PDC Order of Merit following the 2021 Grand Slam of Darts

Fallon Sherrock has entered the top 100 in the PDC Order of Merit following her run to the Quarter-Finals of the 2021 Grand Slam of Darts.

Sherrock became the first female to progress from the Group Stage in the 14-year history of the Grand Slam and went on to reach the Quarter-Finals – where her ground-breaking run was eventually ended by Peter Wright.

Women’s Series Order of Merit winner Sherrock secured £20,000 in prize money from her exploits in Wolverhampton, sending her straight in to number 93 on the main Order of Merit.

Sherrock, who won two matches on her PDC World Championship debut in 2019, returns to Alexandra Palace in December needing a minimum of three wins in order to secure a one-year Tour Card via the top 64.

Elsewhere, Gerwyn Price’s third Grand Slam title in the space of four years sees him cement the world number one spot and guarantee top seeding for his World Championship title defence which starts next month.

Wright, the 2020 World Champion who is defending £500,000 at Ally Pally this year, remains the world number two, ahead of rival Michael van Gerwen.

Michael Smith has leapfrogged Nathan Aspinall into ninth position following his resurgent run to the Semi-Finals at the Aldersley Leisure Village.

Dave Chisnall drops two places to 14th after failing to qualify for the Grand Slam, with Krzysztof Ratajski and Joe Cullen each moving up one place.

Dirk van Duijvenbode has moved back above Dutch compatriot Danny Noppert into 16th spot by a margin of just £500 heading into this week’s Players Championship Finals.

Luke Humphries continues his rapid rise this season by climbing five places to a career-high 19th, while Ryan Searle rises a further three places to 22nd.

Ian White, who failed to make the Grand Slam, drops eight places to 26th, with Mensur Suljovic climbing three places to 25th.

Adrian Lewis, Grand Slam quarter-finalist two years ago, falls a further four places to 35th after failing to qualify for this year’s event.

Raymond van Barneveld, who regained his Tour Card at the beginning of the season, rises a further five places to 74th, while World Youth Champion Bradley Brooks surges 11 places to 69th after reaching the Last 16 on his Grand Slam debut.

Boris Krcmar has entered the world’s top 64 for the first time at the expense of Karel Sedlacek.

Rowby-John Rodriguez is up 15 places to 80th after his run to the Last 16 in Wolverhampton, while his younger brother Rusty-Jake Rodriguez climbs six places to 96th after a Group Stage exit on debut.

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PDC Order of Merit following the 2021 Grand Slam of Darts

