Speaking to Darts World this week, world number seven, Nathan Aspinall described how his 170 ‘Big Fish’ checkout rescued the game from being remembered as an appalling game:
To be fair to both Rob Cross and ‘The Asp’, it was clear that both guys were almost out of steam. The latter stages of ‘the Open‘ are draining with two important, and often long, matches on both Saturday and Sunday. Cross, despite being a World Champion, had little experience of this and Aspinall even less.
Both players had huge incentives to ‘finish the job‘ with Cross eager to prove his World Championship was no ‘one-hit wonder‘ and Aspinall clearly intent on claiming his first ranking ‘Major’. The combination of nerves and exhaustion resulted in both players slumping from their previous levels and it seemed that ‘The Asp’ just had more in the tank and would inch his way to victory.
The one question remaining was could Nathan hit a major winning double on TV? Here’s his answer!
In the spirit of Ricky Evans reputation as the fastest darter in the west, or any other place for that matter, Darts World hit the world number twenty-nine with a rapid round of intimate but fun questions to help you get to know him better:
FULL NAME: Ricky Evans
NICKNAME: Rapi and Evs.
HOBBY: Darts, watching sports, playing snooker and pool. Music of all genres, quizzing.
MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT? Losing my passport/wallet numerous times on airplanes and in airports.
BEST CHAT UP LINE? Are you from Ireland? Because when I see you my penis is Dublin!
FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD MOMENT? Watching Kettering Town at Wembley, visiting Old Trafford and getting picked for England Youth.
FAVOURITE MATCH EVER? Versus Simon Whitlock 2016 PDC world champs
FAVOURITE MAGAZINE? The TV guide that comes in the Saturday paper.
Former UK Open Champion Nathan Aspinall will be our first ‘Players Lounge’ guest, tonight at 7.30 pm. ‘The Asp’ with be chatting with Darts World’s Tom Beresford over on our facebook page. The popular Stockport player will be talking all things darts, and maybe having a bit of fun.
Fresh from his recent Home Tour success ‘The Asp’ is focused on the upcoming Betfred World Matchplay and hoping to climb the ranking over the next year or so. Nathan is a down to earth level headed guy, who not so long ago could barely afford a new dartboard.
It seems he has not forgotten his earlier tour struggles and he has spoken out about the difficulty facing those ranked outside the top sections of professional darts and the difficulties that lie ahead with regard to ranking tables and the restart of the PDC tours.
All-in-all, he is the ideal guest to open Darts Worlds new ‘Players Lounge’ and we hope you enjoy the first of many ‘Facebook Live’ events.
DARYL GURNEY is staying in top gear during lockdown by tinkering with his huge classic car collection! The Northern Irishman is back at home with his family as the darts world has been shut down because of the Covid-19.
Superchin has had some unexpected extra hours in his favourite place, at home with his collection of old classic cars.
He has an incredible array of 30 motors including Minis, Vauxhalls and Subaru’s to keep himself busy, adding: “All Gurneys are all petrolheads. I like welding and bodywork in the workshop. If you own a Vauxhall, you need a good welder!
“I just love driving around in the old cars. It’s nice to have something else to think about apart from darts. It certainly keeps my mind busy and there’s always something to do.”
Gurney, 34, is also urging people to stay safe and listen to Government guidance of social distancing so that life can get back to normal as soon as possible.
He said: “These are obviously weird times for everyone. But people need to listen to the advice and stay at home.
“I really hope they do because the sooner we stick to advice, the sooner life will get back to normal. No one has been through this sort of situation before.
“I think people will learn to appreciate how life has been after this. To have freedom and be able to work is actually a privilege and I think we are all learning the hard way.
“It’s also really bizarre not to have any sport to watch either. Life is really boring without sport so we need it back as soon as possible!”
In a curious way the shutdown came at the right time for Gurney after a luckless start to his Premier League campaign.
The double major winner has been left stranded at the bottom of the league with two draws from six matches and no wins thus far.
If things had not gone his way, there’s a good chance that the popular Derry star could have been eliminated in Rotterdam this week.
But he vowed: “I don’t think like that at all. In my mind I was playing pretty decent but not getting the breaks.
“I’ve had two nine-darters against me this year already, how’s that for luck!
“I felt the results would come. I had a very decent UK Open but ran into Michael van Gerwen when he was on fire in the semi-finals.
“I thought I could get results in Newcastle and Rotterdam to avoid getting eliminated but we’ll never know now.
“At some stage the Premier League will return I hope and I can have a fresh start. That might help me a bit, it might not. So much can happen within a week in darts, let alone months.
“I’ve got time now to practice solidly and have a clean slate when we return, hopefully that will be soon but the health of people comes first before darts or sport in general.”
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