Remote Darts League: Veenstra secures play-off place as O’Shea leaves himself in handy position
World Trophy finalist Richard Veenstra secured his place in the second Remote Darts League Play-Offs as the penultimate night of the league phase took place on Saturday evening.
Veenstra, who was unveiled amongst the ten international players as part of the line-up for the tournament’s sequel, claimed two wins and a draw on Night 19.
The former Dutch Open winner began his evening with an impressive 6-4 victory over the reigning World Masters champion, John O’Shea, recording an 89.34 average.
Veenstra then battled back from 3-0 behind to earn a 5-5 draw against Australia’s Justin Thompson, pinning the 110 checkout on two occasions and once again averaging just spare of the 90 mark.
After pinning legs of 14, 15 and 22 darts to level up proceedings at three apiece, Veenstra enjoyed a streak of five successive legs to guarantee himself a deserved draw.
Thompson then found double five to force a deciding leg, in which the Dutchman squandered two match darts and his Australian counterpart converted a clutch 88 checkout to snatch the all-important leg.
Veenstra subsequently capped off his league phase with a hard-fought 6-4 victory over World Trophy quarter-finalist Joe Chaney, bringing Chaney’s hopes of progression to a halt.
Both players held throw in the opening two legs, before Chaney fired home the first maximum of the encounter, only for Veenstra to execute a 100 outshot to punish missed doubles from the American.
After moving 3-1 adrift, Chaney produced back-to-back 14-darters, prior to the Dutchman reeling off three of the next four legs to get over the line with a 119 checkout.
Elsewhere, O’Shea left himself handily placed within the top four after picking up three points on international night.
The Irishman bounced back from an opening match loss against Veenstra with a stalemate outcome against Tennessee-based Chaney, with both averaging close to the 90 mark.
O’Shea pinned finishes of 106 and 146 as Chaney also found a ton-plus checkout of his own in the ninth leg to move on the brink of victory, only for the Cork man to find double ten and seal a draw.
In the penultimate clash of the night, O’Shea saw off Australia’s Thompson, producing his most prolific performance of the evening with a 93.26 average and four maximums.
Earlier in the evening, Thompson met Chaney in a match which would eventually decide who would end the night in fifth place, with the American prevailing despite missing 17 darts on the doubles.
Remote Darts League action resumes on Sunday evening as last season’s Play-Offs line-up lock horns once again, with James Richardson and Paul Hogan going to head-to-head to secure top spot.
BDO World Championship runner-up Jim Williams sets his sights on winning all three matches to seal his place in the top four, while Tony O’Shea’s campaign comes to a close.
REMOTE DARTS LEAGUE
Saturday June 6
Richard Veenstra 6-4 John O’Shea
Joe Chaney 6-4 Justin Thompson
Joe Chaney 5-5 John O’Shea
Justin Thompson 5-5 Richard Veenstra
John O’Shea 6-3 Justin Thompson
Richard Veenstra 6-4 Joe Chaney
Sunday June 7
Jim Williams v James Richardson
Paul Hogan v Tony O’Shea
Paul Hogan v Jim Williams
Tony O’Shea v James Richardson
Tony O’Shea v Jim Williams
James Richardson v Paul Hogan
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