Clinical Ashton claims Grand Slam of Darts spot

Four-time women’s world champion Lisa Ashton will make her second consecutive Grand Slam of Darts appearance next month, after coming through the Women’s Qualifier at the Barnsley Metrodome on Friday afternoon.

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Josh’s Dartistry Darts Podcast Episode Eight!

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In our eighth episode of the Josh’s Dartistry Podcast, Josh Gorton is joined by co-host Jon Dean and new panellist Jordan Harrison, with regular co-host Neil Conner away on business.

There’s plenty to discuss after a whirlwind week in the darting world, and the team discuss the news that Raymond van Barneveld will retire from professional darts after the 2019/2020 World Championship, with Josh picking out some of his favourite RvB memories. Continue reading “Josh’s Dartistry Darts Podcast Episode Eight!”

Grand Slam of Darts 2017: Prediction Competition!

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Welcome to the 2017 Grand Slam of Darts prediction competition. The rules are simple….You get five points for a correct score and two points for a correct result. The person with the most points at the end of the Grand Slam will be crowned the winner!

Please submit your predictions to @OcheBalboa1 before every night/day of action.

Check out the latest standings ahead of the final day of action in Wolverhampton!

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Table via @Leesy_180

Grand Slam of Darts: Day One Report!

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Former champions Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld kicked off their Grand Slam campaigns with comprehensive 5-1 victories, as BDO world champion Glen Durrant produced the performance of the opening day to stun second seed Peter Wright in a dramatic double-session at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall.

Michael van Gerwen began the defence of his Grand Slam title with a comprehensive 5-1 win over BDO veteran Ross Montgomery. The scoreline didn’t tell the whole story however. The Scottish debutant had darts at double in four of the six legs and averaged 97.24, but some clinical finishing from the world number one proved decisive. Continue reading “Grand Slam of Darts: Day One Report!”

PDC Order of Merit Update: Wright & Barney on the rise!

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Peter Wright and Raymond van Barneveld were two of the biggest movers on the PDC Order of Merit following the conclusion of last weekend’s Grand Slam of Darts, as world number one Michael van Gerwen extended his lead over world champion Gary Anderson.

Peter Wright has risen to a career high of third in the world after his run to the last four in Wolverhampton. Snakebite performed superbly throughout the week and produced a majestic display to defeat Phil Taylor 16-10 in the quarter-finals, subsequently leapfrogging ‘The Power’ in the world rankings.

Wright was highly-fancied by many to claim his maiden PDC major title in Wolverhampton, although he eventually suffered semi-final defeat against an imperious Michael van Gerwen. The Scot averaged 102.13 but it wasn’t enough to overcome ‘The Green Machine’ who posted an astonishing 111.17 average to triumph 16-10.

Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld has moved up to 12th in the world following his run to the quarter-finals at the Wolverhampton Civic. Van Barneveld was in magnificent form throughout the week, finishing with a tournament average of over 100. Continue reading “PDC Order of Merit Update: Wright & Barney on the rise!”

Grand Slam of Darts: Finals Day!

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Michael van Gerwen continued his darting domination by retaining his Grand Slam of Darts title with a comprehensive 16-8 victory against James Wade at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Sunday evening.

Van Gerwen wasn’t at his vintage best in the final, averaging 98.74, hitting six maximums and converting 42% of his double attempts. However Wade struggled throughout, averaging 90.73 and landing just two maximums, as he suffered his second Grand Slam final defeat to the imperious ‘Green Machine’.

This victory maintains Van Gerwen’s extraordinary record of having won every single TV ranking major since suffering defeat to Raymond van Barneveld in last year’s World Championships. Furthermore, the Grand Slam marks MvG’s 24th title of 2016, which equals Phil Taylor’s previous record set in 2010.

Wade secured first blood in the final by pinning tops for a 14-darter, but Van Gerwen levelled up proceedings with a 14-dart leg of his own. ‘The Machine’ then closed out the third successive hold of throw, before breaking the Dutchman’s throw with a typically clinical 112 outshot. Continue reading “Grand Slam of Darts: Finals Day!”

