Grand Slam of Darts Group Stage Roundup

Grand Slam of Darts Group Stage Roundup

Phil Taylor Qualifies for Group Stage

Despite suffering defeat to James Wade, Phil Taylor joined Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Raymond van Barneveld and Daryl Gurney in the last sixteen of the Grand Slam of Darts. Wade, Peter Wright, Gary Anderson, Daryl Gurney and Dave Chisnall will all be there too as the Round One Group Stage threw up little in the way of surprises.

The path to the final 16

For Taylor, progression into the knockout stages of his last ever Grand Slam was secured without even throwing a dart following Robbie Green’s shock 5-3 defeat to the BDO’s Peter Machin who had already been eliminated.

Green almost beat The Power on Sunday before the departing legend showed the class of old to fight back to a 4-3 win. However, last night in a match against James Wade The Power wasn’t able to match his opponent, averaging just under 85 and missing 11 darts at doubles in a 5-3 defeat that saw both men progress.

Elsewhere, two-time defending champion Michael van Gerwen — who was already guaranteed a place in Round Two — topped Group A after he made it three wins out of three following a 5-2 victory over Joe Murnan in which the Dutchman averaged over 108.

The world number one and pre-tournament favourite was followed out of the group by Rob Cross who secured a runner up spot with a 5-2 triumph over the BDO’s Ross Montgomery. In Group B, Raymond van Barneveld and second-placed Steve Lennon both moved into the last 16 at the expense of Gerwyn Price, the biggest name eliminated so far.

Group D was sorted in dramatic style after a nine-dart shootout was required to decide the result between Websters, Mark and Darren. The pair — which are no relation — returned to the oche after their match was tied with Mark scoring 298. Darren, who had previously lost 5-1 to Daryl Gurney, landed a brilliant win-or-die treble 19 with his last shot to total 301 and take the group’s second place behind Gurney.

The other groups were all finished on Monday, meaning we already knew Peter Wright had failed to secure the top spot in his admittedly tough Group E. He took second place behind Glen Durrant of the BDO, which we predicted as a possible outcome last week. Stephen Bunting topped Group F at the expense of Dave Chisnall, who still progresses as do the first and second place finishers of Group G — Mensur Suljovic and Michael Smith respectively.

There were also no surprises in the final group as the world number two Gary Anderson ran out the winner and was joined in the last 16 by Berry van Peer, despite his attack of Dartitis on Monday night.

Prices for final 16

Heading into the final 16, Betway has updated their outright odds accordingly.

Michael van Gerwen (8/11), Gary Anderson (11/2), Peter Wright (10/1), Phil Taylor (10/1), Mensur Suljovic (18/1), Daryl Gurney (20/1), Rob Cross (20/1), Glen Durrant (22/1), Raymond van Barneveld (40/1), Dave Chisnall (50/1), Michael Smith (66/1), James Wade (80/1), Stephen Bunting (100/1), Darren Webster (150/1), Steve Lennon (250/1) and Berry van Peer (500/1).

Second Round (Best of 19 legs)

TV Coverage: Sky Sports Action/Main Event (19:00)

Wednesday November 15

Mensur Suljovic v Berry van Peer
Glen Durrant (BDO) v Dave Chisnall
Gary Anderson v Michael Smith
Stephen Bunting v Peter Wright

Thursday November 16

Michael van Gerwen v Steve Lennon
Raymond van Barneveld v Rob Cross
Phil Taylor v Darren Webster
Daryl Gurney v James Wade

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Phil Taylor Beats Peter Wright In Final Of The Melbourne Darts Masters

Phil Taylor Beats Peter Wright In Final Of The Melbourne Darts Masters

Phil Taylor Wins Melbourne Darts Masters

The Power claimed a second tournament win in as many months after beating Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright 11-8 in the final of the inaugural Melbourne Darts Masters last weekend. As the result suggests, the game was not a close one despite Wright holding the world number three spot.

The score was the same result as when the pair met in Blackpool last month. That was the night Taylor won his 16th and final World Matchplay crown, making it quite the farewell season for the Stoke-born legend. With recent results, Taylor is looking like his former self more and more each week, meaning additional trophies between now and the season’s end should not be dismissed.

Taylor strong all weekend

His form was apparent throughout the weekend, first eliminating Aussie star of the future Corey Cadby 10-9 on Saturday before dropping another Aussie, Simon Whitlock, 11-4 at the semi-final stage.

Daryl Gurney had overcome his match with world number two Gary Anderson for a third successive time, met his end when he came up against Peter Wright, who had beaten Michael Smith in the Quarter finals.