Position Name Total Prize Money
1 Gerwyn Price £1,246,750
2 Peter Wright £1,091,500
3 Michael van Gerwen £816,750
4 James Wade £479,750
5 Dimitri Van den Bergh £438,750
6 Gary Anderson £412,500
7 Jose de Sousa £397,250
8 Jonny Clayton £380,250
9 Michael Smith £350,750
10 Nathan Aspinall £345,000
11 Rob Cross £327,000
12 Krzysztof Ratajski £315,250
13 Joe Cullen £301,250
14 Dave Chisnall £285,500
15 Stephen Bunting £241,750
16 Dirk van Duijvenbode £234,250
17 Danny Noppert £223,750
18 Simon Whitlock £217,250
19 Luke Humphries £214,500
20 Mervyn King £213,750
21 Glen Durrant £204,500
22 Ryan Searle £201,250
23 Daryl Gurney £198,250
24 Gabriel Clemens £195,750
25 Mensur Suljovic £189,500
26 Ian White £187,500
27 Devon Petersen £185,500
28 Brendan Dolan £181,000
29 Chris Dobey £154,000
30 Vincent van der Voort £153,000
31 Damon Heta £142,250
32 Kim Huybrechts £130,500
33 Darius Labanauskas £123,500
34 Ross Smith £121,750
35 Adrian Lewis £121,750
36 Jermaine Wattimena £121,250
37 Callan Rydz £120,250
38 Jeffrey de Zwaan £117,750
39 Ryan Joyce £115,500
40 Jamie Hughes £111,250
41 Ricky Evans £110,500
42 William O’Connor £91,250
43 Steve Beaton £87,500
44 Luke Woodhouse £78,750
45 John Henderson £73,750
46 Steve West £73,500
47 Max Hopp £73,000
48 Adam Hunt £72,500
49 Keegan Brown £70,000
50 Madars Razma £68,250
51 Martijn Kleermaker £68,000
52 Steve Lennon £65,000
53 Jason Lowe £63,000
54 Ron Meulenkamp £61,500
55 Andy Boulton £59,000
56 Maik Kuivenhoven £53,250
57 Mickey Mansell £52,000
58 Jeff Smith £49,000
59 Jelle Klaasen £48,500
60 Darren Webster £48,000
61 Scott Waites £46,500
62 Matthew Edgar £44,750
63 Justin Pipe £44,000
64 Boris Krcmar £42,500
65 Karel Sedlacek £40,500
66 Ryan Murray £40,250
67 William Borland £39,500
68 Mike De Decker £38,000
69 Bradley Brooks £36,000
70 Wayne Jones £35,500
71 Josh Payne £35,000
72 Ted Evetts £34,750
73 Andy Hamilton £34,000
74 Raymond van Barneveld £33,500
75 Martin Schindler £33,000
76 Ryan Meikle £32,750
77 Nick Kenny £32,000
78 Derk Telnekes £30,000
79 Alan Soutar £29,500
80 Rowby-John Rodriguez £29,000
81 Lisa Ashton £28,000
82 James Wilson £25,500
83 Ritchie Edhouse £25,250
84 Scott Mitchell £25,000
85 Florian Hempel £24,000
86 Alan Tabern £22,750
87 Keane Barry £22,750
88 Mark McGeeney £22,500
89 Peter Jacques £21,500
90 Ciaran Teehan £21,500
91 Kai Fan Leung £20,500
92 Lewis Williams £20,250
93 Fallon Sherrock £20,000
94 Joe Murnan £20,000
95 Krzysztof Kciuk £19,250
96 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez £18,500
97 Steve Brown £18,250
98 Adam Gawlas £17,500
99 Cristo Reyes £17,500
100 Jesus Noguera £16,750
101 Jason Heaver £15,000
102 Martin Atkins £15,000
103 Chas Barstow £14,500
104 Kevin Doets £13,500
105 Daniel Larsson £12,500
106 Eddie Lovely £11,500
107 Niels Zonneveld £10,750
108 Aaron Beeney £10,500
109 Gordon Mathers £10,500
110 Nathan Rafferty £10,000
111 Geert De Vos £10,000
112 Martin Lukeman £9,500
113 Robert Thornton £9,000
114 Gary Blades £9,000
115 Adam Smith-Neale £9,000
116 Jim Williams £8,500
117 Danny Baggish £8,000
118 Andrew Gilding £8,000
119 Boris Koltsov £8,000
120 Geert Nentjes £8,000
121 Luc Peters £8,000
122 John Brown £8,000
123 Martin Thomas £7,500
124 Jack Main £7,000
125 John Michael £6,750
126 Jon Worsley £6,500
127 Jim McEwan £6,000
128 Peter Hudson £6,000
129 David Evans £6,000
130 Berry van Peer £6,000
131 Zoran Lerchbacher £6,000
132 Steffen Siepmann £5,500
133 Brett Claydon £5,000
134 Jose Justicia £5,000
135 Harald Leitinger £5,000
136 Kirk Shepherd £4,500
137 Joe Davis £4,000
138 Matt Campbell £4,000
139 Michael Rasztovits £4,000
140 Gino Vos £4,000
141 Darren Penhall £4,000
142 Wesley Harms £4,000
143 Gavin Carlin £3,500
144 Jake Jones £3,500
145 Sean Fisher £3,000
146 Christian Kist £3,000
147 Ryan de Vreede £2,500
148 Kevin McDine £2,500
149 Lukas Wenig £2,500
150 Sebastian Bialecki £2,500
151 Andreas Harrysson £2,000
152 Kenny Neyens £2,000
153 Richard Veenstra £2,000
154 Benito van de Pas £2,000
155 Vincent van der Meer £2,000
156 Carl Wilkinson £1,500
157 Michael Unterbuchner £1,500
158 Scott Williams £1,000
159 Davy Proosten £1,000
160 Craig Galliano £1,000
161 Dyson Parody £1,000
162 Justin Broton £1,000
163 Justin Hewitt £1,000
164 Patrik Kovacs £1,000
165 Gabor Jagicza £1,000
166 Janos Vegso £1,000
167 Johan Engstrom £1,000
168 Jozsef Rucska £1,000
169 Peter Strbik £1,000
170 Thomas Lovely £1,000
171 Shane McGuirk £1,000
172 Lorenzo Pronk £1,000
173 Pero Ljubic £1,000
174 Robert Marijanovic £1,000
175 Mike Warburton £1,000
176 Rhys Griffin £1,000
177 Scott Taylor £1,000
178 Patrick van den Boogaard £500
179 Michal Smejda £500

 

Prolific Price secures hat-trick of Grand Slam of Darts titles

Gerwyn Price clinched his third Grand Slam of Darts title with an emphatic 16-8 rout of Peter Wright in the final in Wolverhampton on Sunday.

The Welshman had won his maiden televised title in the 2018 Grand Slam and defeated Wright to retain the Eric Bristow Trophy the following year.

He repeated that success by seeing off Wright once again to scoop the £125,000 top prize – plus a £3,500 Group Winner bonus – following a sensational display at the Aldersley Leisure Village.

Price was in prolific form during his Semi-Final win over James Wade on Sunday afternoon, finishing 64% of his attempts at a double and averaging almost 103 in a 16-9 victory.

He continued that ruthless edge with another dominant display in the final, leading throughout the tie before pinning double 12 to complete his hat-trick of Grand Slam successes.

“I’m thrilled to win this again,” said Price, who averaged 103.90 in the final. “It’s tough to win against the best players in the world, but it’s a big pat on my back and I’m chuffed.

