Monday, December 17, 2018

PDC World Championship Day 4 Review

The afternoon session was very much a case of three one-sided matches and one that was the complete opposite.

First up was Gabriel Clemens against the English qualifier Aden Kirk. Clemens showed his good form and raced to a first set lead. However, Kirk did try to fight back in the second, but ultimately lost. It was the same story in the third and Clemens ran out a 3-0 win.Clemens looked impressive and hopefully Kirk will use this experience as a springboard for next year.

Nest up saw William O' Connor play Dutchman Yourdi Meeuwisse. Both have played a lot on the tour this year, but O'Connor has more big stage experience. He used this to take the first set. Meeuwisse then tried to fight back in the next two sets, but O'Connor was just too good. He won 3-0 although Meeuwisse may be a little disappointed that he couldn't put a set on the board.

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This match looked straightforward for Brendan Dolan (pic) as he took on Chinese qualifier Yuanjun Liu. And so it proved to be. Dolan looked confident as he rattled of the first 6 legs to gain a 2-0 lead. Liu did get a leg on the board in the third set, but it looked as though the occasion got the better of him and Dolan won easily in the end 3-0

The final match of the afternoon was the complete opposite of the above as Dave Chisnall took on Josh Payne. Chisnall went in as the favourite, but Payne has been impressive. Both are big scorers and so an exciting game was on the cards. Chisnall was slow out of the blocks and his trademark 180s seemed to desert him as Pyane raced away to a 2 set lead, with some excellent scoring and finishing.
Chisnall didn't panic however and his 'A' game started to kick in an he held his nerve to pull one set back. He then continued this new found form to claim the 4th set. So into a decider and here is where the experience of Chisnall ultimately told. He hit big darts and finished just at the crucial moments to win 3-2. Payne will obviously be very disappointed, but all credit to Chisnall for having a steely resolve and refusing to give in.

Evening session.

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The evening session opened with Luke Humphries (pic) against qualifier Adam Hunt. Both had played on the Tour, but Humphries has won mulitple times on the PDC Development Tour and was the favourite. However it wasn't expected to be so one sided. Humphries took out the first set quite comfortably and looked in full control.Hunt did win a leg,but that was about as good as it got as Humphries won the second and third sets without dropping a leg. Although Hunt may be disappointed, Humphries looked very,very impressive and will certainly provide Stephen Bunting a very tough match in the second round.

The second match was Matt Edgar against Darius Labanauskas from Lithuania.Edgar is not short of confidence and even has his own You Tube Channel, but Labanauskas had the experience . Edgar got off to a good start winning the first set, after Labanauskas missed a succession of chances to finish. After the short break,Labanauskas gained his composure and started playing to the top of his game. Gradually he piled on the pressure, which Edgar couldn't compete with. Final result was 3-1 to Labanauskas.

Next was Ross Smith against the veteran Paul Lim. After an edgy first few legs, it was Smith who took his chances to win the first set. This gave him a boost and won the next set comfortably. However Lim showed signs of improvement by taking the third set. This could have rattled Smith, but he kept his head and threw some excellent darts to win the match 3-1.

Final game, is probably the biggest talking point so far as Peter Wright took  on Toni Alcinas. Alcinas played well in his first round match so came in full of confidence. Wright has no shortage of confidence or experience and some pundits thought he could reach the final this year. It was Alcinas who came out of the block quickest, winning the first set. He then capitalised on some erratic darts in the second set to go 2 up. However, Wright got his rhythm back and pulled a set back. This looked like a Chisnall-esque comeback might happen, but Alcinas was not to be defeated, throwing a succession of big scores and some excellent finishing to win 3-1 and cause the first big upset of the tournament.

Evening Results:

Luke Humphries 3-0 Adam Hunt  - Round One
Darius Labanauskas 3-1 Matthew Edgar   - Round One
Ross Smith 3-1 Paul Lim (R1)  - Round One
Toni Alcinas 3-1 Peter Wright (R2) - Round One

My tips did better too.

Dave Chisnall to beat Josh Payne (2/7) and Gabriel Clemens to beat Aden Kirk (2/5) and Brendan Dolan to beat Yuanjun Liu (1/10) This gives a 1.97 to 1 treble - Won

Labanauskas to beat Edgar (10/11) and Smith to beat Lim(4/6) for a 2.18/1 double  - Won

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