Raymond van Barneveld stuns Gerwyn Price again to reach Darts Grand Slam semis

Raymond van Barneveld stuns Gerwyn Price again to reach Darts Grand Slam semis
Raymond van Barneveld stuns Gerwyn Price again to reach Darts Grand Slam semis

Raymond van Barneveld continued his incredible fairytale run at the Cazoo Grand Slam of Darts as he came from 8-3 down to stun Gerwyn Price 16-13 in an unforgettable quarter-final.

Barney had to go through one last qualifying event just to book his place at Wolverhampton last week after a difficult season on tour before defying the odds to top his group with maximum points.

He marked his 5-4 victory over Price in the group stage as one of the “best wins of my career”, but with so little recent experience of long-format darts in the majors, few expected him to do so. that the 55-year-old’s revival is taking too long. longer.

After averaging almost a ton in a thrilling 10-8 triumph over Simon Whitlock in the previous round, he was a huge underdog ahead of his highly anticipated rematch with the defending champion, who lifted the trophy in the during each of the three years. hosted at Aldersley Leisure Village (2018, 2019, 2021) and have won 22 of their 25 matches here.

Anyone who let their heart rule their head felt naive when Price took an 8-3 lead with an average well over 100, but seven innings later it was 9-9 when Barney lifted the roof with a superb crate of 157.

From there he took control and showed no signs of looping to the finish as he secured a 16-13 win that few saw coming.

The 2013 champion, who has now moved up to 32 on the Order of Merit and will now be seeded for the World Championship, averaged 99.64 to Price’s 101.78, hit six of 17,180 in the match and pinned 45.7% of his double in a vintage multi-purpose display.

In Sunday afternoon’s semi-final he will meet Michael Smith, who kept his hopes of a first major title alive by beating Joe Cullen 16-15 in another classic.

Bully Boy, who has lost three major finals this calendar year, including the World Championship in January to take his finalist trophy tally to eight, looked set for a place in the last four as he opened up an 8-5 lead. . on his good friend.

The Rockstar, who had previously raised the roof with a 170 crate to even things up at 4-4, bounced back and challenged a 180 barrage from his opponent to go up 13-10 and although Smith clawed back a few legs in succession , he was soon within a distance of victory at 15-13.

Cullen left himself eight in the next game but never had a chance to seal the win as Smith struck out 70 with his last dart in hand at double 20 before forcing a decider with a stunning 11 darts.

The St Helens ace retired with four over-100 visits to leave 76, only for Cullen to throw a timely max to bring his tally to 64 and increase the pressure.

Smith kept his composure to pin the highs with his last dart in hand to secure a place in the Grand Slam semi-finals for the second consecutive year.

More soon…

Darts Grand Slam: Results

Group stage

  • Rating system : Each competitor faces off once in a best-of-nine-set match, with two points for the winner. The top two from each group will then advance to the round of 16.

group A

  • Dave Chisnall 3-5 Raymond van Barneveld
  • Gerwyn Price 5-1 Ted Evetts
  • Dave Chisnall 5-2 Ted Evetts
  • Gerwyn Price 4-5 Raymond van Barneveld
  • Raymond van Barneveld 5-0 Ted Evetts
  • Gerwyn Price 5-4 Dave Chisnall

Group B

  • Simon Whitlock 5-2 Mensur Suljovic
  • Danny Noppert 5-4 Christian Perez
  • Mensur Suljovic 5-2 Christian Perez
  • Danny Noppert 5-2 Simon Whitlock
  • Simon Whitlock 5-3 Christian Perez
  • Danny Noppert 5-4 Mensur Suljovic

Group C

  • Joe Cullen 5-1 Ritchie Edhouse
  • Michael Smith 5-3 Lisa Ashton
  • Ritchie Edhouse 5-2 Lisa Ashton
  • Michael Smith 5-1 Joe Cullen
  • Joe Cullen 5-3 Lisa Ashton
  • Michael Smith 5-1 Ritchie Edhouse

Group D

  • Dirk van Duijvenbode 5-4 Martin Schindler
  • Rob Cross 5-2 Adam Gawlas
  • Martin Schindler 5-3 Adam Gawlas
  • Rob Cross 3-5 Dirk van Duijvenbode
  • Dirk van Duijvenbode 5-3 Adam Gawlas
  • Rob Cross 5-4 Martin Schindler

Group E

  • Nathan Aspinall 4-5 Alan Soutar
  • Peter Wright 5-1 Fallon Sherrock
  • Nathan Aspinall 5-1 Fallon Sherrock
  • Peter Wright 5-4 Alan Soutar
  • Alan Soutar 5-2 Fallon Sherrock
  • Peter Wright 2-5 Nathan Aspinall

Group F

  • Damon Heta 2-5 Jermaine Wattimena
  • Jonny Clayton 5-0 Leonard Gates
  • Damon Heta 5-4 Leonard Gates
  • Jonny Clayton 5-0 Jermaine Wattimena
  • Jermaine Wattimena 5-1 Leonard Gates
  • Jonny Clayton 2-5 Damon Heta

Group G

  • Ross Smith 4-5 Luke Woodhouse
  • Michael van Gerwen 5-2 Nathan Rafferty
  • Ross Smith 5-2 Nathan Rafferty
  • Michael van Gerwen 5-1 Luke Woodhouse
  • Luke Woodhouse 4-5 Nathan Rafferty
  • Michael van Gerwen 4-5 Ross Smith

Group H

  • Ryan Searle 5-4 Josh Rock
  • Luke Humphries 5-2 Scott Williams
  • Josh Rock 5-4 Scott Williams
  • Luke Humphries 5-1 Ryan Searle
  • Ryan Searle 3-5 Scott Williams
  • Luke Humphries 3-5 Josh Rock

Grand Slam of Darts: Knockout Stages

Wednesday, November 16 (7 p.m.)
TV coverage: Sky Sports
Second round (best of 19 rounds)

  • Raymond van Barneveld 10-8 Simon Whitlock
  • Michael Smith 10-8 Rob Cross
  • Danny Noppert 8-10 Gerwyn Price
  • Dirk van Duijvenbode 4-10 Joe Cullen

Thursday, November 17 (7 p.m.)
TV coverage: Sky Sports
Second round (best of 19 rounds)

  • Nathan Aspinall 10-6 Jermaine Wattimena
  • Jonny Clayton 8-10 Alan Soutar
  • Michael van Gerwen 10-8 Josh Rock
  • Luke Humphries 10-8 Ross Smith

friday november 18
Evening session (1 p.m.)
TV coverage: Sky Sports
Quarterfinals (Best of 31 legs)

  • Michael Smith 16-15 Joe Cullen
  • Raymond van Barneveld 16-13 Gerwyn Price

Saturday November 19
Evening session (7 p.m.)
TV coverage: Sky Sports
Quarterfinals (Best of 31 legs)

Sunday November 20
Afternoon session (1 p.m.)
TV coverage: Sky Sports
Semi-finals (Best of 31 rounds)

Evening session (7 p.m.)
TV coverage: Sky Sports
Final (Best of 31 rounds)

  • Winner SF 1 vs Winner SF 2

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