Daryl Gurney sealed his spot in the Grand Slam of Darts second round last night after taking a 5-2 win over fellow Northern Ireland World Cup team-mate, Brendan Dolan.
The pairing faced a straight shoot-out in Group G to see who would join Germany’s Gabriel Clemens in the knockout stages. In what was an unbelievable tight contest, it was Gurney’s finishing that took the day with two 100+ checkouts, including a 161 in leg six.
Gurney will now face Michael Smith after the Bully Boy clinched a last leg victory over Martin Schindler. Smith found himself 3-0 down but bounced back to defeat the already-eliminated German. Glen Durrant also whitewashed UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall 5-0 in group H and will now play Clemens in Round 2.
Ryan Harrington continued his dream run into the knockout stages after defeating Wayne Warren 5-1 in a scrappy affair - whilst Peter Wright defeated Danny Noppert 5-2 to see the Dutchman eliminated at the group stage.
Group E also concluded last night with drama to the last as Rob Cross picked up a 5-4 win over Jamie Hughes. Cross burst into 4-1 lead, but Yozza battled back valiantly to force it into a deciding leg as Cross missed seven match darts. Cross rallied once again in deciding leg to set-up a last 16 clash with Peter Wright, whilst Dave Chisnall topped the group and plays Ryan Harrington next.
2019 BoyleSports Grand Slam of Darts
Monday November 11
Groups E-H Final Matches
Gabriel Clemens 5-2 Richard Veenstra (G)
Michael Smith 5-4 Martin Schindler (H)
Dave Chisnall 5-1 Lisa Ashton (E)
Daryl Gurney 5-2 Brendan Dolan (G)
Peter Wright 5-2 Danny Noppert (F)
Ryan Harrington 5-1 Wayne Warren (F)
Rob Cross 5-4 Jamie Hughes (E)
Glen Durrant 5-0 Nathan Aspinall (H)
Tuesday November 12 (1900 GMT)
Groups A-D Final Matches
Ian White v Wesley Harms (B)
James Wade v Steve Lennon (B)
Michael van Gerwen v Ross Smith (A)
Robert Thornton v Mikuru Suzuki (C)
Gerwyn Price v Dimitri Van den Bergh (C)
William O'Connor v Dave Parletti (D)
Gary Anderson v Darren Webster (D)
Adrian Lewis v Jim Williams (A)
Wednesday November 13 (1900 GMT)
Second Round x4
Dave Chisnall v Ryan Harrington
Gabriel Clemens v Glen Durrant
Michael Smith v Daryl Gurney
Peter Wright v Rob Cross