Darts ace Ross on fire in TV vic­tory

East Kilbride News - - THE BACK PAGE - Paul Thom­son

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.”

Lam­bert; run­ner-up: S. Barrie.

McIn­tosh; run­ner-up: N. Chalmers.

Pottinger; run­ner-up: P. Lam­bert.

– G. Ho­nan; run­ner-up: A. Open­shaw.

Ladies Cham­pi­onship – A. Gents Pres­i­dents Cup – A. Ladies Pres­i­dents Cup Gents Bal­loted Pairs – D.

Feel­ing good Ross The Boss

The main man World No1Michael van Ger­wen

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