Grand Slam of Darts: Day Eight Report!

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Defending champion Michael van Gerwen edged out Rob Cross in a thrilling quarter-final tussle at the Grand Slam of Darts, to set up a semi-final showdown against his old rival Phil Taylor, who rolled back the years to dismantle Daryl Gurney on another dramatic night at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall.  Continue reading “Grand Slam of Darts: Day Eight Report!”

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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!”

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!”

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