Report by Tom Beresford
Chris Dobey left the Arena MK in Milton Keynes on Saturday evening a very happy man as he reached his second PDC ranking final and his first since October 2016. The Bedlington-based star produced some phenomenal display en route to reaching the final. Dobey averaged almost 110 (109.63) in the final despite losing out 6-2 to the World no.1 Michael van Gerwen. Dobey hit a whopping 22 maximums on his run to the final, six more than the World no.1 Michael van Gerwen.
In the final, Dobey produced some stunning legs of darts which included a 10-dart leg as he left MVG on 323 in that particular leg as the North-East ace pinned D18. A 14-darter later followed, but Van Gerwen was in an unforgiving mood as he went on to win 6-2 to take the £10,000 prize.
As I mentioned previously, Dobey produced a string of superb displays throughout the day. On his way to the final, Dobey enjoyed victories over the likes of Bradley Brooks (6-0), James Wilson (6-4), Dave Chisnall (6-2), Stephen Burton (6-4), Gabriel Clemens (6-2) & Ryan Searle (6-4) in what was a highly contested battle as Dobey fired in a 112 finish to confirm his place in the final.
After what was a difficult year for Chris in 2017, he’s really starting to find his feet again. To his own admission, it has took him a while to get to grips with his new darts, and now that patience has well and truly paid off as Dobey’s World matchplay hopes are remaining on-course.