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happyhibee
26 Dec 10 10:01
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Hopefully everyone had a nice christmas and is looking forward to the darts action hotting up. Unfortunately my nan passed away on Christmas Eve but at least now she's not in any pain Sad Below is the preview of the games due to be played on Monday Happy

Mark Webster v Ronnie Baxter:
R1 Webster bt Steve Maish 3-0
3 dart ave: 98.93
Doubles: 47.4%
180's: 2
HC: 120

Baxter bt Roland Scholten 3-0
3 dart ave: 94.1%
Doubles: 50%
180's: 2
HC: 118

Opening match of R2 sees the much fancied Webster take on the experienced Ronnie Baxter. Webster played really well in his opening match but was under no pressure at the hands of Maish and this represents a significantly harder task. He did also show very good form in the world cup but does this justify quotes of 1/2? Baxter again was very effective in beating Scholten and I would be surprised if he doesnt average somewhere in the low to mid 90's in this match. If Webster is to win then he will need to play well as I don't see Ronnie just handing him this match. Simply at the prices I have to back Baxter as I cannot see how he wont trade lower here given that Webby is definitely nervy in close matches and I can't see how this won't be close.
Recommendation: 1pt win Ronnie Baxter @ 15/8 (SJ)

Paul Nicholson v Peter Wright:
R1 Nicholson bt Steve Farmer 3-0
3 dart ave: 97.39
Doubles: 81.8%
180's: 2
HC: 141

Wright bt Co Stompe 3-1
3 dart ave: 80.76
Doubles: 47.8%
180's: 2
HC: 102

2nd match of the afternoon sees a lively outsider in Nicholson take on Peter Wright. I've always rated Nicholson very highly as I think he has a lot of talent, does a great interview and generally is entertaining in a man you love to hate sort of way. He played really nicely in his opener and finished the best of any player who won hitting 9/11 doubles thrown at which is exceptional. Wright on the other hand was pretty poor v Stompe despite his victory which owed a lot to Stompe's woeful finishing more than Wright's good play. 80 average while hitting 1 out of 2 doubles is not good enough at this level and if he plays like that then he will be on the end of a heavy defeat. I honestly can't see anything than a routine victory for the super spy here and as such he merits support on the handicap market.
Recommendation: 1pt win Paul Nicholson -2.5 sets @ Evs (General)

Andy Hamilton v Robert Thornton:
R1 Hamilton bt Dennis Smith 3-0
3 dart ave: 79.42
Doubles: 45%
180's: 0
HC: 106

Thornton bt Nigel Heydon 3-1
3 dart ave: 91.23
Doubles: 45.8%
180's: 2
HC: 85

Final match of the afternoon sees in my view a match that will have massive swings back and forth. Hamilton was dreadful in his opening match but was lucky that Smiffy was even worse and he somehow achieved a 3-0 win. Make no mistake though if he plays the same again he will not be as lucky twice. Thornton on the other hand played ok and actually finished cleanly for a change which is always his achilles heel. At first I was going to support Thornton here but he's a player I never get right and instead I think the best way to go here is in the high checkout market. I think both players are very capable of hitting the big outshots and I honestly think this has 6 sets minimum on it so there should be potentially a lot of legs and chances for it to cop.
Recommendation: 1pt win over 121.5 HC @ 5/6 (SJ)

Colin Lloyd v Mark Hylton:
R1 Lloyd bt Andree Welge 3-2
3 dart ave: 84.35
Doubles: 31.2%
180's: 2
HC: 116

Hylton bt Steve Beaton 3-2
3 dart ave: 90.14
Doubles: 40.6%
180's: 7
HC: 83

First match of the evening sees Lloyd with his damaged knuckles take on the former cabin crew member Hylton. First of all Lloyd played well for 2 sets in his R1 match but then totally lost the plot culminating in him taking out his frustrations with a right hook to treble 17. He actually did well to get his composure back and the 86 he hit to stay alive in the deciding set was top drawer. Hylton actually impressed in his match v Beaton who was a little under par but still had to be beat. He will come on for his first match on the big stage at Ally Pally I think and if the occasion doesn't get to him then he can claim another big scalp.
Recommendation: 0.5pts win Mark Hylton @ 5/2 (General)

