Ben's Bet Of The Day | Friday 14th September
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Ben’s Bet Of The Day
I’m over in Germany for a 7/10 double to kick-off my Bet of the Day column. It’s the International Darts Open this weekend, and we can profit from the opening round.
Ryan Searle won a tour card at the start of 2017 off the back of a strong showing on the Challenge Tour and has gone from strength to strength ever since.
He’s been a strong floor player for a while now, averaging 93 in the Pro Tour in 2018 and has begun to gain stage experience.
Last weekend Searle won his opening round Dutch Darts Championship game 6-4 against Andy Boulton before averaging 100.59 in a 6-5 defeat to Daryl Gurney. The week prior saw Searle reach the final of a 128-man pro tour event, beating the the likes of Gary Anderson, Jermaine Wattimena, Steve Lennon and Ron Meulenkamp in the process.
He faces Ricardo Pietreczko this Friday, who qualified via the home nation qualifiers and is playing on the big stage for the first ever time. Back in 2017 he lost 3-0 to Neil Duff in the opening round of the World Masters. This year he failed to make an impact in either of the BDO German Darts Open and Masters.
Adjusting to the stage takes time but over a best of 11 legs you don’t have time. Searle has the game to punish Pietreczko.
Last weekend just one of six host nation qualifiers made it past the first round. If we look back at the International Darts Open last year, all four host nation qualifiers lost.
We can back similar to occur here. Searle -1.5 legs can form the first part of our double
Similarly, Steve Lennon has won four of six opening round games on the European Tour so far this year, reaching the final of the Dutch Darts Masters. He’s a fast improving player and will be inside the top-32 sooner rather the later.
Lennon should have too much for Patrik Kovacs, whose only PDC stage match came back in 2016 at the World Cup of Darts when averaging a mere 82.
We can back Lennon with a -1.5 handicap.