Jenkins and Jones do just enough
The final two Players Championship events of the year came to their conclusions over the weekend, and with World Championship qualification on the line, things were predictably nervy in Barnsley.
There was nothing separating the three men closest to grabbing that magical 16th qualifying spot through the Pro Tour Order of Merit coming into the last two tournaments, as Mark Jones, Stuart Kellett and Dennis Smith had all won £6,800 over the season on the tour. It would come down to which of these men could perform the best in South Yorkshire that would be heading for the Ally Pally next month.
Smith has no luck with his draw on Saturday being handed Michael van Gerwen first up; he duly lost, adding nothing to his total. Kellett hardly had it easy either though as he faced Steve Beaton and also was sent packing first round; the best opportunity fell to Jones who took on Brian Woods but was dispatched 6-2, so none of the trio added to their prize money on the Saturday. One man who did though was Andy Jenkins who scraped a 6-5 win over Liam Kelly in round one, he was beaten by Wes Newton next up, but his £200 win saw him move to just £100 behind the trio of hopefuls.
Onto Sunday and the same equation remained, Smith again with a tough draw against Arron Monk and again he was defeated; Kellett was cursing his luck as well as he met Simon Whitlock and was easily seen off leaving neither men with anything to show for their weekend in Barnsley. Jones, however, won the most important 200 quid of his life as his edgy 6-5 win over Matthew Edgar saw him move away from his rivals and ultimately secure his place at the Ally Pally.
This left Smith and Kellett still level, but there were plenty of predators still lurking and after his one win on Saturday, Jenkins repeated the feat, beating Michael Barnard in round one to sneak into the World Champs by just £100.
There were some impressive performances by those who had already confirmed their qualification through the Pro Tour as Dennis Priestley made two more quarter-finals and proved that he will be a match for anyone at the Alexandra Palace. Arron Monk also managed a last eight berth as his ever growing reputation was again improved.
The effort prize for the weekend might just go to Irishman Connie Finnan though who hit a 9-darter on route to his first ever Pro Tour quarter-final on Sunday. The £1,000 wasn’t enough to see him qualify for a second time, but if his £4,800 bonus for the perfect game had counted towards the ranking then he would have sneaked in in some style.
Just two places are yet to be filled at the Alexandra Palace and they will be decided at the PDPA qualifying event on Monday in Barnsley.
Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our
Posted on:- 26/11/2012 - 11:53 AM
Filed in:- PDC World Championship Betting News, Adrian Lewis, Gary Anderson, Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld , Simon Whitlock