Rand v Lloyd: Jaws unable to snap Cool Hand

checkout success of 64% is as good as you are likely to see

Arguably the performance of the first round was that of world championship debutant Scott Rand who didn’t drop a single leg in his 3-0 rout of 20th seed Andy Smith. There certainly wasn’t much wrong with Colin Lloyd’s 94.7 average and 3-1 win over Darin Young either though and we should be in for a high quality contest in the second round.

Rand gave everyone fair warning that he was going to be a force in the tournament after his sensational run to the semi-finals in the Players Championships, which saw him blow away Barney and James Wade. They were clearly not fluke results and he looks and sounds set on a similar kind of run at the Alexandra Palace.

Cool Hand’s checkout success of 64% is as good as you are likely to see in a major competition and for it to come on the man’s first ever appearance on the biggest stage of them all is incredible.

As mentioned though, there was little wrong with how Jaws was playing in his opening match and avoiding the potential banana skin of the big American. Lloyd has not had a lot to shout about this year really with his form on both the floor and the stage deserting him; a run to the quarter-finals of first of the Players Championship Finals back in February being pretty much the highlight.

The pair first met in May last year and have played twice since with each match being incredibly tight. Rand has won two to Lloyd’s one but the aggregate score finished at 16 legs a-piece showing just how nip-and-tuck it has been.

The bookmakers have clearly been impressed by the recent form of Rand as despite his relative inexperience he is odds-on favourite for the match at best priced 4/6, although Lloyd isn’t too far behind at 5/4. I have to agree, and although he may come unstuck later in the competition when the matches get even longer, he looks good enough to progress to the third round.

Recommended Bet:

Rand to win @4/6 with Ladbrokes

Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 28/12/2011 - 11:29 AM
Filed in:- PDC World Championship Betting News

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