The Premier League moves to Scotland tomorrow, and Barney's the man on form. He posted a 3rd round 123 average last weekend in Wigan - a world record average for a televised event. He's up against Webster who suffered defeat to Jenkins last week. The big man will have too much ammunition for an inconsistent Webster. 8-3 to Barney.
Don't know what's happened to Wade recently? Not the most flamboyant of players, but robot-like consistency has always been key to his success - severely lacking at the moment. You gotta fancy the Bull to take advantage especially after a good win over Webster last week. 8-5 to Jenkins.
I don't think the Taylor v Whitlock match will be too hard to call. The Power's getting back to his old form and had a good win against Anderson last week (actually got that predo correct - pity there was no dough on it). Whitlock, on the other hand, had a bit of a mare against Lewis. 8-3 Taylor.
The tastiest bout of the night will be Anderson v Lewis. The Scot has been the more consistent of the two in this competition but Lewis has won the last 7 encounters between them. There won't be too many in the crowd cheering on Jackpot but he's arrogant enough to make it work to his advantage. Too close to call... 7-7.
A little bit of trivia
The first World Darts Champo (BDO) took place in Nottingham in 1978. Sixteen players contested it, of which I remember the following: Eric Bristow; Nicky Virachkul; Alan Evans; Alan Glazier; Leighton Rees; Stefan Lord; John Lowe. I'm pretty sure that the majority of youngsters watching today would recognise any except the Crafty Cockney (who went out 1st round to some bloke from the States called Conrad Daniels).
My claim to fame was a signed picture of Alan Glazier. He played an exhibition night in our local British Legion (must have been 1980/81) and my old boy got to play a game against him. Par for the course, my dad came home in a shit state in the wee small hours. When I got up the next morning I was handed the signed picture, complete with curry stains from the takeout... it's the thought that counts. Anyway, I digress.
The World Final was the best of 21 legs, and was contested between Rees and Lowe (two of the great gentlemen of the game). Rees ran out the winner, 11-7, and picked up a cheque for 3 grand. How times have changed - Lewis pocketed 200,000 for winning this year's PDC tournament!
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