Sunday 26 April 2020

Some TA Pro Tour stats, and new FRH rankings

While there's not been anything in terms of ranked darts for over a month (42 days to be precise), and the calendar having been cleared in terms of ranked events until the Matchplay (which, in terms of fairness as much as possible, I assume gets moved back to the end of August as I've previously suggested to allow every chance to schedule a packed Pro Tour schedule in the summer ahead of it as soon as they're able to rent a venue again and the vast majority of players are able to travel in), the FRH rankings move daily, so here's how the top 50 looks as of today:

RankPlayerChange (top 20 only)
1Michael van Gerwen-
2Peter Wright-
3Gerwyn Price-
4Rob Cross-
5Nathan AspinallUP 1
6Michael SmithDOWN 1
7Daryl Gurney-
8Dave Chisnall-
9Ian WhiteUP 1
10James WadeDOWN 1
11Glen Durrant-
12Gary Anderson-
13Mensur Suljovic-
14Krzysztof Ratajski-
15Adrian Lewis-
16Chris Dobey-
17Stephen Bunting-
18Jonny Clayton-
19Simon Whitlock-
20Joe Cullen-
21Jeffrey de Zwaann/a
22Dimitri van den Berghn/a
23Mervyn Kingn/a
24Jermaine Wattimenan/a
25Steve Beatonn/a
26Ricky Evansn/a
27Danny Noppertn/a
28Max Hoppn/a
29Jamie Hughesn/a
30Darren Webstern/a
31Keegan Brownn/a
32Vincent van der Voortn/a
33Luke Humphriesn/a
34John Hendersonn/a
35Brendan Dolann/a
36Willie O'Connorn/a
37Gabriel Clemensn/a
38Kim Huybrechtsn/a
39Darius Labanauskasn/a
40Ryan Searlen/a
41Steve Westn/a
42Ross Smithn/a
43Jelle Klaasenn/a
44Jose de Sousan/a
45Steve Lennonn/a
46Josh Paynen/a
47Ryan Joycen/a
48Kyle Andersonn/a
49Ron Meulenkampn/a
50Cristo Reyesn/a
This should give you a bit of an idea as to where people outside our top 20, which has been static more or less all year, are trending in comparison to the main order of merit.

I wanted to give you some TA Pro Tour stats - first, here's everyone in terms of quarter final or better finishes:

Michael van Gerwen6341
Peter Wright4235
Gerwyn Price3333
Ian White2241
Rob Cross2223
Dave Chisnall2130
Gabriel Clemens2011
Adrian Lewis1203
Krzysztof Ratajski1105
Glen Durrant1015
Gary Anderson1014
Corey Cadby1003
Michael Smith1002
Mervyn King1002
Geert Nentjes1001
Ted Evetts1000
John Henderson0211
Chris Dobey0112
Devon Petersen0112
Dirk van Duijvenbode0111
Joe Cullen0110
Jonny Clayton0102
Kyle Anderson0102
Vincent van der Voort0101
James Richardson0100
Steve Lennon0100
Wayne Warren0100
Simon Whitlock0100
Alan Tabern0100
Daryl Gurney0043
Ricky Evans0031
James Wade0024
Jamie Hughes0022
Jason Lowe0021
Jelle Klaasen0021
Dimitri van den Bergh0013
Nathan Aspinall0012
Damon Heta0012
Jeffrey de Zwaan0012
Max Hopp0011
Jeff Smith0011
Krzysztof Kciuk0011
Danny Noppert0010
Mensur Suljovic0010
Darius Labanauskas0010
Cameron Menzies0010
Keegan Brown0010
Kai Fan Leung0010
Darren Webster0010
Scott Mitchell0010
Callan Rydz0010
Adam Hunt0010
Robert Collins0010
Jose de Sousa0004
Jermaine Wattimena0003
Luke Humphries0002
Luke Woodhouse0002
Ryan Searle0002
Ryan Joyce0002
Andy Boulton0002
Ron Meulenkamp0002
Nathan Derry0002
Simon Stevenson0002
Steve Brown0002
Kim Huybrechts0001
Mark McGeeney0001
Stephen Bunting0001
Rowby John Rodriguez0001
Ryan Murray0001
Brendan Dolan0001
Madars Razma0001
Justin Pipe0001
Seigo Asada0001
Maik Kuivenhoven0001
Josh Payne0001
Wesley Harms0001
Steve West0001
Cristo Reyes0001
Nathan Rafferty0001
Nick Kenny0001
Wayne Jones0001
Niels Zonneveld0001
John Michael0001
Vincent van der Meer0001
Matt Edgar0001
There's a few surprising things here - Aspinall is in the top 5 of the FRH rankings, but he was only able to make one semi final. Of the only players from the top 12 who didn't win one, at least Gurney and Wade made it to more than one semi. Suljovic only made it past the last sixteen once, which is incredible, the same as Bunting, who made it to just the one semi final all season. But I think the thing to note here is the wide variety of names - we see it in real life, this year Jeff Smith's made a final. Maik Kuivenhoven's made two quarters. Mickey Mansell's made a quarter. Dirk van Duijvenbode's made a semi. Ryan Searle's won one. Steve Lennon's made a semi. Derk Telnekes made a quarter and a semi. Brendan Dolan made a final. In that sort of context, is it really that odd that we see so many players have a run, even if it's just the one, where they're able to get out of their board and win a match?

