Grand Slam of Darts: Gerwyn Price, Raymond van Barneveld, Michael Smith and Rob Cross all win
Defending champion Gerwyn Price wins epic against Dave Chisnall to make it through to the last 16, while Raymond van Barneveld, Michael Smith and Rob Cross also progress watch every dart live on Sky Sports every day through to the final on Sunday, November 20
Last Updated: 15/11/22 6:00am
World No 1 Gerwyn Price stayed on course for his fourth Grand Slam of Darts title in five years after coming through a thrilling final-leg shootout against Dave Chisnall in Wolverhampton on Monday.
The world No 1 Price won an epic straight shootout for qualification against 2014 runner-up Chisnall, while Michael Smith, Rob Cross, Danny Noppert and Joe Cullen also sealed their spots in the last 16.
The Welshman has won all three Grand Slam events staged at the Aldersley Leisure Village, and he continued his bid for a fourth Eric Bristow Trophy by coming through a breathless affair with a 103 average.
Price was edged out by 2012 champion Raymond van Barneveld in an epic contest on Sunday - despite averaging 106 - which set up a blockbuster winner-takes-all showdown against Chisnall in Monday's headline act.
Monday, November 14 -Results
|Group D||Dirk van Duijvenbode||5-3||Adam Gawlas|
|Group A||Raymond van Barneveld||5-0||Ted Evetts|
|Group B||Simon Whitlock||5-3||Christian Perez|
|Group B||Danny Noppert||5-4||Mensur Suljovic|
|Group A||Gerwyn Price||5-4||Dave Chisnall|
|Group C||Joe Cullen||5-3||Lisa Ashton|
|Group C||Michael Smith||5-1||Ritchie Edhouse|
|Group D||Rob Cross||5-4||Martin Schindler|
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Price made a rip-roaring start to break throw in 11 darts, but a sublime 122 finish on the bull from Chisnall catapulted him into a 2-1 lead.
The Welshman responded with a brilliant double-double 99 finish on tops to restore parity at two apiece, only for Chisnall to move to the cusp of victory at 4-3 with back-to-back 14-dart holds.
However, the 2014 runner-up was left to rue missing two match darts in the penultimate leg, as Price sank double five to force a decider, before following up visits of 140, 140 and 137 by converting a clinical 87 kill to prevail in 12 darts.
"Raymond and Dave have both played brilliant games against me, so I'm just glad to get over the winning line," reflected Price, who posted ton-plus averages in all three of his Group A ties.
"I never felt dead and buried. There is a target on my back, but I'm just fortunate I've got a little more in the tank that I can pull out."
Price will now take on UK Open champion Danny Noppert in a stellar last-16 tie on Wednesday, after the Dutchman came through a gruelling nine-leg tussle against Mensur Suljovic to claim his third consecutive Group B victory.
Van Barneveld - the 2012 Grand Slam champion - secured top spot in Group A with an emphatic whitewash win over World Youth Champion Ted Evetts in his final round-robin tie.
"I played well. I'm feeling relaxed and I have a wonderful life at the moment," said Van Barneveld, who is through to the last 16 in Wolverhampton for the first time since 2017.
"The hard work is paying off. I've got massive support, I'm the group winner and I'm amazingly proud of myself."
Elsewhere, Michael Smith maintained his magnificent Group Stage record at the Grand Slam with a comprehensive 5-1 success against Ritchie Edhouse to finish top of Group C.
"It was about keeping my winning streak going in the groups. I want to win every game and that's the mentality I've got," insisted Smith, who averaged 102 to win a 16th straight game in the round-robin phase.
Masters champion Joe Cullen progressed alongside Smith in Group C, courtesy of a tense comeback win against four-time Women's world champion Lisa Ashton.
"It was really tough. Lisa was fantastic, particularly early doors, but I'm just relieved I got the job done," admitted Cullen, who converted a spectacular 158 checkout in leg six.
In the evening's finale, Rob Cross moved through to the last 16 at the Grand Slam for the sixth straight year, recovering from 3-0 and 4-2 down to deny Martin Schindler in a dramatic Group D tie.
"I feel for Martin, because he was the better player tonight and he should be going through," conceded Cross, who now faces Smith for a place in the last eight on Wednesday.
"I have struggled to settle so far but I'm expecting a better performance in the longer format, and I'm still enjoying my darts."
Dirk van Duijvenbode had secured top spot in Group D in the evening's opener, defying five 180s from Adam Gawlas to maintain his 100 per cent record in this year's group stage.
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Tuesday, November 15 - Fixtures (7pm)
|Group F||Jermaine Wattimena||vs||Leonard Gates|
|Group F||Jonny Clayton||vs||Damon Heta|
|Group G||Luke Woodhouse||vs||Nathan Rafferty|
|Group G||Michael van Gerwen||vs||Ross Smith|
|Group E||Alan Soutar||vs||Fallon Sherrock|
|Group E||Peter Wright||vs||Nathan Aspinall|
|Group H||Ryan Searle||vs||Scott Williams|
|Group H||Luke Humphries||vs||Josh Rock|
The £650,000 tournament continues on Tuesday, where players in Groups E-H will return for their final round of group matches, including a crunch clash between world champion Peter Wright and World Grand Prix runner-up Nathan Aspinall.
Watch the Grand Slam of Darts at Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton all the way through until the final on November 20 - with every session live on Sky Sports & don't forget the World Championship is also coming to Sky Sports from December 15 until January 3.