World champion Peter Wright dropped from Grand Slam darts after defeat to Nathan Aspinall while Josh Rock set up a knockout encounter with Michael van Gerwen watch every darts live on Sky Sports every day until the final on Sunday, November 20
Last Updated: 11/15/22 11:54pm
World champion Peter Wright was knocked out of the darts Grand Slam by Nathan Aspinall while Josh Rock set up a blockbuster clash with Michael van Gerwen in Wolverhampton.
In a spectacular night, Aspinall made a spectacular comeback to knock Wright out, while Ross Smith put on a record-breaking performance in the win over Van Gerwen.
‘The Asp’ played four straight games 2-1 to disqualify World Champion Wright, as Team EH wrapped up on a dramatic Wednesday at Aldersley Recreation.
“I’m so happy I got through and I can’t believe I’ve come top of the group,” admitted Aspinall, who will meet Jermaine Wattimena for a place in the quarterfinals.
“Peter is going through a tough time at the moment. I don’t think he’s in the game and I send my best wishes to Jo, but I have to go there and do my job.”
Tuesday, November 15 – Results
|table F||Jermaine Wattimena||5-1||Leonard Gate|
|table F||Jonny Clayton||2-5||damon heta|
|WOOD Group||Luke Woodhouse||4-5||Nathan Rafferty|
|WOOD Group||Michael van Gerwen||4-5||Ross Smith|
|Group E||Alan Soutar||5-2||Fallon Sherrock|
|Group E||Peter Wright||2-5||Nathan Aspinall|
|family group||Ryan Searl||3-5||Scott Williams|
|family group||Luke Humphries||3-5||Josh kicks|
Wright required three legs to win his spot in the knockout stages, and he was punished for wasting two darts at the top to take a 3-1 lead in the crucial fourth leg.
Aspinall took advantage and tracked 14 and 13 darts throws with a 106 score to take a 4-2 lead, and despite throwing 5 darts in a match in a difficult finish, he Regain his poise to end the match with a brace of eight.
A 5-2 success puts him at the top of the table on foot difference, and the Stockport star advances with the debutant Alan Soutarwho beat Fallon Sherrock 5-2 earlier in the night.
“Watching that game backstage – it was the worst feeling I’ve ever had while playing darts. It was horrible,” admitted Soutar, who will now face Jonny Clayton in the second round on Thursday.
“The Grand Slam is a freestyle race for me and I’m currently in the top 40 in the world after less than two years in the tournament, so I’m super excited.”
Elsewhere, Van Gerwen clinched the top of Group G despite succumbing to an awe-inspiring Smith in what is believed to be the match of the tournament so far.
‘Smudger’ has been guaranteed to qualify ahead of the match against Van Gerwen after Luke Woodhouse’s defeat to Nathan Raffertyand he produced a dazzling performance to dominate in a nine-stage epic.
“I wanted to show everyone what I can do against the best in the world,” said Smith, who averaged 107.9 and scored the best in each leg.
“Hopefully I can move on now. I love my darts and I’m very happy with life in general, so I just want to move on.”
Woodhouse saw his qualifying hopes dashed in a thrilling nine-stage run against Nathan Rafferty, despite averaging 101, crashing in 5 seconds 180 and moving in a first 170 record. of the tournament.
In Group H, rising star from Northern Ireland Josh Rock appeared Luke Humphries in the round of 16, after winning 5-3 in an exciting match between the pairs.
Scott Williams posted a staggering 107 to get through a high-quality clash with Ryan Searle in another Group G game, registering six 180s and two 11s in the process.
“I believe I can win this tournament,” said Rock, who will face three-time Grand Slam champion Van Gerwen in a massive round of 16 draw on Thursday night.
“It’s going to be a great game. I’ve never played against Michael before – he’s the second best player of all time in my opinion, but I’m not afraid to go up against him. .”
Earlier in the night, Jermaine Wattimena participation Jonny Clayton in overcoming Group F, punishing North American Champion Leonard Gates’ prodigal performance to complete a bold 5-1 victory.
Wattimena signed the deal with 108 clinical knocks, and the result means Damon Heta needs to clear Clayton in order to maintain his Grand Slam dream.
The Australian was unable to pull off the heroic escape, though he bowed at a high, averaging 93 and landed three times 180 to inflict Clayton’s first defeat of the campaign.
Wednesday, November 17 – Fixtures (7pm)
|Last Round of 16 (Best of 19 pins)||Raymond van Barneveld||compare to||Simon Whitlock|
|Michael Smith||compare to||cross robbery|
|Danny Noppert||compare to||Price Gerwyn|
|Dirk van Duijvenbode||compare to||Joe Cullen|
The final Grand Slam round of 16 will take place on Wednesday night, when defending champion Gerwyn Price takes on UK Open champion Danny Noppert, while 2012 champion Raymond van Barneveld takes on World Cup hero by Australia Simon Whitlock.
Elsewhere, former World Cup of Darts partners Michael Smith and Rob Cross clashed, while Masters champion Joe Cullen met Dutch star Dirk van Duijvenbode for a place in the round of eight. .
Watch the Grand Slam darts at Aldersley Recreation Village in Wolverhampton until the final on 20 November – with every session live on Sky Sports & don’t forget the World Championships are coming to Sky Sports as well from 15 May 12 to 3 January .