History Maker breaks new ground in impressive straight sets victory!!!
There’s not much Brendan Dolan has failed to do in darts. But the first man to hit a nine-darter at the double-in World Grand Prix had never made it beyond the second round at the Alexandra Palace going into today’s last 32 tie with the in-form Joe Cullen. Well, you can forget about that particular stat, going forward.
The methodical maestro, who has tumbled to 45 in the world after an indifferent couple of years on tour, showed all his tactical nous to plod his way past the exasperated Bradford thrower, with surprising ease.
A ponderous opening set from the World Number 14, was punished by Dolan, who broke the Yorskshire man on two occasions, stealing the darts in the process.
Cullen, who has enjoyed a real breakout year in 2018, reaching the quarters of the Matchplay and the semi’s of the European’s, seemed to be struggling to tread in Dolan’s suffocating slower rhythm at the back of the stage.
There was nothing suffocating about The History Maker checking out “big-fish” 170 to claim the second set,however, bagging his sixth leg on the spin, in the process.
Averaging an impressive 97 at that point, the Belcoo gent was bullying Cullen, who had failed to progress past the first round on seven of nine visits to the World’s, at the board.
But despite eventually claiming his first leg of the match, when eventually checking out on double 4 after 8 missed darts at double, Cullen would miss chance after chance to gain a foothold in the contest – those trouble doubles killing his progress.
An assured Dolan, on the other hand, looked incapable of losing, and despite handing his English opponent a lifeline missing double 8 and double 4 for the match, Cullen wasn’t able to capitalise, and Brendan returned to polish off the two 4’s at the second time of asking, to set up a third round clash with either Mervyn King or Jan Dekker.