The fifth night of action in the second season of the Remote Darts League sees four players returning for their second evening on the board, as the work to keep us entertained with some live sport during lockdown continues on Friday.
Everyone involved in this campaign has now got underway so we should expect the standard to continue to rise and given the big swings that can take place in the league table on any given night, the drama should intensify too.
The league phase of the competition will see the 16 players play each other once over the best of 10 legs across the first 20 nights of the season, with two points for a win and one for a draw. Four players play each night and compete in three matches in the sessions they play, so all 16 players will play in just five of the first 20 evenings of the campaign.
At the end of the league phase the top four will go into the playoffs on the final night where the semi-finals are played over the best of 15 legs and the winner will be determined over the best of 19 legs. The entire tournament is being streamed on the Remote Darts League YouTube channel and various bookmaker websites.
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It was the tightest night of the lot so far on Thursday night with half of the matches ending in 5-5 draws. The night actually began with one of the more one-sided contests as David Cameron overcame the test of Stacey Pace without dropping a leg. There was then an entertaining 5-5 draw between John O’Shea and Jim Williams, before Williams picked up an emphatic 6-1 win over Pace. The best match of the evening was the fourth one as O’Shea and Cameron played out a high scoring, high quality 5-5 draw before O’Shea stayed on to whitewash Pace. The night ended with another entertaining draw between Cameron and Pace.
It was the first frustrating night of the season for us betting wise so far. It looked like our punt on John O’Shea to beat David Cameron was going to land when the Irishman led 5-2 but a barrage of 180s got Cameron back into the match and it ended all-square, so we were justified in taking the draw no bet option resulting in a push but it was disappointing that O’Shea was denied the chance to convert for a win.
Lorraine Winstanley vs Jim Williams
Larry Butler vs Joe Chaney
Larry Butler vs Lorraine Winstanley
Joe Chaney vs Jim Williams
Joe Chaney vs Lorraine Winstanley
Jim Williams vs Larry Butler
There is an American flavour to the night on Friday with two of the three players in the league from that country involved in proceedings. It is actually the two non-Americans who get us up and running when Lorraine Winstanley goes in search of her first points of the campaign when she takes on Jim Williams. The two Americans, Larry Butler and Joe Chaney meet in a tasty looking second game before Butler stays on to take on Winstanley to take us to the halfway mark.
It could be that the pick of the matches on the evening is once again the fourth game on show as Chaney and Williams go head to head in what should be a heavy scoring battle. Chaney then concludes his work for the night when he takes on Winstanley before the veteran Butler returns to pit his wits against Williams in what looks like being a decent closer to the action.
I’ll get involved in a couple of matches going the distance on Friday night and the first of those is the one between the two American players Larry Butler and Joe Chaney who will know each other pretty well from the many tournaments in that part of the world. Both men opened up with solid efforts on the opening night and will be looking to build on that here but the match does appear to have significant draw potential. What I like about this match is if there is a winner I see it being Chaney so he would have to break throw twice for this not to go the distance. Over 9.5 legs looks to have a lot of mileage to me here.
The same bet and reasoning applies for the next match that Joe Chaney is involved in against Jim Williams. This also has a close feel about it, especially if Williams has more hiccups on his doubles like he did on Thursday. We certainly didn’t see the best of the Welshman there and we didn’t really see his top form in the first season of this competition either. Chaney seemed very confident on Tuesday and I believe he has the game to either snatch a draw here or use the throw to his advantage to push Williams the distance.
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