Adrian Lewis v Mark Dudbridge:
R1: Lewis bt Tony Eccles 3-0
3 dart ave: 94.87
Doubles: 45%
180's: 3
HC: 156

Dudbridge bt Alex Roy 3-1
3 dart ave: 92.6
Doubles: 45.4%
180's: 6
HC: 85

At first I thought Lewis was a bit disappointing despite his 3-0 win over Eccles in R1. However given he was full of the flu and based on the other performances in the round it probably carries a bit more merit than I first thought. He took out some crucial shots at big times and finished to a decent level as well. Dudders seemed to play to a decent standard as well v Roy but the problem I have with him is you've never got a clue how he will perform from 1 day to the next. He's capable but if Lewis is focused I can't see him losing. Wanted to get long of maxes here but the line looks high and the worry is Lewis could go daft for 4 sets and tie this up in next to no time. As such I will cheer my outright bet on Adie instead.
Recommendation: No bet

Phil Taylor v Per Laursen:
R1 Taylor bt Gary Mawson 3-0
3 dart ave: 88.49
Doubles: 26.5%
180's: 1
HC: 121

Laursen bt John Part 3-0
3 dart ave: 83.66
Doubles: 47.4%
180's: 2
HC: 92

Taylor comes into this match in the most despondent mood I can remember him ever being in. Talking of retirement, not happy with the crowds or his form and generally looking out of sorts. He's clearly not right but is he going to be shocked by the dane here? I very much doubt it. Laursen did well to hold himself together v Part but he didn't play that well and was undoubtedly helped by Part finishing at about 16% in the match. At least his win means we get a chance to see his fit daughter again though Grin. Don't know what Taylor we will see here but something tells me he might just bounce back with a 3 figure average and silence all the doubters.
Recommendation: No Bet

Summary: A few fancies on the first day back at the darts and hopefully we can turn a profit. All views welcome and lets hope for some good matches and banter from all on here. Happy

Best of luck to all who are punting tomorrow and may all the chat be friendly Happy
HH
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Report happyhibee December 27, 2010 10:36 PM GMT
Dunno how many 140's he has hit but without a max he must be hitting a bundle to be almost 105 ave. When exactly was Mardle and dudders genuine threat by the way Gwynne???
Report The Dragon December 27, 2010 10:37 PM GMT
im on the same lizard
Report eguillemyn December 27, 2010 10:37 PM GMT
iom     Joined: 31 Aug 06
Replies: 361 27 Dec 10 22:31 
talking about intelectual exercises, i tried in the last 20 mins to find pictures with his daughter..unsuccessful ffs

same here :(

learnt her name is julie though
Report lizardlouis December 27, 2010 10:38 PM GMT
nice one dragon, fingers crossed!
Report happyhibee December 27, 2010 10:38 PM GMT
GWYNNE SHUT UP YOU CRETIN OF A MAN
Report paddletoe December 27, 2010 10:39 PM GMT
Still think Taylor would be losing on legs to some of the other players with slightly less averages because they are scoring heavier when they go on a streak of 3 or 4 golden legs.
Report The Dragon December 27, 2010 10:39 PM GMT
home and hossed i reckon lizard
Report iom December 27, 2010 10:40 PM GMT
yep..103.7 average power
Report iom December 27, 2010 10:41 PM GMT
laursen 95 average..not bad
Report The Dragon December 27, 2010 10:42 PM GMT
played well
Report The Dragon December 27, 2010 10:42 PM GMT
so did flash
Report iom December 27, 2010 10:42 PM GMT
that was a real chance to throw for the set there laursen..comm sheeting
Report bonce1134 December 27, 2010 10:45 PM GMT
lads are now @50/1 laurson IMOLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaugh
Report redpaddy December 27, 2010 10:46 PM GMT
Lots of blonde Julie Laursens on Facebook i am sure one of them is Pers daughter.
Report iom December 27, 2010 10:47 PM GMT
First MAX
Report eguillemyn December 27, 2010 10:47 PM GMT
got it!
Julie Bugslag Raahauge Laursen is on facebook as her father
Report Nilsson Schmilsson December 27, 2010 10:48 PM GMT
likes donkey apparently


