Dobey’s delight as he reaches second PDC ranking final

Dobey’s delight as he reaches second PDC ranking final

by Tom Beresford

CHRIS DOBEY left the Arena MK in Milton Keynes on Saturday evening a very happy man as he reached his second PDC ranking final and his first since October 2016. The Bedlington-based star produced some phenomenal display en route to reaching the final. Dobey averaged almost 110 (109.63) in the final despite losing out 6-2 to the World no.1 Michael van Gerwen. Dobey hit a whopping 22 maximums on his run to the final, six more than the World no.1 Michael van Gerwen.

In the final, Dobey produced some stunning legs of darts which included a 10-dart leg as he left MVG on 323 in that particular leg as the North-East ace pinned D18. A 14-darter later followed, but Van Gerwen was in an unforgiving mood as he went on to win 6-2 to take the £10,000 prize.

As I mentioned previously, Dobey produced a string of superb displays throughout the day. On his way to the final, Dobey enjoyed victories over the likes of Bradley Brooks (6-0), James Wilson (6-4), Dave Chisnall (6-2), Stephen Burton (6-4), Gabriel Clemens (6-2) & Ryan Searle (6-4) in what was a highly contested battle as Dobey fired in a 112 finish to confirm his place in the final.

After what was a difficult year for Chris in 2017, he’s really starting to find his feet again. To his own admission, it has took him a while to get to grips with his new darts, and now that patience has well and truly paid off as Dobey’s World matchplay hopes are remaining on-course.

Photo courtesy of Taylor Lanning