Monday 7 November 2022

Only TV from here

Floor is done for the year. Price won PC29 over surprise finalist Gian van Veen, while Wade won PC30 over an equally surprise finalist Steve Beaton, who was looking OK for the worlds, but is absolutely safe now. Some big names couldn't force their way into the worlds - White, Joyce, Petersen, Lennon, Meulenkamp and more will all need to go through the PDPA qualifier. A lot of people are also reliant on that to try to save their card - Kuivenhoven, Zonneveld, Mitchell, Borland and Jeff Smith are best placed, as a win there would put them into the top 64 as things stand, but any other results going against them could drop them into the situation where they need to win their opening match. Scott Williams doing anything other than the minimum would bump the cutoff up another 1250 quid. Gawlas also has a similar shot. Keegan Brown has a winnable Players Championship Finals matchup. But the key thing is to get there first and then worry about specifics later.

We're expecting the Grand Slam draw later today, but for now, new FRH rankings (Grand Slam mincashes are included, move de Sousa up a couple of spots if you want to exclude them):

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

Smith didn't do quite as well as Cullen in the last two events, but a huge percentage of his money not degrading helps a lot. Two semi finals from Chizzy gets him above Searle. Lower down, Schindler is closing down on the top 25 as well as the German number 1 spot and could get both of them if he gets out of his Grand Slam group, Josh Rock is up to #37, Beaton's final puts him a couple of spots outside of the top 50 while a great weekend for Jermaine Wattimena gets him back inside that elite group. Good runs from Mike de Decker gets him to #55, while van Veen's final sees him crack the top 100 for the first time.

I've been meaning to update the Second/Third Division Darts results for a couple of weeks now and will get round to it now, expect thoughts on the Slam some time later in the week after the draw has been made.

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