“Early on in the final I thought I put Peter under a lot of pressure. I carried on with my own game and I was clinical today.

“I blew him away in the middle part of the game. Towards the end, I’m not sure why the doubles weren’t going in and then Peter hit the 155!

“I was way more consistent than him and put him under pressure on his throw. I’m playing well and I know there’s a lot more in the tank.”

Price began the final with a 140 checkout in the opening leg and won four of the first five legs without missing a dart at a double.

Wright pulled back to 4-3 adrift, but crucially missed one dart at double 16 to level in the eighth leg, allowing Price to finish double 12 and regain breathing space.

Price took the next five legs to pull away from Wright, landing a ten-darter in the process of creating a 10-3 cushion in a run which also included two 13-dart finishes.

Wright – who had come from 12-8 down to win his semi-final with Michael Smith 16-12 earlier in the day – fired in a ten-darter of his own in reducing the gap to 12-6.

Price took the next three in 13, 14 and 13 darts as he moved to the brink of glory, with missed championship darts allowing Wright to finish 86 and 155 to keep his hopes alive before the Welshman finished double 12 to finally close out the triumph.

Price had seen Jose de Sousa claim Grand Slam glory 12 months ago when the tournament was held behind closed doors in Coventry, but added: “It’s nice that crowds are back.

“We’ve played here three times and I’ve won three times – I’m disappointed that we didn’t play here last year!

“It’s good playing in this venue, I’ve never lost this tournament here so hopefully that continues over the coming years.”

The defeat was Wright’s third in a Grand Slam final in a six-year period, as his quest to claim the Eric Bristow Trophy continues.

The world number two had produced a stunning semi-final comeback against Smith, landing 15 180s and trading 170 checkouts with his opponent during a thrilling tie.

“I got to the final and played some nice darts on the way through, and I’ve got no excuses, I didn’t push Gezzy,” conceded Wright.

“He’s the number one in the world, the World Champion and he’s hard work to beat here. I didn’t turn up for the final and I’m disappointed.

“Obviously I’ve been going through a slump with my darts but I’ll take positives from this week. I haven’t lost anything on the rankings, and I haven’t got to qualify for next year’s Grand Slam.”

Smith’s defeat was his second in the Grand Slam Semi-Finals, while three-time finalist Wade fell one match short of reaching the decider for a second successive year.

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Grand Slam of Darts 2021 Day Nine Results

Sunday November 21

Afternoon Session

Semi-Finals
Gerwyn Price 16-9 James Wade
Michael Smith 12-16 Peter Wright

Evening Session

Final
Gerwyn Price 16-8 Peter Wright

Gerwyn Price v Peter Wright live stream | Grand Slam of Darts 2021 final preview

World number one and two collide as Gerwyn Price takes on Peter Wright in the final of the 2021 Grand Slam of Darts on Sunday night.

A repeat of the 2019 final sees Wright vying for revenge over his Welsh nemesis as they lock horns in a bid to lift the Eric Bristow Trophy.

Price has reigned supreme on both of his previous appearances at the Aldersley Leisure Village and is looking to maintain his prolific record at this venue.

The world number one finished top of Group A on legs difference despite losing his final fixture, and held off a tricky test from World Youth Champion Bradley Brooks in the Last 16 to edge through 10-8.

Price then gained revenge over his 2020 Welsh World Cup winning team-mate Jonny Clayton with a thrilling 16-12 success in the Quarter-Finals, before thrashing three-time finalist James Wade 16-9 with a 102.5 average in the Semi-Finals earlier this afternoon.

Runner-up in last month’s World Grand Prix, ‘The Ice Man’ has won four of his nine previous major ranking finals dating back to the 2017 UK Open – where he was beaten by Wright.

Grand Slam runner-up in 2017 and 2019, Wright had been far below his brilliant best prior to the Quarter-Finals, but returned to form in an epic battle with Fallon Sherrock on Saturday, averaging 100.3 in a 16-13 success with fourteen maximums along the way.

Appearing in his fourth Grand Slam Semi-Final since 2016, ‘Snakebite’ recovered from 12-8 down with a blistering run of eight consecutive legs to prevail 16-8 over Michael Smith in the Semi-Finals, landing 15 maximums and averaging 100.7.

The 51-year-old is into his 16th major final and has won each of his last four, including the 2020 World Championship – in which he defeated Price in the Semi-Finals.

Wright has the better of the overall head-to-heads between the pair with 18 wins to Price’s eight since 2014.

The final gets under way from 7pm GMT and will be contested over the best of 31 legs.

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Grand Slam of Darts 2021 Day Semi-Finals preview and order of play | Final four face off

The Semi-Finals take centre stage at the 2021 Grand Slam of Darts on Saturday afternoon as the final four face off in Wolverhampton.

Four of the world’s top ten players are left standing in the quest for the Eric Bristow Trophy, with a double winner, two former Grand Slam finalists and a multiple major finalist comprising the line-up.

Gerwyn Price has reigned supreme on both of his previous appearances at the Aldersley Leisure Village and is looking to maintain his prolific record at this venue.

