By Josh Green @JoshGreeney98
Tuesday evening sees the return of possibly the unluckiest player in world darts. Terry Jenkins is widely regarded as the dartist to prowl the oche without taking a major title. Now 52, time for fans favourite Jenkins is running out. There is now doubt if he hits the ground running he is more than capable of reaching the latter stages, but one small lapse in concentration could allow has American opponent into the three set, opening round match.
Many fans will be delighted to see the return of ‘the oldest 33-year-old in darts’. Over the top Dean Winstanley is a former runner-up in the BDO’s Lakeside and reached the last 16 of the PDC World Championships last term. It has been a quiet year for the Yorkshireman on the Pro Tour circuit, failing to win any national events. Now placed 29th in the rankings and treacherously close to slipping out of the top 32, an impressive run at the Ally Pally could propel him back up the leader board. In the shape of Ronny Huybrechts he faces an extremely difficult first round tie. The Belgian’s brother, Kim, was astonishingly knocked out by Dave Pallett earlier in the week; a double exit would wreak disappointment for the duo.
In a night packed full of it is a pleasure to see Wes Newton return to the Alexandra Palace stage. As the marmite of darts, it is bound to be a rowdy and exciting evening for a capacity crowd. Despite being a able to boast two time participation in the Premier League and three World Championship quarter finals, Newton but not take Cristo Reyes lightly. The Spaniard is vastly improved this year, and will look to surpass last years third round appearance against eventual Champion Gary Anderson.
In the match of the evening the free flowing, high scoring Dave Chisnall begins in campaign against Austrian youngster Rowby-John Rodriguez. A sensational year in the Premier League where he reached the semi-finals was enough for Chisnall to earn all the plaudits and probably a place in 2016’s edition of the competition. An impressive showing this month will only strengthen his grip. As for Little John, reaching the last 16 of the European Championships was the highlight of his year, his currently upheaval in form may give him enough to become a regular in television majors