Monday 28 March 2022

Each way thoughts kind of worked!

Missed the off on PC7, which looking at the semi finalists, is probably for the best, although Kevin Doets is quietly sneaking up in terms of players I might look at, but PC8! Schindler hits again, doesn't quite get over the line in the final so maybe that will keep him as value for a bit longer - at least until the Matchplay or he binks, whichever comes first. Pity Jim Williams didn't play the weekend so we could get some sort of read on how much things shortened.

New FRH rankings:

1 Peter Wright
2 Gerwyn Price
3 Michael Smith
4 Michael van Gerwen
5 James Wade
6 Jonny Clayton
7 Rob Cross
8 Gary Anderson
9 Jose de Sousa
10 Danny Noppert
11 Joe Cullen
12 Dimitri van den Bergh
13 Ryan Searle
14 Krzysztof Ratajski
15 Luke Humphries
16 Dirk van Duijvenbode (UP 2)
17 Dave Chisnall (DOWN 1)
18 Nathan Aspinall (DOWN 1)
19 Damon Heta (UP 1)
20 Mervyn King (DOWN 1)

These were last updated before PC5, so Heta's win and general good form push him solidly ahead of King, who's at least been playing better the last couple of weekends after a horrific start. Couple of deepish runs for Dirk move him above both Chizzy, who's been a little bit anonymous this season, and Aspinall, who we hope doesn't lose too much time as a result of the reported injury issues that he's having. Gurney's quietly climbed up to overtake Dolan as their number one, Evans is up to 37 after his final, Adie's steady accumulation has pushed him above Durrant who's down to 40 but at least has a bit of time to work with before he drops out of the top 40. Schindler is one of those closing in on the top 40 in a close three way battle with Alan Soutar and Jermaine Wattimena, Razma is back in the top 50 after his final, while Jim Williams is up to number 60 after his win, knocking Steve Beaton out of there. Scott Williams continues to accumulate impressively and is not far off the top 100.

It's a huge weekend at all levels with three Players Championships, five Challenge Tours as well as the WDF worlds starting. On that side, sadly couldn't get any useful stats out of their live stream because of the poor quality recording, which cut out huge chunks of legs at a time, notably the end of many. Will try to get some sort of preview up in the next couple of days for it. We then get another Pro Tour weekend, so we should start to see the Matchplay race start to heat up, although with the quantity of scheduled Euro Tours before then, I don't think we can write too much in pen just yet.

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