The world number one finished top of Group A on legs difference despite losing his final fixture, and held off a tricky test from World Youth Champion Bradley Brooks in the Last 16 to edge through 10-8.

Price then gained revenge over his 2020 Welsh World Cup winning team-mate Jonny Clayton with a thrilling 16-12 success in the Quarter-Finals.

Price, the reigning World Champion, is fine-tuning preparations for his title defence at Ally Pally next month and now faces three-time Grand Slam finalist James Wade, with both unbeaten at this stage of the tournament in five combined appearances.

Wade is one of only two remaining ever-presents in the Grand Slam since 2007 and has made it to the knock-out phase 14 times in 15 appearances.

Runner-up in 2010, 2016 and 2020, Wade thrashed Rowby-John Rodriguez 10-2 with a 98 average in the Last 16, despite playing through the pain barrier with a foot injury, before edging out European Champion Rob Cross 16-14 in the Quarter-Finals.

Wade defeated Price en route to UK Open glory in March and has not lost to ‘The Ice Man’ in a televised event since the 2017 Dubai Masters.

The second Semi-Final sees world number two Peter Wright take on world number ten Michael Smith.

Runner-up in 2017 and 2019, Wright had been far below his brilliant best en route to the Quarter-Finals, averaging just 91.3 for the tournament.

However, the colourful Scot returned to form in an epic battle with Fallon Sherrock on Saturday, averaging 100.3 in a 16-13 success with fourteen maximums along the way.

Wright is through to his fourth Grand Slam Semi-Final since 2016 and has won both of his previous TV finals against Smith – at the 2018 Melbourne Masters and 2020 Masters.

Smith’s only previous Grand Slam Semi-Final run came in 2015 – when he was thrashed 16-6 by Michael van Gerwen at the Wolves Civic.

Smith turned the tables by pulling off a high quality 16-13 win over his Dutch nemesis in the Quarter-Finals, averaging 98.7 and landing fourteen 180s.

The 31-year-old, who finished top of Group H with maximum points before seeing off Joe Cullen in the Last 16, is vying to reach a fifth major final and remain in pursuit of that elusive maiden crown.

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 2021 Day Nine Schedule of Play

Sunday November 21

Afternoon Session (1pm-4pm)

Semi-Finals
Gerwyn Price v James Wade
Michael Smith v Peter Wright

7pm
Final

Peter Wright v Fallon Sherrock live stream | Grand Slam of Darts Quarter-Final preview

Fallon Sherrock aims to continue her ground-breaking run at the 2021 Grand Slam of Darts when she faces Peter Wright in the Quarter-Finals on Saturday.

Sherrock has created global headlines once again thanks to more historic exploits on the televised stage, becoming the first female to reach the Quarter-Finals of a PDC major.

After winning two games at the World Championship at Ally Pally two years ago, Sherrock is blazing the trail for women’s darts once again and is now looking to pull off a sensational scalp of the world number two.

Having lost to 5-1 to Wright in their Group E opener last weekend, Sherrock is out to gain revenge in what will be the longest competitive match she has contested to date.

The 27-year-old bounced back from that defeat by whitewashing Mike De Decker with a women’s televised record average of 101.5, before recovering from 3-1 down to secure the 5-3 win she required over Gabriel Clemens to progress to the Last 16, sealing the deal in sensational fashion with a 170 checkout.

Sherrock then repeated her infamous triumph over Mensur Suljovic at Ally Pally in 2019 by brushing aside the Austrian 10-5 in the Last 16.

Sherrock is already guaranteed £20,000 in prize money, but a further win here would double that sum and effectively secure a Tour Card outright for next season, having also qualified for next month’s World Championship.

Wright, however, is tasked with tearing up the script as he bids to reach his fourth Grand Slam Semi-Final since 2016.

Twice a runner-up in this event, the colourful Scot has been far from his brilliant best so far, averaging just 91.3 for the tournament.

The reigning World Matchplay champion topped Group E ahead of Sherrock on legs difference before narrowly edging out defending champion Jose de Sousa 10-9 in the Last 16 despite an average of just 90.4.

Wright has never lost at this stage of the event and will be determined to remain in the running to lift the Eric Bristow Trophy on Sunday for the first time.

The match gets under way from around 8.30pm GMT and will be contested over the best of 31 legs.

Either three-time champion Michael van Gerwen or former world finalist Michael Smith will await the winner in Saturday’s Semi-Finals.

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Price gains revenge on Clayton at the Grand Slam as Wade edges Cross to reach Semi-Finals

Gerwyn Price and James Wade will collide in the Semi-Finals of the 2021 Grand Slam of Darts after clinching hard-fought victories over Jonny Clayton and Rob Cross on Friday.

World Champion Price remained on course to claim a third Grand Slam title at the Aldersley Leisure Village after a battling 16-12 win over fellow Welsh star Clayton.

Wade, meanwhile, is aiming to reach his fourth Grand Slam final after overcoming Cross 16-14 in another tight contest.