thats me out Sad
Report paddletoe December 27, 2010 10:49 PM GMT
I think you need to factor in how many legs Laursen has won tonight when looking at Taylors average. Those Laursen legs are keeping Taylors average up more than it would be if he was winning more easily.
Report scarecrow December 27, 2010 10:49 PM GMT
gwynne wtf
Report The Dragon December 27, 2010 10:50 PM GMT
4-0 in
Report iom December 27, 2010 10:51 PM GMT
and all the unders on 180s :)
Report redpaddy December 27, 2010 10:51 PM GMT
Much improved performance from Taylor in fairness.
Report iom December 27, 2010 10:52 PM GMT
1-1 180s
Report alun2005 December 27, 2010 10:53 PM GMT
much much better from Taylor
Report Nilsson Schmilsson December 27, 2010 10:53 PM GMT
now for the coveted per laursen autograph Laugh
Report scarecrow December 27, 2010 10:53 PM GMT
you just know phils on the way back he is pilfering dartboards again to sell on ebay
Report The Dragon December 27, 2010 10:54 PM GMT
well if he performed as he did last time????????????

only one 180 though

hes got another easy drew in the next round also
Report henkeboots December 27, 2010 10:54 PM GMT
Laursen loves Taylor

stooping over at the endLaughGrin
Report Lori December 27, 2010 10:54 PM GMT
Laursen scuppers the Taylor board stealing ceremony LaughLaughLaughLaugh
Report thegame December 27, 2010 10:54 PM GMT
followers of www.blackpoolboy.blogspot.com in clover yet again after a dodgy start to the day
Report larrence December 27, 2010 10:55 PM GMT
was there a late 180 ??
Report a bitofinterest December 27, 2010 10:55 PM GMT
i think the lakeside need to borrow it
Report viva el presidente! December 27, 2010 10:55 PM GMT
180s gubbing?
Report lizardlouis December 27, 2010 10:55 PM GMT
Get in there 4-0 @ 4/6, thanks for the free money to place on the outright, well done Dragon!!
Report henkeboots December 27, 2010 10:55 PM GMT
not much in Wade's way to the semis
Report Lori December 27, 2010 10:56 PM GMT
Per's last three darts larrence
Report The Great Daylami December 27, 2010 10:57 PM GMT
Baxter in 8th in the averages yet beat 4-0
Report The Dragon December 27, 2010 10:57 PM GMT
lizards and dragons are born winners
Report alun2005 December 27, 2010 10:57 PM GMT
Namecheck time

I'm on Kevin and Tyrone off Corry at 8/1 coupled
Report Lori December 27, 2010 10:57 PM GMT
Graeme McDowell and Prince William for me.
Report henkeboots December 27, 2010 10:58 PM GMT
1.01

McCoy another great champCool
Report paddletoe December 27, 2010 10:58 PM GMT
Very deceptive average from Taylor there. Definately a big improvement from him but that very flattering average hides the fact that he is not scoring as heavy as some of the other players.

Normally when he averages 103 at this stage he does so by winning every leg, but the Dane won a lot of legs tonight to help Taylors average. Also he was 60% on doubles.
Report iom December 27, 2010 10:58 PM GMT
taylor talking about the commentators :))
Report Ashley_Young December 27, 2010 10:58 PM GMT
3 babies in 3 nights?
Report Lori December 27, 2010 10:58 PM GMT
Disappointed in Sid PMSL

