PDC Order of Merit following the Grand Slam of Darts: De Sousa enters the top 16

Jose De Sousa has entered the world’s top 16 for the first time following his dream debut triumph at the Grand Slam of Darts.

Portugal’s De Sousa claimed his first major title in fairy-tale fashion in Coventry on Tuesday courtesy of a 16-12 victory over James Wade in the final.

De Sousa, who secured a Tour Card at Qualifying School in January 2019, went into the Grand Slam as world number 34, but his £125,000 winner’s cheque sees him surge a further 19 places to 15th in the Order of Merit.

He now has the power to strengthen his position at the both the upcoming Players Championship Finals and World Championship – where he will be seeded for the first time.

Wade, who also finished runner-up in the recent European Championship, has climbed one place to seventh, followed by Dave Chisnall, Dimitri van den Bergh and Ian White – who each climb two places.

Daryl Gurney, who failed to qualify for the Grand Slam, has dropped four places to 11th and is shortly due to defend £100,000 against his ranking from his Players Championship Finals success in 2018.

Gary Anderson, who was runner-up in the Grand Slam two years ago, was beaten by Michael van Gerwen in the Last 16 this time out and has slipped four places to 13th.

Recent International Open winner Joe Cullen has reclaimed 16th spot at the expense of World Cup winner Jonny Clayton, while Mensur Suljovic is down three places to 18th and will also miss the Players Championship Finals.

Adrian Lewis and Chris Dobey have each dropped two places to 20th and 21st respectively, while Jermaine Wattimena rises two places to 23rd.

In-form Devon Petersen is up a further four places to 29th and looks set to be seeded at Ally Pally for the first time, while Danny Noppert and Stephen Bunting slip four places each to 25th and 26th respectively after missing the Grand Slam.

Justin Pipe, who featured in the Grand Slam for the first time since 2013, climbs five places to 48th, while Australia’s Damon Heta continues his rapid rise, moving 12 places to 62nd inside his debut season.

Adam Hunt, who reached the Last 16 on his Grand Slam debut, is up 14 places to 77th, while four-time women’s World Champion Lisa Ashton climbs 16 places to 102nd and will feature at Ally Pally next month.

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PDC Order of Merit following 2020 Grand Slam of Darts

Position Name Total Prize Money
1 Michael van Gerwen £1,394,750
2 Peter Wright £986,000
3 Gerwyn Price £807,500
4 Michael Smith £586,750
5 Rob Cross £531,000
6 Nathan Aspinall £527,750
7 James Wade £440,000
8 Dave Chisnall £388,250
9 Dimitri Van den Bergh £375,250
10 Ian White £348,500
11 Daryl Gurney £331,000
12 Glen Durrant £320,250
13 Gary Anderson £316,250
14 Krzysztof Ratajski £279,500
15 Jose de Sousa £279,250
16 Joe Cullen £256,500
17 Jonny Clayton £248,000
18 Mensur Suljovic £247,250
19 Simon Whitlock £247,000
20 Adrian Lewis £226,250
21 Chris Dobey £216,500
22 Jeffrey de Zwaan £201,000
23 Jermaine Wattimena £200,000
24 Mervyn King £198,250
25 Danny Noppert £192,250
26 Stephen Bunting £190,000
27 Vincent van der Voort £173,000
28 Jamie Hughes £168,750
29 Devon Petersen £168,250
30 Brendan Dolan £165,750
31 Ricky Evans £161,000
32 Gabriel Clemens £160,000
33 Steve Beaton £158,250
34 Luke Humphries £150,000
35 Keegan Brown £149,750
36 William O’Connor £146,500
37 Ryan Joyce £136,250
38 Max Hopp £133,750
39 Kim Huybrechts £131,250
40 John Henderson £131,000
41 Ryan Searle £129,000
42 Ross Smith £111,000
43 Steve West £109,250
44 Darren Webster £108,500
45 Dirk van Duijvenbode £103,000
46 Darius Labanauskas £98,750
47 Steve Lennon £82,500
48 Justin Pipe £80,250
49 Ron Meulenkamp £79,000
50 Josh Payne £78,000
51 Jelle Klaasen £76,000
52 Kyle Anderson £74,250
53 Cristo Reyes £74,000
54 Benito van de Pas £71,000
55 Luke Woodhouse £66,500
56 James Wilson £59,750
57 Mickey Mansell £55,000
58 Harry Ward £54,750
59 Andy Boulton £52,750
60 Jan Dekker £52,500
61 Jamie Lewis £51,500
62 Damon Heta £49,750
63 Madars Razma £48,500
63 Ted Evetts £48,500
65 Martin Schindler £48,000
66 Matthew Edgar £46,750
67 Mark McGeeney £44,000
68 Toni Alcinas £42,500
69 Simon Stevenson £41,500
69 Robert Thornton £41,500
71 Richard North £37,500
72 Rowby-John Rodriguez £35,000
73 Maik Kuivenhoven £31,000
74 Martijn Kleermaker £30,750
75 Scott Baker £27,250
76 Gavin Carlin £24,750
77 Adam Hunt £24,000
77 Joe Murnan £24,000
79 Geert Nentjes £23,000
80 Conan Whitehead £22,750
81 Jason Lowe £20,500
81 Kirk Shepherd £20,500
83 Niels Zonneveld £18,500
83 Christian Bunse £18,500
85 Marko Kantele £18,000
86 Jeff Smith £17,500
87 Andy Hamilton £16,500
87 Reece Robinson £16,500
89 Matt Clark £16,250
90 Scott Waites £15,500
90 Derk Telnekes £15,500
92 John Michael £14,000
93 Carl Wilkinson £13,500
94 Callan Rydz £13,000
94 Mike De Decker £13,000
94 Adrian Gray £13,000
97 Ryan Murray £12,750
98 Vincent van der Meer £12,500
99 William Borland £12,000
99 David Pallett £12,000
99 Yordi Meeuwisse £12,000
102 Lisa Ashton £11,000
102 Kai Fan Leung £11,000
102 Alan Tabern £11,000
105 Karel Sedlacek £10,500
105 Wayne Jones £10,500
105 Jonathan Worsley £10,500
108 Boris Krcmar £10,000
109 Jesus Noguera £9,750
110 Ryan Meikle £9,000
111 Scott Mitchell £8,500
112 Bradley Brooks £8,000
112 Steve Brown £8,000
112 Nick Kenny £8,000
115 Barrie Bates £7,500
115 Kyle McKinstry £7,500
115 Nathan Derry £7,500
118 Krzysztof Kciuk £7,250
119 Martin Atkins (Wigan) £7,000
119 Mike van Duivenbode £7,000
121 Peter Jacques £6,500
121 Robert Collins £6,500
123 Gary Blades £5,000
123 Andrew Gilding £5,000
125 Scott Taylor £4,500
125 Daniel Larsson £4,500
125 Ciaran Teehan £4,500
128 Adam Gawlas £4,000
128 Keane Barry £4,000
128 David Evans £4,000
128 Matthew Dennant £4,000
128 Franz Roetzsch £4,000
128 Nico Kurz £4,000
128 Steffen Siepmann £4,000
128 Darren Penhall £4,000
128 Wesley Harms £4,000
137 Ritchie Edhouse £3,500
137 Harald Leitinger £3,500
139 Jitse van der Wal £3,000
139 Robert Marijanovic £3,000
139 Ronny Huybrechts £3,000
139 Eddie Lovely £3,000
143 Jim Willaims £2,500
143 Arjan Konterman £2,500
143 Michael Barnard £2,500
146 Aaron Beeney £2,000
146 Kevin Doets £2,000
146 Andreas Harrysson £2,000
146 Michael Unterbuchner £2,000
146 Ricardo Pietreczko £2,000
146 Dragutin Horvat £2,000
146 Lukas Wenig £2,000
146 Lewis Williams £2,000
146 Rhys Hayden £2,000
146 Wesley Plaisier £2,000
156 Brian Raman £1,500
156 Nathan Rafferty £1,500
158 Arsen Ballaj £1,000
158 Mario Vandenbogaerde £1,000
158 Michael Rosenauer £1,000
158 Philipp Hagemann £1,000
158 Scott Marsh £1,000
158 Sebastian Pohl £1,000
158 Simeon Heinz £1,000
158 Tytus Kanik £1,000
158 Kai Gotthardt £1,000
158 Markus Buffler £1,000
158 Mindaugas Barauskas £1,000
158 Pero Ljubic £1,000
158 Stefan Bellmont £1,000
158 Boris Koltsov £1,000
158 Cody Harris £1,000
158 Graham Usher £1,000
158 Adam Huckvale £1,000
158 Benjamin Pratnemer £1,000
158 Carl Hamilton £1,000
158 Dom Taylor £1,000
158 Geert De Vos £1,000
158 Jason Askew £1,000
158 Jeffrey Van Egdom £1,000
158 Ryan Harrington £1,000
158 Stephen Burton £1,000
183 Richie Burnett £500
183 Justin Hood £500
183 Maikel Verberk £500
183 Cameron Menzies £500
183 Connor Scutt £500
183 Diogo Portela £500
183 James Hubbard £500

