Beaton, King and Webster Qualify for the Grand Slam, as other Big Names Tumble!

Steve Beaton
Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

There were a number of surprise qualifiers for the Grand Slam of Darts in Coventry today, as Winmau trio Mark Webster, Mervyn King and Steve Beaton were the most high-profile names to secure qualification.

Beaton whitewashed Prakash Jiwa and Matt Clark 5-0 to seal qualification, whilst Mark Webster was an emphatic 5-1 victor over James Richardson in the final round of qualifying.

They will be joined in Wolverhampton by Wayne Jones, who beat Devon Petersen in the final round of qualifying, to secure a place in his hometown event.

Former BDO man Robbie Green, who reached the last 16 of last year’s Grand Slam, performed superbly well to qualify, thrashing both Andy Hamilton and Vincent van der Voort 5-1 to seal his spot.

Steve West beat St Helens’ Eddie Dootson 5-2 to qualify, having earlier beaten Wes Newton 5-1. Elsewhere, the ‘X-Factor’ Andy Boulton stunned former BDO World Champion Stephen Bunting 5-2 in the final round of qualification, to seal his Grand Slam debut.

The eighth and final qualifier, Jonny Clayton, will be the third Welsh representative in Wolverhampton, alongside Webster and BDO stalwart Martin Phillips. Clayton defeated Justin Pipe 5-4 in round two; before despatching the in-form Jelle Klaasen 5-2 in the final round of qualifying.

There were a number of high-profile casualties in Coventry. Ian White fell at the first-hurdle, losing 5-3 to Arron Monk. However, the World Number 8 may yet still qualify; as he’s one of 3 players on the ‘reserve list’ of qualifiers.

Jelle Klaasen and Terry Jenkins are the other two players nervously awaiting to see if they’ll make the cut. Klaasen lost out in the final round of qualifying, whilst Terry Jenkins lost a last-leg decider to the enigmatic Devon Petersen in the last 64.

Brendan Dolan, Simon Whitlock and Justin Pipe  face an uphill struggle to qualify. They will have to reach the final of the European Championships to secure a spot. Dolan was beaten in the opening round of qualifiers, losing 5-2 to Tomas Seyler.

Whitlock lost out in a nail-biting last-leg decider against a rejuvenated Andy Jenkins in the second round of qualification, whilst Justin Pipe lost at the same stage to Clayton, also in a deciding leg.

World Grand-Prix semi-finalist Mensur Suljovic lost out in the final round of qualifying, losing 5-1 to an inspired Mervyn King. The Austrian had only dropped one leg in beating Darren Webster, Dirk van Duijvenbode and John Henderson, but was unable to secure his Wolverhampton debut.

Former World-finalist Kevin Painter and Three-Time World Champion John Part are the other notable omissions from this year’s competition. ‘The Artist’  lost in the second round to eventual qualifier Wayne Jones, whilst John Part lost at the first-stage of qualification; going down 5-3 to Andy Hamilton.

The eight players beaten in the final round of qualification also played off for reserve places for the tournament, if required. Devon Petersen is the first reserve, Jelle Klaasen second reserve and Vincent van der Voort third reserve.

SINGHA Beer Grand Slam of Darts
PDC Qualifier
Friday October 23, Ricoh Arena, Coventry
Preliminary Round