Anderson and Van Barneveld contest one of greatest games in Grand Slam history!

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World champion Gary Anderson saw off former winner Raymond van Barneveld in one of the greatest games ever staged at the Grand Slam, to set up a semi-final showdown with eight-time major winner James Wade at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Saturday evening.

Anderson remains on course to win his maiden Grand Slam crown after defeating Van Barneveld 16-13 in a pulsating tussle. The scores were locked at 13-13, until ‘The Flying Scotsman’ produced an astonishing sequence of darts, winning the final three legs in just 34 darts.

The world champion averaged 103.81, fired in an incredible 13 maximums and converted 46% of his doubles to prevail. Van Barneveld acquitted himself magnificently, averaging 98.24, landing nine maximums and hitting 43% of his attempts at double.

The Dutchman struggled in the opening stages of the contest, as Anderson established a commanding 4-1 lead. However, Barney showed impressive character to respond after the interval, winning four of the next five legs to restore parity at five apiece. Continue reading “Anderson and Van Barneveld contest one of greatest games in Grand Slam history!”

Grand Slam of Darts Day Seven: Stunning Snakebite dumps out Taylor!

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Peter Wright produced arguably the performance of his career to dump out six-time winner Phil Taylor and set up a semi-final clash with defending champion Michael van Gerwen on a thrilling night of Grand Slam action at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Friday evening.

Wright secured a spot in his maiden Wolves semi-final with an incredible 16-10 victory over ‘The Power’. Snakebite averaged 103.37, fired in ten maximums and converted 40% of his doubles, including five fantastic ton-plus finishes.

Wright made a very authoritative start, winning the opening two legs in 15 and 14 darts respectively. Snakebite then missed the bullseye for a 135 finish, but ‘The Power’ was unable to capitalise by taking out 97, as the Scot pinned D8 to secure a 3-0 lead.

Taylor then missed tops for an 82 checkout as Wright claimed his fourth consecutive leg with a clinical 64 finish, before the 16-time world champion landed his second maximum as he desperately attempted to open his account. It was to no avail however, as Snakebite converted a 76 kill to round-off a 12-darter and head into the interval 5-0 up. Continue reading “Grand Slam of Darts Day Seven: Stunning Snakebite dumps out Taylor!”

Grand Slam of Darts Day Six Report!

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Gary Anderson and Raymond van Barneveld will collide in the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam of Darts, whilst James Wade and Chris Dobey also sealed their spots in the last eight on a dramatic night at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Thursday evening.

Anderson survived a major scare as he overcame BDO world number three Danny Noppert in a pulsating last-leg decider. In arguably the match of the tournament, Anderson averaged 101.12 to prevail, as Noppert agonisingly lost out despite averaging 100.1 and converting 69% of his attempts at double.

The first five legs all went with throw as ‘The Flying Scotsman’ headed into the first interval with a 3-2 advantage. Nevertheless, Noppert enjoyed an extraordinary purple patch after the break. He levelled up proceedings with a magnificent 10-darter, before securing the first break of throw with a stunning 164 kill.

‘Noppie’ maintained his impeccable success rate on the doubles as he won his third consecutive leg with a classy 13-darter, but Anderson stopped the rot with a 13-darter of his own. The world champion then missed the bull for a 12-darter as he attempted to break back, but Noppert cleaned up 42 in two-darts to restore his two-leg cushion. Continue reading “Grand Slam of Darts Day Six Report!”

Wright: ‘I want to dominate like Taylor used to!’

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Peter Wright insisted that he wants to replicate Phil Taylor’s level of dominance after booking a spot in his maiden Grand Slam of Darts quarter-final on Wednesday evening. Snakebite reeled off eight successive legs to dispatch BDO star Darryl Fitton 10-3 last night, although the Scot was still highly critical of his performance.