James Wade v Jose De Sousa: Grand Slam of Darts 2020 final preview – Machine and Special One vie for glory

James Wade and Jose De Sousa will battle it out for the right to become the latest new name on the Grand Slam of Darts trophy in Coventry on Tuesday night.

Two formidable competitors with contrasting levels of experience, Wade and De Sousa have battled through a formidable field of 32 players to set up a date with destiny at the Ricoh Arena.

For Wade, it will be a third crack at Grand Slam glory, having fallen short in the final in both 2010 and 2016, while De Sousa is hoping to round off a dream debut by claiming his first major silverware.

Wade may feel he has unfinished business in this competition a decade on from squandering an 8-0 lead in an eventual 16-12 defeat to Scott Waites in the final at the Wolves Civic.

The Aldershot left-hander is vying for his tenth PDC televised title 13 years on from his first at the 2007 World Matchplay and two years on from his most recent at the 2018 European Championship.

Runner-up in last month’s recent European Championship, ‘The Machine’ appears rebooted and refocused having previously gone more than a year without reaching a major ranking Quarter-Final.

Wade dropped only seven legs in topping his group with maximum points, before thrashing Ian White 10-4 with a 98 average and overcoming Damon Heta 16-13 with a clinical 101.6 average.

Despite being either behind or level for entire match, Wade timed his run to perfection to edge out Dimitri van den Bergh 16-15 in a Semi-Final thriller on Monday.

He is guaranteed to be ranked world number seven regardless of his result in the final, affirming himself among the sport’s elite as the third most successful player in PDC history.

De Sousa, meanwhile, has stormed into his first major final less than two years after securing a Tour Card at Qualifying School.

De Sousa has already made history as the first Portuguese player to reach a PDC major final and is now gearing up for the biggest match of his career to date.

The three-time PDC ranking event winner has continued his meteoric rise up the world rankings which will see him reach at least 20th come the end of the night, or 15th if he were to take the title.

The Special One finished runner-up behind Michael Smith in Group C but went on to defeat ‘Bully Bully’ 16-14 in an epic Quarter-Final tussle, having fended off a spirited Dave Chisnall revival in the Last 16.

He then pulled off a superb 16-12 success over a resurgent Simon Whitlock in the Last Four, taking his tournament average to just shy of 98.

De Sousa is bidding for his first win over Wade at the third attempt, with ‘The Machine’ having claimed back-to-back victories in Players Championship events, including a final in 2019.

Wade goes into the final as the 4/5 favourite with sponsors BoyleSports, with De Sousa rated at Evens to lift the Eric Bristow Trophy.

The final gets underway from 6pm GMT and will be contested over the best of 31 legs.

