PDC Home Tour: Joe Cullen averages 106 for the night in sensational Group 31 showing
Joe Cullen won Group 31 of the PDC Home Tour in style, seeing off Gerwyn Price, Keegan Brown and Bradley Brooks with an overall average of 106.
It was a second chance for the four players involved after they all finished 2nd in the group they were initially drawn into, and Cullen took full advantage, only dropping five legs on the way to booking a spot in the last 32.
The evening’s action got underway with a win for world number three Price over Blackburn thrower Brooks, but ‘The Iceman’ was given a scare, going 2-0 down before checkouts of 116 and 105 hauled him back into the match, allowing the Welshman to complete a 5-3 victory.
Bradford’s Cullen joined him on two points with a superb 5-2 win over Brown. ‘The Needle’ was playing on very little sleep after completing a night shift for the NHS, but still averaged 97.
Even a fully firing Brown would’ve found it very hard to stop Cullen as ‘The Rockstar’ piled in a 106 average, only missing two darts at double in the match to win 5-2.
Isle of Wight thrower Brown became the next player to collect two points, easing past Brooks 5-1 with an average of 101.
It was then the big game of the night, Price against Cullen, with the winner likely going on to top the group, and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
Both players averaged well over 100, but despite a 10-darter and an 11-darter from ‘The Iceman’, Cullen won it 5-3 to put himself in a great position to finish top.
Cullen may have a reputation for throwing away favourable opportunities, but that wasn’t the case on the Home Tour as he beat Brooks 5-0 with a third 100+ average to complete a hat-trick of sensational performances and qualify for the second stage of the tournament.
That meant the night’s final contest was purely for second place, and both players seemed to take their foot off the pedal as a result. Brown came from 4-3 down to beat Price 5-4 despite missing 16 darts at doubles.
The first stage of the PDC Home Tour concludes on Monday evening as Peter Wright, Krzysztof Ratajski and Justin Pipe all return to action.
2020 PDC Home Tour
Gerwyn Price 5-3 Bradley Brooks
Joe Cullen 5-2 Keegan Brown
Bradley Brooks 1-5 Keegan Brown
Gerwyn Price 3-5 Joe Cullen
Joe Cullen 5-0 Bradley Brooks
Keegan Brown 5-4 Gerwyn Price
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) May 17, 2020