Wright averaged 99.69, landed four maximums and converted 59% of his double attempts as he recovered from a sluggish start to dismantle the BDO World Trophy winner. Nevertheless, Snakebite was visibly frustrated by what he perceived to be a mediocre display.

Wright admitted: “I was annoyed with it. I want to do what Phil Taylor did to people years ago and that’s how I feel my game is at, but you’ve got to respect your opponent as well. I’m so annoyed.”

When asked whether he believes he can produce what Taylor used to, and what Van Gerwen is currently producing, Snakebite defiantly claimed: “Most definitely; that’s why I’ve come off annoyed. It’s not even close. I think I hit one 140 in the first five legs; what’s that all about?” Continue reading “Wright: ‘I want to dominate like Taylor used to!’”

Grand Slam of Darts Day Five Report!

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Former champions Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor remain on course to collide in the semi-finals of the Grand Slam of Darts, whilst Peter Wright and Brendan Dolan also booked their quarter-final spots at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Wednesday evening.

The performance of the night was delivered by world number one Michael van Gerwen, who averaged 103.24 to defeat a tenacious Robert Thornton 10-5. ‘The Green Machine’ posted six maximums and converted 40% of his doubles, and although Thornton landed four maximums and two big ton-plus finishes, his lack of consistency cost him.

Van Gerwen kicked off proceedings in masterful fashion, registering his first maximum en route to an 11-dart opening salvo. However, Thornton was unperturbed and fired back instantly with a stunning 129 finish (T19, T16, D12).

The pair exchanged 14-darters as the high-quality contest continued, before Thornton squandered a wonderful opportunity to break. MvG missed four darts at D16 but ‘The Thorn’ then missed darts at D10 and D5 to complete an 80 kill and the Dutchman exploited this reprieve to hold throw on D8. Continue reading “Grand Slam of Darts Day Five Report!”

Grand Slam of Darts Day Four Report!

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Raymond van Barneveld continued his magnificent form at the Grand Slam of Darts as the BDO trio of Jamie Hughes, Danny Noppert and Jeff Smith all booked their spots in the last 16 at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Tuesday night. This takes the tally of BDO representatives in the last 16 to five – the highest figure since the tournament began.

Former Grand Slam champion Raymond van Barneveld dumped out Mensur Suljovic to set up a tantalising tie against BDO world number one Glen Durrant in the last 16 of the Grand Slam of Darts. Van Barneveld registered his third successive ton-plus average to defeat Suljovic 5-3 and maintain his 100% record in Group F.

Van Barneveld averaged 100.29, landed four maximums and converted 55% of his doubles to win his third straight group game, which condemned the Austrian to a surprise group-stage exit. The seventh seed averaged 94.58, hit two maximums and converted 60% of his double attempts, but it wasn’t enough to defeat the five-time world champion.

Van Barneveld’s victory ensured that BDO world number three Danny Noppert also qualified from Group F, after the Dutchman reeled off five successive legs to defeat World Youth finalist Nathan Aspinall 5-2. Noppert’s reward for qualification is a showdown with PDC world champion Gary Anderson in the knockout stages. Continue reading “Grand Slam of Darts Day Four Report!”

COLUMN: Battling Martin Adams epitomises the word ‘legend!’

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Three-time Lakeside world champion Martin Adams bowed out of the 2016 Grand Slam of Darts on Monday evening after suffering a 5-3 defeat against former World Grand Prix finalist Brendan Dolan. ‘Wolfie’ needed to defeat the Northern Irishman by 5-3 or better to keep alive his qualification hopes, but he narrowly fell short.

Adams performed fantastically on his debut Grand Slam campaign twelve months ago where he defeated Jelle Klaasen, Ian White and Steve Beaton to reach the knockout stages, before losing in a deciding-leg shootout to Kim Huybrechts in the last 16. Adams was arguably ‘the story’ of the competition last year.

