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De Sousa reaches first major Quarter-Final at the Grand Slam as Van den Bergh, Wade and Whitlock also progress

Grand Slam of Darts 2020 Day Five preview and order of play: Last 16 commences in Coventry

Jamie Shaw in Grand Slam of Darts 20 Nov 2020
Simon Whitlock aims to reach a third major ranking Quarter-Final of the season (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The knock-out phase of the 2020 Grand Slam of Darts gets underway in Coventry on Friday with four unmissable Second Round ties.

The group stage produced drama and quality in abundance, culminating in a night of incredible twists on Thursday which saw two players progress with just two points despite losing their opening two games.

The stakes and format now increase in the £550,000 major as a mixture of former major champions and in-form challengers step up their quest for glory.

James Wade has twice finished runner-up in the sport’s elite cross-code tournament and aims to remain on course for a third final in the last decade by overcoming Ian White.

Wade famously blew an 8-0 lead at the hands of Scott Waites in the 2010 final and will be eyeing redemption a decade later, having returned to form in recent weeks.

The world number eight stormed to top spot in Group F with maximum points, defeating Damon Heta, Jermaine Wattimena and Premier League champion Glen Durrant.

Runner-up in the European Championship a fortnight ago, ‘The Machine’ appears refocused at the business end of the season and is out to make it three wins from three over White in televised competition.

James Wade celebrates (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

White unexpectedly finds himself in the knock-out phase for only the second time after snatching second spot in Group E following a miraculous turn of results.

The Stoke star lost his opening two games but crucially thrashed Dirk van Duijvenbode 5-1 with a 108 average before watching Peter Wright slump to a 5-2 defeat to Devon Petersen.

The 50-year-old is now bidding to reach his second successive major Quarter-Final, following on from the recent European Championship.

Dave Chisnall, runner-up in 2014, looks to continue his latest quest for an elusive maiden major title when he takes on a red hot Jose De Sousa in the final match of the evening.

Chisnall tore through Group D with three straight wins, seeing off Luke Humphries, Rob Cross and Justin Pipe.

He will now be poised for what promises to be a high quality encounter with the Portuguese number one – who has the potential to match Chizzy’s trademark power scoring over this distance.

De Sousa has enjoyed a fine Grand Slam debut so far, finishing runner-up in Group D with a tournament average of 99.5 and having landed six 180s in Thursday’s 5-1 rout of Lisa Ashton.

Twice a finalist in the Winter Series, ‘The Special One’ is targeting his first major ranking Quarter-Final to continue his surge up the rankings.

The opening match of the night sees reigning World Matchplay champion Dimitri van den Bergh take on World Cup winner Jonny Clayton.

Van den Bergh has been undoubtedly the stand-out performer of the tournament so far, setting a new Grand Slam record average of 118.45 alongside two further ton-plus averages in topping his group.

The Belgian ace recorded consecutive 5-1 wins over Ricky Evans, Nathan Aspinall and Wayne Warren and is out to equal his run to the Quarter-Finals in 2018.

Clayton is enjoying one of the most impressive spells of his career, fresh off the back of winning the World Cup alongside Gerwyn Price for Wales less than a fortnight ago.

Clayton finished second behind Price in Group G and could be on a collision course to face his close compatriot in the Last Eight should they both prevail.

Grand Slam veteran Simon Whitlock aims to reach his fourth Quarter-Final at the expense of dangerous debutant Adam Hunt.

Whitlock, who came through the qualifiers alongside Hunt to secure a place in this event, dominated Group B with consecutive wins over Ryan Searle, Gary Anderson and Adam Gawlas.

Quarter-finalist in the World Matchplay and World Grand Prix, the Australian ace is enjoying a fine spell of resurgence this season and will look to draw upon his vast experience over this format.

Hunt is counting his lucky stars to be involved in the knock-out phase after progressing through Group A with just two points.

A 20/1 outside to qualify going into Thursday night, Hunt reeled off five consecutive legs from 2-0 down to dispatch Gabriel Clemens before watching Joe Cullen fail to secure the four legs he needed against Michael van Gerwen.

The 27-year-old from Chester-le-Street is the lowest-ranked player left standing in the competition but will look to seize his unexpected chance and extend his landmark run in a TV major.

The action gets underway from 7pm GMT, with Last 16 matches to be contested over the best of 19 legs.


Boylesports Grand Slam of Darts 2020 Schedule

Friday November 20

Second Round

7.15pm Dimitri Van den Bergh v Jonny Clayton
8.15pm James Wade v Ian White
9.15pm Simon Whitlock v Adam Hunt
10.15pm Dave Chisnall v Jose De Sousa