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Craig Porter 19th Nov 2008 - 12:12

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.

View the draw for the knock-out stage of the Grand Slam of Darts or the completed tables from the group stage.

William Hill have betting on every match of the Grand Slam with odds also available during the games through our betlive service. Follow the games and get the low-down on the players from On The Oche, our darts live scores and player statistics centre.


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