Rod Harrington's Grand Slam of Darts Day 7 Preview
Michael van Gerwen set the William Hill Grand Slam of Darts on fire last night with his 10-5 defeat of Phil Taylor, and the young Dutch star was relentless with his scoring and finishing in a brilliant display.
It's not very often that a player does to The Power what he has done to so many other players over the years in winning his 70 TV titles, but Mighty Mike's leg-on-leg consistency was incredible.
It was top quality darts, with both player achieving well over the 100 average, and this now gives Michael a chance to join an elite bunch of players who have won back-to-back major televised events.
Another top quality game saw Scott Waites overturn Robert Thornton in a closely-fought battle, when both players again had over 100 averages.
Waites now faces van Gerwen in what should be another incredible game on Saturday.
The other games last night saw Dean Winstanley beat young gun Arron Monk and Kevin Painter beating an out-of-sorts Mervyn King.
Tonight play starts off with the game between three-time World Champion John Part and nine-dart specialist Brendan Dolan, and although William Hill cannot split them at 10/11 each, I have just got to go with Part.
His experience of taking advantage of a good situation tips it for me, and a good result this week could see Part get back some of the form that has been missing for a while.
I also like the look of Part hitting the highest checkout at 4/5.
The second match up pairs the in-form Wes Newton against the Lakeside Champion Christian Kist, and I feel that the biggest improvement in Newton's game over the last two years has been his more consistent leg-on-leg average.
I think that will help to see him come through this one, and although 4/9 is a bit short, when doubled up with another bet could pay a nice bonus.
The bet I like in the this match is for over 7.5 180s and at 4/6 is worth looking at.
The match of the night for me is Andy Hamilton playing Gary Anderson, and there is no question that Anderson on his game will outscore The Hammer.
However, he is prone to missing doubles and this is when Andy must punish him.
This s a hard game to call because if the real Anderson turns up then there is only one winner, however the guts and determination that Hamilton possesses means that he wins games that others can't, so it's Anderson for me with one eye on Hamilton.
The last match of the night sees Raymond Van Barneveld taking on fellow Dutchman Wesley Harms, and there's only one winner here for me - Barneveld.
Barney has a lot to prove this week, and with van Gerwen taking over as the leading Dutchman in the PDC ranks it's now a good time to stamp some authority.
My double of the night is Newton and van Barneveld.