|Paul Nicholson - "official" darts eye candy!|
However, I'm pleased to say that his second round match last night was much easier to watch, mainly because me nerves had already been calmed thanks to 2 glasses of sparkling wine drank during the incredible match between Phil Taylor and Dave Chisnall beforehand, but more about that in a minute.
No, last night Mr Nicholson came through and beat Alan Tabern easily to reach the final 16, although, to be honest, I spent most of the earlier stages of the match with me concentration wandering to his hair! Not sure what's been going on over Christmas but I could have sworn Nicholson's hair had been a few shades lighter when he'd played his first round match. Last night he looked like he'd dipped his head in a bowl of black shoe polish! My lovely #DartsFamily Twitter friend @shancalfe pointed out that he looked like Gary Numan, and she wasn't wrong. I half expected him to break away from the dart board, forget about hitting that double top, and start belting out 'Are Friend's Electric'! It was extremely distracting, especially as I'd been certain that Phil Taylor had also been getting up close and cosy with the old hair dye in the previous match. Is there something going on backstage at that tournament that we don't know about it? Is Simon Whitlock going to appear this afternoon with a Beatles cut? Actually, that doesn't bear thinking about...
Where was I? Oh yeah, Paul Nicholson. So, he won, I was happy, because it guarantees me a bit more eye candy during this tournament, and that's never a bad thing. 'Tis the season to be shallow, after all, and Paul Nicholson really brings that side out in me at this time of year. I'm a darts tart, what can I say? If he approached me with his arrows clutched firmly in his hand and asked me to check out his Shanghai finish I'd be there faster than you could say 'Bullseye'!
But, despite Mr Nicholson undeniably being the "easy on the eye" match last night, the game of the entire tournament so far (for me) was the match that went before him on December 27th - the match that saw another of my favourite players - Dave "Chizzy" Chisnall knock Phil "The Power" Taylor out of the World Darts Championship in the second round!
|Dave "Chizzy" Chisnall victorious after his win over Taylor.|
Now, I've got nothing against Phil Taylor, infact, he's also one of my favourite players, but I love to see an underdog win - I think a lot of us do. And I've been a fan of Dave Chisnall's ever since I saw him play in the BDO World Championships not that long ago, so to see him playing the way he did in his second round match, well, it was bloody exciting, to say the least. Got quite animated I did, which, at this time of year, means moving around somewhere other than in the direction of the After Eights! Don't know what the neighbours must've thought though, with the shouting and cheering coming from me and my husband as those final darts were thrown. A great result - for me, and for Dave Chisnall! - and a great night of darts all round.
Now we just have to see what happens in the next round for the players I'm keeping a very close eye on - Paul Nicholson and Dave Chisnall - and keep my fingers crossed that they continue to play the way they did last night. Because to see them go further in this tournament, well, that would make me one very happy darts fan indeed...
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