The final four face off for the right to be crowned 2022 Grand Slam of Darts champion in Wolverhampton on…
The final four face off for the right to be crowned 2022 Grand Slam of Darts champion in Wolverhampton on Sunday.
A memorable week at the Aldersley Leisure Village has witnessed drama, upsets and a nine-dart finish, now the remaining quartet do battle for the Eric Bristow Trophy and record £150,000 top prize.
Sunday’s afternoon session will play host to the two Semi-Final ties, before the final takes centre stage in the evening.
The action commences with a mouth-watering show-down between fourth seed Michael Smith and 2012 champion Raymond van Barneveld.
Smith has continued his superb record in this competition, storming through to a second successive Semi-Final and a third since 2015.
Runner-up in this year’s World Championship, UK Open and European Championship, ‘Bully Boy’ remains in pursuit of an elusive maiden major title and will look to create yet another opportunity by ending Barney’s fairy-tale run.
The St Helens ace 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 and coming through a last-leg thriller to deny Joe Cullen 16-15 in the Quarter-Finals.
Van Barneveld, who only came out of retirement last February, has enjoyed a remarkable resurgence a decade on from claiming glory at the Wolves Civic, and the Dutch legend be determined to roll back the years once again to pull off another famous win.
Having come through the Tour Card holder qualifier to seal his place in the event, RVB topped a formidable Group A after three consecutive wins, before overcoming Simon Whitlock in the Last 16.
The five-time World Champion then dumped out defending Grand Slam champion Gerwyn Price with an epic 16-13 triumph in the Quarter-Finals to mark his best run in a TV major since 2017 and move into the provisional seeded places for the World Championship.
The second Semi-Final then sees former UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall face former UK Open finalist Luke Humphries.
Both players are appearing at this stage of the competition for the first time as they bid to take a step closer to the biggest match of their respective careers.
Aspinall, runner-up in last month’s World Grand Prix, 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.
The Stockport ace then battled his way to a 16-12 victory over Alan Soutar in Saturday’s Quarter-Finals and will now be eyeing a repeat of his World Matchplay success over Humphries back in July.
Humphries has won through to only his second televised ranking Semi-Final and has sustained the form which carried him to four European Tour titles this season.
Provisionally ranked world number five, ‘Cool Hand Luke’ 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.
The 27-year-old then punished an out of sorts Michael van Gerwen to close out a commanding 16-10 victory in the Last Eight with a 97 average and a 167 checkout along the way.
The action gets under way from 1pm GMT, with Semi-Finals and the final to be contested over the best of 31 legs.
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Grand Slam of Darts 2022 Day Nine Schedule
Sunday November 20
Afternoon Session (1pm-4pm)
Michael Smith v Raymond van Barneveld
Nathan Aspinall v Luke Humphries
Evening Session (7pm-9pm)
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