In our second episode of ‘The Bounce Out’, co-hosts Josh Gorton and Jon Dean round-up an incredible start to this year’s World Championship, which has featured a multitude of big-name exits and arguably the biggest darting story of the decade.
Our third co-host Neil Conner is still absent celebrating Liverpool’s impending title triumph but will no doubt return for our next episode, so it’s left to Josh and Jon to dissect an incredible seven days of action at Alexandra Palace thus far.
The 2018 world champion Rob Cross, last year’s finalist Michael Smith and five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld are among the players to have crashed out at the first hurdle, whilst Michael van Gerwen and Gerwyn Price survived scares to progress.
However, the biggest story of the tournament thus far centres around Fallon Sherrock’s historic triumph against Ted Evetts – the 25-year-old produced an inspired display to become the first female to win a match at the PDC World Championship.
The boys discuss all the major talking points so far and highlight some of the lesser known names who have impressed. We feature several bitesize interviews with some of the winner’s from this year’s event, whilst we also get the lowdown from Sky Sports expert Wayne Mardle.
Krzysztof Ratajski – Hear from the former World Masters champion after he becomes the first Polish player to win a match at the PDC World Championship after battling past Zoran Lerchbacher in his opener.
Damon Heta – The Brisbane Darts Masters winner reacts to his straight sets win over Jose De Sousa, which sets up a second round showdown against three-time BDO world champion Glen Durrant.
Fallon Sherrock – Josh grabs a few words with darts’ newest superstar following her landmark win over Ted Evetts, in arguably the biggest darting story since that famous final between Raymond van Barneveld and Phil Taylor at the Circus Tavern in 2007.
Stephen Bunting – ‘The Bullet’ is buoyant after ending his Ally Pally hoodoo with victory over Jose Justicia and despite the prospect of Michael van Gerwen awaiting in the last 16, the former Lakeside world champion insists he can go all the way.
Wayne Mardle – The Sky Sports expert discusses Sherrock’s historic achievement, the shocks we’ve seen so far, whilst ‘Hawaii 501’ also speaks passionately about the future of the women’s game in light of the uncertainty surrounding the BDO.
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