Remote Darts League: Irresistible Thompson records 107 average during winning start to debut campaign
Australian Justin Thompson recorded a scintillating 107.56 average to cap off a remarkable start to his debut Remote Darts League campaign on Wednesday evening.
Thompson, who appeared at his third BDO World Championship in succession earlier this year, won all three of his matches as he commenced his campaign in fantastic fashion.
The 51-year-old showcased his finishing expertise in impressive victories over women’s world number seven Lorraine Winstanley, three-time World Championship runner-up Tony O’Shea and recent Isle of Man Masters winner Thibault Tricole.
Thompson locked horns with O’Shea in the opening match of Night Three, registering a 91.09 average and 50 per cent on the doubles in a 6-3 victory.
The Bendigo-based thrower started superbly, assembling an early 3-1 advantage, only for his English counterpart to break back with checkouts of 76 and 86 and reinstate the match’s stalemate status.
However, from there, Thompson dominated whilst reeling off three consecutive legs and chalking his first two points on the overall standings.
France’s Thibault Tricole then got his campaign on the road with a 6-2 win over former Women’s World Masters champion Winstanley, with the latter remaining in place for Wednesday evening’s third affair.
The 44-year-old from Buxton was subsequently whitewashed by her former England international teammate, O’Shea. ‘Silverback’ averaged spare of the 80 mark, but it proved enough to complete a comfortable win.
Australia’s Thompson then rejoined the broadcast in the early hours of the morning down under, pulling off an impressive victory over three-time WDF ranked event winner, Tricole.
Despite the first two legs being shared courtesy of successive breaks of throw, Thompson dominated throughout with 67 per cent on the doubles and combination checkouts being utilised in five of his six legs.
Nevertheless, the French trailblazer immediately returned to winning ways, overcoming O’Shea in a closely contested clash, whilst recording a 88.09 average and 55 per cent on the outer ring.
Having constructed a slender 3-2 advantage at the halfway stage, Tricole, who became the first Frenchman to grace the World Championship stage in January, found an extra gear to reel off three of the next four with legs of 13, 14 and 15 darts.
In the culminating encounter of the night, former Women’s World Championship finalist Winstanley was gifted a second successive whitewash defeat – this time at the hands of a rampant Thompson.
The recent Newcastle Classic champion recorded a breathtaking 107.36 average in yet another finishing masterclass – which also saw him convert ton-plus outshots of 102 and 116 as well as six out of eight on the outer ring.
Following his exploits on debut, Thompson now sits comfortably in second place on the table after three evenings of action, sandwiched in between RDL1 finalists James Richardson and Paul Hogan.
The Remote Darts League returns on Thursday evening as World Championship runner-up Jim Williams headlines the quartet, lining up alongside reigning World Masters champion John O’Shea and North American stars David Cameron and Stacey Pace.
REMOTE DARTS LEAGUE
Wednesday May 20
Justin Thompson 6-3 Tony O’Shea
Thibault Tricole 6-2 Lorraine Winstanley
Tony O’Shea 6-0 Lorraine Winstanley
Justin Thompson 6-2 Thibault Tricole
Thibault Tricole 6-3 Tony O’Shea
Justin Thompson 6-0 Lorraine Winstanley
Remote Darts League table after the third evening of action. Justin Thompson equals James Richardson’s impressive start, joining the RDL1 champion at the top of the pile. #RemoteDartsLeague pic.twitter.com/i7zSe8jClV
Thursday May 21
Stacey Pace v David Cameron
Jim Williams v John O’Shea
Jim Williams v Stacey Pace
John O’Shea v David Cameron
John O’Shea v Stacey Pace
David Cameron v Jim Williams
(Photography: Chris Sargeant/Tip Top Pics)