Winstanley v Norris: Chuck your money Over The Top
Two of the more impressive performers from the first round collide as Alan Norris, who hit eight 180s in his opening contest, faces Dean Winstanley who fired in a 160 check out at the first time of asking.
Winstanley put in a thoroughly professional performance against the dangerous Joey Ten Berge, not giving the Dutchman much of a sniff as he dispatched him by three sets to one.
The massive 160 finish was the highlight of a confidence boosting display which signalled to the rest of the field that last year’s runner-up really means business after a couple of below-par performances coming into the tournament at the Center Parcs and Zuiderduin Masters.
Norris will be in in equally buoyant mood following his stunning match with Dutch youngster and 14th seed Benito van de Pas.
The man known as “Chuck” was in cracking form scoring the third highest average of the competition so far, and had to in order to edge out the teenager in a five set thriller.
Norris has been in fine fettle for a while now as he lifted the trophies at the French and Luxembourg Opens in October and also reached the final of the Czech Open in November.
His opponent on that occasion was the same man he faces on Wednesday evening though, and that big win for Winstanley may give him an extra edge on the Lakeside stage.
Unsurprisingly, the world number three is a strong favourite to make the quarter-finals and take on either Christian Kist or Geert de Vos, but Norris will know that if he can replicate the form from his first game then his price of 11/4 is very generous.
Matches between the two are regularly very tight and Winstanley has said himself he is expecting another close one, so the offer of over 5.5 sets seems a decent one. This would cover a 4-2 or 4-3 Winstanley win, which I see as the most likely outcomes.
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• Hankey v Kist: Terrible Ted too tough for Kist
• O'Shea v Harms: The year of the Silverback
• Kist v Norris: Dutch delight for Vroomshoop flinger
• Hankey v Atkins: Count to take out the Assassin
• Harms v Jennings: Sparky has lit up Lakeside
• O'Shea v Adams: Wolf to tame Silverback
• Waites v Hankey: You can Count on Ted
• Kist v De Vos: Dutchman to Kist the lipstick
• 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
• Van de Pas v Norris: Chuck to use experience
• 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
• Fitton v Green: Dazzling Darryl to get off to a flyer