Posted on June 4th, 2011
Paul Nicholson powered past Phil Taylor in a final leg thriller against the throw, despite at one stage being 4 legs clear of the 15 times World Champion (and reigning UK Open Champ). Entering the break at 3-7 in arrears Taylor came back to square the match at 8-8, however in the tense final leg it was The Asset who held his nerve as Taylor failed twice to exceed a score of 50 with his three darts.
In his first televised tournament since having laser eye surgery, Nicholson had earlier staged a comeback of his own as he knocked out the newly crowned Premier League Champion Gary Anderson, in another last leg shootout. With a quarter final meeting with James Wade, should The Asset go on to win the title, nobody could argue about the quality of his opposition en-route.
James Wade seemingly enjoying his darts for a change, edged out the Prince of Wales, Richie Burnett 9-7. Burnett the 1995 Embassy World Champion seems to have found some form of late and hopefully we will be seeing a lot more of him as he continues his resurgence. Wes Newton demolished Raymond van Barneveld 9-1, in a confident performance that those in the know have always been convinced he is capable of. A 100 average for the man from Fleetwood on the big stage facilitates a quarter final clash with Dave Chisnall. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on February 15th, 2011
This month’s UWDR is all about big changes following the biggest tournaments on both sides of ‘the tungsten curtain’ – the respective world championships, of course – and Phil Taylor, who performed poorly by his standards in the PDC version, has lost almost half of the nearly 20,000 point lead he enjoyed last month.
Some of this eroded advantage will inevitably be recouped when the Power’s victory in the recent Players Championship Finals is factored into next month’s UWDR, but his dismal performance in the Premier League (which does not reward UWDR points) confirms that all is not well with the game’s greatest ever player, and Taylor might be facing a very uncomfortable 2011, with, potentially, his no.1 ranking in jeopardy!
Meanwhile, Martin Adams, the oldest flinger in town, retains the no.2 slot following his third BDO World Championship triumph at the grand old age of 54. Remarkably, Adams is almost a year older than Eric Bristow, who captured his first world title in 1980 when Adams was, essentially, a pub league player.
Posted on May 11th, 2010
It’s as you were again in the Top 10 but Simon Whitlock’s great form continues and sees him knocking on the door at number 11. The Wizard of Oz has had a dream start to his PDC career and will be assailing the upper echelons of the UWDR before the year is out.
It’s Dave Chisnall who makes way for Whitlock, dropping a couple of places.
Mark Walsh is also up 3 spots to 15th, proving what a force he is these days. Could this be the year for Walshy to win a big one? His consistency is reflected in his UWDR ranking and his CV is just missing a major title.
There are lots of new faces in the UWDR this month as well. For varying reasons the following roll call are new on the list…
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