Mardle’s Grand Prix matches not to miss

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Last Updated: 01/10/20 5:22pm

Adrian Lewis' first-round match against Chris Dobey is one of Wayne Mardle's matches to watch
Adrian Lewis’ first-round match against Chris Dobey is one of Wayne Mardle’s matches to watch

The draw for the World Grand Prix threw up a host a mouthwatering matches, with major champions colliding from the off.

Wayne Mardle could have picked all 16 but we put him on the spot to pick out the five that might mean just a little bit more and why they do.

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World Grand Prix – Tuesday’s first round matches

Adrian Lewis vs Chris Dobey
Danny Noppert vs Ryan Searle
Mensur Suljovic vs Dirk van Duijvenbode
Jose De Sousa vs Devon Petersen
James Wade vs Mervyn King
Rob Cross vs Gary Anderson
Michael van Gerwen vs Krzysztof Ratajski
Michael Smith vs Dimitri Van den Bergh
best of three sets

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October 6, 2020, 6:00pm

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The match that………MVG must not lose

Michael van Gerwen v Krzysztof Ratajski

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Michael van Gerwen crashed out of the Premier League after a disastrous run of form in Milton Keynes
Michael van Gerwen crashed out of the Premier League after a disastrous run of form in Milton Keynes

When you are struggling a little you look at the draw and think I wouldn’t mind him, I wouldn’t mind him, don’t give me him, well – Ratajski comes into that last bracket. He is solid, not going to play poorly and is going to punish mistakes.

If they both play well, there’s only one winner. In fact, if they all play well in the whole tournament there’s only one winner but Michael van Gerwen is not putting in the performances that are frightening anyone at the moment.

Ratajski will be thinking it is a horrible draw for me but if I am going to play Michael I want to play him now and if you knockout the number one seed – which I’ve done believe it or not – and all of the sudden you are thinking wow

Krzysztof could go a long way if he beats Michael but it’s a huge game for Michael, who will not want to get beat again early in a tournament. He will want to make amends.

The match that…………means more than most

Adrian Lewis v Chris Dobey

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Adrian Lewis enjoyed a run to the last eight at the World Matchplay in July but Wayne Mardle feels he needs a good showing at the World Grand Prix
Adrian Lewis enjoyed a run to the last eight at the World Matchplay in July but Wayne Mardle feels he needs a good showing at the World Grand Prix

This sticks out to me and it is a huge game for Adrian.

He’s got to stop the slide. He got into the Grand Prix by the skin of his teeth. If Jonny Clayton had won the European Tour event at the weekend and not Devon Petersen, Adrian would not have been 16th in the world and not have qualified on the Pro Tour Order of Merit.

Dobey is going to get chance after chance and he reached the semi-final on debut last year – he will be there for years to come but Lewis, I don’t know anymore. I see it is a real big game for him.

If he can just win again and then get through to the second round best of five then he might be able to relax just a bit, but he does not seem to be able to put in any performance that allows him to.

It’s got to that point now that the poor results are coming more frequently. I think this is a real real big event for him because if he drops out the top 16 he will not qualify for a lot of the events

The match that…………..anyone could win

Glen Durrant v Dave Chisnall

Glen Durrant and Dave Chisnall meet in a repeat of their semi-final last year
Glen Durrant and Dave Chisnall meet in a repeat of their semi-final last year

What’s the game you just do not want to touch, the game where either could rattle off six legs on the bounce and the other one has no chance to even reply? There’s only one game and that’s Chizzy v Duzza.

Chizzy likes this event, he’s twice been a runner-up, but Durrant was a semi-finalist last year on debut but you could say that about any TV event and him last year.

Whoever wins that game, I would think ‘I expected it to go that way no matter how it goes’.

World Grand Prix – Wednesday’s first round matches

Brendan Dolan vs Kim Huybrechts
Jamie Hughes vs Stephen Bunting
Jonny Clayton vs Ian White
Dave Chisnall vs Glen Durrant
Daryl Gurney vs Joe Cullen
Peter Wright vs Ryan Joyce
Gerwyn Price vs Jermaine Wattimena
Nathan Aspinall vs Gabriel Clemens
best of three sets

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October 7, 2020, 6:00pm

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The match where….title chasers need a win

Rob Cross v Gary Anderson

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Gary Anderson showed glimpses of his very best form in booking a place in the Premier League Play-Offs
Gary Anderson showed glimpses of his very best form in booking a place in the Premier League Play-Offs

I suppose it could also apply a little bit to Gary and Rob, two guys who maybe do not have to look too far back for good form but will be hoping for another big win.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, how Rob keeps reaching finals and winning tournaments with the way he has played for the last 18 months only one man can do that and that is Michael van Gerwen – so I take my hat off to him.

Cross finds a way he finds away how he got to the final of the World Series Finals only he will know.

Gary looked a million dollars in the in the Premier League

The match that……turns back the clock

Stephen Bunting v Jamie Hughes

Stephen Bunting is worth watching after an improved showing in recent weeks
Stephen Bunting is worth watching after an improved showing in recent weeks

I think it’s going to be Stephen Bunting. What I have seen from him recently I’ve liked and he doesn’t appear panicked, he doesn’t appear uncomfortable in his game he just seems to be playing darts.

That sounds such a vague and nonsense thing to say, but all any player wants to do whether it be golf, snooker or otherwise is the freedom to play and he looks like he’s playing with freedom for the first time in a long time.

His results have not been great but some of his performances have been better than his results and I think he takes care of Jamie Hughes.

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