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Wade vs De Sousa – Player’s View:

Wade: “Now that I’m in the final, I won’t be nervous, I’m just going to relax and enjoy myself.

“I’m going to come out and smash.

“I’ve been there and done it many times, it’s not missing from my resumé, I haven’t played well enough to win this in the past.

“Jose is phenomenal. I don’t think he cares what he’s doing or how he’s doing it, he enjoys darts and is a big scorer and a great finisher – but I’m not bad!”

De Sousa: “This a feeling I cannot describe – my best moment in darts. I think I deserve this final.

“It’s a dream come true and I feel like my heart will explode – it’s amazing.

“I’m really happy for my fans and everyone who’s backed me, my sponsors and my manager.

“I left my job last year and this year I’m really happy to make a place in the PDC, I’ve worked so hard.

“This year has been difficult for everybody and it’s not easy – in two months I’ve had three days in my home. But all the people in Portugal and Spain have supported me and I’m very proud.”

De Sousa and Wade confirm Grand Slam of Darts final clash

Jose De Sousa and James Wade will collide in the 2020 Grand Slam of Darts final after edging out Simon Whitlock and Dimitri van den Bergh respectively in close-run battles.

De Sousa’s landmark Boylesports Grand Slam debut will see the Portuguese star compete in Tuesday’s final after he pulled off a 16-12 win over Simon Whitlock.

The 46-year-old has been on the PDC circuit for less than two years, but has followed up three ranking titles by reaching his first televised final at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.

De Sousa’s superb form continued as he ended Whitlock’s hopes of a second PDC major title, 24 hours after the Australian had knocked out world number one Michael van Gerwen in a last-leg thriller.

Whitlock held an early 2-0 lead and extended that to 5-2 in an opening which included two 12-dart legs, only for De Sousa to kick-start his challenge with seven perfect darts in leg eight.

He took that leg to spark a run of six legs out of seven as he moved ahead for the first time at 8-6, levelling the tie with a showpiece 92 finish which featured two double 18s.

Whitlock levelled after 16 legs, but De Sousa edged away one more with a brace of 121 checkouts and a 99 finish which included two double tops as he moved into a 15-11 advantage.

Whitlock punished five missed match darts from his rival to keep his hopes alive, but the Australian was unable to land tops in the next leg as De Sousa finished double 16 to seal a place in Tuesday’s final.

“This a feeling I cannot describe – my best moment in darts,” said De Sousa. “It’s a dream come true and I feel like my heart will explode – it’s amazing.

“I didn’t expect this but I fought in every leg, today my doubles went in and I deserve this. It’s wonderful and it means a lot.”

De Sousa, who hails from Portugal but now lives near Madrid, left his job as a carpenter fitting kitchens when he won a PDC Tour Card last year, and is now on the verge of winning a £125,000 title and the Eric Bristow Trophy.

“I’m really happy for my fans and everyone who’s backed me, my sponsors and my manager,” he said. “I left my job last year and this year I’m really happy to make a place in the PDC, I’ve worked so hard.

“This year has been difficult for everybody and it’s not easy – in two months I’ve had three days in my home. But all the people in Portugal and Spain have supported me and I’m very proud.”

Wade, meanwhile, booked his place in a third Grand Slam final with a gutsy 16-15 victory over Dimitri Van den Bergh from 9-5 down, surviving one missed match dart from the World Matchplay champion.

Van den Bergh opened the semi-final with a clinical 160 checkout and punished early missed doubles from Wade to open up a 5-1 lead.

A high-quality contest then saw the pair hold throw for 12 consecutive legs – of which 11 were won in 15 darts or less – before Wade broke in leg 18 and then pinned double ten to cut the gap to 10-9.

Van den Bergh hit back, then broke back with a 76 finish and produced an 11-darter as he pulled out to 13-9, only for Wade to then take four of the next five to level at 14-all.

Van den Bergh posted a 14-darter to move a leg away from victory, but missed a dart at the bull for victory in leg 30 as Wade finished double six to stay in the game.

He then opened the deciding leg with scores of 140 and 180 before taking out 76 for a 12-darter to progress to the final as the winning dart put him ahead for the first time in the game.

“I’m unbelievably happy,” said Wade. “I’m buzzing – I used to feel like this many years ago and I haven’t felt like this for a long time.

“It hasn’t happened for me at times but at the moment I’m pushing forward, and I really am happy to win. It means a lot to me.

“I was so poor to start off and I missed quite a lot of finishes. I probably should have lost that game, Dimitri was the better player, he didn’t buckle or back down, but I did enough to win.

“I was beaten and then I wasn’t beaten. I was making it hard for myself when it shouldn’t have been that hard – I thought I out-played him for the first ten legs.

“I thought I’d blown it when I got back to 14-all and had a poor leg, but in that last leg I was so determined. Now that I’m in the final, I’m going to relax and enjoy myself.”

“Jose is phenomenal. I don’t think he cares what he’s doing or how he’s doing it, he enjoys darts and is a big scorer and a great finisher – but I’m not bad!”

Wade heads into the final as the 4/5 favourite with title sponsors BoyleSports, with De Sousa priced at Evens for debut glory.

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BoyleSports Grand Slam of Darts 2020 Results

Monday November 23

Semi-Finals

Jose De Sousa 16-12 Simon Whitlock
James Wade 16-15 Dimitri Van den Bergh

Grand Slam of Darts 2020 Semi-Finals preview and order of play: Final four face off

The final four battle it out at the 2020 Grand Slam of Darts on Monday as they aim to move a step closer to the £125,000 title.

A new name is guaranteed to be inscribed on the Eric Bristow Trophy come Tuesday night, with an evenly-matched quartet left standing in Coventry.

An incredible day of Quarter-Final action saw 121 of a possible 124 legs played on Sunday, with two matches going all the way to a last-leg decider.

