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2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by Duty281 on Sat 16 Dec 2017, 9:49 am

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Started a couple of days ago. MVG and Taylor though to round two already.


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Re: 2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by Duty281 on Fri 29 Dec 2017, 11:08 pm

Taylor through comfortably enough.

All set up for the old master to face MVG in the final.

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Re: 2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by JDizzle on Fri 29 Dec 2017, 11:53 pm

It just feels all set up for Taylor. A cakewalk through to the QFs, then Gary doesn't really turn up - Jaime Lewis in the semis and an under par MVG potentially lined up in the final...

And Cross has been the 2nd or 3rd best player in the world in 2017, I wouldn't count on MVG smashing him. Cross has shown some serious bottle vs DVDB and Bully Boy and has run MVG close the last few times in TV tourneys - if he gets a chance he could put him away.

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Re: 2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by Duty281 on Sat 30 Dec 2017, 12:58 am

MVG and Cross met twice in the Grand Slam last month. The Dutchman won both games, but the margins were close: 5-4 and 16-13.

I do expect MVG to win, but if he plays a few sets of nervy and rushed darts (as he did tonight) then Cross has a decent chance. Barneveld should have turned over MVG tonight, really.

Difficult to know what to make of Jamie Lewis. He’s had a phenomenal tournament so far, but the match tomorrow will be the deepest water he’s been in in his whole career. And Taylor is looking very focused. The nearest I’ve seen to the Taylor of old for a number of years.

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Re: 2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by Born Slippy on Sat 30 Dec 2017, 1:00 pm

Feel last night decided the title. That was the last chance to take out MVG. Barney should have gone 2-1 up in the deciding set but didn’t take out c. 180 in 9 darts when MVG was rocking. As it is, brilliantly though Taylor played last night, he’s not as good in the long matches anymore (and crawled over the line last night). Assuming no shocks in the SF, I can see Taylor getting to 2 or 3 all but MVG will then pull away.


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Re: 2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by Duty281 on Sat 30 Dec 2017, 9:38 pm

Taylor makes it 21 semi-final wins out of 21. 6-1. Slightly flatters the Englishman.

Doubling brilliance was the key.

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Re: 2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by JDizzle on Sat 30 Dec 2017, 9:44 pm

Oh Jamie, if you could have hit a couple more doubles and dragged Taylor into a 9th/10th/11th set... But we’ll never know.

Lewis looks solid though - really straight and easy action. Hopefully he can kick on.

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Re: 2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by Just John on Sat 30 Dec 2017, 11:23 pm

MVG 4-4 Cross


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Re: 2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by Nathaniel Jacobs on Sat 30 Dec 2017, 11:36 pm

MvG wins the 9th set coming from 0-2 legs down. The deciding leg was incredible from MvG

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Re: 2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by Nathaniel Jacobs on Sun 31 Dec 2017, 12:12 am

MvG misses 6 match darts. Cross into the final

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Re: 2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by JDizzle on Sun 31 Dec 2017, 12:16 am

Great game. MVG just not been with it the last three rounds, missed so many doubles.

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Re: 2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by LeinsterFan4life on Sun 31 Dec 2017, 12:31 am

Firstly congrats to the two lads for putting on a great game of darts, that was quality entertainment.

Unfortunately once again the crowd has let themselves down with more disgraceful antics. How can you boo a player in that situation going for a double in that pressure. You're literally watching one of the greatest games in world championship history and you decide your gonna boo one of the players. Disgraceful.

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Re: 2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by Duty281 on Sun 31 Dec 2017, 12:31 am

One of the most stupendous matches in darts history. I thought Cross had a decent chance; he damn well took it. A shame some braindead morons in the crowd tried to spoil it, but hey ho; the majority of people in the crowd aren't even darts fans.

MVG has reverted to being the player he was in 2012/13, when he started his rise up the rankings: scoring power = awesome; finishing = hit and miss. He's had a prolonged blip in this tournament, and has gifted numerous chances to Price, Barneveld and Cross as a result of his poor finishing. Finally, he was punished for it.

Mardle on comms said at one point that he reckoned Taylor would rather face Cross. I think he'd have preferred MVG, in all truth.

Cross has had a ludicrous first year. A film could be made about it. Unknown, amateur dart player to world finalist and £350,000 in the bank in the space of 11 months. Roy of the Rovers stuff. That 161 checkout to go 3-2 up was utterly sublime. His mental fortitude to hang on when MVG was ploughing in 180s and the like was inspirational.

I do make Taylor slight favourite for the final (how he must be wishing the final was tonight!), because of his greater experience, and his finer skill on the doubles, but it would be no surprise to see Cross lift the trophy.

