Saturday 23 April 2022

Bit of a belated ET3 roundup

Been extremely busy, so taking a bit of a break over the last week. Huge congrats to both the finalists, Luke Humphries for yet another stepping stone to what many think will be an inevitable major, that semi final was just spectacular, and also to Martin Lukeman who overcame many hugely underrated opponents and has thrown himself right into the picture for all the TV majors. Will start with a quick FRH rankings check:

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 Ryan Searle (UP 1)
12 Joe Cullen (DOWN 1)
13 Luke Humphries (UP 1)
14 Dimitri van den Bergh (DOWN 1)
15 Krzysztof Ratajski
16 Nathan Aspinall (UP 1)
17 Dirk van Duijvenbode (UP 1)
18 Damon Heta (UP 1)
19 Dave Chisnall (DOWN 3)
20 Mervyn King

I didn't post an update after the last Pro Tour weekend before Munich, so there's three tournaments worth of movement to look at here. Searle moves ahead of Cullen having reached a final (his previous bink was incorporated into the last set of rankings). Humphries we expected. Chizzy sliding is a little bit more of an odd one until you look at who has passed him - the two winners from the last Pro Tour weekend, and then Heta getting a semi final in the Euro Tour as well as another deep Pro Tour run, while Chisnall had a fairly quiet couple of weekends.

Lower down, Schindler is now into the top 40 with Durrant slipping out as expected. Lukeman's final puts him into the top 75, in a little group of players with Keegan Brown and Scott Waites who've also not had a bad couple of weeks. Matt Campbell jumps into the top 80, while Wesley Plaisier re-enters the list at #166. For those interested, the list currently contains 289 players who've made ranking money in the last two years, James Hubbard currently occupying the last spot.

We've got the Scottish Open going on right now, looks like a pretty big field so will keep an eye on it and continue to build non-PDC data to help us (was hoping to see more of Littler but he's gone out extremely early just now), there's a whole bunch of Euro Tour qualifiers going on right now, then we'll tool up for Austria - it looks like an exceptionally strong set of Pro Tour qualifiers with eleven PDC ranking winners, along with several more that have made finals, you've got Suljovic and Lerchbacher getting free passes to the event, Sedlacek's going to be back again, and the real fun thing is that van Gerwen and Clayton are seeded in such a way that they would meet in the last sixteen - the top half containing Price, Aspinall, Humphries, Dolan, MvG, Clayton, Cullen and DvD means this could easily open up for Wright or any number of players in the other half.

Will look to update (start?) the Second/Third Division Darts rankings, as I've put it off for too long and there's far too much to catch up on already.

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