The darting drama is set to continue on Monday, with three major winners and one of the sport’s most impressive rising stars comprising the Semi-Final line-up.

Simon Whitlock pulled off an astonishing 16-15 victory over three-time champion Michael van Gerwen last night, landing a tournament record twenty 180s and surviving eight match darts in the process.

The Australian ace had previously never been beyond the Last Eight stage in three previous attempts, but recorded his third straight televised triumph over the world number one to keep his title dream alive.

Whitlock is looking to end an eight-year wait for a major title, with his first and only so far having come at the 2012 European Championship.

The 2010 PDC world finalist came through the qualifier to book his place in this event and continued his outstanding resurgence to move within one win of an eighth PDC major final.

Looking to break the spell of ‘The Wizard’ is Portuguese sensation Jose De Sousa – who has enjoyed a dream run to the penultimate stage in his debut Grand Slam appearance.

The three-time PDC ranking event winner has continued his meteoric rise up the world rankings which will see him reach at least 24th come the end of the tournament.

The Special One finished runner-up behind Michael Smith in Group C but went on to defeat ‘Bully Bully’ 16-14 in an epic Quarter-Final tussle on Sunday afternoon.

He has already made history as Portugal’s most successful darting export and will look to stay the distance again over the long format and extend Whitlock’s wait for a second piece of major silverware.

The second Semi-Final sees nine-time major winner James Wade up against reigning World Matchplay champion Dimitri van den Bergh.

Van den Bergh has been arguably 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.

He then went on to thrash Jonny Clayton 10-3 in the Last 16 with a 103.6 average, before edging out Premier League finalist Nathan Aspinall 16-15 in a marathon battle with a 97.8 average.

Quarter-finalist in 2018, the year in which he also hit a nine-darter, Van den Bergh has broken new ground this week and has twice missed double 12 for the perfect leg once again.

The charismatic Belgian is looking to add to his remarkable World Matchplay title in July, but faces another formidable hurdle against one of the sport’s most experienced and consistent performers.

Wade is out to book his place in a third Grand Slam final a decade on from his first – in which he squandered an 8-0 lead in an eventual 16-12 defeat to Scott Waites.

Runner-up in the recent European Championship, ‘The Machine’ appears rebooted and refocused as he looks to add to his tally of nine televised titles – the third most in PDC history.

Wade dropped only seven legs in topping his group with maximum points, before thrashing Ian White 10-4 with a 98 average and overcoming Damon Heta 16-13 with a clinical 101.6 average.

The Aldershot ace has not lost in a major Semi-Final since the 2016 European Championship and will be out to utilise his vast experience against the lively young talent.

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

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Boylesports Grand Slam of Darts 2020 Schedule

Monday November 23

Semi-Finals

7.15pm Simon Whitlock v Jose De Sousa
8.45pm James Wade v Dimitri Van den Bergh

Whitlock edges Van Gerwen in epic decider on incredible Quarter-Final day at the Grand Slam of Darts

Simon Whitlock stunned Michael van Gerwen in a 31-leg thriller on a remarkable day of Quarter-Final action at the 2020 Grand Slam of Darts.

An historic day at the Boylesports Grand Slam saw 121 out of a possible 124 legs played across four gripping contests, with two going all the way to a deciding leg.

Whitlock’s 16-15 triumph over Van Gerwen means that a new name will be engraved on the Eric Bristow Trophy on Tuesday night, with all four semi-finalists now aiming to take the title for the first time.

Having not led for the entire match, Australian star Whitlock recorded his third consecutive televised win over Van Gerwen this year in the most dramatic of circumstances, surviving eight match darts from the world number one.

Three-time champion Van Gerwen had led 2-0, 9-5 and 11-7, with Whitlock pulling back to 13-all before a stunning 146 checkout looked to have broken his resistance as the Dutchman moved 15-13 ahead.

Van Gerwen, though, initially missed three match darts as Whitlock saved the game on double 13, before hitting a record-breaking 19th 180 as double ten sent the tie into a deciding leg.

Whitlock opened the final leg with his 20th maximum, but Van Gerwen was first to a double – only to squander a further five match darts and allow ‘The Wizard’ to complete the comeback on double eight.

“I feel on top of the world,” said Whitlock. “It’s incredible – I think this is my best victory I’ve ever had in darts.

“To beat Michael when he’s off his game is another thing, but to beat him when he’s playing well – which I thought he did today – is amazing.

“This is becoming a nice habit – I’ve won three on the trot now but I’m playing good darts now.

“I was enjoying the moment but I didn’t expect to get a shot. I was thinking it was all over but somehow he missed and gave me a chance, and I took it.

“I showed belief, guts and determination. The only time I was in front was when I hit the winning double – it’s crazy.”

Whitlock will now face Jose De Sousa, who continued his history-making week by out-lasting Michael Smith 16-14 in another sensational tie at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.

De Sousa becomes the first Portuguese player to win through to a televised Semi-Final after picking up what he admitted was the biggest win of his career.

Smith had hit back from 8-2 down to lead 10-9, showing his class as he twice set up a possible nine-dart leg and also took out a ten-darter, but missed doubles in the latter stages gave De Sousa his chance to progress.

“It was an amazing game and it’s a big win for me, the biggest victory for me,” said De Sousa. “I’m really happy and I enjoyed it a lot.

“He is one of the strongest players in the world so I’m happy to beat him. I tried everything in my mind to keep my game stable.

“Michael has beaten me three times before so I knew I had to be solid, but he got stronger and stronger during the game and punished me. It was crazy, he missed two nine-darters.

“When I made it ten-ten, I knew I had to relax and play my darts, and I did that. I didn’t give up and I had to be patient.

“It’s the first time I’ve played in the Grand Slam and I’m so happy for everyone who supports me; my family, my friends and my team. It’s a crazy year for me.”

James Wade remains on course to reach his third Grand Slam final after a 16-13 win over debutant Damon Heta in another high-quality encounter.