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Re: 2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by Duty281 on Sun 31 Dec 2017, 12:46 am

LeinsterFan4life wrote:Firstly congrats to the two lads for putting on a great game of darts, that was quality entertainment.

Unfortunately once again the crowd has let themselves down with more disgraceful antics. How can you boo a player in that situation going for a double in that pressure. You're literally watching one of the greatest games in world championship history and you decide your gonna boo one of the players. Disgraceful.

Hopefully, this will be the game that forces the powers that be to deal with the disgraceful crowd antics, which has been getting steadily worse for the last 5/6 years.

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Re: 2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by EdWoodjr on Sun 31 Dec 2017, 11:20 am

LeinsterFan4life wrote:Firstly congrats to the two lads for putting on a great game of darts, that was quality entertainment.

Unfortunately once again the crowd has let themselves down with more disgraceful antics. How can you boo a player in that situation going for a double in that pressure. You're literally watching one of the greatest games in world championship history and you decide your gonna boo one of the players. Disgraceful.
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Re: 2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by EdWoodjr on Mon 01 Jan 2018, 6:56 pm

Cross should keep pace scoring-wise but The Maestro should edge the number of crucial doubles needing hit. No 17 by way of a 7-4 win.

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Re: 2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by Duty281 on Mon 01 Jan 2018, 7:15 pm

Agreed. I'm thinking a 7-3/7-4 win for Taylor, mostly because of greater experience and better checkout ability.

I doubt it'll be Taylor's last game, too...

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Re: 2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by JDizzle on Mon 01 Jan 2018, 7:54 pm

Going Cross 7/4. Think/hope his superior scoring will give him enough chances to make up for the doubling.

But a Taylor win and him not retiring would be the worst of both worlds...

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Re: 2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by Just John on Mon 01 Jan 2018, 8:58 pm

Taylor getting battered 3-0


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Re: 2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by Just John on Mon 01 Jan 2018, 9:59 pm

Taylor battered 7-2 by Cross

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Re: 2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by JDizzle on Mon 01 Jan 2018, 10:19 pm

Incredible performance from Cross.

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Re: 2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by Duty281 on Mon 01 Jan 2018, 10:27 pm

Wow. Get the film made. One of the greatest ever performances (2nd highest ever average in a PDC world final) to cap the most stupendous sporting run. Truly glorious.

Taylor did little, if anything, wrong. Played at, or around, his best in this tournament which would usually be enough. Perhaps if Taylor landed his 9-darter, things could have turned out differently (unlikely)?

But Cross was on another level. 60% on his doubles tonight, up from around the high 30s in previous rounds. To get 60% success on checkouts in any darts match is grand; to do it on the biggest stage of all is awe-inspiring.

2018 will be interesting. Can Cross sustain his success whilst under more intense pressure? Will he maintain the same levels of motivation and desire?

That's for another day, though. Well done, Rob Cross.

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Re: 2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by JDizzle on Tue 02 Jan 2018, 7:36 pm

PL Line-Up:

MVG, Cross, Wright, Anderson, Barney, Suljovic, Gurney, Whitlock, Price, Smith.

Some big names miss out in Lewis, Wade and Chisnall - but all have shown next to no form this year and early exits and the Worlds haven't helped any of them.

I'd be shocked if the semi finalists weren't MVG, Wright, Ando and Cross though.

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Re: 2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by compelling and rich on Wed 03 Jan 2018, 6:30 pm

whitlock and smith the lucky ones to sneak in but you really cant argue about dropping lewis, wade and chizzy. been in it for years and will be a nice change to see others given the chance

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Re: 2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by Duty281 on Thu 04 Jan 2018, 12:22 pm

Happy with the PL line-up with the exception of Whitlock. I presume he's only there for the Australian audience.

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Re: 2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by Just John on Mon 29 Jan 2018, 8:22 am

Michael van Gerwen returned to winning ways by claiming a fourth successive Masters title with a 11-9 victory over Raymond van Barneveld. World Champion Rob Cross was beaten in the QF by Mensur Suljovic

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Re: 2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by Duty281 on Fri 02 Feb 2018, 8:25 pm

Adrian Lewis could be looking at a ban after threatening his opponent on the oche (probably on YouTube).

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Re: 2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by FreekShow on Fri 02 Feb 2018, 9:05 pm

I'd imagine they can be a lot firmer with these kinds of things now that Taylor is gone.

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Re: 2018 PDC World Championship/2018 PDC Season

Post by Just John on Thu 08 Feb 2018, 8:16 pm

Duty281 wrote:Happy with the PL line-up with the exception of Whitlock.

Whitlock two wins out of two in the PL.

Rob Cross thrashed 7-1 by Whitlock tonight. Cross has had a mare since becoming world champion.

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