In our latest episode of the Josh’s Dartistry Podcast, Josh Gorton is joined by regular co-hosts Jon Dean and Neil Conner to round-up another hectic few weeks of darting action.
The boys look back on Peter Wright’s latest triumph at the Ladbrokes Masters, before rounding-up the opening two weeks of Premier League action, which has seen Michael van Gerwen return to winning ways to occupy top spot in the table.
Josh was in attendance at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena on Night Two and he brings us exclusive interviews with a host of stars, including Rob Cross, Michael Smith, Gary Anderson, Glen Durrant, Fallon Sherrock and Michael van Gerwen.
Masters Round-Up (7:00-11:30) – Wright made it back-to-back televised titles with victory at the Masters, surviving three match darts against Michael Smith in the final. The team reflect on a dramatic weekend in Milton Keynes and what it means for the rest of the season.
Premier League Round-Up (11:30-30:15) We reflect on a dramatic opening to this year’s Premier League, which featured Fallon Sherrock’s impressive debut as a ‘challenger’ in Nottingham, with Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson and Glen Durrant also enjoying positive starts.
Rob Cross (30:16-33:16) – ‘Voltage’ endured a poor run of form heading into this year’s roadshow but he’s claimed three points from a possible four and having lost over two stone since December, the former world champion is in buoyant mood about his prospects for 2020.
Michael Smith (33:18-35:16) – Smith relinquished a 6-2 cushion against Price in Nottingham, despite boasting a 116 average after eight legs. Nevertheless, ‘Bully Boy’ was opting to take the positives as he prepares for a hostile reception in Cardiff, where home favourite Jonny Clayton awaits.
Gary Anderson (35:18-36:46) – ‘The Flying Scotsman’ returned to the Premier League fold following his injury lay-off in 2019 and the two-time champion admits he’s got the hunger back. He shared the spoils with world champion Peter Wright at the Motorpoint Arena last Thursday.
Glen Durrant (36:48-38:09) – We spoke to the three-time BDO world champion following his dramatic 6-6 draw with Fallon Sherrock. ‘Duzza’ was full of praise for the capacity crowd in Nottingham, but conceded his disappointment at failing to register a second straight league victory.
Fallon Sherrock (38:10-39:17) – We caught up with ‘The Queen of the Palace’ after her captivating tussle against Durrant. The 25-year-old relished the atmosphere and hopes that her performance – coupled with her recent UK Open qualification, proves she’s no one-hit wonder.
Michael van Gerwen (39:18-41:50) – The doubters who questioned Van Gerwen’s form heading into this year’s competition have been silenced and having made it two wins from two courtesy of a 7-1 drubbing against Daryl Gurney, the world number one was in jovial mood.
What are the odds? (43-45- 48:56) – Our resident stats man Neil provides us with the latest odds ahead of the third night of Premier League action in Cardiff this Thursday. We also assess how the opening two weeks of competition have affected the overall tournament betting.
PDC Pro Tour Update (52:10-56:25) – It’s been an electrifying start to the Pro Tour season, with seven nine-dart finishes hit in the opening four Players Championship events. There’s been four different winners and eight different finalists – Josh brings you all the key information.
Challenge Josh (56:30-1:15:10)– Neil tests Josh’s knowledge of two of the sport’s leading ladies – Fallon Sherrock and Lisa Ashton – in another entertaining edition of ‘Challenge Josh’.
In The News (1:16:05-1:22:28) – Josh provides an update on the line-up for the 2020 US Masters in New York. He also reveals the latest on the BDO World Championship prize money saga, before dissecting the action from the Scottish Open, which saw wins for Jim Williams and Beau Greaves.
Q&A section (1:22:30-1:33:10) – As usual, the panel answer a series of questions sent in by the JDP listeners. The trio give their opinions on the latest controversy surrounding the BDO, the growing number of nine-dart finishes and the possibility of even more PDC televised tournaments.
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