Price avenged last month’s defeat to Clayton in the World Grand Prix final with a strong display as he held off his World Cup team-mate’s valiant fightback.

“I got over the winning line in the end and I’m pleased to be in the next round because that was a tough one to get through,” said Price.

“I should have blown him away early on but I’m letting people off the hook. I need to be playing a lot more and I haven’t this year.

“It was close, it was intense and I was fortunate that Jonny slipped up a couple of times and I did what I had to do.

“I flew out of the blocks but when it was 6-4 I should maybe have been 8-2 up, Jonny shouldn’t have been in the game but I’m letting people off.

“When my back was up against the wall, I didn’t want to let him get in front of me. I wasn’t at my best, but it was an exciting game, a close game and good for the crowd and people back home.”

Price opened up with a 13-darter, and followed a 100 checkout with a ten-dart leg and an 11-darter as he stormed into a 5-1 lead.

Clayton ignited his challenge with a 126 checkout and produced legs of 11, 14 and 13 darts in hitting back level at six-all.

Price took out 110 to regain the edge and pulled away to lead 11-8, only to see Clayton respond once more as he squared the tie after 24 legs.

The world number one held throw to lead 13-12, and punished Clayton’s miss at tops in the next to break, before finishing 66 and tops to secure his Semi-Final spot.

Wade won through to his fourth Grand Slam Semi-Final by defeating Cross 16-14 in a tight clash to open Friday’s action in Wolverhampton.

The three-time runner-up also had to overcome a mid-game change of darts, after a point snapped in the board, to continue his quest for a maiden Grand Slam triumph.

“It’s a gift to be in the semi-finals,” said Wade. “It was a struggle but I did enough at the right times.

“Rob wasn’t at his best and I took advantage of that. I’ve got mixed emotions – it was messy but I’m happy to move forwards.”

Cross got the better of the early exchanges – including completing a 13-darter despite two 180s from Wade, who replied with a 150 checkout – as he held a slender 5-4 cushion.

The left-hander, though, produced a superb five-leg burst to turn the match as he broke Cross’ throw three times to surge into a 9-5 advantage.

The next nine legs went with throw before Cross fired in a 13-darter to break and then held with a 70 finish as he pulled back to 13-12.

Wade responded in outstanding fashion with a 148 checkout to give himself breathing space, and traded 13-darters with Cross before closing out victory on double six.

Price believes he will need to be “sharper” if he is to end Wade’s hopes in Sunday’s Last Four clash.

“I need to improve if I want to win this tournament because I won’t get away with what I did today against James,” he added.

“I want to go on and win this tournament, it’s one of my favourite tournaments. Now I’m in the semi-finals hopefully I can start playing well and blow people away.

“I need to fly out of the blocks and put James under pressure, because if you give him shots he’ll ping them out.

“I need to take my opportunities, put him under pressure and hopefully get a good lead on him. I’m full of confidence.”

The Quarter-Finals conclude on Saturday with the remaining two ties, as three-time Grand Slam winner Michael van Gerwen faces Michael Smith before world number two Peter Wright takes on history-maker Fallon Sherrock.

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Grand Slam of Darts 2021 Day Seven Results

Friday November 19

Quarter-Finals

James Wade 16-14 Rob Cross
Gerwyn Price 16-12 Jonny Clayton

Van Gerwen insists there was “no need” for Anderson altercation in Grand Slam contest

Michael van Gerwen admits there was “no need” for Gary Anderson to accuse him of wrongdoing during their Last 16 clash at the Grand Slam of Darts.

Van Gerwen defeated rival Anderson 10-8 in a thrilling encounter at the Aldersley Leisure Village on Thursday, and the pair were seen exchanging words during the contest.

The incident came in the 12th leg when Anderson appeared irate at the Dutchman for talking to himself on the way back from the board.

Three-time Grand Slam champion MVG went on to clinch victory with a 100.4 average, and was quick to deny any use of deliberate gamesmanship.

“To be fair, there was not really any need for it,” said Van Gerwen.

“I just walked back and said something about myself, nothing towards him.

“He did it 20 times beforehand as well. If you’re going to count how many times he did in his live, you know the answer.

“What can I do? We all know his performance was back but also he can have little issues on the stage.

“I think there wasn’t a need for it, he’s started to play better again, it’s part of the game unfortunately, but in my opinion there was no need for it.

When asked if the incident played on Anderson’s mind for the remainder of the match, Van Gerwen replied: “Maybe, I hope it worked, because then he got himself out of the game.

“He never does it when he’s 8-4 up, that’s the weird thing, but that’s just my opinion.”

The match also featured a miscount from referee Russ Bray in leg 16, with a score of 78 from Van Gerwen called as 82, leading to the Dutchman taking out 78 to win the leg instead of the 82 required.

The error was not picked up by either the second referee, nor the two players, and therefore went unchallenged.

Van Gerwen will now face Michael Smith in the Quarter-Finals on Saturday night.