However, the 60-year-old was understandably unable to replicate such heroics this time around, largely due to his well-documented health problems. Despite this, he still firmly made his mark on the competition.

Adams’ participation in this year’s Grand Slam was cast into genuine doubt when it was revealed in September that he’d been battling prostate cancer for the last eight months, therefore the fact he was able to compete is a triumph in itself.

Martin began his second course of radiotherapy in August and his treatment concluded in mid-September, whilst he also underwent hormone treatment alongside the radiotherapy. Since his diagnosis last year, Martin has become an ambassador for Prostate Cancer UK charity, working to raise awareness of the condition. Continue reading “COLUMN: Battling Martin Adams epitomises the word ‘legend!’”

Grand Slam Day Three: Durrant & Fitton progress, Adams bows out whilst Taylor is whitewashed!

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BDO stars Glen Durrant & Darryl Fitton secured qualification to the knockout stages of the Grand Slam of Darts at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Monday evening on a night which saw Phil Taylor whitewashed by the already eliminated Darren Webster.

Defending champion Michael van Gerwen maintained his 100% group-stage record with a thumping 5-1 victory against World-Youth finalist Max Hopp. ‘The Green Machine’ wasn’t at his brilliant best, but still posted four maximums and averaged 95.93 to top Group A in emphatic fashion.

Elsewhere in Group A, Martin Adams’ Grand Slam campaign ended as he was was beaten 5-3 by Brendan Dolan, who came through an attritional tussle to secure his place in the last 16. Adams landed two maximums but only converted 17% of his double attempts as Dolan won through to join MvG in the last 16, despite averaging just 80.

‘Wolfie’ was unable to replicate the form he displayed last year which is entirely understandable given his well-documented health problems. However, he’s conducted himself superbly and played with refreshing enjoyment throughout the week; hopefully he’ll return to next year’s event in better health. Continue reading “Grand Slam Day Three: Durrant & Fitton progress, Adams bows out whilst Taylor is whitewashed!”

Grand Slam of Darts Day Two: Wright, Hughes & Barney impress!

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Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson, James Wade, Peter Wright & Benito van de Pas sealed their spots in the knockout phase of the Grand Slam of Darts, whilst Raymond van Barneveld continued his rampant form in an eventful double-session of action at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Sunday.

Defending champion Michael van Gerwen is all but through to the second round after easing past Brendan Dolan 5-1 on Sunday evening. ‘The Green Machine’ was in sparkling form and averaged 104.5 to dismantle ‘The Historymaker’, and MvG requires just one leg against Max Hopp to confirm his place in the knockout phase.

Six-time Grand Slam winner Phil Taylor secured his place in the knockout phase with an emphatic 5-1 victory over an off-colour Ian White. Taylor was far from his best, averaging a miserly 92.94 by his incredibly high standards. Yet White was extremely poor, averaging just 84 and converting 20% of his double attempts.

World champion Gary Anderson is through to the last 16 of the Grand Slam after whitewashing Nathan Derry on Sunday evening. Derry was unable to replicate the performance that saw him defeat Alan Norris, as Anderson eased to a 5-0 victory despite averaging just 89.5 and hitting 23% of his double attempts. Continue reading “Grand Slam of Darts Day Two: Wright, Hughes & Barney impress!”

Grand Slam of Darts Day One: Barney & Mitchell steal the show in Wolverhampton!

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Raymond van Barneveld and Scott Mitchell stole the show on the opening day of the 2016 Grand Slam of Darts, as Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor & Gary Anderson all kicked off their campaigns with victories at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Saturday evening.

The highlight of the day saw Raymond van Barneveld produce a vintage performance to power past World Youth-finalist Nathan Aspinall 5-1 with a 110.15 average. The five-time world champion, who won the Grand Slam title back in 2012, kicked off the contest with a maximum and that set the tone for a sumptuous performance.

