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Michael Smith is out of the Grand Slam regardless of successful two of his three group matches; Smith misplaced to James Wade on Monday after Ryan Searle received the Wolverhampton crowd on their toes with a nine-darterdwell protection continues on Tuesday from 7pm on Sky Sports activities Area
Final Up to date: 13/11/23 11:24pm
Michael Smith’s Grand Slam of Darts title defence is over after he crashed out of the event with a 5-1 defeat to James Wade on an evening in Wolverhampton that noticed Ryan Searle land a nine-darter.
World No 1 Smith’s run of 18 consecutive group recreation wins on the Grand Slam of Darts, which stretches again to 2017, got here to an finish as he might solely take a leg off a ruthless Wade.
Smith did not win a leg after the match was stage at 1-1, lacking a number of darts at double prime within the following legs. Wade’s reward is a last-16 spot towards Chris Dobey, who eradicated Jonny Clayton in one other winner-takes-all match.
Group Stage: Teams A-D Last Matches
|Gerwyn Value||5-1||Gian van Veen (D)|
|Josh Rock||5-1||Berry van Peer (B)|
|Gary Anderson||5-1||Steve Lennon (C)|
|Luke Humphries||5-1||Dirk van Duijvenbode (C)|
|Nathan Rafferty||3-5||Ryan Searle (D)|
|Krzysztof Ratajski||5-1||Nathan Girvan (A)|
|Michael Smith||1-5||James Wade (A)|
|Jonny Clayton||3-5||Chris Dobey (B)|
Regardless of successful his opening two matches, Smith goes out on account of having a worse leg distinction than Wade and Krzysztof Ratajski, who crucially noticed off Nathan Girvan 5-1, to power the world champion into an all-or-nothing scenario towards Wade.
“He wasn’t on his recreation to be truthful however I am James Wade and I do what I do. I believe I handled the stress slightly bit higher than he did,” Wade advised Sky Sports activities.
“I wasn’t adequate to be right here final 12 months. Darts is an easy equation. Should you’re adequate to be there, you are there, if you happen to’re not, you are not and final 12 months I wasn’t.
“This 12 months, I squeaked by, by shedding within the ultimate of a European Championships and I handled the stress, Michael had a variety of misfortune and onwards and upwards for me.”
The opposite large story of the night time was from Searle on the finish of his match towards Nathan Rafferty. Rafferty had simply received the group going with a 161 end to be 4-3 behind however Searle landed an excellent nine-darter to win in fashion.
It is the primary time Searle has certified for the knockout levels of the Grand Slam and he’ll play Luke Humphries, who beat Dirk van Duijvenbode 5-1 on Monday.
“I do not know the way the double went in. I used to be off steadiness and all the pieces. I simply threw it and fortuitously sufficient it went in!” mentioned the participant nicknamed Heavy Metallic.
“I am transferring home in the intervening time, so not a variety of apply!”
Anderson units up Value last-16 conflict
Elsewhere, Gerwyn Value continued his spectacular type with a storming 5-1 win over Gian van Veen, which included 4 100+ finishes.
Value will tackle Gary Anderson within the final 16 in a repeat of the controversial 2018 Grand Slam of Darts ultimate after the Flying Scotsman beat Steve Lennon 5-1.
Josh Rock was not at his greatest however took a 5-1 victory over Berry van Peer and can face Ratajski within the knockout levels.
Dwell Grand Slam of Darts
November 14, 2023, 7:00pm
What occurs on Tuesday on the Grand Slam?
Group Stage: Teams E-H Last Matches
|Dave Chisnall||vs||Stowe Buntz (E)|
|Nathan Aspinall||vs||Ricardo Pietreczko (H)|
|Michael van Gerwen||vs||Martijn Kleermaker (G)|
|Andrew Gilding||vs||Haruki Muramatsu (F)|
|Danny Noppert||vs||Brendan Dolan (F)|
|Peter Wright||vs||Stephen Bunting (E)|
|Rob Cross||vs||Fallon Sherrock (G)|
|Damon Heta||vs||Beau Greaves (H)|
The ultimate round-robin video games happen on Tuesday. The highest two gamers from every group will progress to the knockout stage, with the last-16 motion starting on Wednesday and operating by to the semi-finals and ultimate on Sunday.
Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Fallon Sherrock and Beau Greaves are all in motion on what needs to be one other entertaining night time.
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