By Dave South
16 DECEMBER 2016 • 5:05PM
The beginning of the preliminary round kicks off tonight with Jerry Hendriks taking on Warren Parry, in what should be a close encounter.
The Dutchman Hendriks is 4/5, with Parry at 11/10. With the best of three sets format it will be a cagey affair.
But with little time to get started I think Hendriks could edge the Kiwi out here.
Parry is no stranger to this stage though and holding throw will be a big factor here.
Gerwyn Price was not convincing the last time we watched him in the Players Championship Finals a few weeks ago, and he takes on fellow Welshman Jonny Clayton in the first round.
Price at just 1/2 is short and for a good reason. Price’s progression over the last two years has led him to generating a good reputation, but I cannot back Price with any confidence in this one.
Steve Beaton is just 4/6 to beat Devon Petersen in what should be another close encounter on day two of the tournament.
Beaton enjoyed a great run at the World Matchplay this year and showed he can still put on a show.
With his silky smooth action versus Petersen who can often pull off a performance on the big stage, it could go some distance.
If I was to place a bet on this, over 16.5 legs is well covered at 8/11 with Betfred and would need at least four sets to be played.
One of which would need to go five legs and the other four to at least four legs.
The treble for the evening for a short price accumulator (Price, Beaton and Hendriks) pays 4.35 at Marathonbet for those interested.
Beaton/Petersen over 16.5 legs – 8/11 Betfred
Prices correct at time of publication