James Richardson 5-1 Coni Singh Nagi
Jamie Landon 5-4 Jermaine Wattimena
Alan Tabern 5-2 Mike De Decker
Alan Norris 5-4 Lee Evans
David Pallett 5-4 Brian Woods
Kelvin Hart 5-1 Matt Padgett
Joey Ten Berge 5-4 Ryan Palmer
Colin Lloyd 5-1 Kirk Shepherd
Joe Murnan 5-3 Mark Hylton
Ken MacNeil 5-2 Ricky Williams
Benito van de Pas 5-0 Lee Palfreyman
Jason Lovett 5-0 Wayne Atwood
Nathan Derry 5-2 Gary Stone
Eddie Dootson 5-4 Aden Kirk
Jamie Bain 5-3 Terry Temple
Dean Winstanley 5-4 Joe Cullen
Jan Dekker 5-3 Tony Newell
Josh Payne 5-2 Steve Brown
Matthew Edgar 5-2 William O’Connor
Gerwyn Price 5-2 Steve Smith
Kevin Painter 5-0 Lee Moffat
Aaron Turner 5-4 Max Hopp
James Wilson 5-4 Martin Thomas
Jason Wilson 5-4 Jonathan Worsley
Jeffrey De Zwaan 5-4 Mike Zuywijk
Connie Finnan 5-3 Roxy-James Rodriguez
Adam Hunt 5-1 Steve McNally
Jeff Batham 5-1 Martyn Turner
Andy Parsons 5-1 Barrie Bates
Mark Dudbridge 5-2 Mark Walsh
Robbie Green 5-1 Haruki Muramatsu
Paul Nicholson 5-4 Magnus Caris
Stephen Willard 5-2 Kurt Parry
Paul Milford 5-1 Ian Moss
Jim Walker 5-1 Shaun Griffiths
Matthew Dennant 5-2 Mark Barilli

First Round
Arron Monk 5-3 Ian White
Colin Fowler 5-3 Harry Ward
Scott Dale 5-2 Andy Pearce
James Richardson 5-2 Jamie Landon
Mark Webster 5-1 Jyhan Artut
Steve Douglas 5-2 Alan Tabern
Cristo Reyes 5-0 Kieran Evans
Alan Norris 5-4 David Pallett
Justin Pipe 5-3 Tony Richardson
Jonny Clayton 5-1 Paul Amos
Darren Johnson 5-0 Colin Littlecott
Kelvin Hart 5-4 Joey Ten Berge
Jelle Klaasen 5-2 Mick Todd
Nick Fullwell 5-2 John Bowles
Karl Merchant 5-4 Stuart Kellett
Joe Murnan 5-3 Colin Lloyd
Mervyn King 5-1 Colin Osborne
Ben Ward 5-4 Nigel Birch
Chris Dobey 5-1 Richie Howson
Benito van de Pas 5-1 Ken MacNeil
Mensur Suljovic 5-1 Darren Webster
Dirk van Duijvenbode 5-3 Steve Hine
John Henderson 5-3 Nigel Heydon
Jason Lovett 5-0 Nathan Derry
Tomas Seyler 5-2 Brendan Dolan
Ronny Huybrechts 5-4 Darren Weaver
Michael Barnard 5-2 Kevin Bambrick
Eddie Dootson 5-3 Jamie Bain
Wes Newton 5-4 Kyle Anderson
Steve West 5-4 Dean Winstanley
Robert Owen 5-2 Daryl Gurney
Josh Payne 5-3 Jan Dekker
Terry Jenkins 5-0 Ian Lever
Devon Petersen 5-3 Darren Whittingham
Dennis Smith 5-0 James Kerwick
Gerwyn Price 5-2 Matthew Edgar
Andrew Gilding 5-2 Kevin McDine
Wayne Jones 5-3 Kevin Painter
Kevin Thomas 5-4 Robert Wagner
James Wilson 5-3 Aaron Turner
Stephen Bunting 5-1 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Richard North 5-2 Andy Smith
Dave Honey 5-1 Paul Anthony
Jason Wilson 5-1 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Jamie Caven 5-0 Darren Mawer
Ronnie Baxter 5-2 Dave Ladley
Andy Boulton 5-2 Chris Aubrey
Connie Finnan 5-3 Adam Hunt
Vincent van der Voort 5-2 Luke Woodhouse
Johnny Haines 5-3 Jamie Lewis
Ryan Harrington 5-3 Jason Marriott
Jeff Batham 5-1 Andy Parsons
Andy Hamilton 5-3 John Part
Mark Frost 5-3 Jamie Robinson
James Hubbard 5-2 Nathan Aspinall
Robbie Green 5-3 Mark Dudbridge
Simon Whitlock 5-3 Ricky Evans
Andy Jenkins 5-2 Jay Foreman
Matt Clark 5-3 Ross Smith
Paul Nicholson 5-4 Stephen Willard
Steve Beaton 5-3 Tony Randell
Paul Milford 5-2 Michael Power
Prakash Jiwa 5-2 Mickey Mansell
Matthew Dennant 5-1 Jim Walker