It all meant that Wright, the UK Open champion, lined up as the short odds favourite against World Matchplay champion Taylor in the final, which for the first 16 legs was tight enough to read 8-8.

57-year-old Phil Taylor then moved up several gears on Wright, despite Snakebite landing an impressive seven 180s to Taylor’s 0. At 47, the Scotsman is ten years younger than his rival but couldn’t keep up with the pace as Taylor took down the next ten legs straight, averaging 98.88 and achieving a double rate of 40.74% and earning yet another title.

A look ahead to Perth

Taylor is now at a best price of 7/2 at betway to win again this weekend as the action relocates to Perth on Australia’s western coast. Taylor, who has previously won four times in Australia — twice before in Perth and now twice in Melbourne — clearly enjoys taking his game Down Under and with Taylor in such great form has to be in consideration once again.

Beaten Melbourne finalist Peter Wright should again be Taylor’s closest challenger, but his tendency to drop crucial doubles will continue to blight his progress until it’s addressed. Snakebite joins Taylor at 7/2 at betway.

The same bookmaker is also showing a decent 16/1 on Aussie starlet Corey Cadby, while Simon Whitlock, who will receive the benefit of home support, can be picked up for 14’s with Bet365.

The favourite at Bet365 with odds of 5/2 — although heaven knows why — is Gary Anderson, who despite being number two in the world looks increasingly soft at the moment. He has failed to capitalise on the absence of Michael van Gerwen in recent tourneys. Instead, The Power — in his retirement year — has stepped up and in his current form is well worth sticking with again this week.

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Champions League Of Darts Field Confirmed

Champions League Of Darts Field Confirmed

Phil the Power Taylor Returns for Champion League of Darts

While most players are currently in New Zealand and Australia, next month welcomes the latest major Darts tourney when the Champions League of Darts makes its return to Cardiff. The lineup for the event was recently announced and will be begin in the Welsh capital on 16th of September.

Details of the Unibet Champions League of Darts Lineup

There are no real shocks in the lineup with reigning champion Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor once again involved, allowing him to resume his rivalry with Michael van Gerwen, who will inevitably be the favourite. The pair fell out during last month’s World Matchplay — also won by Taylor — and haven’t attended an event together since.

Also making an appearance in Wales next month will be Raymond van Barneveld, Dave Chisnall and Mensur Suljovic, all of whom will be making their debuts in the Cardiff event. Barney will play in Group A alongside Taylor, MVG and Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis, while Group B will host Chizzy, Suljovic plus Scottish pair Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright and Gary Anderson.

Anderson will be looking for an upturn in form, as the World number two hasn’t posted a very successful season so far. His loss of form was again made apparent last week in Auckland when he went out on day one in an event won by Aussie namesake Kyle Anderson. This weekend, players are in Melbourne with Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson installed as a pre-tournament favourite of 5/2 at bet365. We shall see what shape he is in when the tour resumes in Perth next week.

Much the same can be said for van Barneveld who was eliminated in Melbourne on Friday by 22-year-old Aussie starlet Coady Cadby — available at 8/1 with Betway if you’re speedy.

Back in Cardiff, the BBC have announced a new deal with the PDC to broadcast the event for the next three years following last year’s inaugural BBC-televised tournament from which Taylor emerged victorious.

Following his success in the World Matchplay, Taylor rose to fourth on the PDC Order of Merit leading to his allocation in Group A for this year’s Champions League.

For Welsh fans of Taylor, who is due to retire at the end of the season, the Champions League will provide one last chance to see the 32-time World and Matchplay Champion in competitive action. Prices won’t be available for a week or two yet, so watch this space for more information.

Ante-Post prices up for World Championship

For those needing their Darts betting fix in the meantime, satisfy yourself with early, ante-post prices on the World Championships, which is being held this Christmas. Naturally, Mighty Mike VG is the odds-on favourite at 4/6 although Sky Bet are running a three-year long special on the Dutchman winning the next three Championships, worth 11/4 right now.

Gary Anderson is at 6s and Snakebite at 7s, while Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor has been brought right in to 8’s following his Matchplay success in Blackpool. All these prices are currently available at SkyBet where new customers can enjoy a £20 free bet when they sign-up, deposit and wager £5.

This returning promotion is open to players from all countries but deposits made via Skrill and Neteller are excluded.

Unibet Champions League of Darts field

Group A

Michael van Gerwen
Phil Taylor
Adrian Lewis
Raymond van Barneveld

Group B

Gary Anderson
Peter Wright
Dave Chisnall
Mensur Suljovic

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