Sucked his dick every day for 15 years and dumps him in a spat.
Report henkeboots December 27, 2010 10:58 PM GMT
Sid in for a red earLaugh
Report STEPTOES YARD December 27, 2010 10:59 PM GMT
sids not getting anymore darts Laugh
Report larrence December 27, 2010 10:59 PM GMT
cheers lori, i was just about to lay taylor in the 180's.
Report Bruce Buffer December 27, 2010 10:59 PM GMT
this is an uncomfortable interview!
Report iom December 27, 2010 10:59 PM GMT
"then don t have a clue what they re saying"..i m loving this
Report henkeboots December 27, 2010 10:59 PM GMT
intae the PhilipCool
Report henkeboots December 27, 2010 10:59 PM GMT
1.5 by the end of the interviewBlush
Report treble December 27, 2010 11:00 PM GMT
In a way, I do get where Phil's coming from here.
Report Diaz December 27, 2010 11:00 PM GMT
Taylor speculating on his daughter killing herself.

Lolling my peen off. LaughLaughLaughLaugh
Report alun2005 December 27, 2010 11:00 PM GMT
Quite a nice few digs going in here
Report STEPTOES YARD December 27, 2010 11:00 PM GMT
phil got to take the stick on the chin ffs

nobody allowed to have a go at him ?
Report madlung December 27, 2010 11:00 PM GMT
sid will be in tears at this
Report HowieTheRookie. December 27, 2010 11:00 PM GMT
ConfusedPsycho alert
Report redpaddy December 27, 2010 11:01 PM GMT
Sky controller "get him off now".
Report HowieTheRookie. December 27, 2010 11:01 PM GMT
Unhinged but I suppose most geniuses are
Report The Great Daylami December 27, 2010 11:01 PM GMT
Clarkey cut that a biy short. Reckon Sidney was in his ear!
Report Nilsson Schmilsson December 27, 2010 11:01 PM GMT
sid misses first taylor game in 15 years

phil has a go at him


i think this is no coinsidence
Report STEPTOES YARD December 27, 2010 11:01 PM GMT
terrible that from taylor

comms have every right to have a go at him as he has been off the pace last few months
Report paddletoe December 27, 2010 11:01 PM GMT
Did he just say he would give all his winnings this week to the lad in the crowd who asked how his grand son is doing?
Report a bitofinterest December 27, 2010 11:01 PM GMT
they're still kissing me and hugging me dave








but only in 3d so you need glasses to see them Cool
Report henkeboots December 27, 2010 11:01 PM GMT
Someone may go and get a hold of Sid before he heads to Beachy Head

Laugh
Report iom December 27, 2010 11:01 PM GMT
anyway phil is not 100% mentally sane :)
Report Lori December 27, 2010 11:01 PM GMT
He needs to understand that if you want to be a highly paid sportsman, you've got to take the press speculation and crap that comes with it, that's precisely what the pay is for.

We don't give these guys the money (via sky or whatever other sponsors) to be respectful all the time and watch in quiet admiration. Look at the footy forum!
Report Bruce Buffer December 27, 2010 11:01 PM GMT
yep paddle
Report thegame December 27, 2010 11:02 PM GMT
Stuart Pyke is an excellent commentatot/summariser on numerous sports and perfectly within his rights to question whether an 88 average is good enough to win a world title
Report treble December 27, 2010 11:02 PM GMT
It annoys me too though, when upstarts like Sid and Gwynne who probably cant even chuck a dart decide that Phil is playing terrible and seem to take on a coaching mantle.
Report redpaddy December 27, 2010 11:03 PM GMT
Is this all an act between Phil and the comms to generate controversy and in turn more interest.
Report henkeboots December 27, 2010 11:03 PM GMT
Phil likes a good ol moan right enough when it suits
Report STEPTOES YARD December 27, 2010 11:04 PM GMT
think we saw the bad side of phil there

just cant take criticism

he was below par at both grand prix and grand slam which were long before his problems with grandson

comms have a duty to have a go

Will he be having a go at eric ? he doesnt think hes good enough to make final
Report iom December 27, 2010 11:04 PM GMT
i say the interview was fixxed :)
Report RLMonkey December 27, 2010 11:04 PM GMT
Problem ere is its all too pally pally,

Phil - throw yer darts and shut the fk up
Sid - Say what you want and talk sh!t, cos you always have.