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Grand Slam of Darts 2021 Day Seven preview and order of play | Quarter-Finals commence

The 2021 Grand Slam of Darts enters the Quarter-Final stage in Wolverhampton on Friday with four multiple major champions locking horns.

The £550,000 major has reached its business end at the Aldersley Leisure Village, with the top four seeds still in the running for the Eric Bristow Trophy, as well as a further quartet of the sport’s hottest properties.

Day Seven plays host to the two Quarter-Final ties from the top half of the draw as the stakes and format increase.

The pick of the night’s ties features the latest installment of the fascinating all-Welsh rivalry between Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton.

Wales’ top two darting exports have dominated the sport’s majors in 2021 so far and will face off in a televised event for the third time in just over a month.

Price has reigned supreme on both of his previous appearances at the Aldersley Leisure Village and is look to maintain his prolific record at this venue.

The world number one finished top of Group A on legs difference despite losing his final fixture, and held off a tricky test from World Youth Champion Bradley Brooks in the Last 16 to edge through 10-8.

Price, the reigning World Champion, is fine-tuning preparations for his title defence at Ally Pally next month and will be keen to exact his revenge on Clayton – who has won their two most recent televised encounters.

Clayton, who is chasing down a fifth televised title of the year, defeated Price in last month’s World Grand Prix final, as well as the Quarter-Finals of the World Series Finals – which he also went on to win.

Clayton, who has also claimed The Masters and Premier League titles in 2021, topped Group B with maximum points courtesy of wins over Rusty-Jake Rodriguez, Bradley Brooks and Mervyn King, before thrashing 21-year-old debutant Nathan Rafferty 10-2 in the Last 16.

The opening match of the night sees UK Open champion James Wade take on European Champion Rob Cross.

The decorated duo go head-to-head for the second time this week, having collided in Group C, with Wade registering a sensational 111.7 average – his highest ever in a televised match – on his way to a 5-2 win.

Wade is one of only two remaining ever-presents in the Grand Slam since 2007 and has made it to the knock-out phase 14 times in 15 appearances.

Runner-up in 2010, 2016 and 2020, Wade thrashed Rowby-John Rodriguez 10-2 with a 98 average in the Last 16, despite playing through the pain barrier with a foot injury.

Cross progressed through the Group Stages for the fifth consecutive year but had to settle for second spot as a result of that defeat to Wade.

The world number 11 has enjoyed a superb return to form in recent months, claiming his fourth major ranking title at the European Championship last month to avoid tumbling down the rankings.

The 2018 World Champion dispatched Ryan Joyce 10-4 with a 103 average in the Last 16 and is now vying to reach the Semi-Finals of this event for the first time.

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 2021 Day Seven Schedule of Play

Friday November 19

Quarter-Finals

7.15pm James Wade v Rob Cross
8.45pm Gerwyn Price v Jonny Clayton

Sherrock sees off Suljovic to reach Grand Slam of Darts Quarter-Finals

Fallon Sherrock stormed to a 10-5 victory over Mensur Suljovic to progress to the Quarter-Finals of the 2021 Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton on Thursday.

History-maker Sherrock became the first woman to reach the Quarter-Finals of a televised PDC event, while Peter Wright, Michael van Gerwen and Michael Smith also prevailed.

Having recovered from 2-0 down, Sherrock reeled off seven of the last nine legs as she enjoyed a repeat of her famous World Championship win over the out of sorts Austrian.

Sherrock, who qualified from the group stage in dramatic fashion with a match-winning 170 checkout on Tuesday, progressed in more straight-forward fashion on this occasion.

After Suljovic went 2-0 up, Sherrock replied with an 11-darter which featured a 100 finish, then took out 124 to level and added double nine to go in front.

Suljovic never regained the lead as Sherrock stayed consistent to book her place in the last eight, sending the Aldersley Leisure Village crowd into raptures.

“It wasn’t the greatest of games but I don’t care, I’ll take the win,” said Sherrock. “I’m just so proud of myself, I’m so happy.

“There was more pressure on me tonight but I’ve tried to keep it out of my head and focus.

“I love the crowd, I feed off the buzz. I want them to be out of their seats when I hit big scores.”

Sherrock will now have the chance to avenge her 5-1 group stage loss to Wright when she returns to the stage on Saturday night.

She added: “I’m really looking forward to playing Peter, hopefully I can hit the doubles I missed against him last time out and it will be a closer game.”

Meanwhile, Wright ended Jose de Sousa’s reign as Grand Slam champion with a hard-fought 10-9 win.

A tense game saw both players struggle to produce their best throughout, with 38 missed double attempts between the pair.

Having not led since the third leg, Wright snatched victory at the death; eventually finding his way over the winning line in the deciding leg having spurned five match darts to win 10-8.

“It was a struggle tonight,” Wright admitted. “I will have to make huge improvements if I’m going to have a chance of winning this title.

“I only received these darts at 11am this morning. I had a practice with Fallon’s darts [on Tuesday] so I asked for the same shaped dart to be sent to me.

“It’s the best dart I’ve ever thrown, even though my average tonight doesn’t reflect that.

