Thursday night review - Big three all shine as Hogan lands second whitewash
A tremendous night of darts on Thursday as the Big 3 all showed their muscles to pick up big wins. All the action can be viewed again on our You Tube channel.
Paul Hogan 7-0 Alan Norris
Paul Hogan's incredible run of results continued on Thursday night when he picked up his second whitewash of the week. Alan Norris was the unfortunate victim as he suffered at the hands of 'Crocodile Dundee'. Norris's scoring was actually an improvement on previous night's but he couldn't manage to checkout. Hogan's vintage midweek continues following on from his 7-0 whitewash of Wes Newton and Tuesday and deserved win over tournament fav Jim Williams on Wednesday.
Gary Robson 6-6 Tony O'Shea
These two have been darting opponents and friends for more than three decades and they couldn't be separated here in the second match of the night. Robson took two of the opening three legs to set up an advantage but from there on in it was O'Shea who took the lead. After leading 3-2, the next seven legs were shared between the legs with Robson taking the closer to draw the match 6-6. Both players keep themselves in the Top 4 picture.
Darryl Fitton 7-2 Dean Winstanley
Darryl Fitton bounced back from a poor performance on Wednesday against Gary Robson to see off Dean Winstanley 7-2 here with a blitz of great finishing and good scoring. Fittton kicked off with the opening two legs before Winstanley put himself back in the picture on the third. It was a false dawn however as Fitton picked up the next four legs to put the match out of 'Over The Top''s reach. It's a sixth straight defeat for an exasperated Winstanley and any hopes of qualification have now been extinguished.
James Richardson 7-1 Wes Newton
Thursday night brought another dominating, successful performance by the league leader James Richardson as he blitzed past Wes Newton 7-1. Opening up a 3-0 lead, the writing was on the wall for Newton, but he did nick the fourth to keep his hopes alive. It was not to be though as Richardson moved up the gears to take the final three legs and secure another heavy win.
Jim Williams 7-1 John Walton
After a below par couple of nights, tournament favourite Jim Williams put on the style against John Walton as he eased past him 7-1. Williams produced some great darts including an 11 dart leg and ended the match with a unique bull-bull-20 120 checkout. It was three straight 100+ checkout finishes for the Welshman as he rattled off six straight legs to thrash Walton 7-1.