Groups A-D of the PDC Grand Slam of Darts will look a lot clearer, come Monday morning.
Which players start next week in good stead and which ones have a Grand Slam of Darts hangover remains to be seen. Groups E-H have completed two of their three fixtures; now it’s the turn of the other four groups. We start with Group D, where the PDC’s Steve Hine meets the BDO’s Michael Unterbuchner. The German will feel the Muffin Man is fair game after a tricky opening day defeat to Gary Anderson.
Joe Murnan and Gary Robson are rank outsiders in Group A – to have even a slim chance, they both need a win badly. Wesley Harms looks to bounce back from a whitewash defeat to James Wade against Mark Webster, before Raymond van Barneveld’s comeback bid starts against World Master Adam Smith-Neale.
James Wade, winner of the last two major PDC titles, has a hat-trick in his sights. A win over Keegan Brown would set up his assault on the Grand Slam nicely. Krzysztof Ratajski has taken van Barneveld’s scalp and, having watched Michael Smith’s profligacy against Smith Neale, he’ll feel two wins from two is possible.
Michael van Gerwen looked unbeatable on day one – but he did at the World Series Finals too. Jonny Clayton will be hoping for a repeat from the Dutchman. And the battle for Group D supremacy rounds off the night. Gary Anderson does battle with Ian White in Wolverhampton.
Evening session schedule (time in GMT)
19:00 Steve Hine v Michael Unterbuchner (D)
19:30 Joe Murnan v Gary Robson (A)
20:00 Mark Webster v Wesley Harms (C)
20:30 Raymond van Barneveld v Adam Smith-Neale (B)
21:00 James Wade v Keegan Brown (C)
21:30 Michael Smith v Krzysztof Ratajski (B)
22:00 Michael van Gerwen v Jonny Clayton (A)
22:30 Gary Anderson v Ian White (D)
Author: Ed McCosh