Steve Lennon v Mervyn King01/01/1970 01:00
Ryan Searle v Danny Noppert01/01/1970 01:00
Peter Wright v Damon Heta01/01/1970 01:00
Rob Cross v Daryl Gurney01/01/1970 01:00
Day 11 of the PDC World Darts Championship and a double session of great darts ahead. Big names in action today, Joe Cullen, Ryan Searle and Mervyn king resume their campaigns in the afternoon session.
The evening session is a real treat, however, with a fantastic session to look forward to with Peter Wright, Rob Cross and Michael van Gerwen all in action. Here are my tips for day 11.
This match looks very important for both players as the draw has certainly opened up in this quarter of the draw. Both will not want to make the mistake of looking past this match first, however.
Steve Lennon has had a great run so far in this year’s World Championship and now finds himself in uncharted territory as this is the furthest he has progressed in his career so far. He has looked extremely impressive so far, winning his first-round against a dangerous Madars Razma, averaging 93.22.
He then followed that up with a fantastic scalp in the second round, beating the highly fancied Krzysztof Ratajski 3-1 with a 91.34 average. He will definitely be coming into this game full of confidence and I think he could cause Mervyn problems.
Mervyn King looked down and out in this tournament, trailing the highly impressive Ryan Joyce 2-0 before making an extraordinary comeback to win the match 3-2, winning 9 straight legs in the process. Coming through a tough match like that, especially with the comeback win will almost certainly give him plenty of confidence heading into this match. The experienced King has only been past this round once since his run to the semi-finals in 2009, something he will want to address.
Overall I think this could be a tight match during each set and I don’t see it being a simple game to overcome for either. I do see Mervyn King being too experienced though, especially in big televised matches so he should have enough to get over the line. I feel as though King is due a good run in the World Championship and I believe he has a perfect opportunity to do so here.
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This is the game of the afternoon session for me. Both players are coming off the back of great years and both look to be in very impressive form.
Ryan Searle looked pretty solid in his opening match, averaging 92.45 in a 3-0 win against an under-par William Borland. He didn’t really need to play much better than that as Borland had a real off night, so the average won’t concern Searle too much. Heavy Metal openly said in his interview after the match that he was hoping to play Noppert at this stage as he’s never beaten him before.
Could that be a big factor in this match? Is Noppert his bogey player? Searle will hope not as he is definitely one of the outside contenders to look out for in this tournament and would be very disappointed to lose so early in the competition.
Danny Noppert didn’t look overly impressive in his opening match, a 3-1 victory over Jason Heaver, averaging just 88.42. But again Heaver didn’t really push Noppert, averaging just 85.19. Again I don’t think that performance will worry him too much as he knows he wasn’t really put under pressure.
Noppert will know for sure that he will need to improve to get close to Searle but I believe he definitely has the game to pull off a mini shock this afternoon, although he has never progressed further than round 3 in a PDC World Championships.
Overall I think this is going to be a really good match, two very solid players. I just really think this could be Ryan Searle’s year for a really good run in this World Championship but I don’t think he will have it all his own way in this match. Most sets will probably be close and they’ll be a lot of pressure moments but I think Searle will deal with them fine and come out victorious.
What a way to start the evening session with these two going head to head. This could be another really good game and I expect there to be plenty of 180s and big finishes.
Rob Cross dealt really well with Raymond van Barneveld in his last match, in what was an extremely tough draw. He struggled in the first set with the sheer noise from the crowd, creating an amazing atmosphere in support of Barney. After the first set though, Cross found his rhythm and brilliantly brushed aside the great dutchman.
He only averaged 90.38, but that won’t bother him one bit, he came through a tricky match in the opening match of his campaign but now faces another really tricky tie.
Daryl Gurney has really started to find his form again after going off the boil for the last couple of years. He’s starting to look really good on TV which has always been a trait known to him. He played very well in his opening 3-1 win over Ricky Evans, averaging 95.90. He’ll certainly take plenty of positives from that and will know what he has to do to beat Rob Cross, but it certainly won’t be easy.
This match could really have it all and I don’t think it will disappoint. This is a really tough draw for both players at this stage of the tournament but I can see Rob Cross coming through this one.
I just think he’s been playing much better coming into this tournament and looks like his old confident self again. After coming through the Barneveld game, I think he may well push on now and go deep in this tournament. This won’t be a simple game, and I can see it being a close one, but again, Cross will come through this one and progress to round 4.
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Another good game to look forward to this evening with Peter Wright facing Damon Heta. Both will be coming into this match full of confidence and ready to do battle!
Peter Wright has certainly looked a little patchy at times this year and has definitely either been hot or cold form wise. But when he’s hot he’s really hot and has blown his fellow players away at times this year. He won a relatively simple first match of his campaign 3-0 against an under-par Ryan Meikle averaging 92.19. I think Peter has already forgotten about that game, however, so will be looking forward to tonight’s match and focused on getting the job done. I definitely think he has a really good chance this year and could well go on to win a second World Title.
Damon Heta came through a really tough contest in his opening match, beating Luke Woodhouse 3-1 with a 94.65 average. The scoreline could have been a lot closer if Woodhouse didn’t miss so many key doubles so Heta will know he can not afford to be giving chances like that to Snakebite this evening because he’ll certainly get bitten. He’ll know he will need to be on top of his game tonight to worry Peter so he’ll be focused on doing so.
Ultimately I just feel Peter Wright will be too strong for Heta, I think he looks really focused this year and if he sticks to a set of darts he should come through this game pretty comfortably. I think Heta is a fabulous player but Snakebite tonight will have just too much for the Aussie.
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