Friday, December 21, 2018

PDC World Championship Day 8 Review (Afternoon)

Another 8 second round matches today and there was certainly some interesting results.

First was Jermaine Wattimena against Michael Barnard. Wattimena was the favourite going in , but some thought a possible upset may happen. And the upset could have been on as the first set went 2 legs each. However, Wattimena held his nerve and took it. That was the turning point in the game as Wattimena then raced away, winning 6 of the next 7 legs to finish a comfortable 3-0 victory.

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Next was one of the matches of the day as Alan Norris (pic) took on Steve Lennon. Lennon had been in much better form this season and this seemed to be the case as he took the first set. But this seemed to galvanise Norris and he won the second, winning 3 legs in succession. But Lennon remained calm and took the third. But Norris was in no mood to be beat and levelled once again. Into the final set and the players could not be separated, each time one player went ahead, the other would level and in the end it was all down to a sudden death leg. Maybe the greater experience told as Norris completed a remarkable win. A shame really,there had to be a loser. Let's hope Lennon bounces back in 2019.

Third was Stephen Bunting against Luke Humphries. Humphries look really good in round one and showed this immediately by taking the first two sets. He hit a series of 180s and really took the game to the former world Champion. Bunting did fight back to grab the third set, but Humphries kept piling on the pressure to take the win3-1. Humphries has really impressed so far and will be interesting to see how far he progresses.

The final game of the afternoon was Chris Dobey against Steve Beaton. These two were closely matched, so it was thought it would be a tight match. However Dobey was in great form. After a closely fought first set, Dobey then won the next 6 legs to wrap up a comfortable 3-0 win. Beaton will be disappointed, but Dobey looked very sharp and will definitely want to continue this form going to the next round.





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