Dec 22 2014

Jabba at the 2015 World Champs

Jabba loses a classic to Barney

Jabba loses in a close classic to Barney (Pic Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

THIS IS IT!  The big one – the tournament every darts player wants to play in – and of course do well in!  With a HUGE £1,250,000 prize pot, and a cool quarter of a million quid to the winner, it’s a massive tournament.

Jabba comes into the worlds on good form, and as the 19th seed (his position in the world before the tournament).  A good run could see him jump up a few spots.

Round 1:  Jamie Caven 3-2 Jason Hogg

Jabba misses a few darts for doubles, but his scoring is so good that doesn’t matter so much – and he then takes advantage when Hogg misses d1 to take the first set 3-0.  Hogg repays the debt with a 3-0 set of his own.  Jabba takes the third set 3-1, but Hogg levels the game up in set 4.  It’s a nervy game, neither player will think they’ve played there best, but it’s Jabba who takes the last set and the game 3-1.

Round 2:  Jamie Caven 3-4 Raymond van Barneveld

The game is tight, with Barney hitting lots of 180’s, but not having the rest of his game quite matching.  Jabba levels the game at 2 sets each, but leads 9-6 in legs, has a 97 vs 89 average.  Jabba still slightly leads the averages 94-92 as both players get to three sets.  A bad start in the deciding set for Jabba, as Barney holds, then breaks to go 2-0 up.  But Jabba is a fighter, and his next leg is a cracker, taking out 60 with Barney back on 108 to break back.  Jabba needs 107 to hold with Barney on 90… and just misses d16.  Barney takes out the bull for his 90 c/o to win the game in a very close match.

Jabba at the 2015 World Champs

Jabba wins his first round match, faces Barney next (Pic Lawrence Lustig/PDC)