The 2010 and 2016 runner-up made a superb start to win the opening four legs without reply and also led 10-6 at one stage.

Australia’s Heta, though, hit back to level the game after 26 legs as he searched for his maiden televised ranking Semi-Final, only to see the left-hander take three legs without reply to claim victory.

Legs of 15, 15, 13 and 11 darts from Wade saw him make a brilliant start and establish a ton-plus average which he would retain throughout the contest.

Heta pulled back to 4-3, but Wade denied him a chance to level with a key tops, and took out 152 and 101 as he moved into a 9-6 lead.

Tops moved Wade four legs clear once more, but 2019 Brisbane Darts Masters winner Heta showed his quality by finishing 108 and 142 to kick-start his response, before landing a ten-darter and a 101 finish as he pulled back to 13-all.

Wade, though, pinned double 16 for a 14-darter and then took out 96 to move 15-13 up, before a third-dart double two moved him into Monday’s Last Four.

“I’m so happy I won,” said Wade, who also reached the European Championship final three weeks ago. “I did the right things at the right times of the game.

“Even though I was well in front and I was probably the better player for the majority of the game, I believe I was lucky.

“I thought he would get nervous and cave in, but he didn’t – he showed a bit of class and showed his resilience and I was fortunate he missed a few shots.

“The 96 finish was massive – if I’d have missed that, I’d have lost the game. I’ve played in one or two games before and I know what wins and loses games, and at that point I thought it was enough to keep me in the game, not win me the game.

“It was quite a good game and the better player on the day won. I’m grateful to still be in the tournament and I’m looking forward to my next game. I’ve been there and done it and I’m enjoying myself.”

Dimitri Van den Bergh edged out Nathan Aspinall 16-15 in a tense last-leg shoot-out as he continued his bid to follow up July’s World Matchplay triumph with more major silverware.

Aspinall played his part in another epic contest, leading 11-8 at one stage and coming from 14-12 down to lead 15-14, only for Van den Bergh to finish the stronger and claim the game’s final two legs.

“I’m so chuffed that I’m through,” said Van den Bergh. “It was a proper emotional roller-coaster and I’m still in that ride.

“I kept battling and never gave up because today was a such a struggle. I lost the first three sessions 3-2 and went down 9-6, but I kept digging in and believing in myself.

“We didn’t perform the way we can but at least I have a chance to improve in the next round, and I will learn from this quarter-final. It’s a lesson for me but this week is going very well and I’m playing strong.”

Van den Bergh opened the tie with six perfect darts but lost the first leg and trailed 2-1 before eight successive breaks of throw left Aspinall 6-5 up.

The Belgian held throw to level, but Aspinall finished double ten, 74 to break and double eight as he opened up a three-leg gap, which he retained at 10-7 and 11-8 despite Van den Bergh again throwing six perfect darts in one leg.

The Belgian finished 82, 130 and double four as he hit back to level at 11-all, and added another three straight legs as he moved into a 14-12 lead.

Aspinall, though, levelled as he punished four missed doubles from the two-time World Youth Champion, and fired in tops for a third straight leg as he moved 15-14 up.

Van den Bergh landed a 180 and posted double 16 to send the game into a deciding leg, in which Aspinall was left on 36 after landing a 180 only to see his rival pin double 18 for the win.

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Boylesports Grand Slam of Darts 2020 Results

Sunday November 22

Quarter-Finals

Afternoon Session
Michael Smith 14-16 Jose De Sousa
Damon Heta 13-16 James Wade

Evening Session
Nathan Aspinall 15-16 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Michael van Gerwen 15-16 Simon Whitlock

Grand Slam of Darts 2020 Day Seven preview and order of play: Last eight lock horns

The Quarter-Finals take centre stage over two sessions at the 2020 Grand Slam of Darts on Sunday as the eight remaining hopefuls aim to keep their title dream alive.

The £550,000 major reaches its business end as a host of box office names battle it out over the long-haul format for the right to reach Monday’s Semi-Finals.

Only one man left standing in the field has previously tasted success in this competition, while three are out in search of their first major title.

Michael van Gerwen dominated this event from 2015-2017 and steps his quest for a fourth Grand Slam crown with a clash against his recent nemesis Simon Whitlock.

Whitlock has won their last two televised meetings – at the World Matchplay and World Grand Prix – having previously lost 15 matches in a row to the Dutch sensation.

Van Gerwen appears refocused and rejuvenated in Coventry this week as he bids to end an eight-month exile from the winner’s circle in a televised major.

The UK Open champion has swept through the field so far, dropping just six legs in victories over Adam Hunt, Gabriel Clemens, Joe Cullen and rival Gary Anderson – who he thrashed 10-2 on Saturday night.

The green machine will be determined to gain revenge on ‘The Wizard’ – who finds himself in a third major Quarter-Final of a resurgent season for the 51-year-old.

Whitlock is appearing in his fourth Grand Slam Quarter-Final since 2008 as he bids to surpass this stage for the first time and complete a remarkable hat-trick over MVG.

Van Gerwen aims to gain his revenge on Whitlock (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The evening’s opening contest sees reigning World Matchplay champion Dimitri van den Bergh take on Premier League finalist Nathan Aspinall.

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.

He then went on to thrash Jonny Clayton 10-3 in the Last 16 with a 103.6 average for a place in his second Grand Slam Quarter-Final in the space of three years.

Aspinall, who was beaten by Van den Bergh in the opening round of the World Matchplay, finds himself at this stage of the competition for the first time, having progressed in dramatic circumstances.

The former UK Open champion finished runner-up in Group H, losing 5-1 to Van den Bergh in the process, but went on to dethrone reigning and back-to-back champion Gerwyn Price 10-8 in a thriller on Saturday.

The Stockport star will now be eyeing a dose of revenge over the Belgian ace as he aims to reach his sixth major Semi-Final since 2019.

The opening match of the afternoon promises to be a masterclass of scoring as multiple major finalist Michael Smith takes on Portuguese sensation Jose De Sousa.

