The £550,000 tournament continues on Wednesday – live on Sky Sports Arena from 7pm, where Gerwyn Price, Jonny Clayton and James Wade take on the next generation of players, while Rob Cross takes to the stage against Ryan Joyce; Tuesday night was all about fabulous Fallon Sherrock
By Raz Mirza
Last Updated: 16/11/21 11:18pm
Fallon Sherrock made Grand Slam history after beating Gabriel Clemens with a sensational 170 finish to become the first woman to qualify for the second round
Fallon Sherrock continued to make more history as she became the first woman to make it through to the knockout stages of the Grand Slam of Darts with a sensational victory over Gabriel Clemens.
Sherrock produced another quite remarkable performance to battle back from 3-1 down to defeat the German No 1 with a stunning 170 finish.
Michael van Gerwen laid down a marker for the rest of the opposition after breezing through his match with John Henderson thanks to four 180s and a spectacular 125.
Defending champion Jose de Sousa required three legs to make it through, but he made hard work of it against Luke Humphries as he lived to fight another day, while Gary Anderson won the battle of the darting legends against Raymond van Barneveld.
Grand Slam of Darts 2021: Tuesday’s results
|Group E||Gabriel Clemens 3-5 Fallon Sherrock|
|Peter Wright 5-0 Mike De Decker|
|Group F||Luke Humphries 5-3 Jose de Sousa|
|Mensur Suljovic 5-0 Matt Campbell|
|Group G||John Henderson 1-5 Michael van Gerwen|
|Joe Cullen 5-2 Lisa Ashton|
|Group H||Raymond van Barneveld 2-5 Gary Anderson|
|Michael Smith 5-3 Joe Davis|
Sensational Sherrock continues fairytale run
‘The Queen of the Palace’ said she had to go for the 170 finish
‘Queen of the Palace’ Sherrock required a 5-3 or better against Clemens and it turned out to be a titanic encounter.
A poor start allowed Clemens to break throw in the opening leg, but Sherrock hit back through double 16 to level up. A third break followed immediately with the German taking out 72 to edge closer to the four legs he required to make it through.
Sherrock fired in this fabulous 141 to break back against Clemens
Sherrock’s set-up play was letting her down, while Clemens continued to pull clear as he pinned tops for a 3-1 advantage.
The 27-year-old was not giving up the fight though. She struck double 9 for a hold of throw and then landed an unbelievable 141 to make it 3-3 to keep her dream alive. Sherrock kept the scoring up to hold for 4-3 to pile on the pressure.
The match came down to one leg of darts with Sherrock requiring ‘The Big Fish’ to make it through. And in typical Fallon fashion, she nailed it to set up a last-16 meeting with Mensur Suljovic, who she beat en route to the last 32 of the Worlds in 2020.
Peter Wright, the reigning World Matchplay champion, destroyed Mike De Decker – completing a 5-0 success with two double 18s for a show-stopping 90 checkout.
Peter Wright pointed out young kids in the crowd as the ‘future of darts’
Anderson gets the better of old foe Barney
Gary Anderson admits that he’s starting to enjoy his darts again after setting up a meeting with Van Gerwen
With seven world titles between them, Raymond van Barneveld took on Gary Anderson in an all-or-nothing clash.
It was the Scot who kept up his incredible record of having never gone out in the Group Stage in 15 years of competing in the Grand Slam with a comfortable 5-2 win.
The two legends of the game could not hold throw in the first three legs until Anderson took out 80 for a 3-1 lead.
Barney kept himself within touching distance with a 92 finish, but two-time runner-up Anderson pulled clear to head through to a meeting with Van Gerwen with a 103.88 average.
Michael Smith maintained his perfect winning record to top Group H with a 5-3 win against a wounded Joe Davis, who came into the tournament suffering with an elbow injury.
A major TV title still awaits ‘Bully Boy’ but the St Helens’ thrower will be fancying his chances of going all the way in Wolverhampton this week after his 13th consecutive group-game victory.
Live Grand Slam of Darts
November 17, 2021, 7:00pm
Grand Slam of Darts 2021: Wednesday’s fixtures
|Second Round||Gerwyn Price vs Bradley Brooks|
|Jonny Clayton vs Nathan Rafferty|
|James Wade vs Rowby-John Rodriguez|
|Ryan Joyce vs Rob Cross|
MVG & Cullen qualify for last 16
Michael van Gerwen remains adamant he still has a lot left in the tank
Former world No 1 and three-time Grand Slam of Darts champion Van Gerwen required just one leg against Henderson to ensure qualification, but ‘The Green Machine’ was out to cause utter destruction on the Wolverhampton stage.
Henderson broke Van Gerwen to get a leg on the board with this 110 checkout
The Dutchman broke for 2-0 and looked on course to ending it in the blink of an eye, but ‘The Highlander’ had other ideas after landing a maximum before taking out 110.
Van Gerwen defeated Henderson with this outrageous 125 finish!
That only seemed to annoy MVG, who stepped on the gas to win the next three legs on the spin. He finished things off with an obscene 125 (bullseye, 25, bullseye) to complete a 5-1 triumph.
Very happy to top the group tonight. It’s always hard knowing you only need a few legs but job done. Full credit to @hendo180 keep going mate 👊🏻. Now to watch Holland play back at the hotel. Thank you for all the messages 💚💚 pic.twitter.com/oRosXHyAPg
— Michael Van Gerwen (@MvG180) November 16, 2021
‘The Rockstar’ Joe Cullen went up against Lisa Ashton knowing a win would put him through, but the four-time women’s world champion was hoping to go out with a bang having lost her opening two Group G matches.
After sharing the opening five legs, Yorkshireman Cullen struck with a 76 checkout before completing a 5-2 victory over ‘The Lancashire Rose’ to join Van Gerwen in the knockout stages for the very first time.
De Sousa scrapes into next round
De Sousa headed on stage knowing he had one foot in the next round of the competition, but former youth champion Humphries was out to spoil the party knowing he needed to win 5-2 or better to advance.
And ‘Cool Hand’ made a quite brilliant start by flying into a 2-0 lead before the Portuguese ace got on the board.
Humphries nailed a superb 117 finish to break the defending champion for a 4-1 lead and had the throw to end De Sousa’s hopes of retaining his title. However, ‘The Special One’ pinned tops and then won an edgy leg on throw to make it into the next round.
Humphries broke De Sousa for a 4-1 lead with this sublime 117
Humphries ended up completing a 5-3 win, but it was not enough for the 26-year-old.
Suljovic was in clinical form to end the hopes of Canadian Matt Campbell to move into the last 16.
The Austrian completed a stunning whitewash win in Group F thanks to a 90 checkout. He finished with a three-dart average just shy of 106 and 83 per cent on the doubles.
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