“If I’d produced my practice game, I would’ve won easily but I knew that wasn’t going to happen tonight.”

The game of the night saw three-time Grand Slam champion Van Gerwen overcome Gary Anderson 10-8 in a high-class battle between two of the sport’s all-time greats.

In a contest which saw both players average over 100, Anderson flew out of the blocks, landing a 124 checkout on his way to a 3-2 lead.

However, Van Gerwen won four of the next five legs to turn the game on its head and lead 6-4.

Anderson stuck with the Dutchman, but was unable to find the break needed to draw level as Van Gerwen kept him at bay with checkouts of 82 and 78, both in two darts.

With Van Gerwen 9-8 in front, Anderson missed a dart at double top to send the game to a decider before Van Gerwen held his nerve with a 25 finish in two darts to seal the deal.

“Overall, I think that game was a credit to darts,” said Van Gerwen. “It had tension, pressure, good scoring – what more can you want?

“We all know Gary is capable of performing to this level, so of course I’m happy to beat such a phenomenal player.

“The most important thing is I won this game, which gives me huge confidence.”

Van Gerwen will now take on Smith, who come agonisingly close to a nine-darter in his 10-5 win over Joe Cullen.

Smith missed double 12 in the last leg of the match, before returning a visit later to seal his passage to the quarter-finals for a third successive year.

A tale of missed doubles and high scoring saw both players land six 180s each, but once Smith hit the front at 4-3 he never relinquished his lead.

“Every dart felt like it was going in [on the nine-darter], it was a shame I couldn’t hit it for the fans,” said Smith.

“But hitting the nine isn’t as important as winning the match.

“I’ve got so much respect for Joe, I think there was too much respect between us which is why the game never took off

“I got lucky all the way through that match, Joe just kept letting me in. If he’s going to let me in, I’m going to take my chances.”

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Grand Slam of Darts 2021 Day Six Results

Thursday November 18

Second Round

Michael Smith 10-5 Joe Cullen
Peter Wright 10-9 Jose de Sousa
Mensur Suljovic 5-10 Fallon Sherrock
Michael van Gerwen 10-8 Gary Anderson

Grand Slam of Darts 2021 Day Six preview and order of play | Sherrock aims to create more history

The Second Round action draws to a close at the 2021 Grand Slam of Darts on Thursday as Fallon Sherrock aims to continue her ground-breaking run.

Gerwyn Price, Jonny Clayton, James Wade and Rob Cross were the first four players to progress to the Quarter-Finals at the Aldersley Leisure Village on Wednesday.

An unmissable Day Six in Wolverhampton sees a host of the sport’s household names collide as they bid to remain in contention for the Eric Bristow Trophy this weekend.

Sherrock has created headlines once again thanks to more historic exploits on the televised stage, becoming the first female to reach the knock-out phase of the Grand Slam.

Having lost to Peter Wright and beaten Mike De Decker, Sherrock then recovered from 3-1 down to secure the 5-3 win she required over Gabriel Clemens to progress to the Last 16, sealing the deal in sensational fashion with a 170 checkout.

The Nordic Masters runner-up now comes up against a familiar opponent in Mensur Suljovic – the man she beat to reach the Last 32 on her debut at Alexandra Palace two years ago.

That win over Suljovic sent shockwaves around the sporting world and paved the way for an exciting new chapter in women’s darts.

Suljovic will be eyeing a slice of revenge as he seeks to reach the Quarter-Finals of the Grand Slam for the third time in four appearances.

The Austrian ace finished top of Group F with four points, defeating Luke Humphries and Matt Campbell along the way to scooping the £3,500 bonus.

Another box office battle sees three-time Grand Slam champion Michael van Gerwen take on two-time finalist Gary Anderson.

Anderson and Van Gerwen collide (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Van Gerwen is out to reclaim this prestigious title for the first time since 2017, while Anderson is vying to capture one of the only major pieces of silverware missing from his collection.

Van Gerwen came into this event fresh from winning his first ranking title of the year at Super Series 8 and blitzed his way to the top of Group G with maximum points, defeating Lisa Ashton, Joe Cullen and John Henderson for the combined loss of just three legs.

The world number three, who set a new Grand Slam record average of 115.19 in his win over Cullen, now runs into a resurgent Anderson – who is targeting a first major Quarter-Final since last year’s World Championship.

Runner-up at the Wolves Civic in 2011 and 2018, Anderson maintained his incredible record of having reached the knock-out phase in every staging of the Grand Slam since 2007.

The two-time World Champion defeated Joe Davis before losing to Michael Smith, but clinched second spot in Group H thanks to a 5-2 success over Raymond van Barneveld with a 103.8 average.

The opening match of the night sees quick-fire stars Michael Smith and Joe Cullen go head-to-head.

The pair met in March’s UK Open, with Smith prevailing 10-9 in an epic battle with a 101.5 average and a 170 checkout along the way.

The 2019 world finalist is looking to reach a third consecutive Grand Slam Quarter-Final and a fifth in total since his debut in 2013.

Smith finished top of Group H with maximum points, while Cullen took second spot in Group G after two wins from a possible three.

