Thursday, 29 April 2021

Super Series 3

OK, well that was a thing - four different winners in de Sousa, Smith, DvD and DvdB, but nobody you wouldn't expect to bink. That said, there were plenty of people making surprising runs in the absence of quite a lot of big players (and the biggest player there doing next to nothing, winning his board just once and getting some shock wins). If I scroll up from the bottom of the rankings, we had Berry van Peer making a semi final. Multiple Dutch associates getting paid every day in Christian Kist, Kevin Doets and Luc Peters. Aaron fucking Beeney made a semi final. Alan Tabern made a quarter. Krzysztof Kcuik made a semi. Robert Thornton made a semi and made the board final every single day. Ritchie Edhouse made a quarter. Scott Mitchell made two. Rowby John Rodriguez won three boards. Kleermaker made a final. Ross Smith made a final. Fun times for everyone, pity that with real life I didn't have the time to really put in to exploiting each way value, but if you look at the finalists, Humphries and DvD wouldn't have offered value, Kleermaker wouldn't have been on the radar, so that leaves Ross Smith, who's always been in the back of our minds but hasn't really done anything to put himself into the true value range given the prices we're usually quoted.

A few people didn't have great weeks - van Gerwen seems the obvious one, especially considering the players he lost to, but there's several in and around the fringes of the top 16 in the FRH rankings that really didn't do much of anything. Ian White in particular continues to look way, way off where he was recently, and it's a fun question as to who's now the best player in Stoke given how much Lewis has dropped off recently.

In terms of year to date scoring, it's de Sousa who's leading the way right now, just ahead of Clayton and Price in that order, but all are separated by less than a sixth of a point. Cullen and Ratajski round out the top five, just ahead of Humphries - van Gerwen and Wright aren't even in the top six, while the finalists in PC12 round out the top 10. Perhaps it's a surprise, after mentioning White in the previous paragraph, that he's still in the top 16. But here's some fun names to throw out who are in the top 32 of scoring - Scott Mitchell is up there at 23, sandwiched by two Premier League players. Jason Lowe is still hanging around. Schindler's up there (note that I've not added any of the Superleague into the stats yet, and I'm still uncertain as to how much I will add in). Lennon is still up there. Note that Soutar isn't any more.

New FRH rankings:

1 Gerwyn Price
2 Michael van Gerwen (UP 1)
3 Peter Wright (DOWN 1)
4 James Wade
5 Gary Anderson
6 Jose de Sousa
7 Dimitri van den Bergh
8 Dave Chisnall
9 Michael Smith
10 Joe Cullen
11 Krzysztof Ratajski (UP 1)
12 Nathan Aspinall (DOWN 1)
13 Jonny Clayton
14 Dirk van Duijvenbode (UP 4)
15 Glen Durrant (DOWN 1)
16 Rob Cross (DOWN 1)
17 Simon Whitlock (DOWN 1)
18 Daryl Gurney (DOWN 1)
19 Stephen Bunting (UP 1)
20 Devon Petersen (NEW)

Ian White's gone. Not even #21, King's above him. van Gerwen and Wright are basically neck and neck still. Ratajski actually scored less than Aspinall this week but clearly has less degradation on his ranking money right now. van Duijvenbode making two finals is enough to see him jump a lot, and it's that close that less than 25,000 points separate Cullen from Durrant. Petersen only jumps in by 25 points over King. Lower down, Humphries didn't really climb but did solidify his top 30 place, Adrian Lewis is out of the top 32 and plummeting, Ross Smith is one place outside the top 40 (currently propped up by Labanauskas who had a mare of a week), while Kleermaker hits the top 50, which finally sees Hendo depart.