As for the final standings, here's how the £2.25 million in virtual prize money was distributed:

Michael van Gerwen100250
Peter Wright81250
Gerwyn Price74250
Ian White61250
Rob Cross55250
Dave Chisnall50500
Adrian Lewis42250
Krzysztof Ratajski40250
Gary Anderson38500
Glen Durrant37250
Gabriel Clemens35250
Daryl Gurney31250
James Wade30500
Nathan Aspinall30500
Jonny Clayton30000
Michael Smith28500
Chris Dobey28000
John Henderson27750
Mervyn King27000
Kyle Anderson26500
Jamie Hughes26500
Jose de Sousa24500
Dirk van Duijvenbode24250
Joe Cullen23000
Ricky Evans22750
Dimitri van den Bergh22750
Damon Heta21000
Jeffrey de Zwaan21000
Corey Cadby20750
Geert Nentjes20750
Jason Lowe20250
Steve Lennon20000
Vincent van der Voort19750
Devon Petersen19500
Jermaine Wattimena19250
Ted Evetts19000
Jelle Klaasen18250
Danny Noppert18000
Kim Huybrechts17750
Max Hopp17250
Mark McGeeney17250
Mensur Suljovic17000
Luke Humphries17000
Steve Beaton17000
Luke Woodhouse16500
Stephen Bunting15750
Rowby John Rodriguez15250
Simon Whitlock15000
Darius Labanauskas15000
Jeff Smith14750
Ryan Murray14750
Brendan Dolan14250
Martin Schindler14000
Madars Razma13750
Ryan Searle13500
Justin Pipe13250
Keegan Brown13000
Kai Fan Leung13000
Darren Webster13000
James Wilson13000
Maik Kuivenhoven12750
James Richardson12500
Alan Tabern12500
Ryan Joyce12500
Josh Payne12250
Andy Boulton12000
Wesley Harms11750
Steve West11750
Cristo Reyes11750
Wayne Warren11500
Ron Meulenkamp11500
Nathan Derry11500
Willie O'Connor11500
Simon Stevenson11000
Mike de Decker11000
Martijn Kleermaker11000
Boris Krcmar11000
Krzysztof Kciuk10750
Callan Rydz10500
Jan Dekker10500
Nick Kenny10250
Wayne Jones10250
Adam Hunt10000
Conan Whitehead10000
Lisa Ashton9500
Marko Kantele9000
Jamie Lewis9000
Ryan Meikle9000
Benito van de Pas9000
Niels Zonneveld8750
Gavin Carlin8500
Cameron Menzies8000
Jim Williams8000
Christian Bunse8000
Dave Pallett8000
William Borland8000
Seigo Asada7750
John Michael7750
Fallon Sherrock7500
Ross Smith7500
Scott Waites7500
Andy Hamilton7500
Steve Brown7000
Scott Baker7000
Yordi Meeuwisse7000
Harald Leitinger7000
Bradley Brooks7000
Nathan Rafferty6750
Vincent van der Meer6750
Matt Edgar6750
Scott Mitchell6500
Robert Thornton6500
Reece Robinson6500
Antonio Alcinas6500
Jesus Noguera6500
Jonathan Worsley6500
Martin Atkins (Wigan)6500
Cody Harris6000
Harry Ward6000
Robert Collins5500
Mario Vandenboegaerde5500
Nico Kurz5500
Arron Monk5500
Mickey Mansell5500
Gary Blades5500
Karel Sedlacek5500
Ciaran Teehan5000
Peter Jacques5000
Joe Murnan5000
Derk Telnekes5000
Matt Clark5000
Carl Wilkinson5000
Scott Taylor4500
Boris Koltsov4500
David Evans4500
Darren Penhall4500
Paul Hogan4000
Adrian Gray4000
Kyle McKinstry3500
Andrew Gilding3500
Steffen Siepmann3500
Mike van Duivenbode3500
Stephen Burton3000
Ritchie Edhouse2500
Noel Malicdem2500
Daniel Larsson2500
Richard North2500
Michael Barnard2500
Kirk Shepherd2000
Barrie Bates1500
Danny Baggish1000
Aaron Beeney0
Poor Aaron. I think the interesting thing to note is that an awful lot of invites finished pretty low down - they had 16 events to work with, so if you work on an assumption that they might be able to get up into the top 64 in the world if they were to win a card, you'd think that, on average, they should be able to have a winning record, but only nine of the players were even able to exceed 6k. Argue the methodology I use all you like, but I don't think I'm underestimating anyone hugely (maybe Baggish perhaps, as there was NA action early in the season which I was able to sample of his).

