Harms v Jennings: Sparky has lit up Lakeside
These two men are enjoying dream debuts at the World Championships as they have both turned a few heads by reaching the quarter-finals at the first time of asking.
Despite their novice status at the Lakeside tournament both were seeded, with Jennings the 12th and Harms 13th, but nonetheless have triumphed against the odds so far.
Paul Jennings hasn’t been spectacular on the oche, but he has been steady and surprisingly nerveless in his first appearance on the World stage. His averages have not been eye-catching, but his performances have still been impressive, winning both his contests with a two set cushion.
Wesley Harms has grabbed the attention of the darting world, arguably more than his opponent in the last eight, with his scintillating performances against two men fancied for the competition.
His 3-1 and then 4-1 hammerings of Martin Phillips and Robbie Green included some moments of real quality and the International Open champion has really made a name for himself, whatever happens this Thursday night.
Despite both men throwing their arrows at Frimley Green for the first time this year, it is Jennings who is much the more experienced and he can retort to Harms’ International Open success with wins at the Swiss, Latvian and Finnish Opens last year.
Despite this impressive CV, the form of the Dutchman has caught the eyes of the bookmakers and he is the marginal favourite to reach the final four at 17/20 with Jennings at 6/5.
The battling qualities of Jennings have been there for all to see and that will mean that the Dutch electrician is unlikely to run away with it, but going on his performances so far he looks likely to meet either Adams or O’Shea in the semis so I would back him.
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