Van Barneveld posted three maximums and converted 63% of his attempts at double to begin his campaign in style. Aspinall acquitted himself extremely well and averaged 97 but he faced an inspired Barney, evidenced in the fifth leg when Aspinall was denied a dart at double despite leaving 36 after nine darts, as RvB fired in a stunning 140 finish.

The Dutch legend was unsurprisingly in bullish mood after his scintillating display. He told PDC media manager Dave Allen: “That 140 was a killer, and I’m really happy and satisfied with the 110 average of course. I’m really focused, I feel good and I’m looking forward to tomorrow afternoon.” Continue reading “Grand Slam of Darts Day One: Barney & Mitchell steal the show in Wolverhampton!”

2016 Grand Slam of Darts Preview: Five Outsiders!

The 2016 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.

This year arguably sees the strongest line-up of BDO stars in the competition’s history, which will only add to the spectacle. Josh’s Dartistry gives his lowdown on five potential outsiders for this year’s crown.

Glen Durrant – 50/1

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Glen Durrant is not typically considered as an ‘outsider’. ‘Duzza’, world number one in the BDO, has enjoyed tremendous success in 2016, winning eight BDO ranking events. He qualified for the Grand Slam by virtue of winning last year’s World Masters and he’s relishing the prospect of rubbing shoulders with the PDC’s elite.

Durrant has been pitted alongside world champion Gary Anderson, German Darts Champion Alan Norris & PDC qualifier Nathan Derry in Group E. It’s a very tough group and the best of nine format adds to the unpredictability, but Durrant is more than capable of progressing. Continue reading “2016 Grand Slam of Darts Preview: Five Outsiders!”

Adams relishing Grand Slam return despite ongoing health battle!

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Three-time Lakeside world champion Martin Adams is relishing his return to the Grand Slam of Darts stage in Wolverhampton this weekend, as he prepares to lock horns with Michael van Gerwen for the first time in nearly a decade.

Adams, who turned 60 earlier this year, made his Grand Slam debut twelve months ago and performed superbly, winning his three group games against Ian White, Jelle Klaasen and Steve Beaton. However, the most refreshing aspect of his debut was the care-free exuberance he played with, which endeared him to the PDC crowds.

This year, ‘Wolfie’ has been pitted alongside a certain Michael van Gerwen in Group A. The pair met four times in MvG’s BDO days, with the pair each winning two games. However, their most high-profile clash came in the final of the 2006 Winmau World Masters, when a 17-year-old Van Gerwen defeated Adams 7-5.

Despite this, the three-time Lakeside world champion is unfazed by the prospect. “We are all darts players, we can all do it on our day. It’s not like anyone is playing with four darts and you’ve got one poor bloke only playing with three or two. It’s a level playing field.” Continue reading “Adams relishing Grand Slam return despite ongoing health battle!”

Van Gerwen: “I’m the best of all time”

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World number one Michael van Gerwen has issued a rallying cry ahead of his Grand Slam of Darts defence next week, by declaring that he’s “the best of all time.” Van Gerwen defeated Phil Taylor to win his maiden Grand Slam crown twelve months ago, and has an interesting take on the comparisons drawn between himself and ‘The Power’.

In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, the Dutchman insisted: “He [Taylor] is the greatest of all time, but I am the best of all time. It’s not possible to win more, or become the greatest ever, because I cannot 16 world titles. I will be retired before.”

Taylor has achieved unprecedented success in the game, winning an astonishing 16 World Championship titles and over 100 major ranking titles, a tally unlikely to ever be bettered. Nevertheless, ‘The Green Machine’ has raised the bar significantly over recent years, taking the game to unchartered heights.

MvG stormed on to the darting scene at the age of 17, beating Martin Adams, who he faces this weekend, to win the 2006 Winmau World Masters. Van Gerwen’s first competitive victory over Taylor came less than a year later, when he stunned ‘The Power’ with a 3-0 whitewash in the 2007 Masters of Darts. Continue reading “Van Gerwen: “I’m the best of all time””

2016 Grand Slam of Darts schedule confirmed!

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The opening day of the 2016 Grand Slam of Darts will see reigning champion Michael van Gerwen take on three-time Lakeside world champion Martin Adams, whilst world champion Gary Anderson will meet BDO world number one Glen Durrant, after the schedule of play for this year’s event was released on Tuesday.

