Darts ace Ross on fire in TV victory
Ross‘The Boss’Montgomery reckons he is playing some of his best darts after claiming a debut win at the Grand Slam of Darts and competing well with world No.1 Michael van Gerwen.
The 55-year-old, from Greenhills, made his bow at the cross-code event in Wolverhampton where the best players from the BDO and the PDC battle it out.
On Saturday, Montgomery opened his group against Dutchman van Gerwen and was left to rue missed opportunities as the defending champion won 5-1 in legs.
But 24 hours later he bounced back to beat Englishman Joe Murnan in his second match with an impressive 5-3 win, live on Sky Sports.
Over the two matches Montgomery’s doubles statistics – so often his Achilles’ heel – are the best he has ever recorded.
And The Boss told the News: “I’ve been hitting 62 per cent on my doubles across the two games and that’s the highest I think I’ve ever had, so that shows the level I’ve been playing at this week. It’s been a
great experience so far. I’ve been looked after really well. Every player has been treated with the respect they deserve, regardless of being on the BDO or PDC side.
“The way the event is set up really helps the players focus and it’s helped me show how well I can really play.
“I was a little bit nervous before the match with Michael, but once I got up there on the stage I felt good.
“I just treated him like it was any other darts player beside me and I played the way I know I can for big parts of it.
“If I had hit more of my doubles I would have been 3-1 up. If I had popped them in it would have been a different game, but I never disgraced myself.
“He said himself at the end I was unlucky and I could have been 3-1 up, so I took what he said and the confidence from some of my play into the Murnan game.
“I kept hold of my throw and broke him exactly when I needed to. It all went to plan.
“I put the last leg against Joe away in 12 darts, so I was pleased with that.”
His two displays mean the BDO world No.5 is in fine fettle ahead of his final Group A match against Rob Cross, which was just about to get underway as the News went to press on Tuesday night.
A victory against the Englishman would see Montgomery qualify for the last 16 on his tournament debut.
But Cross ran van Gerwen close, losing 5-4, and Montgomery knows he’s in for a battle.
He said:“It’s basically a straight knockout between me and Rob.
“Rob has been in magnificent form over the last 10 months and shot right up the rankings in the PDC.
“If I play the way I know I can I have a chance.
“If I can win the bull and then get the throw, it’s such a short format (first to five legs) at this stage, that if you start with the throw and keep holding it you will win the game.”
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