They've announced another two sets of Super Series before the Matchplay. I like this idea - front load as many of the Players Championship events as you can to get the floor tournaments where you're not having fans out of the way, and then try to get some semblance of a Euro Tour in afterwards. This is kind of what Porter is alluding to - I do wonder if he could have had the second set of events have one day run two lots of Euro Tour qualifiers for a first two events in, say, Germany to be scheduled - you could then book one venue for ET1 with the qualifiers already worked out, then have Tuesday/Wednesday be Pro Tour events, Thursday be the normal associate/home nation qualifiers, then have ET2 straight after. It might make it an easier sell for the bigger names to travel if you know you can block book a week+ and know you're going to get 4k prize money minimum (if you are a Euro Tour seed) and be able to add Pro Tour money in between. We'll see, although I can understand the reluctance to hold a qualifier while there's still uncertainty as to what they're holding. That said, with the amount of boards they have, it wouldn't be too tough to tack on the tour card holders qualifier for the first event at the end of the series?

Not sure when I'll be back again, it's been a big break since the last post, and there is nothing ranked until mid-June. One thing I will say though - it's really, really hard to be interested in this seniors event that's doing the round when there's at least five players who, were it not for being ineligible for being tour card holders, who'd smack the whole field up from a great height. Does anyone really think that any one of Wright, Anderson, Whitlock, King or White wouldn't smash the field?

Monday, 5 April 2021

Second/Third Division Darts 2021 results page

No, I'm not going to remove Wade and put Price into division two. What a clusterfuck this is. My interest in the PL is usually minimal, but I'm not bothering to watch it. As we've seen from pretty much every withdrawal apart from Durrant, this is a false positive, and Price has actually confirmed it. What the PDC are actually thinking not double-checking the test (which is best practice for positive tests anyway), just having a couple of players pull double shifts in the first couple of days, then have Price play catch up later in the week. In the unlikely event that Price's second test showed positive, then Wade could play catch up just the same. Absolute insanity from the PDC to run without its world champion and world number one.

Anyway:

Division 2

Joe Cullen 11.70
Ian White 10.61
Michael Smith 10.13
James Wade 9.29
Krzysztof Ratajski 9.05
Damon Heta 9.00
Devon Petersen 8.50
Dave Chisnall 8.04
Luke Humphries 7.90
Ryan Searle 5.79

Division 3

Dirk van Duijvenbode 10.50
Callan Rydz 10.33
Keane Barry 10.00
Adam Hunt 10.00
Bradley Brooks 9.33
Jeffrey de Zwaan 9.00
Keegan Brown 8.50
Josh Payne 8.17
Steve Lennon 8.17
Max Hopp 6.00

Full Results

PC1 - James Wade 6-5 Krzysztof Ratajski (2)
PC2 - Adam Hunt 6-3 Steve Lennon (3), Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-4 Keegan Brown (3)
PC3 - Krzysztof Ratajski 6-4 Devon Petersen (2), Ian White 6-1 Ryan Searle (2), Ian White 6-3 James Wade (2), Joe Cullen 6-2 Krzysztof Ratajski (2), Keane Barry 6-0 Jeffrey de Zwaan (3)
PC4 - Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-1 Max Hopp (3)
UK Open - Luke Humphries 10-9 Dave Chisnall (2), Michael Smith 10-9 Joe Cullen (2), Luke Humphries 10-7 Ryan Searle (2), James Wade 11-5 Luke Humphries (2)
PC5 - Joe Cullen 6-3 Dave Chisnall (2), Krzysztof Ratajski 6-1 Luke Humphries (2), Michael Smith 6-2 Ryan Searle (2), Callan Rydz 6-3 Adam Hunt (3), Callan Rydz 6-4 Bradley Brooks (3)
PC6 - Luke Humphries 6-5 Ian White (2), Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-2 Max Hopp (3)
PC7 - James Wade 6-3 Luke Humphries (2)
PC8 - Joe Cullen 6-2 Ryan Searle (2), Joe Cullen 6-3 Krzysztof Ratajski (2)
PC9 - No games
PC10 - No games
PC11 - Adam Hunt 6-2 Max Hopp (3)
PC12 - Ryan Searle 6-5 Krzysztof Ratajski (2), Bradley Brooks 6-3 Josh Payne (3)