The nine-day Grand Slam of Darts, hosted at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall and televised live on Sky Sports, begins as the 32 players are split into eight groups of four for the round-robin phase, with double-sessions taking place on the opening weekend of action.

The stand-out tie of the opening day sees defending champion and world number one Michael van Gerwen take on Martin Adams, who thrived on his Wolverhampton debut last year. The other Group A tie sees former World Grand Prix finalist Brendan Dolan lock horns with World Youth champion Max Hopp.

Another high profile clash sees world champion Gary Anderson take on BDO world number one Glen Durrant. Durrant has won eight ranking titles in 2016 and will relish the showdown with ‘The Flying Scotsman’. Elsewhere, the pair’s Group E rivals Alan Norris & Nathan Derry will also do battle on Saturday evening. Continue reading “2016 Grand Slam of Darts schedule confirmed!”

2016 Grand Slam of Darts Draw confirmed!

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Michael van Gerwen will begin the defence of his Grand Slam of Darts title against legendary three-time Lakeside world champion Martin Adams, after the draw for this year’s event at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall was made on Monday afternoon.

Van Gerwen, who produced a staggering comeback to defeat Phil Taylor and win his maiden Grand Slam title twelve months ago, will face a stern test against the 60-year-old Adams, who thrived on his debut in Wolverhampton last year.

‘Wolfie’ won all three of his group games against Jelle Klaasen, Ian White & Steve Beaton respectively, before succumbing to Kim Huybrechts in a last-leg shootout in the last 16. MvG and Adams will also be joined in Group A by former World Grand Prix finalist Brendan Dolan, and World-Youth champion Max Hopp.

Six-time Grand Slam winner Phil Taylor has been handed a relatively kind draw. ‘The Power’ has been pitted with his fellow Stokie Ian White, Darren Webster and BDO veteran Darryl Fitton, who qualified for this year’s event by virtue of winning the 2016 World Trophy back in May. Continue reading “2016 Grand Slam of Darts Draw confirmed!”

Grand Slam of Darts 2016- Qualifiers Confirmed!

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Former finalist Robert Thornton was among the eight players to qualify for next month’s Grand Slam of Darts after coming through the PDC qualifier at the Barnsley Metrodome on Sunday afternoon, on a day which saw five players book maiden appearances in Wolverhampton.

Thornton booked his return to the Civic Hall after a string of fine performances on Sunday afternoon. ‘The Thorn’ dropped just five legs in his four matches, kicking off proceedings by beating both Scott Dale and Andy Hamilton 5-1.

The former World Grand Prix champion then defeated Calum Loose 5-2 in round-three to set up a decisive clash with Andrew Gilding. The Scot then prevailed in comprehensive fashion, recording his third 5-1 triumph of the day.

Brendan Dolan came through successive deciding leg shoot-outs to seal his place in Wolverhampton next month. Dolan began his qualification campaign with victories over Ryan Harrington and Jan Dekker, before edging out Nigel Heydon 5-4.

The Northern Irishman then faced a decisive fourth-round battle with Kim Huybrechts who had lost just the solitary leg in his preceeding three matches. However, Dolan squeezed past the Belgian in an attritional deciding-leg to confirm his qualification. Continue reading “Grand Slam of Darts 2016- Qualifiers Confirmed!”

Entries Confirmed for Grand Slam & World Series qualifiers!

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The entries have been confirmed for the upcoming Grand Slam of Darts qualifier and the World Series of Darts Finals qualifier, which will both be hosted at the Barnsley Metrodome on Sunday 23rd October.

