Grand Slam of Darts - Saturday Night Round-Up
Please find below a round-up and reports from Saturday night’s remaining quarter-finals at the Grand Slam of Darts.
Text courtesy of Dave Allen, image courtesy of Lawrence Lustig PDC.
PHIL TAYLOR surged past Tony O'Shea 16-7 to set up a semi-final with Raymond van Barneveld at the Grand Slam of Darts.
Taylor's bid for a third successive title at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall continued with his strongest performance of the week,
O'Shea matched Taylor for the first eight legs, but Taylor took 12 of the next 14 in storming to victory.
"It was a great game to be involved in and we both enjoyed it," said Taylor. "Tony never gave up and he pushed me hard, but I can look forward to a fantastic match with Barney now."
O'Shea, the BDO number one, added: "It was my first time playing in the Grand Slam and I really enjoyed it, I had a fantastic week and will look forward to coming back next year."
Van Barneveld won through to the semis for the first time in the Grand Slam with a high-quality 16-6 win over Kevin Painter.
Van Barneveld finished 53 percent of his chances at a double, including a 156 checkout, and also hit eight 180s in taking the win.
"I'm pleased with the win," said van Barneveld. "I finished very well and am really looking forward to playing in the semi-finals on Sunday.
"I'm here to try and win this tournament and will give it my best shot."
Earlier, 2008 runner-up Terry Jenkins and Scott Waites set up a semi-final with their victories against Robert Thornton and Simon Whitlock.
Jenkins was a runaway 16-9 winner against Thornton, while Waites produced the best display of his career to overcome Australian Simon Whitlock 16-13.
Saturday November 21
Scott Waites 16-13 Simon Whitlock
Terry Jenkins 16-9 Robert Thornton
Raymond van Barneveld 16-6 Kevin Painter
Phil Taylor 16-7 Tony O'Shea
Sunday November 22
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
Phil Taylor v Raymond van Barneveld
Scott Waites v Terry Jenkins
Best of 31 legs
Best of 31 legs
RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD 16-6 KEVIN PAINTER
RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD reached the semi-finals of the Grand Slam of Darts for the first time thanks to a 16-6 win over Kevin Painter.
The Dutchman produced his best display of the week and will now take on Phil Taylor in Sunday's semis.
Painter won the first leg with a 15-dart finish, before Van Barneveld won the next, which included the first maximum of the game.
Van Barneveld broke his opponent's throw to win the third leg, only for Painter to break-back when he hit double eight.
Painter, who defeated Kirk Shepherd in his last 16 encounter on Thursday night, regained the lead with a clinical two-dart 91 finish, only for van Barneveld levelled with a 12 darter.
The Dutchman then won the seventh leg against the darts after Painter was guilty of missing two opportunities at doubles.
Van Barneveld moved 5-3 ahead but Painter showed some class in the ninth leg, winning it in 13 darts.
Van Barneveld then stepped up gear and took five legs without reply.
He landed double nine to win the tenth leg, before breaking throw with a 90 finish.
The five time world champion then landed double nine for the third time in the game after Painter two more opportunities at doubles, and that was then followed by a fantastic 156 checkout to lead 9-4.
A 13-dart finish put Van Barneveld further clear, but the former world championship finalist managed to stop the rot by winning the 15th leg, landing double eight for a 15 darter.
The next two legs where shared before Van Barneveld hit a two-dart 80 finish.
Van Barneveld hit double eight to move 14-6 ahead, and then produced a clinical 11 darter to move one leg away from the match.
And Van Barneveld soon put Painter out of his misery by converting a two-dart 79 finish to move into the semi-finals.
After the match Van Barneveld said: "I am very pleased with the win and I finished very well.
"I felt sorry for Kevin. It wasn't his night tonight as I know what he can do."
Painter was disappointed with his display after a bright start to the tournament, admitting: "I felt brilliant going out there, but I hit nothing.
"I just couldn't hit the treble 20 often enough. Things just didn't happen for me tonight."
PHIL TAYLOR 16-7 TONY O'SHEA
PHIL TAYLOR maintained his quest for a third consecutive PartyPoker.com Grand Slam of Darts title with a 16-7 triumph over Tony O'Shea.
Taylor will now take on Raymond van Barneveld in a mouth-watering semi-final clash, who impressed in his victory over Kevin Painter earlier on Saturday evening.
O'Shea held his own in the early part of the game, but Taylor's consistent high scoring proved to be too much for the Lakeside runner-up.
"It was a really good game, and we both enjoyed it. Both of us clicked up there and Tony really pushed me," said Taylor.
"He's got a lot of bottle and never gave up, and his got a massive of winning at the Lakeside.
"I can't wait to play Barney. It should be a fantastic match."
Taylor hit a maximum in taking the opening leg, and did the same in the second, breaking throw with a 76 finish.
The Stoke ace looked odds on to take a 3-0 lead. But three missed darts at doubles allowed O'Shea to pinch the leg.
Taylor restored his two leg advantage with a 14-dart finish, but O'Shea kept in touch by winning the next in 11.
O'Shea then squared the game at three apiece with a 96 finish, but Taylor regained the lead when he hit double 20.
The Stockport man continued his solid finishing by taking out 86 in two darts to level again. But Taylor won the next two legs with finishes of 72, and 74, to lead 6-4.
He then increased the lead to 7-4, despite O'Shea hitting two maximums. But Taylor suffered a dose of his own medicine in the next leg as O'Shea hit a 13 dart-leg, despite two maximums from his opponent.
Taylor held throw to win the next leg, and then upped the pace by taking the next two legs in 13, and 12 darts.
O'Shea fired his fifth maximum of the contest in winning the 16th leg, but Taylor fired an 11 darter to lead 11-6.
Taylor kept up the momentum winning the next two legs with comfort to move seven clear of O'Shea.
The 14-time world champion then hit a wonderful 134 checkout in the 20th leg, after O'Shea had hit two 180s.
Taylor converted a 65 finish to move one leg away from victory, but O'Shea showed fighting spirit by taking out an 81 finish on the bullseye, after Taylor had missed one dart for the match.
But Taylor made no mistake in the next leg and landed double 16 to confirm victory.
After the match O'Shea said: "Once again, I really enjoyed myself on the big stage tonight.
"It's been my first time here and I hope it's not my last. I've had a fantastic time."