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Andy Fordham’s Grand-Slam fairy-tale continued, as he beat local-favourite Wayne Jones to keep his hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages alive, whilst Dave Chisnall hit a perfect 9-darter in his incredible victory against Peter Wright!
Fordham, who averaged 99 in losing 5-2 to Adrian Lewis on Saturday evening, didn’t produce the same level of performance against Jones, but he held his nerve in crucial moments to secure an extremely poignant 5-3 victory.
Jones missed 6 darts at double in an error-strewn opening leg of the contest, allowing Fordham to capitalise, by hitting D10 with his last-dart to break throw. ‘The Viking’ then extended his lead on the same target in the following leg.
Martin Adams produced a sensational performance on his long-awaited Grand Slam debut, as he averaged over 105 in demolishing World Number 8 Ian White on Saturday night in Wolverhampton.
Adams, who accepted the PDC’s wildcard invitation for the very first time this year, hit finishes of 133,136 and 116 to clinch his first win on a PDC stage since 2001.
He received a positive reaction from the crowd and he appeared extremely relaxed, which certainly translated to his Darts as he defeated a typically-tenacious White, who averaged 100 himself.
Phil Taylor began his Grand Slam of Darts defence in fine style on Saturday afternoon, whitewashing Martin Phillips 5-0 with a 102 average, but he was furious with comments made by Andy Fordham earlier in the week.
‘The Viking’ had praised Taylor’s ‘unbelievable’ achievements in Darts in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports on Tuesday, although he admitted that he ‘didn’t really like Phil’.
This provoked a strong response from the 16-Time World Champion. “I’m motivated. All these comments have motivated me. Keep commenting, keep running me down. That’s what I like, it’s given me the fuel back that I needed.”
The 2015 Grand Slam of Darts begins in Wolverhampton on Saturday afternoon and the anticipation and excitement surrounding the event is tangible. It’s the only tournament on the darting calendar where the two darting codes, the PDC and BDO, lock horns.
The addition of Martin Adams and Andy Fordham to this year’s tournament simply adds to the overall spectacle and it will be absolutely fascinating to see how the BDO players fare against their PDC counterparts.
Here is my lowdown on this year’s eight BDO participants, as I also share my views on the ‘friction’ surrounding players from the different codes.
Reigning Lakeside Champion Scott Mitchell has been handed an extremely tough draw on his Grand Slam of Darts debut in Wolverhampton.
Mitchell has been paired with 3 of the PDC’s Top 16; World Number 4 Peter Wright; last year’s finalist Dave Chisnall,as well as veteran Mervyn King, who reached the semi-finals of this competition last-year.
Phil Taylor has been handed a relatively kind draw as he aims to defend his Grand Slam of Darts title. Taylor has been paired with young Austrian Rowby-John Rodriguez, Robbie Green and BDO stalwart Martin Phillips.
In one of the most incredible darting fairy tales in recent memory, former Lakeside Champion Andy Fordham has qualified for the Grand Slam of Darts in November, after winning SEVEN matches at the BDO qualifier in Hull today!
The 2004 World Champion has been in the abyss in recent years, but rolled back the years to secure qualification. The Viking certainly wasn’t viewed as a realistic contender, with the likes of Glenn Durrant, Jamie Hughes, Tony O’Shea, Jeff Smith and Daryl Fitton and former Grand Slam winner Scott Waites all competing.
However, Fordham upset the odds by coming back from 4-3 down against Neil Duff to seal his spot and send the darting twitter-sphere into a state of mass hysteria!