Enough with the love-in
Report treble December 27, 2010 11:05 PM GMT
Webster will not Phil out. Lads playing great and got a cool head. Wont be overawed.
Report treble December 27, 2010 11:05 PM GMT
That was meant to say knock ffs
Report Lori December 27, 2010 11:05 PM GMT
Annoys me as well treble, but he never says anything when they're wrong in his favour, which is often.

Phil spends half his interview time criticising the other players for not trying hard enough and other ludicrous stuff. When it's his turn, he has to come out with the excuses while the others don't feel the need to justify themselves and just get on with their job and personal lives.
Report redpaddy December 27, 2010 11:05 PM GMT
Fxxking hell Taylor i hate Sid but he has done an amazing job promoting your carrear ,comparing you to greats like Pele Bradman etc.
Report henkeboots December 27, 2010 11:05 PM GMT
i don't think it was fixed. he's like a moany ol woman (sorry to any women reading[;)]) when he has a gripe
Report RLMonkey December 27, 2010 11:06 PM GMT
Can someone ask betfair to add Martin Adams to the market, i think he's got a great chance
Report MontyPanesar December 27, 2010 11:06 PM GMT
Now that Taylor's performed the heel turn on Sid, would be brilliant to see Sid totally against him on commentary.

TAYLOR MISSES, OVERRATED
CAN'T DO THE UNDERSTACKER
SLACK VISIT
THINKS HE'S BACK IN THE CARAVAN
Report Lori December 27, 2010 11:06 PM GMT
Rod's look said it all tbf
Report Nilsson Schmilsson December 27, 2010 11:07 PM GMT
monty LaughLaugh
Report viva el presidente! December 27, 2010 11:07 PM GMT
2011 Seethe Personality of the Year 1.01 (NAP)
Report treble December 27, 2010 11:07 PM GMT
Big difference though between not practising due to not being bothered and being in the situation Phil's been in recently.

I dont like phil. I think he acts awful sometimes. His crowd excuse at being beaten by Beaton was appalling. It's just my opinion on this particular issue.
Report going skint December 27, 2010 11:08 PM GMT
phil accustomed to commentators glugging his seamen with relish
not a happy man when someone dissents
Report redpaddy December 27, 2010 11:09 PM GMT
Think Sid will toe the line from here,Taylor has too much influence.
Report Lori December 27, 2010 11:09 PM GMT
My point though is that how does he know it's because they can't be bothered, he's happy to judge situations he doesnt' know himself.
Report paddletoe December 27, 2010 11:09 PM GMT
Will Taylor honour his promise to give the lad in the crowd his £200,000 winners cheque should he win?
Report thegame December 27, 2010 11:10 PM GMT
how many majors would he have won if he hadn't had the silver spoon treatment from Sky, not to mention being managed by the boss of the PDC?
Report treble December 27, 2010 11:10 PM GMT
Heel turn!!!

Is this wrestling? Will Sid be running down the aisle to perform a flying clothesline just as Phil throws for the match!!
Report redpaddy December 27, 2010 11:10 PM GMT
Think he said he would give his grandson the winnings Paddle.
Report STEPTOES YARD December 27, 2010 11:10 PM GMT
his old pal eric bristow has written him off this tournie 2 days ago

didnt hear his name mentioned

phil picked some pretty easy targets
Report redpaddy December 27, 2010 11:11 PM GMT
Eric knows too many East End gangsters Step.
Report Lori December 27, 2010 11:12 PM GMT
Sid should start talking about how much he loves the best of five leg formats like the world cup and thinks that events should have more rounds and shorter matches etc etc.
Report MontyPanesar December 27, 2010 11:18 PM GMT
Sid will wear a kilt if Taylor plays Anderson now. The ultimate would be you hear the microphone hit the table during Taylor's throw, Waddell runs on and kneecaps Taylor
Report cirty dunt December 27, 2010 11:34 PM GMT
r.i.p your nan mate, as ever good assesment of the matches
Report Biscuit1979 December 28, 2010 12:02 AM GMT
Missed this tonight as was out, what exactly was said by the commentators? Did they have a row with Phil on air?
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