The duo have contested a series of high quality encounters in recent weeks, with Smith edging De Sousa 8-7 in the final of a Winter Series event, before prevailing 5-2 in the group stage this week with a 102.5 average to The Special One’s 99.

Smith, a semi-finalist at the Wolves Civic in 2015, came through an epic Quarter-Final decider against his World Cup team-mate Rob Cross last night, landing eleven 180s in the process.

De Sousa has enjoyed a dream debut campaign so far to continue his meteoric rise up the world rankings and into the world’s top 32 for the first time.

The European Grand Prix champion held off a spirited Dave Chisnall fightback to close out a 10-7 win in the Last 16 and is now braced for the longest match of his career so far.

James Wade aims to move a step closer to a third Grand Slam final in the space of a decade by ending the impressive debut run of Damon Heta.

Wade, who narrowly fell short of glory in 2010 and 2016, stormed to the top of his group with maximum points before thrashing Ian White 10-4 with a 98 average.

Runner-up in the recent European Championship, ‘The Machine’ appears rebooted and refocused as he looks to add to his tally of nine televised titles – the third most in PDC history.

Heta, the 2019 Brisbane Masters champion, lost out to Wade in the group stage on the way to finishing second, but pulled off a 10-7 win over Devon Petersen to book his place in a first major Quarter-Final.

The Aussie ace is now entering uncharted territory over this format and knows he must raise his game if he is to shut down ‘The Machine’ and continue his superb run.

The action gets underway from 1pm GMT, with Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of 31 legs.

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Boylesports Grand Slam of Darts 2020 Schedule

Sunday November 22

Quarter-Finals

Afternoon Session (1pm-4pm)
Michael Smith v Jose De Sousa
Damon Heta v James Wade

Evening Session (7pm-10pm)
Nathan Aspinall v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Michael van Gerwen v Simon Whitlock

Aspinall ends Price’s two-year reign at the Grand Slam of Darts

Nathan Aspinall dethroned back-to-back Grand Slam king Gerwyn Price with a thrilling 10-8 victory in the Last 16 in Coventry on Saturday.

Price had been aiming to lift the Eric Bristow Trophy for a third straight year and threatened a miraculous comeback when he came from 7-3 down to lead 8-7.

Aspinall, however, regained his composure to win the next two legs, and when Price missed two darts at double four to take the game into a deciding leg, he took out 92 on the bull to claim a memorable win.

“It’s a massive win for me,” said Aspinall. “We always have fantastic games and it was one of the most enjoyable games I’ve ever had.

“He brings the best out of me and I knew I had to score well tonight and finish well.

“I missed six darts to go 8-7 up and to not let that affect me, and to come back the way I did to win the last three legs I’m very happy and proud of myself.

“I’ve been struggling of late, not been playing very well, and I knew I had to bring my A-game tonight. I dug deep and played some good stuff.”

After Price had taken out 110 to level in leg four, Aspinall took command with four straight legs and finished 94 for a 7-3 cushion.

The Welshman dug deep in his quest to retain the title, finishing 70, 87, 105 and 75 in his five-leg burst to move ahead for the first time since the opening leg.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Michael van Gerwen powered into the Quarter-Finals with a 10-2 demolition of Gary Anderson.

The world number one’s emphatic return to top form continued as he averaged 102 and defied six 180s from long-standing rival Anderson to clinically set up a Quarter-Final clash with Simon Whitlock on Sunday.

Anderson responded to an opening 14-darter from Van Gerwen with a brilliant 132 bull checkout in leg two, but paid for five missed darts at doubles as the Dutchman embarked on a run of eight straight legs.

Van Gerwen took out 92, 88 on the bull and 87 at key moments as he moved 9-1 up, and though Anderson finished 81 to keep alive his hopes, any chance of a fightback was ended as a 76 finish moved the three-time winner into the last eight.

“I’m still in the tournament and I feel I played well,” said Van Gerwen.

“There’s still room for improvement but I’m happy, and I think I did the right things at the right moments – I hit a couple finishes early doors which gave me confidence.

“Gary played okay in some patches but has a lot of problems with his knee – but if someone’s competing in the tournament you have to beat them, simple as that.”

Van Gerwen lost to Whitlock in both the World Matchplay and World Grand Prix earlier this year, and added: “Simon beat me before so I’ve got something to put right, and he is playing some phenomenal darts lately.

“He’s starting to get back to good form, but it’s up to me to answer that and make sure I do exactly the same back. I know if I play my game, I’m going to beat him.”

Michael Smith held his nerve in a deciding-leg shoot-out against Rob Cross to reach the BoyleSports Grand Slam Quarter-Finals for a second successive year with a narrow 10-9 victory.

Smith had looked to have blown his opportunity to win a tight contest after seeing three match darts go begging in leg 17, as Cross finished 70 and then landed tops to force a deciding leg.

The world number four, though, followed 11 earlier 180s by kicking off the final leg with a 177, before pinning double 12 for a 13-darter to set up a last eight last with Jose De Sousa on Sunday.

Cross had earlier come back from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 and also took out a match-high 119 finish as he moved 6-5 up, but a three-leg surge from Smith proved key as he edged clear in the second half of the contest.

“I’m happy but also a bit frustrated because I could have wrapped it up earlier, but I’m proud of how I handled that last leg because I could have buckled,” said Smith. “I wanted it so much and I’m happy.

“I was a bit patchy in the game but it was a tough game for me tonight, especially against Rob. He’s got a great record against me so it’s about time I got one back.

“It was a battle but I can put that to one side and it’s a new game tomorrow against Jose. I’m glad I’m in the quarter-finals, it’s a tournament that I love and I’m looking forward to tomorrow now.”

Damon Heta reached his first televised ranking Quarter-Final with a 10-7 win over Devon Petersen to set up a rematch with James Wade on Sunday.

