Remote Darts League: France’s Tricole impresses on Day Six as Hogan remains unbeaten
Frenchman Thibault Tricole impressed once again as the Remote Darts League resumed on Saturday evening, while Paul Hogan maintained his unbeaten streak.
Tricole, who lifted the Isle of Man Masters during the final weekend of ranking tournaments prior to coronavirus bringing the season to the ground, picked up five points from a possible six during a splendid string of showings.
The 31-year-old from Brittany opened the evening with a 6-2 victory over reigning World Masters champion John O’Shea, recording a mere 81.99 average in a match riddled with squandered opportunities on the outer ring.
A mesmerising 123 checkout on the bullseye helped Tricole construct a hefty advantage and secure a draw after only five legs, with O’Shea’s hopes being seemingly washed away.
The Irishman did tease a comeback, getting off the mark with back-to-back 14-darters won with 76 outshots, only for the reigning Greek Open champion to convert double two to prevail.
Following a comfortable victory over his fellow BDO World Championship qualifier, Tricole whitewashed New Zealand Open champion Tina Osborne despite squandering 17 darts on the doubles.
He then produced a valiant comeback to earn a deserved draw against RDL1 finalist Hogan – who narrowly wired double 18 for a nine-darter at the World Championship in January.
Hogan remained unbeaten after beforehand overcoming Osborne with relative ease and being held to a draw at the hands of world number 25 O’Shea.
The former Gold Cup winner held a slender 3-1 advantage against O’Shea, only for the Cork-based thrower to battle back and level up proceedings at three-a-piece.
Each of the remaining four legs went the way of throw, with O’Shea pinning a pivotal 60 checkout with his opponent sat on a two-dart finish to seal his second win of the night.
Hogan then raced out of the gates against France’s Tricole, pinning a terrific 76 checkout on the bullseye, and subsequently led 5-2 with a 15-darter completed with a 122 outshot.
‘The French Touch’ proceeded to reel off the next two legs to force a decider, surviving nine match darts from Hogan, before pinning an impressive 14-darter in the final leg to round off an unbeaten evening.
Elsewhere, New Zealand’s Osborne remains without a point following whitewash defeats at the hands of both Tricole and Hogan as well as O’Shea.
The Remote Darts League resumes on Sunday evening as major finalists Tony O’Shea and Richard Veenstra return to action.
America’s Stacey Pace and New Zealand’s Darren Herewini also feature on the seventh night whilst in search of their first points of their debut campaign.
REMOTE DARTS LEAGUE
Saturday May 23
Thibault Tricole 6-2 John O’Shea
Paul Hogan 6-0 Tina Osborne
Paul Hogan 5-5 John O’Shea
Thibault Tricole 6-0 Tina Osborne
Thibault Tricole 5-5 Paul Hogan
John O’Shea 6-0 Tina Osborne
Sunday May 24
Tony O’Shea v Stacey Pace
Richard Veenstra v Darren Herewini
Richard Veenstra v Tony O’Shea
Darren Herewini v Stacey Pace
Darren Herewini v Tony O’Shea
Stacey Pace v Richard Veenstra
(Photography: Chris Sargeant/Tip Top Pics)