Dunvegan Darts’ Chris Dobey came up just short against Joe Cullen in a cracking game on day two at the Betfred World Matchplay.
In a back and forth game, Hollywood lost 10-8 to The Rockstar, despite hitting eight maximums in the match.
Cullen started brighter, breaking in the opening leg, before holding to make it 2-0. However, after missing a chance to go 3-0 up, Dobey found double 16 to get on the board. Two further holds saw The Rockstar take a 3-2 lead at the first interval.
Two further holds followed straight after the interval, before both missed darts to win the eighth leg. In the end, Hollywood would get the break back, finding tops to level at 4-4. After he then held to take the lead for the first time, Cullen equalised, making it 5-5 at the final interval.
Both then held coming out of the break before both once again missed darts to take the leg. In the end, it was unlucky for Dobey, as Cullen found double 10 to move in front again. However, a shocking scoring leg for The Rockstar allowed Hollywood to equalise, breaking in 16 darts to make it 7-7.
Roles reversed in the 15th leg, as Dobey could not find his scoring darts. Cullen took advantage, hitting double 16 to go in front again. Dobey had a chance to level again, but just missed the bullseye for a 164. The Rockstar again punished, hitting a 92 checkout to go within one.
Hollywood held in the 17th leg, and left double 12 after 12 to try and send the game to extra time. However, Cullen hit double eight to clean up 38 and end a classic contest.
Unfortunately for Dobey, a tight game just did not go his way. However, having won his maiden PDC title earlier this month, there’s lots of positives for Hollywood to take. He’ll be back playing in the next two Super Series events in August, while Dunvegan’s other player in the World Matchplay, Gary Anderson, gets his campaign underway tomorrow night against Stephen Bunting. It’s the last first round game of the event, and will get underway around 10pm BST.