Monday, 21 May 2018

Well that was an interesting winner

Josh Payne won a second tournament. Didn't particularly see that coming, he's been in and around the top 32 for overall average so is probably playing a little better than his ranking suggests, and he made the world youth final so should be trending back up, but still a surprise. It's encouraging to see - too often you see someone win a title out of nowhere, but can never follow it up, he's done that now so it's interesting to see where he'll go from here. He's put himself into the Matchplay equation at least, although the Grand Prix could be a bit more realistic.

Also had surprising deep runs from a couple from across the sea in Dolan (semi final) and Mansell (quarter) - neither throwing amazingly well (Dolan with an adjusted average of just over 90, the same as Payne, Mansell was a shade under 89) but getting enough done. There were a few weird oddities - Luke Woodhouse made the last 16 despite an adjusted average of 85 and not winning a single of his twenty won legs in twelve darts, whereas Mervyn King had an adjusted average of 96 but ended up being eliminated at the same stage without winning a leg. Across the weekend as a whole, your top five averages came from Peter Wright, Mervyn King, Gary Anderson, Ian White and... Paul Nicholson. Nice return from Nicho, but inconsistent, averaging 88 in his losing legs, he managed to get over 70% of legs won in fifteen darts to get up there.

Latest FRH rankings:

1 Michael van Gerwen
2 Rob Cross
3 Peter Wright
4 Gary Anderson (UP 1)
5 Phil Taylor (DOWN 1)
6 Daryl Gurney
7 Michael Smith
8 Mensur Suljovic
9 Simon Whitlock
10 Gerwyn Price
11 Dave Chisnall
12 Ian Whtie
13 James Wade
14 Darren Webster
15 Raymond van Barneveld
16 Jonny Clayton
17 Kim Huybrechts
18 Alan Norris
19 Joe Cullen
20 Jelle Klaasen

Payne is up in the top 60 following his win. All of Taylor's winnings are now being degraded, so he can't mathematically rise at all now. Clayton's barely a ton behind Barney and may have overtaken him by the time we play again. Klaasen is hanging on, with Lewis (both of them) and King within three grand. Dolan's good performances see him solidify a top 50 place which was under threat, Ricky Evans making two quarter finals sees him up into the top 64, while Clemens is just outside the top 70. Ryan Joyce continues his rise, two grand over the weekend putting him up to number 90, and the same amount for Michael Barnard lifts him into the last spot in the top 100.

Final words goes to Keith Deller - stating Adie has been to the last sixteen in the last five Pro Tour events, whilst accurate, is just asking for him to be knocked out early, which Arron Monk did in the first round. Top bokking.

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