Cullen, making only his second appearance in this event, was a semi-finalist in the recent European Championship and has established himself as one of the most prolific 180 hitters of late.

Two Premier League stars square off in another mouth-watering tie as defending champion Jose de Sousa faces two-time finalist Peter Wright.

World number two Wright has bounced back from successive First Round exits at the World Grand Prix and European Championship, but is yet to average above 97 so far this week and remains some way off the form which led him to World Matchplay glory in July.

De Sousa, who thrashed Wright 8-1 in this year’s Premier League, has continued his love affair with this competition – which he won on his debut in Coventry 12 months ago.

The Portuguese star was beaten 5-3 by Luke Humphries in his final group fixture but edged through on legs difference and will be eyeing a marked improvement on his tournament average of 92.5 if he is to keep his title defence on track.

The action gets under way from 7pm GMT, with Second Round matches to be contested over the best of 19 legs.

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Grand Slam of Darts 2021 Day Six Schedule of Play

Thursday November 18

Second Round

7.15pm Michael Smith v Joe Cullen
8.15pm Peter Wright v Jose de Sousa
9.15pm Mensur Suljovic v Fallon Sherrock
10.15pm Michael van Gerwen v Gary Anderson

Price and Clayton confirm Quarter-Final clash at the Grand Slam of Darts

Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton will square off in the Quarter-Finals of the 2021 Grand Slam of Darts after coming through their Last 16 ties in Wolverhampton on Wednesday.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Price survived a scare against Bradley Brooks, while in-form Clayton blew away Nathan Rafferty, as James Wade and Rob Cross also progressed.

Price became embroiled in a tight contest with rising star Brooks, but won three of the last four legs to battle his way to a 10-8 victory

The reigning World Champion took early control, producing a stunning 167 checkout on his way to a 5-2 lead.

World Youth Champion Brooks rallied, taking out 127 to reduce the deficit to 6-5, before twice levelling the contest at 6-6 and 7-7.

The final four legs saw the players exchange exuberant celebrations in an entertaining contest, but it was Price who finished the stronger to continue his superb record at the Aldersley Leisure Village, punishing three key misses at double 14 from Brooks as he pulled clear.

“I made it difficult for myself tonight,” admitted Price. “It was a tough game in the end, I was fortunate to win but I’m happy to be in the next round.

“I should’ve been 4-1 or possibly 5-0 up, but I just wasn’t at it tonight.

“Fair play to Bradley, he took advantage. He reminds me of how Kim Huybrechts plays, I love it when people give it some back, it gets me going.

“I think I needed that bit of aggression to get myself going tonight.”

Clayton, meanwhile, enjoyed a more straight-forward passage to the Last Eight, averaging 104.3 in a dominant display to continue his challenge for a fifth televised title of 2021.

Northern Irish youngster Rafferty’s two legs came courtesy of finishes of 124 and 106, but the youngster was never allowed a way into the contest by a confident Clayton.

The 47-year-old will now be looking to replicate last month’s World Grand Prix final win over his Welsh World Cup teammate when they clash on Friday.

“We will be best of friends after the match, but it will be a battle when we’re on stage,” said Clayton.

“I’ve got so much respect for Gezzy; he’s the world number one for a reason and I will have to be at my very best to beat him.

“I just keep taking each game as it comes, and I’m really enjoying myself. I still feel nervous but it doesn’t show in my darts.”

Wade and Cross will meet in Friday’s other Quarter-Final tie after convincing recording victories over Rowby-John Rodriguez and Ryan Joyce respectively.

Despite suffering from gout in his right ankle, three-time Grand Slam finalist Wade posted a 98 average as he swept aside Austrian World Cup runner-up Rodriguez.

Wade was at his clinical best, pinning ten of his 15 double attempts, and though Rodriguez hit a 170 checkout in the 11th leg it was scant consolation as the UK Open champion completed a dominant 10-2 success.

“I did enough today but Rowby-John wasn’t at his best and I punished him,” said Wade. “I finished well and it was a decent performance but I was in agony tonight.

“It wasn’t too bad earlier in the day but it was a lot worse by the time we got on stage. I want to try and get it sorted out by Friday because it’s awful pain.”

Cross also enjoyed a comfortable victory over Joyce as he reached his first Grand Slam Quarter-Final since his debut in 2017.

The European Champion continued his fine form with a 102.9 average, hitting 50% of his checkouts in an assured display.

Joyce led 3-2, but Cross returned revitalised after the first interval, reeling off seven of the next nine legs for victory.

“I’m feeling really good at the moment,” said Cross. “I’m really enjoying my darts and it shows in performances like this.

“For a long time that wasn’t the case, so to be back near my best is extremely pleasing and I’m looking forward to my next game.”

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Grand Slam of Darts 2021 Day Five Results

Wednesday November 17

Second Round

Ryan Joyce 4-10 Rob Cross
James Wade 10-2 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Gerwyn Price 10-8 Bradley Brooks
Jonny Clayton 10-2 Nathan Rafferty