After a crazy opening two days of action on and off the oche in the UK Open the tournament concludes on Sunday with a cast list few will have expected as the quarter finals, semis and final of the event takes place at Butlin’s in Minehead.
We have two standout names left in the tournament but they have drawn each other in the last eight so over the course of a busy day there will be an opportunity for someone to make a real name for themselves. As ever in these events due to time restrictions we can only preview the afternoon session.
Dave Pallett vs Steve West
We get underway with one of those matches where there is a fantastic opportunity for the two men involved when Dave Pallett takes on Steve West over the best of 19 legs for a place in the first major semi-final for both of them.
Given what is at stake and how far they have both come through this tournament I’m expecting a tight battle which should yield plenty of 180s. Sometimes on a day like this we have to worry about external factors but with no crowd this will just be like any other day for them so I expect the 180s to flow. Pallett hits them for fun when he gets going while West is a serial 180 man. Between them they can combine to cover the 8.5 180s line.
John Part vs Robert Owen
The second quarter final of the day sees a veteran who is having another swansong taking on a man who is into the final day of a major tournament for the first time and that adds an interesting dynamic to this one.
If you side with experience then Part is unopposable in this match but we have to appreciate that even though he is new to this level the better darts is likely to come from Owen who is more attuned to this generation. I can’t really decide how this will play out. If you made me pick I’d go with Owen but Part is canny enough and has been around long enough to be respected.
Corey Cadby vs Gerwyn Price
There will be no lack of machismo on the stage for the third quarter final when Corey Cadby takes on Gerwyn Price in a real clash of egos. They have only met once in their career which came at the World Series Finals and that was a match full of nonsense antics and even without a crowd this one is unlikely to need much igniting.
If there was any sort of acceptable price on over 16.5 legs I would take that as I don’t think either will let the other one get away from them but the odds are all pretty short as I would expect so I’ll leave this one alone and try to sit through the nonsense antics that will undoubtedly surround the darts.
Rob Cross vs Gary Anderson
The final match of the quarter finals is the one everyone will be waiting for when the world champion Rob Cross goes up against the twice winner of the world title in Gary Anderson in a true heavyweight tussle.
Cross has done enough to make it this far in the tournament. I don’t mean that against him in any way and if anything it is a compliment given that he has been averaging around 100 for most of his matches but we just expect so much from him. Anderson has been like a Rolls Royce so far this weekend and actually looks to be getting better match by match.
Anderson holds a 3-0 advantage over Cross in their career battles and with nothing wrong with his game I think he can make that 4-0 here. Anderson loves a challenge and if anything there is just a slight edge off the very top of Cross’ scoring. That could be the difference here.
Back D.Pallett vs S.West – Over 8.5 180s for a 4/10 stake at 1.91 with Coral
WON – Back G.Anderson to beat R.Cross for a 4/10 stake at 1.83 with Boylesports
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