shows just how good a 2018 he had.

Congrats to Andrew Francis who has won the fantasy darts comp - van Gerwen wasn't able to get anywhere near enough points to push any van Gerwen teams into the top 3, Andrew's team of Price, Mervyn King, Aspinall and Searle was enough to win by a clear 60+ points from mcarter, who had Dobey, Wattimena, Kyle Anderson, Ilagan, Aspinall, Webster and Asada, mcarter claimed third from Gordon Parker by about 30 points, Gordon similarly opting for an all low value approach with Monk, Reyes, Webster, Kyle Anderson, Humphries, Hopp, Evetts, Barney and Ross Smith. If Andrew's reading I'll sort out the prizes over the weekend, if not before.

So, to the Premier League, and we had the obvious nine players in MvG, Wright, Price, Cross, Smith, Gurney, Anderson, Durrant and Aspinall, not really sure about the two contenders they've announced, but I'll save a berating post for once they give the full reveal. This means we need to announce our second and third division, so let's go full the criteria we use.

For the second division:

Ian White - highest ranked player in last season's second division
Krzysztof Ratajski - second highest ranked player in last season's second division
Dimitri van den Bergh - second highest ranked player in last season's third division (Aspinall, while champion, having gone straight into the Premier League is ignored)
Dave Chisnall - highest player in FRH rankings not already selected
James Wade - second highest player in FRH rankings not already selected
Mensur Suljovic - third highest player in FRH rankings not already selected
Adrian Lewis - fourth highest player in FRH rankings not already selected
Chris Dobey - first wildcard, two major semi finals and a European Tour final this season
Jamie Hughes - second wildcard, European Tour winner, highest points per turn in 2019 of anyone not already selected
Jose de Sousa - third wildcard, twice Pro Tour winner, next highest points per turn after Hughes

For the third division:

Keegan Brown - highest ranked player in last season's third division remaining
Max Hopp - second highest ranked player in last season's third division remaining
Luke Humphries - world youth champion
Jeffrey de Zwaan - highest eligible player in FRH rankings not already selected
Ricky Evans - second highest eligible player in FRH rankings not already selected
Danny Noppert - third highest eligible player in FRH rankings not already selected
Josh Payne - fourth highest eligible player in FRH rankings not already selected
Ted Evetts - first wildcard, complete dominance on the Development Tour and extremely high scoring on the main tour
Martin Schindler - second wildcard, very high scoring on the main tour on a comparable level to Evetts
Callan Rydz - third wildcard, Challenge Tour winner who has looked competent on the main circuit and in this year's worlds

I may chuck something up about the BDO worlds in the next couple of days, I may not, I guess I'll wait and see if there's still anyone left entered in the event.

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