In our seventeenth episode of the Josh’s Dartistry Podcast, Josh Gorton is joined by regular co-hosts Jon Dean and Neil Conner to round-up the latest darting news.
After a brief hiatus, we return to discuss the fall-out from the Betfred World Matchplay, which saw Rob Cross claim his second PDC major. The team also discuss a series of controversies surrounding the BDO with special guest ‘Oche Balboa’ and Josh catches up with Sky Sports expert Wayne Mardle.
World Matchplay Discussion (8:55-16:15) – The team reflect on all the action from the Winter Gardens, including Rob Cross’ success, Michael Smith’s bid for a maiden major title and Michael van Gerwen’s slump in form.
Pro Tour Round-Up (16:15-19:25) – We round-up the latest action on the Pro Tour, as Krzysztof Ratajski and Brendan Dolan triumphed on a dramatic weekend of Players Championship in Hildesheim, with a host of top players opting not to participate ahead of their World Series commitments.
BDO Discussion with Oche Balboa – (20:25-38:30) – It’s been a hectic few weeks in the BDO, with MC Richard Ashdown and referees Nick Rolls, Antony Dundas, Marco Meijer and Charlie Corstorphine all resigning from their posts.
The BDO have also announced new venues for the World Trophy and World Masters, before revealing late last week that the BDO World Championship would be leaving Lakeside after 33 years. We get Oche’s thoughts on the respective matters and what it means for the BDO going forward.
What are the odds? (39:35-46:35) – Our resident stats man Neil provides us with the latest odds for the upcoming World Series of Darts event in Brisbane, while we look at the odds for the BDO World Trophy and assess how the Matchplay has affected the odds for the PDC World Championship.
Wayne Mardle Interview (47:20-58:50) – Josh catches up with Sky Sports pundit Wayne Mardle, who reflects on this year’s World Matchplay and looks ahead to the rest of the darting season.
Challenge Josh (1:00:30-1:22:10)– Neil tests Josh’s knowledge of darting ‘slang’ in another entertaining episode of Challenge Josh.
In The News (1:22:20-1:30:00) – Josh provides confirmation of the 2019 Champions League of Darts line-up, reflects on Gerwyn Price’s successful appeal against the DRA and also reveals exciting news regarding Paul Lim and the 2020 PDC World Championship.
Q&A section (1:30:05-1:44:45) – As usual, the panel answer any questions sent in by the JDP listeners to conclude the latest episode. The trio give their opinions on the future of the BDO, Michael Smith’s pursuit of a first major title and the strength in depth within the top echelons of the sport.
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