Rod Harrington's WHGSOD Roundup
Rod Harrington gives us his thoughts on the latest action from the William Hill Grand Slam Of Darts
Last night was the penultimate night of the group qualifying and it certainly threw up a couple of unexpected results, Scot Waits set the night on fire with an amazing demolition job of fifteen time World Champion Phil Taylor and the backlash of that is Taylor now plays the second favourite and World Grand Prix Champion Michael Van Gerwen in the last sixteen as Taylor dropped to second in group A.
Waites did not fear the might of Taylor and the most impressive part of his game was that he nearly made it impossible for Taylor to break his throw.
I know Taylor possibly better than anyone and that defeat will have hurt him big time, so watch out for a wounded but very dangerous Taylor, the determination for him to lift the crown will be even greater, it would take a silly man to back against him now.
The other outstanding performance of the night was the defeat of Simon Whitlock by Dean Winstanley and again like Waites, Winstanley got out of the gate quick and was very strong on his throw.
That defeat left third favourite Whitlock going home this morning and Kevin Painter taking runner spot in the group C.
Tonight opens up with the clash of the two most talented players in World darts when Gary Anderson takes on current World Champion Aid Lewis and going by the form book it is very hard to back against the solid play of Anderson, Lewis has not been at his best in Wolverhampton and perhaps can't wait to get this match over and done with.
Got to go with the form book on this one, a win for Anderson at 10/11.
After his defeat by Kist I expect Raymond van Barneveld to bounce back against local boy Wayne Jones and at 4/9 should be good value when doubled or trebled up.
Wes Newton against Terry Jenkins should be a close encounter and there's no question that Jenkins is one tough customer to beat, however he has been missing doubles at crucial times and Newton will make him pay for any mistakes.
Going for a Newton win at 4/6
My main treble is Anderson, Dolan and Barneveld.
Going through the card I fancy Anderson, Dolan, Harms, Barneveld, O Shea, Hamilton, Newton and it would not surprise me if Walsh beat Kist.
Andersons game over 40.5 check-out in the first leg 10/11 and the same with the Newton and Parts games, nice little treble.
Out-side flutter look at a small bet on Walsh, Dolan and Jones, one of these to hit the most 180s on the night.