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Luke Humphries halts Michael van Gerwen to reach Grand Slam of Darts Semi-Finals

Grand Slam of Darts 2022 | Day Eight Preview and Order of Play

Jamie Shaw in Grand Slam of Darts 19 Nov 2022
Van Gerwen and Humphries go head-to-head (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The remaining two Semi-Final places are up for grabs at the 2022 Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton on Saturday night.

Michael Smith and Raymond van Barneveld came through pulsating contests against Joe Cullen and Gerwyn Price respectively on Friday to book their place in the Last Four, and a host of star names now aim to join them.

The opening match of the night sees World Grand Prix finalist Nathan Aspinall take on surprise package Alan Soutar.

Aspinall is appearing at this stage of the competition for the second successive year at the Aldersley Leisure Village, and is out to go a step further this time around.

The Stockport star progressed as Group E winner after recovering from losing his opening game to record back-to-back wins, before overcoming a resurgent Jermaine Wattimena 10-6 in the Last 16 with a 97.5 average.

He is now eyeing a dose of revenge over a considerably longer format after suffering a 5-4 defeat to Soutar in the group phase.

Soutar has already broken new ground by reaching his first PDC major Quarter-Final, having previously reached the Last 16 of the World Championship last December.

The Arbroath ace, who came through the Tour Card holder qualifier to seal a debut appearance here, narrowly edged through the group in second spot by just one leg ahead of World Champion Peter Wright.

He then pulled off a superb 10-8 scalp of world number nine Jonny Clayton with a 97.4 average and will be determined to extend his landmark run.

The second tie of the evening sees three-time Grand Slam champion Michael van Gerwen take on four-time European Tour event winner Luke Humphries.

The pair have met on five occasions so far this season, with Van Gerwen prevailing on three of those, including at The Masters back in January.

The Dutchman is vying for a first Grand Slam title since 2017 to add to his Premier League, World Matchplay and World Grand Prix triumphs this season.

The world number three narrowly claimed top spot in Group G by virtue of legs difference after winning his opening two games before being denied 5-4 by Ross Smith in an epic which saw both players average in excess of 104.

He then held firm in an historic first meeting with Josh Rock, defying a nine-darter and a 104 average from the youngster to win 10-8 with a 107.7 average.

Humphries, meanwhile, finds himself into the Quarter-Finals of a second successive TV major courtesy of a series of sublime displays so far this week.

Humphries finished top of Group H with four points despite losing his final fixture to Ryan Searle and went on to defeat European Champion Ross Smith 10-8 in the Last 16.

He his now provisionally ranked at a career-high world number five and has experience of whitewashing MVG on the Euro Tour this year.

As well as his quartet of Euro Tour titles, Humphries has also claimed two ProTour triumphs in 2022 and is pushing for a place in next year’s Premier League.

The action gets under way from 7pm GMT, with Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of 31 legs.

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Grand Slam of Darts 2022 Day Eight Schedule

Saturday November 19

Quarter-Finals

7.15pm Nathan Aspinall v Alan Soutar
8.45pm Michael van Gerwen v Luke Humphries

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