This qualification double-header will follow the final two Players Championship events of the year, which take place on Friday and Saturday. In the Grand Slam qualifier, eight spots will be available to PDC Tour Card holders and PDPA Associate Members who competed at Q-School, with games being played over the best of nine legs throughout.

Additionally, eight “losing finalists” who suffer defeat in the last 16 will form a reserve list in world ranking order, in the event that any of the eight qualifiers go on to secure automatic qualification by reaching the final of either the European Championship or the World Series of Darts Finals.

However, the World Series of Darts Finals qualifier will be comprised solely of PDC Tour card holders, with games being played over the best of eleven legs. Nevertheless, only four spots are available for next month’s event at the Braehead Arena, Glasgow. Continue reading “Entries Confirmed for Grand Slam & World Series qualifiers!”

BDO participants for the Grand Slam of Darts revealed!

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Three-time Lakeside world champion Martin Adams will make a highly-anticipated return to the Grand Slam of Darts in 2016, whilst Glen Durrant, Jeff Smith, Jamie Hughes and Danny Noppert will all make their Wolves Civic debuts after being confirmed as BDO qualifiers for the cross-code event in November.

The Grand Slam of Darts, televised live on Sky Sports, features eight BDO representatives competing against 24 of the PDC’s biggest stars, from November 12-20.

However, the biggest story is the return of Martin Adams. ‘Wolfie’ lit up the Civic Hall on his debut last year, winning his three group games against Ian White, Jelle Klaasen and Steve Beaton respectively, before losing to Kim Huybrechts in a thrilling last-leg decider in the last 16.

Nevertheless, it wasn’t just Adams’ performances which were memorable. There were question-marks about how he’d combat the more boisterous PDC crowds but he relished the atmosphere and played with a refreshing exuberance.

There were doubts about whether he would compete in this year’s competition after it was revealed last week that he was undergoing treatment for prostrate cancer, but the 60-year-old has been cleared to compete. Continue reading “BDO participants for the Grand Slam of Darts revealed!”

Grand Slam of Darts: Current Qualifiers!

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Former champion Scott Waites, will make his Singha Beer Grand Slam of Darts return at Wolverhampton in November, as he heads the BDO’s list of eight representatives. BDO world number one Glen Durrant is also set to make his Wolverhampton debut, alongside World Championship runner-up Jeff Smith.

The Grand Slam of Darts is the most unique tournament on the darting calendar, as the cross-code format sees representatives from the PDC and BDO lock horns. The 24 PDC representatives will include major tournament finalists from the past 12 months and eight PDC Qualifiers, with a further eight players coming from the BDO system.

Two-time Lakeside champion Waites will make his return to the Grand Slam in 2016, hoping to replicate his memorable 2010 triumph, when he produced an astonishing comeback from 8-0 down to defeat eight-time major winner James Wade 16-12 in the final.

Waites will be joined by Canada’s Jeff Smith, who was runner up in January’s Lakeside world championship. The 2015 World Masters winner, Glen Durrant, will be making his bow at the Civic Hall, whilst 2008 quarter-finalist Darryl Fitton will return to Wolverhampton, having claimed victory in May’s BDO World Trophy.

Continue reading “Grand Slam of Darts: Current Qualifiers!”

Unstoppable MvG produces one of best performances in Grand-Slam history!

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Michael van Gerwen produced arguably the best performance in Grand Slam of Darts history as he completed a 16-4 demolition of Kim Huybrechts in the Grand Slam quarter-finals in Wolverhampton.

Van Gerwen averaged 111.05, hitting 12 180’s and boasting a checkout ratio of 61.5%. It was a phenomenal display by the World Number 1, who is desperate to win his maiden Grand-Slam title tomorrow.

The ‘Green Machine’ began in scintillating style, producing a spectacular 135 finish to win the opening leg. He then broke Huybrechts’ throw with a 112 finish, before delivering back-to-back maximums for an 11-darter and a 3-0 lead.

Continue reading “Unstoppable MvG produces one of best performances in Grand-Slam history!”

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