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|| Where the seeded players drop...|
Charis writes "|
For the seeded players their
first day at the Winmau World Masters didn't start well. The first three, James
Wilson, Darryl Fitton and Wesley Harms, were immediately eliminated, because
the qualifiers Mark McGeeney, Seigo Asada and Rhys Hayden played much better.
Wilson was steamrolled by McGeeney's 106.14 average, Fitton and Asada raced
head to head, in the deciding Leg the Japanese crossed the finishing line
first. It was not as obvious why Wesley Harms lost - the Dutchman both had the
better doubles hitting rate and the better average and threw the only two 180's
of the match.
With Martin Phillips the tide turned - the Welshman proved he's not on the
shelf yet. An impressive average of almost 100 and a double hitting rate of 50
percent were not to beat. Glen Durrant managed to stay in the tournament as
well though he played far less well and the match only started to get gripping
near the end.
Then with Ross Montgomery and Rick Hofstra the next seeded players went out
of the tournament - both more mediocre matches, though Daniel Larsson from
Sweden had with 57 percent on the doubles the highest hitting rate and with 156
the highest finish of the day.
In the match between Scott Mitchell and Paul Hogan Mitchell prevailed, a seeded
player. Hogan had a rather slow start in the match - might be because he had to
walk in without his music which clearly irritated him. In the deciding Leg
Mitchell was - as during most of the match - just better. The next highlight of
the day was the performance of Alan Norris, who threw in this short format
almost unbelievable 8 180s. Qualifier Chris Dobey never managed to get into the
match. The same happened in a much weaker match Madars Razma. For him Remco van
Eijden was - after the smoke of the smoke machine had finally disappeared from
stage - just too strong. Van Eijden's hitting rate on the doubles nevertheless
to sure leaves a lot of room for improvement. The next two qualifiers Shayne
Burgess and Jeffrey de Graaf couldn't keep up with seeded Pip Blackwell and
Jamie Hughes either - not astonishing as Jamie Hughes played one of the best
matches of the evening - an average of 98.34, six 180s and a double hitting
rate of 44 percent.
Then with Robbie Green the next seeded player was eliminated - Dutch Willem
Mandigers defeated him 3:1. In the following match another Dutchman had his
debut on the big stage - Matthew Medhurst - and one could see it intimidated
him. Gary Robson wouldn't have needed his 98.80 average to beat him. It
followed the clash between Nick Kenny and Scott Waites. The young Welshman
already played quite successful on the PDC youth tour and had beaten in the
qualification both Tony O'Shea and Ted Hankey. It was an evenly matched and
very close match. In the deciding leg both players showed some nerves. Kenny
first reached a finish - and hit it with his first dart. The venue was in riot!
You would have thought after this nobody would be interested in the last match
between Martin Adams and Dennis Harbour but somehow the two players managed to
transfix the crowd - and not only because of the howling of the wolves. It just
was a good and gripping match. Martin Adams won it and of course the evening
ended with the howling of the wolves.
It was another very long day of darts - 16 matches, some mediocre, some superb,
a few one sided and several thrilling. The City Hall is a beautiful venue with
an intimate atmosphere. Richard Ashdown is a really good and likeable MC who
with his humour contributes a lot to the cheerful mood. A pity the crowd was
not bigger - the tournament really would deserve it!
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