Raymond van Barneveld secured his place within the Cazoo Grand Slam of Darts Spherical of 16 alongside Jonny Clayton, Luke Humphries and fellow Dutch stars Michael van Gerwen and Dirk van Duijvenbode on Sunday.
Van Barneveld – 2012 Grand Slam winner – rolled again the years to defeat defending champion Gerwyn Value in a thriller clincher of their second Group A match.
The veteran grabbed headlines with a classic show at Aldersley Leisure Village, difficult Value’s 106 common to prevail in an epic, regardless of trailing 3-1, 4-3 throughout the contest.
Value bought off to a flying begin, however Van Barneveld got here again sturdy, registering legs of 11, 14 and 14 darts to drive a decider, earlier than sealing his progress to the final 16 with a nerveless end of 67 on a double 16 .
“It is among the finest victories of my profession” insisted Van Barneveld, who will face junior world champion Ted Evetts in his closing Group A sport on Monday night time.
“Gerwyn was an enormous sport. I believe he loved the sport, and I loved the way in which he performed. That is what darts are for, and I am thrilled with the end result.
Value will now face Chisnall in a winner-takes-all conflict on Monday, after the 2014 runners-up opened their account in Group A with a 5-2 victory over Evetts, averaging 101 and 4 180s within the course of.
In the meantime, three-time Grand Slam winner Van Gerwen has already sealed his place within the knockout phases, beating Luke Woodhouse 5-1 with a mean of 99 and 50 per cent in doubles to cap off a dominating show.
The Dutchman will tackle European champion Ross Smith in a blockbuster Group G conflict on Tuesday, after Smith recorded a 5-2 win over Nathan Rafferty to say his first victory on the Grand Slam stage.
Dirk van Duijvenbode was the primary participant to safe a spot within the final 16 on Sunday afternoon, reeling off 4 straight 3-1 legs adrift to defeat Rob Cross, with a ten-dart within the fifth leg sparking his comeback .
Cross now faces a direct shootout for Group D qualification towards Martin Schindler, after the German received the final three rounds of his conflict towards Adam Gawlas, who’s unable to qualify after the victory of Van Duijvenbode.
Welsh ace Clayton is but to lose a leg on this 12 months’s Grand Slam, making it back-to-back wins at Wolverhampton after sweeping Jermaine Wattimena to safe high spot in Group F.
“I do know I am not firing on all cylinders, however I believe I am getting again to my stage. I’d like to win that, and I am chasing that title,” stated the previous Premier League champion.
Clayton now faces World Cup winner Damon Heta in a stellar tie on Tuesday night time, after the Australian battled 4-1 to edge American Leonard Gates in a exceptional contest.
Gates provided the Aussie a reprieve with a rely error within the penultimate innings earlier than dismissing three match darts within the decider, leaving Heta, Wattimena and Gates to battle for second place.
Luke Humphries is the fifth participant assured of his place within the final 16, producing the match efficiency up to now to knock out Ryan Searle 5-1 with a sensational 107 common.
Sixth-seeded Humphries crashed in 4 180s and transformed 5 of his 9 doubles makes an attempt to make it two out of two wins in Group G, leaving Josh Rock, Searle and Scott Williams to shrug it off on Tuesday.
Earlier within the night time, Rock picked up his first Grand Slam win with a decisive win over Williams, hitting 4 180s, incomes a 145 end and firing in a 13-dart maintain to say two beneficial factors.
Elsewhere, world champion Peter Wright stays high of Group E, using by a dramatic all-Scottish affair towards Alan Soutar, who squandered six darts for victory in a dramatic closing.
Wright will face Nathan Aspinall of their closing Group E conflict on Tuesday, after the World Grand Prix runner-up bought his Group E marketing campaign again on observe with a 5-1 win over Fallon Sherrock.
“I needed to come again tonight with an enormous end result, and enjoying Fallon isn’t straightforward,” mirrored Aspinall, who averaged 94 and received 5 straight units to finish Sherrock’s qualifying hopes.
“It is not figuring out for me in the mean time, however hopefully I can have an enormous efficiency towards Peter on Tuesday which can be a do or die sport.”
Michael Smith prolonged his exceptional Grand Slam group stage profitable streak to fifteen video games with a complete 5-1 victory over Joe Cullen to take management of Group C.
“It is one among my favourite tournaments. I’ve received two video games and nonetheless have not completed, however that is the great thing about this occasion,” stated the St Helens star, who retired 114 and 78 to complete the job.
Smith’s closing spherical robin match will see him face Ritchie Edhouse, who saved his qualifying hopes alive with a convincing 5-2 win over Lisa Ashton to stage Cullen within the desk.
Danny Noppert activated the model in his 5-2 victory over Simon Whitlock to keep up his 100% document in Group B, averaging 99 to advance on the verge of a spot within the knockout phases.
The UK Open champion now faces 2018 semi-finalist Mensur Suljovic in his closing round-robin match, after the Austrian beat PDC Asian champion Christian Perez to advance to the extent of the factors with Whitlock.
Teams AD draw to a detailed on Monday night time, earlier than Teams EH gamers proceed their battle for qualification on Tuesday.
The highest two gamers from every group will advance to the Spherical of 16, with the final 16 actions starting on Wednesday, November 16.
The match is broadcast dwell on Sky Sports activities within the UK, by way of PDC’s world broadcast companions together with DAZN and Viaplay, and on PDCTV (excluding subscribers based mostly within the UK, Eire, Germany, in Austria and Switzerland).
Grand Slam of Darts Cazoo 2022
sunday november 13
Teams AD Second matches
Ritchie Edhouse 5-2 Lisa Ashton (C)
Martin Schindler 5-3 Adam Gawlas (R)
Mensur Suljovic 5-2 Christian Perez (B)
Dave Chisnall 5-2 Ted Evetts (A)
Danny Noppert 5-2 Simon Whitlock (B)
Dirk van Duijvenbode 5-3 Rob Cross (D)
Raymond van Barneveld 5-4 Gerwyn Value (A)
Michael Smith 5-1 Joe Cullen (C)
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