Kist v Norris: Dutch delight for Vroomshoop flinger
Tournament outsiders Alan Norris and Christian Kist will meet Friday night at the Lakeside in an unexpected quarter-final showdown. Kist has been the surprise of the tournament so far posting a 96 average in each of his two games played so far while Norris is in the quarter-finals for the first time following some poor showings at the Lakeside in recent years.
Kist is given the slight edge at 4/7, while Norris is the 6/4 outsider and will no doubt be buoyed by his scalp of an under par Dean Winstanley, whom he trailed for much of the match. Kist is justifiably favourite though, having posted a higher average and winning by a bigger margin in round two as Norris scraped through with an 89 average.
The Road worker by trade from Vroomshoop in the Netherlands also hit seven maximums in his victory over Belgian Geert de Vos over six sets, and he should be able to land the odds yet again, with Sky Bet offering up a price of 5/6 that he hits over six maximums.
A small value bet that may interest casual punters investing in small stakes only, is the most 180s market. Going into this match Kist has hit 11 to Norris’ total of 13 and Ladbrokes go a very large 15/2 we see both players level on maximums at the end of play. It should also be noted Norris has played one set extra than Kist despite hitting two more 180s.
Although Chuck has come a long way in 12 months from throwing a miserable 78 average in a second round defeat to Gary Thompson, Kist has burst onto the scene at the Lakeside this week, and it is hard to see him slowing down here if the form book goes according to plan.
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• Adams v Stone: Champ to cruise through
• O'Shea v Montgomery: Ross to Boss the 180s
• Green v Harms: Seeded duo to go all the way
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• Winstanley v Ten Berge: Over The Top of the 180s
• Waites v Boulton: Waites has Scott the lot
• Hankey v Barden: Out for the Count
• Phillips v Harms: Welshman to keep Wes at Harms length
• Adams v Mitchell: First round tester for the champ
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