Glen Durrant once again displayed composure, bottle and moments of real quality as the three-time world champion produced a courageous fightback to run out a 10-9 winner over Germany’s Gabriel Clemens.
It was a fearless fightback from Durrant, who defiantly battled back from 3-0 and 7-4 behind to complete a last-gasp victory. Clemens never trailed in the match, until Durrant picked out D16 to confirm his place in the Quarter-Finals of the 2019 Grand Slam of Darts.
In terms of his form on TV despite not playing his best, Duzza has really continued to produce the goods when needed. A run to the Semi-Finals of the World Matchplay back in July, the Semi-Finals of the World Grand Prix and now into the last eight of the Grand Slam as the business end of the season approaches.
Despite playing in the Grand Slam as a BDO representative, Durrant admits that he’s here to win it and he’s perhaps fortunate to still be in the competition.
“I was never in front during that match until ‘Glen you require 32’ was called,” Durrant told Live Darts. “I find something inside me, I don’t know what it is. I keep going 2-0, 3-0 down and I can’t do that. But I do and that puts fire in my belly, but from there, I go on, I fight and I win. It’s a great feeling.”
In the face of adversity, Durrant had to dig deep as he trailed by three legs at 3-0 and 7-4 behind, but admits that he remained positive and focused on the task in hand.
“The crowd was good, the crowd was on my side,” admitted Durrant. “I could hear my family throughout and Dennis [Coleman] and my wife [Susan] played a huge part. It’s a super, super win.
“My wife texted me before the game and told me to get my ‘mad head’ on, she feels that I play better when I show a bit of emotion. For me, I would rather just hit the double and retrieve my darts. I believe the adrenaline then kicks into your body and it can make you a little nervous for the next visit.
“When I do show emotion, that’s clearly real emotion.”
Durrant refers back to Martin Schindler game and counts himself a little ‘lucky’ to still be in the tournament.
“I should’ve been out against Schindler, I was stood there thinking – I should’ve been on the M6 and on the way home, but I’m in it and I’m fighting.”