The Australian ace had lost out 5-2 to Wade in the opening game of the Group Stage on Monday, but will now get the chance to avenge that loss in a knockout clash after proving too strong for Petersen.

Heta opened up leads of 4-1 and 8-3 to punish a slow start from Petersen, who hit back to 8-6 at one stage.

However, Heta’s brilliant 144 checkout in leg 15 – with Petersen waiting on tops – proved crucial before he closed out the win two legs later.

“I’m stoked,” said Heta. “I knew what I was in for but Devon didn’t show up as well as he normally does and I took my chances when I got them.

“I was expecting a really tough, close game because I know how good a player Devon is.

“The 144 was very crucial and I had to take it out, and I think that crushed him a little bit because he was getting the momentum back.”

The 2019 Brisbane Masters winner added: “I’m looking forward to playing James. I lost to him in the Group Stages and he’s such a steady player.

“I could learn a lot from James but I’ve beaten him a couple of times and I’ll try and do the same again.”

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Grand Slam of Darts 2020 Results

Saturday November 21

Second Round

Michael Smith 10-9 Rob Cross
Devon Petersen 7-10 Damon Heta
Michael van Gerwen 10-2 Gary Anderson
Gerwyn Price 8-10 Nathan Aspinall

Grand Slam of Darts 2020 Day Six preview and order of play: Quarter-Final line-up to be decided

The final remaining places in the Quarter-Finals of the 2020 Grand Slam of Darts are up for grabs in Coventry on Saturday.

Three of four group winners successfully sealed their spot in the Last Eight on Friday, including World Matchplay champion Dimitri van den Bergh and two-time Grand Slam finalist James Wade.

Two multiple winners of this prestigious title are among those looking to join them this evening as the big names collide at the Ricoh Arena.

Gerwyn Price is in the midst of an incredible 14-game unbeaten run in this competition and steps up his quest for a hat-trick of Boylesports Grand Slam titles with a clash against Premier League finalist Nathan Aspinall.

Price has recently added the World Series Finals, World Grand Prix and World Cup of Darts titles to his collection and has continued his love affair with this tournament in an eventful week so far.

The Welshman survived match darts in two of his three group games, narrowly defeating Ryan Joyce in a deciding leg to avoid exiting the event and surrendering his title.

The world number three averaged 106.8 in that 5-4 victory over Joyce and will now aim to sustain that standard over the extended format.

Aspinall finished runner-up in Group H to reach the knock-out phase for the first time and will be encouraged by his recent head-to-head record of three straight wins over Price this year, two of which in the Premier League.

The stand-out tie of the evening sees three-time Grand Slam champion Michael van Gerwen take on two-time finalist Gary Anderson.

Van Gerwen put down a clear statement of intent with three dominant victories to top Group A, twice averaging in excess of 103.

The world number one, who claimed this title in consecutive years from 2015-2017, is out to pick up his first major silverware since the UK Open back in March and affirm his place as top dog going into the World Championship.

The Dutch sensation has not failed to progress beyond the Last Eight stage in this event since 2014 but faces one of his box office rivals in what promises to be a mouth-watering contest.

Anderson has battled his way into the knock-out phase whilst contending with a knee injury, defeating Ryan Searle 5-3 in their Group B shoot-out.

Runner-up in 2011 and 2018, the Flying Scotsman will be determined to get his hands on this prestigious trophy and get one over on his Dutch nemesis – who has won eight of their last nine meetings.

The opening match of the night sees England’s World Cup duo Michael Smith and Rob Cross go head-to-head.

Smith and Cross face off (Photo by PDC)

Smith and Cross were beaten by Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton in the final of the World Cup a fortnight ago and have had contrasting fortunes in singles competition since.

Smith went on to win the opening two Winter Series events, while Cross struggled for results, but ‘Voltage’ has dominated this fixture down the years, winning 15 of their 19 previous meetings.

Grand Slam semi-finalist in 2015, Smith stormed to the top of Group C with maximum points, dropping only five legs in wins over Lisa Ashton, Jose De Sousa and Krzysztof Ratajski with three consecutive ton-plus averages.

Cross, meanwhile, clinched second spot in Group D courtesy of his 5-2 win over Luke Humphries in their shoot-out match, maintaining his record of reaching the knock-out phase in all four Grand Slam appearances.

Runner-up in the World Series Finals, Cross has fallen at this hurdle in the Grand Slam in his two most recent attempts and faces a tough task against a player in undoubtedly his best form of the season.

Two players entering uncharted territory in the Grand Slam lock horns as South African star Devon Petersen faces Australia’s Damon Heta.

Petersen has continued his remarkable resurgence in 2020 by topping what was labelled as ‘the group of death’ with consecutive wins over Ian White, Dirk van Duijvenbode and World Champion Peter Wright.

Semi-finalist in the European Championship and winner of a Euro Tour event, ‘The African Warrior’ has landed twelve 180s so far this week, underlining his reputation as one of the sport’s most clinical scorers at present.

Heta, who qualified courtesy of his Autumn Series success, finished runner-up in Group F behind James Wade, having edged out Jermaine Wattimena 5-4 in their decisive fixture.

The 2019 Brisbane Masters champion has been one of the stand-out performers on both floor and stage this year after securing a Tour Card at Qualifying School in January.

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

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Boylesports Grand Slam of Darts 2020 Schedule

Saturday November 21

Second Round

7.15pm Michael Smith v Rob Cross
8.15pm Devon Petersen v Damon Heta
9.15pm Michael van Gerwen v Gary Anderson
10.15pm Gerwyn Price v Nathan Aspinall

Grand Slam of Darts 2020 live stream | How to watch live online

The elite stars of the PDC and BDO collide in the Grand Slam of Darts, and all matches are available to watch live online.

The £550,000 major will feature 30 of the PDC’s biggest names against two BDO invitees as they compete at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry from November 16-24.

The behind closed doors event initially sees the 32 players split into eight groups, with the top two players from each group advancing to the knock-out phase.

