Above expectation

  • By: Cheeky Punt
  • Last Updated: July 29 2014, 10:40 BST

Many have tried, but nobody has succeeded in taking his crown. The inimitable Cheeky Punt takes you through his weekly betting lows and highs with the original punting blog.

Phil Taylor: The man Cheeky could have been
Phil Taylor: The man Cheeky could have been

Utopia - An imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect.

I have often wondered what gambling utopia might look like and got a glimpse of it the other night in the shape of La Galaxy 0 Manchester United 7 after having £120 on the Red Devils to win their US friendly at 1/2. I mean Ashley Young even scored twice. That's what kind of night it was.

This, surely, is how all 1/2 shots should behave? If they did, there would be no need to go out working 9-5 for 'the man' and we could spend time doing more of life's important things such as arm wrestling while drunk, catching rabbits and watching movies through the day while eating breakfast cereal from the box.

Friday was notable for two things:

1. Me having a drink in town at no cost to my reputation and somehow managing to get home at a sensible hour

2. Gary Anderson beating Adrian Lewis in the World Matchplay darts.

Along with Tomas Berdych (Czech tennis player and perennial bottle job) there is no sportsman alive who has cost me more then Lewis down the years. A little while ago I decided therefore to stop betting on him and, where appropriate, start betting against him.

So when I saw Anderson at 11/8 on Friday to take out Lewis in Blackpool I was all over it. My plan worked like a dream. Anderson cruised to a 16-8 success and in truth 'Aidey' was so bad the Scot might have been given a better game by pop star namesake, Leona.

Sunday was a bit of a mixed bag.

I nicked a few quid backing Lewis Hamilton to finish on the podium of the Hungarian Grand Prix at 5/2 but then undid most of my good work by steaming into Tommy Robredo in the Croatian Open tennis.

Robredo was defending champion but lost in straight sets to a wild-haired qualifier by the name of Pablo Cuevas in the final.

I obviously got the hump over that so decided to stick an unhealthy amount of cash on Michael van Gerwen at evens to win the World Matchplay final against Phil Taylor. 'The Power' has struggled for much of 2014 but chose this night to roll back the years as he absolutely battered 'Mighty Mike' to claim an 18-9 win.

I used to love the darts and once had aspirations of becoming a pro myself. I remember playing my father once in the pub and telling him "Dad, I will be world champion one day."

I'll never forget his reaction. As he pulled my darts out from above the board he said "Son, I feel you're aiming too high."

Cheeky's Punt of the Week: Manchester City to win the Premier League at 2/1 (Sky Bet).