Rising north-east star, Adam Hunt was faced with an anxious wait on Thursday evening as he booked his place in the last 16 at the Grand Slam of Darts, on debut.
As far as the permutations go, Hunt required at the very least, a 5-2 win over in-form German, Gabriel Clemens and also needed Michael van Gerwen to defeat Joe Cullen by a score-line of 5-3 or better.
Hunt’s run in the event, seemingly looked like coming to a premature end as Clemens blitzed his way to a 2-0 lead, but the Chester-Le-Street star mounted a momentous, spirited fightback, winning five legs on-the-spin to secure a memorable victory over Clemens, who’d been in superb form during the Winter Series, last week.
As for the second part of Hunt’s potential progress in the competition, Joe Cullen was set to storm to second place in the group, but the Bradford ace missed six darts to secure the four legs he needed to progress. As a result, van Gerwen secured a 5-3 win, offering Hunt the chance to seal his last 16 place.
After his staggeringly-impresive fightback over Gabriel Clemens, Hunt was ‘delighted’ as he spoke to the media, post-match.
“I’m relieved, I knew I had a job to do. I knew that I needed to win 5-2 or 5-1 to put a bit of pressure on Joe,” Hunt told BoyleSports
Whilst Hunt was faced with an anxious wait on the van Gerwen/Cullen result, he admitted that he’d be content with either scenario.
“I’ve done my bit. If Joe [Cullen] does his bit and gets through, then fair enough. I’ve made a good account of myself this week, so we’ll see what happens.”
As far as his debut Grand Slam of Darts campaign goes, Hunt displayed a degree of pride and pleasure with his performances.
“I didn’t really get into the game against Michael [van Gerwen], I played well against Joe, and he took a great finish out, and I really found my feet, there against Gabriel, so I’m happy with how I played this week and if it doesn’t happen, then it’s just one of those things, but hopefully it works out in my favour.”
Hunt will take on Simon Whitlock on Friday evening for a place in the quarter-finals, LIVE on Sky Sports.
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