Re: Any Darts Fans?
Taylor, Lewis, MvG, Wade, Whitlock and Barney are absolute dead locks for a PL place. With Wright getting to the semi's of the worlds and playing like he is, he looks as good as certain to be in, plus it's hard to ignore Thornton given his form, PL campaign last year and Grand Slam run; this leaves in my eyes Huybrechts, Anderson, Chisnall, Newton and perhaps Hamilton and White fighting for the remaining two places. Pipe was perhaps in with a shout if he had a good run at the worlds but is now out of the equation after losing to Devon Petersen second round. Webster could maybe come into it but he'd probably have to win the World Championships to come into any sort of consideration, especially given how often the Sky pundits (and most importantly Rod Harrington who helps picks the PL wildcards) talk about his frailties and failure of a PL campaign last time round.
If I had to take a guess at the two who'll make it, I'll say Anderson and Newton. I think Anderson has just about scraped in by returning to form since the Grand Prix and almost putting out MvG at the WC, and Newtons solid showings in the past few weeks should stick in the mind and earn him a place. Coming into the worlds I'd have said Huybrechts and Chisnall were the favourites to make it from the aforementioned players, but their poor showings have really damaged their chances, Chisnall to a greater extent. I'm a Chizzy fan but think it's probably best for his career if he didn't get in this year, he's been a mess since Taylor smacked him all over the oche at the GP final and a Premier League campaign for him at this moment in time could get very Mark Webster-esque indeed.
Oh and a cracking night of darts tonight, Whitlock v White in particular was enthralling. Valiant effort by White, but is anyone really surprised it ended as close as it did given Whitlocks track record of whacking the self destruct button? Just off the top of my head he did it against Hamilton TWICE in 2011, against Hankey at the Grand Slam, and almost again tonight. Good performance nonetheless though, and not really bothered about who wins now (preferably not Lewis but only so someone different gets a chance to put their name on the trophy).
Last edited by Baxter : 12-28-2013 at 08:08 PM.