The Form Guide: Clayton back on top after Birmingham success

Jonny Clayton

PDC Stats Analyst Christopher Kempf lists the top 30 players over their last 100 legs played...

Form Guide

A busy weekend of darts saw substantial movement in The Form Guide for many players, with the biggest leaps forward being made by those whose valiant efforts did not result in ranking titles.

Jonny Clayton, following on from a dominant Premier League outing in Birmingham, only managed to win seven matches in three events despite playing at a level, as measured by OChE, which would win nearly two-thirds of legs against ProTour opponents, leading the world of professional darts.

Nathan Aspinall, despite a narrow loss to Ryan Searle on Sunday, now ranks number one in averages and doubles against each PDC Tour Card Holder's past 100 legs, emerging from the weekend as one of three players averaging 100+ and one of four hitting 45% of his doubles.

Nathan Aspinall
Nathan Aspinall can take encouragement from his recent form

Peter Wright is similarly ranked ahead of the man to whom he lost in Saturday's final, Michael van Gerwen, having experienced a huge boost in 17 points in his OChE, raising the percentage of legs he would expect to win on the ProTour from 48 to 65.

Krzysztof Ratajski, matching a record of four consecutive matches with a 105+ average, now ranks second in the averages but only 40th in doubles, a contributing factor to the Pole collecting only £4,000 in ranking money last weekend.

Gerwyn Price's disastrous weekend in finishing now places him in the bottom quartile of players for doubles accuracy, having hit only an estimated 32% of his targets.

Andrew Gilding
Andrew Gilding, who topped last week's Form Guide reached his first ProTour final since 2014

Meanwhile, Gary Anderson and Andrew Gilding, who dominated last week's rankings, fell back down to earth, with Anderson recording a particularly below-par 29% accuracy on the doubles, seeing his OChE rating drop by nearly ten points and Gilding, in spite of his run to the final, failing to measure up to the stunning achievements of two weeks ago.

The battle between Joe Cullen and Rob Cross for a place in the world's top ten heated up last weekend, with Cross defeating Cullen 6-5 on Sunday (after Cross battled back from a 5-1 deficit), though Cullen made bigger statistical gains in his performances.

Cullen's OChE rating jumped 8.59 points relative to last week, compared to a decrease of 1.88 from Cross, suggesting that despite his most recent loss, Cullen would be a favourite in their next match and would narrow the £25,000 pound gap between Cross and himself.

Next week's Players Championship events will also put big statistical improvements of Luke Humphries and Ryan Searle to the test, and fans will soon see if the exceptionally high level displayed by Humphries (98.11 average) and Searle (97.46 average), which have carried both men to PDC titles this year, can be maintained in the face of strong opposition from unexpected quarters.

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