Dutchman Richard Veenstra booked his spot in the Semi Finals of the Remote Darts League on Saturday Evening as he picked up 5 points from a possible 6 as he took on John O’Shea, Justin Thompson and Joe Chaney.
The opening match of the night was between Ireland’s John O’Shea and Holland’s Richard Veenstra. Both began the night on the same amount points in the league phase and just a point off the top 4, with a win for either would push them into the top 4 for the time being. The match began with 4 consecutive breaks of throw with 3 of the 4 legs won in 16 darts with the other being an 11 darter from O’Shea which included the 1st maximum of the night. For the next 4 legs of the match, it was all holds of throw which included legs in 14 and 15 darts from O’Shea and legs in 17 and 16 darts from Veenstra as well as 1st 180 of the night for the Dutchman. In the 9th leg, Veenstra broke O’Shea in 15 darts before following it up with a 16 darter in the decider to pick up 2 very valuable points and move into 3rd spot in the league phase for the time being.
The second game of the night was between 2 players from separate part of the globe as America’s Joe Chaney took on New Zealand’s Justin Thompson- with both needing points in the evening’s play if they hope to qualify for the semi finals of the Remote Darts League by finishing in the top 4. The match was quite evenly matched to say the least as it began with back to back breaks of throw which included a 101 checkout from Thompson in the opener before Chaney replied with a 21 dart break back before pinning a 16 darter to move 2-1 ahead. Thompson then won back to back legs in 14 and 13 darts respectively including a 1st 180 of the match. Chaney replied with the same fate in winning legs in 17 and 15 darts respectively to move back ahead at 4-3 where Thompson then held throw in 14 darts to ensure for the 2nd match in a row, the game would go to a deciding leg. In the 2 remaining legs, Chaney dominated them in winning both in 22 and 21 darts respectively to seal a very valuable 2 points and go joint 4th in the league phase following a 6-4 win.
The third match up was between Joe Chaney and John O’Shea with both needing points if they hope to qualify for the Semi Finals. The match began with back to back breaks of throw with a 17 dart start from O’Shea followed an 18-dart leg from Chaney, who pinned a 180 in each leg. Chaney then won back to back legs in 16 and 15 darts respectively to move 3-1 ahead before O’Shea won 3 legs on the spin in 18 darts before back to back 15 darts legs with ton plus checkouts in each (106 and 146). Chaney then squared the match up at 4 apiece, winning the leg in 17 darts and hitting a 4th 180 of the match. In the last 2 legs of the match, both held throw- firstly Chaney won his leg in 15 darts, pinning a 5th maximum and a 103 checkout before O’Shea picked up his 1st point of the match in wrapping up the match in 17 darts to make it a 5-5 draw.
The fourth game featured Justin Thompson go up against Richard Veenstra- with Thompson needing a win if he hopes to still qualify for the Semi Finals. The match began with Thompson racing into a 3-0 lead pinning legs in 13, 17 and 21 darts respectively before Veenstra came back in winning 5 legs in 22, 15, 14, 16 and 15 darts respectively including 2 legs where he hit a 110 checkout in each leg to secure a point and ensure that Thompson cannot qualify for the Semi Finals. Despite that, Thompson then won the last 2 legs of the match in 17 and 14 darts respectively to earn his 1st point of the night.
The penultimate game of the night was between Justin Thompson and John O’Shea- with both playing their final league phase game of the Remote Darts League with O’Shea needing a win to keep his hope alive of qualifying for the Semi Finals. The match began with O’Shea racing into a 2-0 lead with back to back 18 dart legs before Thompson picked his first leg of the match with a 17 darter. O’Shea then won back to back legs again this time in 14 and 15 darts respectively including his 2nd and 3rd 180’s of the match having pinned a 1st in the 3rd leg and a 104 checkout to move 4-1 ahead. Thompson then won back to back legs in 12 and 18 darts respectively which included a brilliant 139 checkout. O’Shea then sealed the win by winning Legs 8 and 9 in 18 and 16 darts respectively to pick up 2 very valuable points and end the league phase by picking up 20 points from a possible 30.
The final game was between Richard Veenstra and Joe Chaney- with a point separating the 2 and Chaney needing 2 points to ensure that he will have a chance of qualifying for the Semi Finals but a win over Veenstra would see him in firm position to qualify for that stage. The match began with 3 straight holds of throw with Veenstra winning 2 of the 3 in 15 and 18 darts respectively with Chaney winning his legs in 18 darts. The 1st break of throw came in the 4th leg from Veenstra as he pinned a 16 darter to go 3-1 up. Chaney then pinned back to back 14 darters to square the match up at 3 apiece. Back to back holds of throw to square the match up a 4 a piece ensured that the match would go to a deciding leg for the 5th time out of 6 matches in the evening’s play. A 17-dart leg from Veenstra in the 9th leg, ensured that Chaney wasn’t going to qualify for the Semi Finals, even with just a point. In the last leg, Chaney missed 3 darts at tops for that point before Veenstra came back to the board and pinned a brilliant 119 checkout under pressure for a 21 dart leg to put hm joint 1st with James Richardson going into the group night on Sunday.
The Remote Darts League phase concludes on Sunday with James Richardson and Paul Hogan looking to cement their spot in the Semi Finals with Jim Williams and Tony O’Shea as they both complete their final 3 group matches.