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Whitlock Stuns Wolverhampton Crowd with Magic Comeback

Whitlock Stuns Wolverhampton Crowd with Magic Comeback

13 November, 2018

Simon Whitlock smashed in two 170 finishes on his way to a sensational comeback victory over Gerwyn Price last night. The Wizard of Oz saw himself 4-1 down at the hands of an in-form Price before winning the tie 5-4 to claim a last 16 spot.

Whitlock finished the match with a 108.86 average and 62.5% checkout rate in what will certainly go down as one of the greatest Grand Slam matches ever. The result meant both men qualified from their group after Glen Durrant crashed to a 5-4 defeat at the hands of Andrew Gilding.

Whitlock will now face World number 2 Peter Wright, who topped Group E with a 100% record after a narrow 5-4 win over Josh Payne. Payne still qualified himself due to a superior leg difference over Max Hopp and Jim Williams.

Rob Cross and Dimitri van den Bergh both progressed from Group H, with the latter requiring a win over Mark McGeeney to secure his place. The Belgian triumphed 5-1 whilst already qualified Rob Cross defeated Ryan Searle 5-2.

Stephen Bunting eliminated Scott Mitchell with a 5-1 win and ensured he finished top of the group with 3 wins out of 3. Austrian Mensur Suljovic also progresses from his group on leg difference despite losing 5-4 to Martin Schindler.

Results

Group Stage

Rob Cross 5-2 Ryan Searle (H)

Andrew Gilding 5-4 Glen Durrant (F)

Simon Whitlock 5-4 Gerwyn Price (F)

Martin Schindler 5-4 Mensur Suljovic (G)

Stephen Bunting 5-1 Scott Mitchell (G)

Jim Williams 5-4 Max Hopp (E)

Peter Wright 5-4 Josh Payne (E)

Dimitri Van den Bergh 5-1 Mark McGeeney (H)

Group E

 

P

W

L

+/-

Pts

Peter Wright

3

3

0

+5

6

Josh Payne

3

1

2

0

2

Max Hopp

3

1

2

-2

2

Jim Williams

3

1

2

-3

2

 Group F

 

P

W

L

+/-

Pts

Gerwyn Price

3

2

1

+3

4

Simon Whitlock

3

2

1

0

4

Glen Durrant

3

1

2

+2

2

Andrew Gilding

3

1

2

-5

2

Group G 

 

P

W

L

+/-

Pts

Stephen Bunting

3

3

0

+8

6

Mensur Suljovic

3

1

2

0

2

Scott Mitchell

3

1

2

-3

2

Martin Schindler

3

1

2

-5

2

 Group H

 

P

W

L

+/-

Pts

Rob Cross

3

3

0

+7

6

Dimitri van den Bergh

3

2

1

+5

4

Mark McGeeney

3

1

2

-5

2

Ryan Searle

3

0

3

-7

0

 


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