So, to the draw. As mentioned, we have five additional invites, which makes a field of 69 (insert your own jokes here), so ranks 60-69 will have a play in game. I'm breaking ties as I go, so the draw is as follows:

(1) Michael van Gerwen - (64) Keegan Brown or (65) James Wilson
(32) Jason Lowe - (33) Steve Lennon
(16) Jonny Clayton - (49) Rowby John Rodriguez
(17) Michael Smith - (48) Stephen Bunting
(8) Krzysztof Ratajski - (57) Jim Williams
(25) Joe Cullen - (40) Danny Noppert
(9) Gary Anderson - (56) Madars Razma
(24) Dirk van Duijvenbode - (41) Kim Huybrechts

(4) Ian White - (61) Seigo Asada or (68) Ryan Joyce
(29) Jeffrey de Zwaan - (36) Wayne Warren
(13) Daryl Gurney - (52) Jeff Smith
(20) Mervyn King - (45) Steve Beaton
(5) Rob Cross - (60) Justin Pipe or (69) Alan Tabern
(28) James Richardson - (37) Jermaine Wattimena
(12) Corey Cadby - (53) Ryan Murray
(21) Jamie Hughes - (44) Mensur Suljovic

(2) Peter Wright - (63) Kai Fan Leung or (66) Maik Kuivenhoven
(31) Geert Nentjes - (34) Vincent van der Voort
(15) James Wade - (50) Darius Labanauskas
(18) Chris Dobey - (47) Luke Woodhouse
(7) Adrian Lewis - (58) Ryan Searle
(26) Dimitri van den Bergh - (39) Jelle Klaasen
(10) Glen Durrant - (55) Martin Schindler
(23) Jose de Sousa - (42) Max Hopp

(3) Gerwyn Price - (62) Darren Webster or (67) Fallon Sherrock
(30) Damon Heta - (35) Devon Petersen
(14) Nathan Aspinall - (51) Simon Whitlock
(19) John Henderson - (46) Luke Humphries
(6) Dave Chisnall - (59) Cameron Menzies
(27) Ricky Evans - (38) Ted Evetts
(11) Gabriel Clemens - (54) Brendan Dolan
(22) Kyle Anderson - (43) Mark McGeeney

Some pretty interesting ties there, scanning through, Smith against Bunting would be good fun, a derby that writes its own story, van Duijvenbode against Huybrechts would be an interesting low countries clash between two players who still have a huge chunk of a career to go, de Zwaan against Warren would be a real clash of styles, King and Beaton looks as relevant now as it would have done 20-25 years ago, Hughes against Suljovic looks remarkably strong for round one, Dobey against Woodhouse is an intriguing clash, Heta against Petersen puts two southern hemisphere giants against each other, Aspinall against Whitlock puts two big names against each other, while Henderson and Humphries is a close to call intra-contenders matchup.

Will take me a bit of time to rework my match calculator, whereas throughout the event I was just doing the match as a whole, here I'll do it leg by leg and best of 19 throughout. Don't think I'll get anything together today though.

Good to see that it's rumoured that Remote Darts League will be back for a second round, on the Home Tour, we did indeed see Kleermaker turn Smith over, he made it a bit interesting by jobbing to Matt Clark and making it into a leg difference clusterfuck. Interestingly, if they had done what some organisations do with this sort of three way tie breaker and chuck out the results of whoever isn't involved (here, Harry Ward), they'd have a three way 5-3 win circlejerk and it'd have come down to whatever convoluted bullshit they have as the last tiebreaker. I think it's actually averages, which is beyond ridiculous.

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