The 2022 Grand Slam of Darts enters its Quarter-Final stage in Wolverhampton on Friday with two box office battles on…
The 2022 Grand Slam of Darts enters its Quarter-Final stage in Wolverhampton on Friday with two box office battles on the cards.
Thirty-two came, now just eight remain in the running for the Eric Bristow Trophy and record £150,000 top prize at the Aldersley Leisure Village.
Friday’s line-up features a repeat of two group matches, albeit over a much longer format, as they bid for repeat or revenge at the business end of the tournament.
The night’s action kicks off with a show-down between Premier League stars Michael Smith and Joe Cullen.
Smith has established himself as somewhat of a Grand Slam specialist and is featuring at this stage of the event for the sixth time in his last eight appearances.
Runner-up in this year’s World Championship, UK Open and European Championship, the number four seed was a beaten semi-finalist here 12 months ago and will be determined to break new ground.
Smith stretched his unbeaten run in the Group Stage to an incredible 16 matches by topping Group C with maximum points, before edging out Rob Cross 10-8 in the Last 16.
Cullen will be out to avenge a heavy 5-1 defeat to ‘Bully Boy’ in the group phase as he makes his first Quarter-Final appearance at the third attempt.
The reigning Masters champion reeled off four consecutive legs from 3-1 down to defeat Lisa Ashton in his decisive final group fixture, before thrashing an out of sorts Dirk van Duijvenbode 10-4 in the Last 16.
The second match of the evening sees reigning and three-time champion Gerwyn Price take on 2012 champion Raymond van Barneveld.
Van Barneveld has enjoyed a remarkable resurgence a decade on from claiming glory at the Wolves Civic, topping a formidable Group A with three consecutive wins, including a 5-4 scalp of Price.
The Dutchman averaged 100 to Price’s 106 in that encounter, and both will be keen to sustain that standard over the long-haul format this time around.
A high quality 10-8 victory over Simon Whitlock moved Barney into his first Grand Slam Quarter-Final since 2016 and he is guaranteed to climb at least 11 places in the Order of Merit to 39th as a result.
Price has made this venue his own in recent years, lifting the trophy on all three visits to the Aldersley Leisure Village, but it has not been plain sailing for the world number one so far this week.
He survived two missed match darts from Dave Chisnall in their straight shoot-out for second spot in the group before snatching victory with a 103 average, and went on to deny Danny Noppert 10-8 with the aid of a crucial 164 checkout.
Van Barneveld has had the better of the two on both floor and stage this year, and ‘The Ice Man’ will be determined to settle the score here and keep his title defence alive.
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 Seven Schedule
Friday November 18
7.15pm Michael Smith v Joe Cullen
8.45pm Gerwyn Price v Raymond van Barneveld
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