Another week of competition in the Icons of Darts concludes on Saturday when the second pool of players take to their home setups for the third and final time as our darting fix continues to be filled by the team at Modus Darts.
We’ve seen two high quality groups from the six players in this pool and hopefully that is exactly what we get again to finish off what has been a really good week of darts to date. With the names on show we would be foolish to expect any different.
Each day from Monday to Saturday six players will battle it out for a daily title. There are two pools of players, one which plays on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and the other which toe the oche on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Each day the six players will play each other once over the best of nine legs with two points for a win. The daily winner is the player with the most points. If players are level on points it is determined on leg difference and then the record between the two. The entire event can be watched on various bookmaker websites, dartshop.tv or the Modus YouTube channel.
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The week ended how it started with Scott Marsh coming out on top in the group. That didn’t look likely when he lost his opening match but he won his last four and was the only player to make it to eight points. He was chased hard by Keelan Kay, John Brown and Fallon Sherrock who each had three wins. Indeed Sherrock would have won the group had she won her final match but she lost it 5-0 to John Brown. Jose Justicia and Diogo Portela ended their week with the one win each.
It was a perfect day for us betting wise on Friday. We backed Marsh to win the group which he duly did and although we were made to wait until the final match for it to be confirmed, his eight points always looked like being enough. The had the profits soaring nicely and they were topped up further when John Brown picked up a 5-3 win over a better Diogo Portela than previously this week, but still nowhere near good enough to challenge the youngster.
Saturday Line Up
Martin Adams was the man who dominated this group on Thursday and he will be out to make a successful defence of the title. Wolfie won all five of his matches on Thursday, but he wasn’t as good on Tuesday so he still has a little to prove despite his deserved legendary status. Boris Koltsov won the group on Tuesday and will want his title back on Saturday while the youngster Keane Barry will be out to remind everyone just how good he is.
Scott Mitchell hasn’t really been at the races this week but the former world champion still merits respect given the quality he showed at the Summer Series recently. This group is an absolute cracker because Mike Warburton is no stranger to winning groups and he would like another title on his CV on Saturday. The last man in the field is Stephen Burton who is beginning to warm to the task nicely and certainly shouldn’t be underestimated.
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I haven’t got involved in the outright betting in this group this week and I’m going to keep it that way on Saturday too. I can’t decide whether I think Adams will hack up and win most of his matches again or whether an outsider such as Stephen Burton has a chance of picking up his first group success. I would have taken Burton if I could get slightly bigger than 10/1. I’m not saying that is a bad price but it just doesn’t reel me in enough.
One of the reasons for that is there are three genuinely good talents in this group in Adams, Boris Koltsov and Keane Barry, and you would think it would be unlikely for all three of them to play badly, or indeed for Barry not to show up at least once this week. I might live to regret not backing Burton but I’d be much more confident backing him if he had the early shift and could put some pressure on the rest. He doesn’t so I’ll sit this one out.
I will go with one in the match betting though and that is the one which served me well on Thursday for Martin Adams to beat Boris Koltsov. I highlighted ahead of their match on Thursday that the only time Koltsov has beaten Adams over this format was when he hit six 180s and those performances just don’t come around very often. More of a concern for the Russian is the amount of doubles he continues to miss.
Adams scored very well on Thursday. It was as if he needed Tuesday to blow away the cobwebs that surfaced through the break for the World Matchplay. He looked in fine form on Thursday though with his averages regularly in the 90 and his 140 and 180 scoring pretty good. His doubling was sharp as well and there was a lot to like about Wolfie over the course of the day. He’s a better player than Koltsov and at 4/5 I’m happy to be on him again here.
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