The latest week of Icons of Darts brought to us by the team at Modus Darts sees the pools of players taking to their home oches for the second time as the bid to provide us with our darting fix and those involved with competitive practice continues.
It is the first pool of players that we will see on Wednesday, a set of players who provided wonderful entertainment on Monday, and who are likely to do much more of the same when they compete for the second of their three days.
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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You could have made a case for all six players to win the group on Tuesday but it was the established favourite David Evans who came out on top. He won all five of his matches and was putting in 95+ averages for fun by the end of the day. It was Andy Jenkins who got off to a flying start with three wins in his first three matches, but he couldn’t sustain his form and tailed off to finish second on six points. There were four points for Ritchie Edhouse, Mark Webster and Mike Warburton, with Scott Mitchell bringing up the rear with a solitary victory in their final match.
We took it fairly easy from a betting point of view on Tuesday, going with one bet in what was largely a watching brief for us, but it was a successful day despite the lack of action as Andy Jenkins beat Mark Webster 5-3 to cover the handicap and reward us with a winner at a perfectly generous price to get us in the black for the week, with four days to add to it.
Wednesday Line Up
We get to see the excited and talented Keane Barry on our streams on Wednesday as the youngster goes in search of what would be a pretty amazing fourth successive group victory. He was made to work hard for his success on Monday but came on out top despite that. Martin Adams has been relentless in winning groups over the last month or so and he is slated to be the man to give the Irishman his toughest challenge on Wednesday.
That might be a little harsh on Boris Koltsov, who was only a win away from matching Barry’s points haul on Monday. If he can just finish with more composure and assurance you would think he would have every chance of snatching top spot. Jarred Cole continues to improve all the time now the format suits him and he’s another in with every chance of topping the pile on Wednesday. Dave Parletti played well at times on Monday and a bit more consistency here could have him competitive too. Jose Justicia looks to be bringing up the rear.
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All eyes will be on Keane Barry on Wednesday but if the youngster is going to win the group he’ll have to do it the hard way as he has the early shift and faces for my money his hardest three tests from the off and in the first four matches of the day, so if he isn’t on it from the start he could be out of proceedings before they have really got underway. That makes me think there could be a bit of value in taking on the potential superstar.
It is hard not to see a case where Martin Adams and Boris Koltsov are not deeply involved in proceedings but at 2/1 and 10/3 they are priced accordingly, with it being noted that Koltsov is approaching a backable price now. One man who certainly is that is Jarred Cole, a player who was only a deciding leg in the last game on Monday away from topping the group. He lost to Keane Barry who had the throw but had he beat him he’d have won the group. Those two open up play on Wednesday and if Cole catches Barry cold or gets the throw he could get the better of him and push on for success. Given what we’ve seen from Cole 12/1 on him to win this group is pretty insulting and now could be the time to take advantage.
We’ll go with one bet over the course of the play on Wednesday and it comes in the opening match where Keane Barry takes on Jarred Cole. I won’t pick the winner because obviously I hope Cole wins the match to boost the outright bet. I certainly don’t think he is without a chance and the 2/1 prices are pretty insulting when you consider how closely matched the two were on Monday. That said though, it is the 180s which interest me.
These two men can both score very well and they’ve proven that already this week and in weeks gone by. The line for this match looks insanely low at 2.5 and it is odds against for the over too. Barry covered this line on his own when they met on Monday, hitting three 180s but Cole is no stranger to filling the 60 bed. We’re only looking for a maximum apiece and then one of them to hit another one on top and that doesn’t feel like an odds against shot to me. I’ll take the over here.
Back J.Cole to win Group 3 for a 1/10 stake at 13.00 with Boylesports
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WON – Back K.Barry vs J.Cole – Over 2.5 180s for a 3/10 stake at 2.25 with Sky Bet