Monday 1 May 2023

Netherlands done

It's two wins for Chizzy, bumping him up to #1 in the European Championship race and giving him what should be more than enough breathing room to be sure of a Matchplay seeding with just four Euro Tours and four Players Championship events left before the cutoff if I've worked it out correctly. Humphries got a second final, nice to see him keeping things up although I'm sure he would have liked to have got a title of some description in the bank already.

New FRH rankings:

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

There's some real tight races outside of the top 5 - Aspinall's got about a 10k lead on Cross, but less than 10k separates Cross in seventh and DvD in eleventh. Chizzy's win gets him a bit of a cushion ahead of Cullen (more than a Pro Tour at least) but is some way behind Dirk, Keane Barry's quarter didn't really move him at all and puts him in an island between Jim Williams and Adam Gawlas just outside the top 40. Berry van Peer is up into the top 90, while Dylan Slevin is closing down on the top 100 with quite a few non card holders just ahead of him, so it seems sooner rather than later before he's up in that bracket.

We now head to Belgium - Baetens completed the Denmark double, so will come into this event with a lot of form and confidence - let's just hope he gets through the qualifier!

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