Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters; Friday Games
Well the out-door nature of the Dubai darts did have some effect on the games of the world’s top players, as averages were a little down on what you’d expect – BUT it was still a fun night of darts from a fans point of view… with only the last game between Hamilton and Taylor seeming to fizzle out (although not for the Hammer, who won again against Taylor). I’ll miss the first game at least, as the action starts on Europsport 1 at 5pm, and I don’t get out of work until 5.30pm!
The Eurosport coverage lacks the slickness of Sky Sports (or even ITV4), and it shows it’s a bit of a last minute thing. The commentator seemed out of his depth (Not Steve Beaton I might add, who was what you’d expect, funny, dry, and laid back). At one point near the end of Taylor’s game the comms bloke seemed to think Phil was a saint, one of the few players never to employ any ‘tactics’ on the oche and “just let his darts do the talking”. Well even the biggest Power fan knows he uses everything to his advantage, and his mind games are legendary. Some would say that’s what a true winner is all about; not cheating (Taylor’s skill level doesn’t need cheating!), but pushing the boundaries to win.
Phil certainly wasn’t happy by the end of last night’s game; some of the fans had been whistling during his throw, which isn’t on. I was disappointed by Phil though, when he made Hamilton wait to shake his hand, as it wasn’t the Hammer’s fault how the crowd reacted.
Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters
Semi Finals (5pm UK Time)
James Wade v Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen v Andy Hamilton
Watch the Semi-Finals & Final Live on Friday from 8pm local time (6pm CET, 5pm UK TIME)
Dubai Sports TV
OSN across Middle East
Fox Sports Australia
Fox Sports Asia
British Eurosport in UK & Ireland
Eurosport across Europe & Scandinavia
Ten Action in India
Plus in www.LIVEPDC.TV for all subscribers
|Live At||17:00 UK||
|Michael van Gerwen v Andy Hamilton||
|Live At||17:00 UK||
|James Wade v Raymond van Barneveld||