We move into the second round of the World Grand Prix with the biggest surprises of the opening round coming on day 2. Abigail Davies is expecting 180s galore as her attention turns to Tuesday's action.
"With one of the toughest first round draws, Gerwyn Price brushed aside Michael Smith with an average in excess of 100, becoming only the seventh player in the history of the tournament to register a three figure match average."
Price remains on course to retain title
The reigning Champion proved on the opening night that he is still the man to beat in this tournament.
With one of the toughest first round draws, Gerwyn Price brushed aside Michael Smith with an average in excess of 100, becoming only the seventh player in the history of the tournament to register a three figure match average.
Next up for the World Number 1 is a man playing in this tournament for a 15th successive time, Mervyn King.
Darts aside, King has provided some of the most hilariously entertaining moments with his meme worthy reactions to players celebrating out-shots and big scores, so this is actually the aspect of the game I'm most eagerly anticipating.
In terms of match betting, the one that stands out to me is 1 or more 180s to be hit in the first two legs at 5/1.
Chizzy to be king of 180s
Having been in limbo for much of the second set, not getting away first dart and putting additional pressure on his scoring, Dave Chisnall ended his first round match impressively.
In the third and final set, it all started to click for the 41 year-old. He was hitting trebles for fun, had a superb rhythm and had no trouble pinning doubles.
He next faces debutant Ross Smith who was untroubled by a below-par Joe Cullen on Sunday night and is a player whose ranking doesn't reflect his ability and talent. If he can perform consistently, he will soar up the rankings in the next year or so.
I think this will be a close encounter but one area I'm backing Chizzy to come out on top of is the 180s hit and have the highest checkout at 2/1.
Searle to continue serge
He survived four match darts from Dimitri Van den Bergh in the first round but I am sticking with Ryan Searle to win his quarter of the draw. Nicknamed Heavy Metal, he certainly showed his mettle to see off World Number 5.
While Luke Humphries has had the better of Searle in three of their four previous meetings, I'm backing Heavy Metal to come through this one at 20/21.
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