Hammer heads for Power cut - Grand Slam Round 2 previews
Andy Hamilton meets Phil "The Power" Taylor in the second round of the Grand Slam of Darts tonight.
"The Hammer" came through a nine-dart shoot-out last night to set up a repeat of the inaugural 2007 Grand Slam final which he lost 11-18. Hamilton put in a great performance in his first major final, including 13 maximums and a 101 three-dart average, but he came up against Phil Taylor at his best.
Hamilton is confident: "I'm a better player this year, more experienced, and I'll be ready for him." He's a long shot, a 13/2 chance in fact, over 19 legs to beat Taylor, who has lost once this week already, but he can't be written off. The 50/1 about him winning the tournament would be a steal if he can progress tonight.
Australian Simon Whitlock's Grand Slam has been up and down. Having lost to Tabern then whitewashing Brian Woods he produced a great display against the odds to beat and over-relaxed Hamilton 5-1 he's quoted at 4/9 in William Hill's Grand Slam match betting to win tonight. His opponent, Andy Jenkins, beat Phil Taylor and came back from 4-2 behind to defeat Vincent van der Voort. He is more than capable of overcoming the 13/8 against him winning tonight - his loss to Phill Nixon was an irrelevant dead-rubber.
Mervyn King is one of just three players to have a 100% record in this year's Grand Slam of Darts and looks good at 20/1 to win the title. He should be too strong at 4/9 to beat Kevin McDine tonight. McDine first came to prominence in this tournament last year but despite his 5-0 demolition of an off-colour Wayne Mardle (the same could never be said about his shirt) and a comfortable win over Anastasia Dobromyslova he crumbled when up against the talent of John Part - Mervyn King will have the same effect.
Champion of Champions
The match of the night is John Part v Mark Webster, not least as it's the meeting of the PDC & BDO World Champions, and the William Hill match betting odds have them both at 5/6.
Part's only defeat in the Grand Slam this year was to a determined Wayne Mardle when he was already guaranteed a place in the second round. He's looked like he could be approaching his best again. Mark Webster is the luckiest man in the tournament, qualifying for the knock-outs having one just one game. He'll need to find the form that earned him the fourth-seed place in the draw - while we may not have seen it so far this week, he's very capable of reaching Friday's quarter-finals.
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