Second Round
Colin Fowler 5-2 Arron Monk
James Richardson 5-1 Scott Dale
Mark Webster 5-2 Steve Douglas
Cristo Reyes 5-4 Alan Norris
Jonny Clayton 5-4 Justin Pipe
Darren Johnson 5-3 Kelvin Hart
Jelle Klaasen 5-1 Nick Fullwell
Karl Merchant 5-2 Joe Murnan
Mervyn King 5-2 Ben Ward
Benito van de Pas 5-3 Chris Dobey
Mensur Suljovic 5-0 Dirk van Duijvenbode
John Henderson 5-4 Jason Lovett
Tomas Seyler 5-4 Ronny Huybrechts
Eddie Dootson 5-2 Michael Barnard
Steve West 5-1 Wes Newton
Robert Owen 5-2 Josh Payne
Devon Petersen 5-4 Terry Jenkins
Gerwyn Price 5-0 Dennis Smith
Wayne Jones 5-2 Andrew Gilding
James Wilson 5-0 Kevin Thomas
Stephen Bunting 5-2 Richard North
Jason Wilson 5-0 Dave Honey
Jamie Caven 5-2 Ronnie Baxter
Andy Boulton 5-4 Connie Finnan
Vincent van der Voort 5-0 Johnny Haines
Ryan Harrington 5-0 Jeff Batham
Andy Hamilton 5-0 Mark Frost
Robbie Green 5-3 James Hubbard
Andy Jenkins 5-4 Simon Whitlock
Matt Clark 5-3 Paul Nicholson
Steve Beaton 5-3 Paul Milford
Prakash Jiwa 5-1 Matthew Dennant

Third Round
James Richardson 5-4 Colin Fowler
Mark Webster 5-3 Cristo Reyes
Jonny Clayton 5-2 Darren Johnson
Jelle Klaasen 5-0 Karl Merchant
Mervyn King 5-3 Benito van de Pas
Mensur Suljovic 5-0 John Henderson
Eddie Dootson 5-3 Tomas Seyler
Steve West 5-2 Robert Owen
Devon Petersen 5-4 Gerwyn Price
Wayne Jones 5-2 James Wilson
Stephen Bunting 5-2 Jason Wilson
Andy Boulton 5-1 Jamie Caven
Vincent van der Voort 5-3 Ryan Harrington
Robbie Green 5-1 Andy Hamilton
Matt Clark 5-2 Andy Jenkins
Steve Beaton 5-0 Prakash Jiwa

Fourth Round
Mark Webster 5-1 James Richardson
Jonny Clayton 5-2 Jelle Klaasen
Mervyn King 5-1 Mensur Suljovic
Steve West 5-2 Eddie Dootson
Wayne Jones 5-3 Devon Petersen
Andy Boulton 5-2 Stephen Bunting
Robbie Green 5-1 Vincent van der Voort
Steve Beaton 5-0 Matt Clark

Mark Webster
Jonny Clayton
Mervyn King
Steve West
Wayne Jones
Andy Boulton
Robbie Green
Steve Beaton

Reserves Play-Off First Round
Jelle Klaasen 5-1 James Richardson
Eddie Dootson 5-2 Mensur Suljovic
Devon Petersen 5-1 Stephen Bunting
Vincent van der Voort 5-0 Matt Clark

Second Round
Jelle Klaasen 5-3 Eddie Dootson
Devon Petersen 5-4 Vincent van der Voort

Third-Place Play-Off
Vincent van der Voort 5-2 Eddie Dootson

Final Play-Off
Devon Petersen 5-4 Jelle Klaasen

1 Devon Petersen
2 Jelle Klaasen
3 Vincent van der Voort

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