Walsh v Jones: Wanderer to down Special Brew
Wayne Jones dispatched of three-time world champion John Part in facile fashion to book his place in the second round, but he is certain to be pushed a lot harder by Mark Walsh this Saturday afternoon.
Jones whitewashed the Canadian with a 99.10 three-dart average, but the one-sided nature of the scoreline was due more to Part’s incompetence than any sort of otherworldly performance from The Wanderer. That said, Jones did what he had to do and continued the good form that he had shown at the Grand Slam of Darts.
“I started off brilliantly and managed to keep it going. I think if John had got a leg on the board it would have got me worried and I was just glad to finish him off in the end,” said Jones after the win.
Walsh also benefited from a below-par performance from his opponent, Mark Hylton, and was rarely put under pressure in cruising to a 6-3 victory. The win followed up his own good form from the Grand Slam and sets up this mouthwatering clash between two players currently on top of their game.
The head-to-head record between these two players is an interesting one. Walsh won the first four, then Jones the next seven before Walsh came back with the following six in a row. Significantly, perhaps, Jones won the most recent match-up and if the trend is to continue could be set for a number of consecutive wins over Special Brew.
These are two solid, extremely evenly matched players and I think Betfred have got it right by pricing them each at 17/20 for the win here. However, Ladbrokes, amongst others, don’t agree and are offering a tasty 6/5 on Jones to win. If he maintains his form of the first round then he has every chance.
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