Gerwyn Price has claimed the title in successive years and will launch his quest for a Grand Slam hat-trick in a fascinating Group G.

Price will take on his World Cup winning team-mate Jonny Clayton, as well as ProTour event winner Ryan Joyce and reigning Women’s World Champion Mikuru Suzuki.

A contender for the ‘group of death’ sees World Champion Peter Wright joined in Group E by Ian White, Devon Petersen and World Grand Prix finalist Dirk van Duijvenbode.

Group C sees multiple major finalist Michael Smith come up against Polish ace Krzysztof Ratajski, Portuguese star Jose De Sousa and four-time Women’s World Champion Lisa Ashton.

World number one and three-time Grand Slam champion Michael van Gerwen starts out in Group A alongside Winter Series event winner Joe Cullen, German number one Gabriel Clemens and debutant qualifier Adam Hunt.

Two-time Grand Slam finalist Gary Anderson is joined in Group B by former European Champion Simon Whitlock and debutants Ryan Searle and Adam Gawlas – last year’s World Youth Championship runner-up.

Former World Champion Rob Cross is housed in Group D alongside 2014 finalist Dave Chisnall, 2019 World Youth Champion Luke Humphries and returning qualifier Justin Pipe.

Group F sees two-time Grand Slam finalist James Wade up against Premier League champion Glen Durrant, Winter Series Order of Merit qualifier Jermaine Wattimena and Autumn Series Order of Merit qualifier Damon Heta.

Premier League runner-up Nathan Aspinall is joined in Group H by World Matchplay champion Dimitri van den Bergh, qualifier Ricky Evans and 2020 BDO World Champion Wayne Warren.

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

Jose De Sousa progressed to his first televised Quarter-Final after a dramatic victory over Dave Chisnall at the Grand Slam of Darts in Coventry.

De Sousa created a further slice of history by becoming the first Portuguese player to reach a PDC major Quarter-Final, less than two years after joining the PDC.

The European Grand Prix winner stormed into an 8-2 lead over Chisnall, only to be pegged back to just 8-7, before steadying the ship to close out the next two legs for victory.

“This is a dream for me,” said De Sousa. “I’m in the Grand Slam for the first time and in the quarter-finals, so it’s amazing.

“It was a strange game, but I’m happy that I won. I started much better than Chizzy and I punished him, then I missed a little bit and he punished me, and at the end I came strong again.”

A see-saw game saw Chisnall take the opening two legs before De Sousa claimed eight in a row to move within touching distance of the winning line.

Chisnall, though, regained his range on the doubles to take five consecutive legs in reply as he cut the gap to just one leg, but crucially missed one dart at double 18 to level in leg 18.

De Sousa hit the same double to lead 9-7, before pinning double 12 to break new ground.

“It’s the best year of my life in darts,” he added. “For me it is not a surprise, but for many people maybe it is. My confidence is getting better and better and I’m starting to play like the top players.”

Dimitri Van den Bergh’s bid to win a second televised title of 2020 continued with another impressive display as he raced past Jonny Clayton 10-3 with a 103 average and eight 180s.

The World Matchplay champion landed three 12-darters and a 13-dart leg in a high-quality opening as he created a 5-2 cushion to move halfway towards the quarter-finals.

Clayton hit back in leg eight, but back-to-back 14-darters for Van den Bergh were followed by a 13-dart leg as he moved 9-3 up, before sealing his place in the last eight with a 110 checkout.

“So far it’s going very well and I’m really proud,” said Van den Bergh, who now plays Gerwyn Price or Nathan Aspinall.

“I feel like I played a terrific game from the start until after the second break – I kept Jonny under pressure and I was phenomenal in parts.

“I felt that here and there I could be a little more focused, but I’m really happy to be in another quarter-final. I’m on a winning streak and I want to keep this going.

“I’m buzzing. I’m really happy – inside I’m having explosions of happiness. I’m dreaming about winning this and I hope I can make my dreams come true again.”

Two-time Grand Slam finalist James Wade booked his place in the Last Eight with a commanding 10-4 win over Ian White.

White held his own during the early exchanges, landing two 13-darters as he shared the first six legs, but three misses in leg eight allowed Wade to pull two legs clear for the first time at 5-3.

White replied by finishing 85 on the bull, but Wade pulled clear with a 96 finish and an 11-darter in a run of five straight legs to ensure a first Grand Slam quarter-final since 2016.

“I’m really happy,” said Wade. “I’m happy to move forwards and I still know I can win tournaments.

“Ian missed quite a few trebles at the wrong times and doubles at the wrong times and gave me way too many opportunities, but I’ll take them if they’re there.”

Simon Whitlock reached the Quarter-Finals for a fourth time with a 10-6 defeat of Adam Hunt to bring the debutant qualifier’s run in Coventry to an end.

The Australian’s strong form in televised events continued as he led throughout against Hunt, who hit back from 2-0 down to 3-2 but paid for four missed doubles to level the tie in leg six.

Hunt did take out 112 to pull back to 4-3, and after Whitlock finished 116 the youngster checked out 70 to move back to within a leg again, but Whitlock pulled clear to close out the win five of the next seven for victory.

“It was a tough match but I made it tough for myself, I didn’t show the form I have recently,” said Whitlock. “I didn’t feel good and I was really nervous, but I’ve got through it.

“I tried as hard as I could but Adam kept coming back at me. I battled away and got the win, but I’ll have to play better in the next match.”

Whitlock will now play either Michael van Gerwen or Gary Anderson, and added: “If I play like I have done, I can beat either of them. I have to perform and I’ll be better than I was tonight.”

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BoyleSports Grand Slam of Darts 2020 Results

Friday November 20

Second Round

Dimitri Van den Bergh 10-3 Jonny Clayton
James Wade 10-4 Ian White
Simon Whitlock 10-6 Adam Hunt
Jose De Sousa 10-7 Dave Chisnall

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

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.

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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