Monday 14 March 2022

van Gerwen's back!

Pretty dominating performance in that final after Cross got ahead early. Didn't put a foot wrong to run off all those legs, can't do anything realistically in the one he lost given Cross held in four visits. The game hadn't massively gone away, it was just not getting results. Now it's got a result, this could be an ominous return to form. Shame Wright dropped out at the quarter final stages, was looking forward to that one, but he's got to put the longer term picture in play, and if he's not right you don't want to aggravate anything.

Good to see Cross back in a final, still seems a little bit odd he's not actually won a Euro Tour yet. Same with Dimitri I suppose, would think it'll be a decent bet that one of them binks one at some point this season.

New FRH rankings:

1 Peter Wright
2 Gerwyn Price
3 Michael Smith
4 Michael van Gerwen (UP 1)
5 James Wade (DOWN 1)
6 Jonny Clayton
7 Rob Cross (UP 1)
8 Gary Anderson (DOWN 1)
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 Dave Chisnall
17 Nathan Aspinall
18 Dirk van Duijvenbode
19 Mervyn King
20 Damon Heta

MvG's less than 2k ahead of Wade, so I don't think that van Gerwen will stay ahead of James by this time next week assuming they all play. Cross was fairly close to pulling ahead of Anderson anyway, but the final gives him a solid cushion. Maybe a little bit surprising that no other moves happened, Dimitri's now closer to Cullen than Searle, as opposed to the other way round, but that's about it really. Gurney's edged up one place following his semi, while Karel Sedlacek regains the Czech number one spot by one place over Adam Gawlas.

I'm going to go back over the Isle of Man stream and try to pull some stats for the latter stages, it seemed solid enough so should be able to get some data. But for now, here's another little stat for you, it's a power ranking sort of thing - best scoring from the last 180 days, minimum 180 legs played criteria. I'll give you the top 32 - let me know who surprises you:

1 Michael van Gerwen
2 Gerwyn Price
3 Chris Dobey
4 Peter Wright
5 Damon Heta
6 Jonny Clayton
7 Michael Smith
8 Nathan Aspinall
9 Rob Cross
10 Dimitri van den Bergh
11 Callan Rydz
12 Gary Anderson
13 Dirk van Duijvenbode
14 Luke Humphries
15 Daryl Gurney
16 Ryan Searle
17 Krzysztof Ratajski
18 Stephen Bunting
19 Dave Chisnall
20 Karel Sedlacek
21 Danny Noppert
22 Joe Cullen
23 Martin Schindler
24 Ross Smith
25 Brendan Dolan
26 James Wade
27 Raymond van Barneveld
28 Jose de Sousa
29 Adrian Lewis
30 Kim Huybrechts
31 Ian White
32 Mensur Suljovic

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