Was Peter Wright’s Christmas Dinner Still in His Belly? not to be verified. However, it was clear that the 2020 world champion had a hard time breaking out of the starting blocks in a duel with Damon Hetta. Meanwhile, Rob Cross put on a stellar performance.
First weak, then strong as a bear: Peter Wright.
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Even if Peter Wright took the stage at Alexandra Palace late Tuesday evening in his typically edgy attire, pajamas would be the better choice, at least for the early stages of his game against Australian Damon Hetta. Because Scott slept completely through the first two sentences, practically giving them to the challenger and sounding unusually alert in his recordings – almost calm and completely withdrawn.
After turning an arrow in the middle of the match, which Wright often does, “Snakebite”‘s engine purifies at full speed as much as possible. When Wright went for top speed and perfect accuracy, “The Heat” couldn’t keep up the heta.
The green-haired Scott and the Christmas costume with the printed balls and candles eventually rose to an overall average of 102 points per shot (heta a little over 94), having checked 161 once and thrown 140 or 21 more – Including six 180. Outstanding even one of the World Cup’s biggest favourites: he used 15 double chances out of 25, which corresponded to a remarkable 60 percent rate (heta only nine out of 20).
For Wright, who failed in the third round last year at Saarwellingen’s Gabriel Clemens (from this year’s World Cup on Monday), it is in the round of 16 against England’s Ryan Searle.
cross beats gurney
In the second match of the evening session, in which the appearance of co-favorite Michael van Gerwen was overshadowed by the Dutchman’s coronavirus infection (Vincent van der Voort continued without a fight), Rob “Voltage” Krauss took the stage. .
The 2018 title holder had to deal with Northern Irishman Daryl “Superchin” Gurney – and he remained with the Englishman in terms of quality – although he played brilliantly for longer periods. However, in the end, the high-ranking duel went down to a 4:3 cross, as he made 170 checkouts in the final leg. Otherwise, none of the actors gave much to each other, each averaging around 100. A total of 23 180 recordings and a double quota of over 40 percent on both sides also ensured the best entertainment in the associate parish.
The 31-year-old will now face world No. 6 Gary Anderson (Scotland) or Englishman Ian White in the round of 16. In the second round, Krauss knocked out comeback and five-time champion Raymond van Barneveld, who tested positive for the coronavirus after the game.
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