Painter v Rand: Cool Hand to brush off the Artist
It has been quite an astonishing weekend for each of these players. Kevin Painter has defeated Gary Anderson and Mervyn King, the man who beat Phil Taylor, to get this far, while Scott Rand has seen off a five-time world champion and the world number three en route to the last four.
For one of them the fairy tale will continue a little longer, for the other there’ll be questions of what could have been. It is almost eight years since Painter reached his only major final, Rand, however, had never made it past the last 32 of a televised tournament prior to this week.
“I've beaten another established player and it would be good to shake it up a bit more,” said Rand after beating James Wade.
“It would be amazing to be able to give up work and do this for a living, and I've got a great chance tonight to make that a reality.”
Each player has already bagged £15,000 by making it this far; the winner of this match will guarantee themselves a cheque for £24,000 and will still be in the hunt for the £60,000 first prize. More importantly, though, they’ll be in with a shout of winning their first ever PDC major title.
I was tempted to say that experience gives Painter the edge here. But Wade, and Raymond van Barneveld before him, both had an abundance of experience, and that didn’t bother Rand. It just depends whether he can handle the enormity of what he may be about to achieve.
Rand has been hovering at around the 100-mark for his three-dart average in each of his three matches this week, while Painter has been down around the 90-mark. That is quite a gap and if Rand can just maintain something around that level he’ll take another giant step to giving up the day job.
Back Rand to win @ 6/5 with Betfred
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