Grand Slam of Darts: Raymond van Barneveld dumped out by Mervyn King
Raymond van Barneveld bowed out of the Grand Slam of Darts on Monday following a 5-3 defeat to Mervyn King.
Last Updated: 12/11/13 3:56pm
Van Barneveld won two of his three group games, but needed to win at least four legs on his Group E clash to remain in the hunt for a place in the quarter-finals.
King raced into a 2-0 lead courtesy before Van Barneveld fought back to level the contest at two apiece. King broke back then checked out a 63 finish to move 4-2 in front. Although Van Barneveld held his next throw he was unable to respond after King's 62 checkout secured a 5-3 win.
When asked what he thought about knocking out the reigning champion, King replied: "I don't look at it that way. I had a job to do to stay in. It's just unfortunate for Ray it was against him. I had to win and I had to win decent to stay in.
"The game plan was to hit him hard right from the word go which I did and unfortunately I let him back in, but managed to get back in following a couple of missed darts from Raymond. With Ray if you get on him early you can get a win out of the game sometimes."
Australian Simon Whitlock clinched Group G despite being beaten 5-4 by Wes Newton. However, the victory was not enough to guarantee Newton a spot in the quarters.
A nine-dart shootout was required to separate Newton and Mark Webster, who earlier toppled Ross Smith 5-3.
Nine darts were not required as Newton was unable to produce his best as he was outgunned 272 to 199 with Webster still having three darts in hand.
Webster will now tackle Scott Waites. The Lakeside champion topped Group H after brushing aside an out-of-sorts Dave 'Chizzy' Chisnall, who failed to win a single group game at the Grand Slam of Darts.
Waites was solid throughout and even surprised himself that he managed to stay unbeaten in the group stages against some top-quality opposition in Wolverhampton.
"I didn't expect to win all three games," said Waites. "I thought if I got two wins I might scrap through the group so three is a big bonus."
Robert Thornton suffered a 5-4 loss to Andy 'The Hammer' Hamilton, but the Scot still finished as the winner of Group F with Hamilton claiming second. Hamilton only needed to win to legs to secure his passage into the last 16, but was made to sweat after going 2-0 down.
Hamilton checked out 16 and 18 in the third and fourth legs to maintain his interest in the tournament. The match went down to a ninth leg which Hamilton won against the throw to secure his second win in three matches.
Out on a high
Mark Walsh ended his tournament on a high following a 5-2 victory over Justin Pipe, who bowed out of the competition after Hamilton won two legs against Thornton later in the evening. Walsh had been thrashed in his two previous matches, but excelled with the pressure off.
Although Pipe held for a second time to square the contest at two apiece that was as good as it got for him with Walsh checking out 61, 101 and 60 for an emphatic victory.
Tony O'Shea made light work of Ricky Evans, romping to a 5-1 triumph to secure a spot in the last 16.
"I was quite impressed with myself," said O'Shea. "It's not the biggest crowd I've ever seen, but it's still enthusiastic. I love coming to play here. I seem to pick my game up here."
Ted Hankey set up a quarter-final clash against Whitlock after beating youngster Michael Smith in a winner-takes-all clash. Smith won the opening leg, but that was all he got as Hankey reeled off five straight legs extend his stay in the tournament.