Grand Slam of Darts | Day two evening session round-up

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Gary Anderson was in explosive form as he blew away Ian White in a 5-1 victory as the Scot averaged 112.54! Photo : Lawrence Lustig /PDC

Gary Anderson was the star performer on day two of the bwin Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton as the World Matchplay champion blew away Ian White in a convincing 5-1 victory. Anderson and White are good friends away from the oche, but Anderson showed no mercy to his mate as he averaged a mind-blowing 112.54 average. Anderson hit seven maximums in just seven legs as he gave White no way into the match. The Scot threatened a nine-dart leg in the very first leg as he kicked off with back-to-back 180’s. Anderson’s 112.54 average is the fourth highest in Grand Slam history behind Phil Taylor’s 114.65, Geert de Vos’ 113.86 and Michael van Gerwen’s 112.66 which he fired in yesterday in his victory over Gary Robson.

In group A, Michael van Gerwen suffered a shock defeat to Jonny Clayton in what was a mind-lowing exchange, Van Gerwen was threatening to break the average record of 123.4 which he of course set himself, Van Gerwen moved into a 4-2 lead whilst averaging 122.4, and a way back for Clayton looked almost impossible, but Clayton held in there as he was averaging 110 himself even at 4-2 behind, but after surviving match darts, Clayton reeled off three legs on-the-spin to stun the World no.1

In the other game in group A, Gary Robson produced a fantastic fightback of hiss own as he came from 4-1 behind to edge out Bolton’s Joe Murnan in a last-gasp 5-4 victory. Raymond van Barneveld was rather fortunate in his 5-4 victory over the BDO World master Adam Smith-Neale. Smith-Neale sensationally missed four darts to edge out the Dutchman in a last-leg decider as the pair held throw four times in succession.

Michael Smith was superb in his slender victory over Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski, ‘Bully Boy’ had to produce some nerveless stuff under intense pressure to overturn a 3-1 deficit to see off the two-time PDC ranking title winner. Smith then went on to produce a fantastic 13-dart leg as he shown why he’s one of the best players on the planet. Ratajski averaged 99.4 and hit 50% of his doubles, I think that highlights how well Smith played really as the St Helens man hit 5/7 of his doubles attempted.

In Group C, Wesley Harms recorded his first win of the tournament as he was convincingly good in a 5-3 victory over Mark Webster. ‘Webby’ did have his chances, but he missed ten darts at a double which proved to be very costly in the end for the Welshman.

James Wade was once again impressive as ‘The Machine’ recorded a fantastic 5-3 win over Keegan Brown. Both players averaged well over 100 in what was an enthralling battle. Brown played some remarkable stuff as the Isle of Wight star averaged 102.06, and the highlight was a majestic 10-dart leg from the youngster. But, Wade applied pressure leg-on-leg as he saw the match off with a fantastic 101 finish, and it was needed as Brown was waiting on 25 to take the match to a deciding leg on throw.

Michael Unterbuchner saw off the ‘Muffin Man’ Steve Hine earlier on Sunday evening as the German was highly impressive as he averaged 97.09 in a 5-3 victory over Hine.


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