Monday 27 May 2024

Can't stop the rock

Long overdue first Euro Tour for Josh, coming through Jonny Clayton in a final at last. If only Menzies had have held that lead he had in the last sixteen, then maybe it's him coming through instead, and we'd make a nice pickup as opposed to just being on the right side of break even. Still, it's not a loss, so we'll look forward - the main tour goes on a little bit of a ranking hiatus until just before the Euros, with a couple of Pro Tours just in the lead up to that, and some World Series events that I won't bother looking at. A few silver ranked WDF events are in the offing as well, we've got some Challenge Tour events, annoyingly for some the same weekend as the England Open in the WDF, there's Asian Tour events from Mongolia (which looks to be timed right after WDF events there, so nice collaboration to allow more players to make the trip affordably I guess), there's also a Nordic/Baltic tour weekend going on. So we've got quite a bit of stuff going on, I don't know how much I'll post about it, maybe I put something up right before the Pro Tours along with some sort of Matchplay race analysis, we've only got four Pro Tours and one Euro Tour before the cutoff so it's getting tight. For now, new FRH rankings:

1 Luke Humphries
2 Michael van Gerwen
3 Michael Smith
4 Rob Cross
5 Gerwyn Price
6 Damon Heta (UP 1)
7 Nathan Aspinall (DOWN 1)
8 Dave Chisnall
9 Jonny Clayton (UP 1)
10 Peter Wright (DOWN 1)
11 Luke Littler
12 Stephen Bunting
13 Dimitri van den Bergh
14 Chris Dobey
15 Danny Noppert
16 Joe Cullen
17 Josh Rock (NEW)
18 Gary Anderson (DOWN 1)
19 Ryan Searle (DOWN 1)
20 Ross Smith (DOWN 1)

Nathan giving this one a miss didn't really matter as even if Heta had have taken it off as well, he'd have still been ahead. Clayton's final brings him up one above Wright, who's now within 4,000 points of dropping from the top 10, and with Littler's points all being front loaded, that might happen before the next update organically. Rock re-enters the top 20 and knocks James Wade out. Schinlder's semi puts him up to 22, but he's got a bit of a gap to Wade above and will need another deep run to really push to the top 20. Woodhouse making the quarters didn't really do a great deal, he's still just outside the top 32 and has a big cushion down to de Decker below him. Wattimena, Menzies and Edhouse all continue decent form and are pushing up in the 40's, while Jeffrey de Graaf is just outside the top 64.

As stated, probably won't have too much in terms of updates for the next couple of weeks so it's likely not worth checking the blog until we're in the run up to Leverkusen on the 21st.

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