Can Paul & Harith Lim claim another big scalp?
Singapore take on Wales tonight in what should be a belter of a tie in the first round of the PDC World Cup of Darts.
The Singapore team headed up by the 65 year old Paul Lim have pulled off some of the most surprising results in the PDC World Cup of Darts previously.
Tonight Singapore take on Wales’s duo of Gerwyn Price and Johnny Clayton. We know what to expect from the Welsh duo – both are fantastic at scoring and will be a match for any of the teams in the competition. They have been picked as dark horses to make the final being in the opposite side to the Netherlands.
However Wales have to get past Singapore first tonight and with it just being doubles in the first round, it can cause some upsets as we have seen before with Singapore knocking out Scotland in 2017.
The format is best of 9 – so if Singapore can get an early start and break, I think they have a real chance of scaring the Welsh. It depends on which Harith turns up – if he can get the steady ton’s as he has previously we know Paul Lim is very capable on his finishing.
For doubles matches, it depends on how both players play and I would not like to be guessing the winner of this match. Johnny Clayton can be awesome but also is prone to miss a few doubles, where Gerwyn Price is ultra aggressive, but I wonder if that kind of aggression works in a doubles game – who knows?
“I always feel that the chance for a lower ranked country to beat a seed is in the opening round”
“It is a tough format for players who don’t play together too often, but in soft-tip darts we play doubles all the time.
“You get used to each other a lot more so maybe it gives us a little bit more of a chance in the first round.”
In last years World Cup, the Singapore Slinger and Harith got an opening win over New Zealand in round one.
They followed that up with a second round match against the much fancied England (with at the time the World Champion) Rob Cross and Dave Chisnall. Again Paul Lim stunned the crowd and the viewing public at home with a 4-2 win over Rob Cross. England managed to claw one back with Chizzy beating Harith for 1-1 and then went to the decider – where anything can happen.
However in the first round there are no singles matches – and this is where the under dogs in any match have a chance. In doubles, your rhythm is put off as you have to wait longer for your turn and maybe explains why Scotland have not excelled in the World Cup of Darts as both Gary Anderson and Peter Wright are used to only playing singles.
Playing pairs or doubles, takes the established players out of their comfort zone – where whatever they do unless their partner is playing at the same level – might not have an effect on the game. You have to gee each other up and get the best out of both partners to achieve a good average and a good result.
With Singapore, they have every chance in the world against the Welsh pair. But they do say beware the Welsh dragon (he huffs and puffs) and the Welsh team could blow Singapore away if they click together. The Welsh team are ones to watch in my opinion.
“I still get the same buzz from the game as I always have done.”
“Sooner or later I know it’s going to come to an end, that’s life. But I still have a lot of heart in the game, I love darts so much and I still have that passion.”
“I still get excited even now playing in tournaments, meeting new players and when I retire I will still be involved in the darts scene that’s for sure.
“I think I’ve got a few more good years left and I hope I can make the most of them.