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Grand Slam of Darts: Gary Anderson delivers a vintage display to knock out Gerwyn Price

Gary Anderson upsets Gerwyn Price while there were wins for Josh Rock, James Wade and a red-hot Luke Humphries; Watch the 17th staging of the Grand Slam of Darts at the WV Active Aldersley all this week - live on Sky Sports

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The best of the action on Day Five of the Grand Slam of Darts

Gary Anderson delivered a vintage performance to knock out three-time winner Gerwyn Price 10-6 and reach the last eight of the Grand Slam of Darts.

Anderson, a two-time runner-up at the Grand Slam, stole the headlines after prevailing in a repeat of the pair's infamous 2018 final defying eight 180s and a 103 average from Price to continue his bid for an elusive Grand Slam crown on a high-quality night of action in Wolverhampton.

Grand Slam of Darts: Second Round

Josh Rock 10-5 Krzysztof Ratajski
James Wade 10-8 Chris Dobey
Gerwyn Price 6-10 Gary Anderson
Luke Humphries 10-7 Ryan Searle

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Gary Anderson said that's the most comfortable he's felt on a TV stage for a long time after beating Gerwyn Price

Price - who registered consecutive 110 and 112 averages in the round-robin phase - drew first blood with a 14-dart hold, only for Anderson to seize the early initiative with a run of three straight legs.

The Welshman responded to restore parity at three apiece, only for 'The Flying Scotsman' to win four of the next five legs to regain control - sparked by a superb 12-dart break in leg seven.

Anderson maintained his charge by crashing in consecutive maximums to stretch his lead to 8-4, although Price refused to relent, registering back-to-back 13-darters to put himself back in contention.

Nevertheless, Anderson halted Price's charge with a brilliant 11-darter in the penultimate leg, which he followed with a comfortable hold of throw via double six to cap off a virtuoso display.

Gerwyn Price and Gary Anderson: Match Stats

"There's life in the old dog yet," quipped Anderson, who averaged 104.96 to set up a mouth-watering quarter-final showdown against Luke Humphries.

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"Gerwyn has been playing very well. Hitting 110 and 112 averages is a hard job to do, but I've hit a 102 and now a 104, so we're getting there.

"I'm playing well on the practice board, I'm playing well on the floor, and that was the most comfortable I've felt on the stage for a while."

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John Part says Anderson is going to relish taking on Humphries in the quarter-finals on Friday

Humphries sealed his place in the last eight with a superb 10-7 victory against Ryan Searle, defying three ton-plus checkouts from the Somerset star to triumph with a 105 average and nine 180s.

Searle, who landed a sensational nine-darter to seal his last 16 berth on Monday, remarkably led 3-2 at the first interval, despite averaging 15 points less than Humphries in the opening session.

However, the World Grand Prix champion won six of the next seven legs to assume control at 8-4, with a magnificent ten-darter in leg 12 typifying his relentless scoring power.

Searle - featuring in the knockout stages at the Grand Slam for the first time - prolonged the contest with 115, 112 and 94 combinations in the closing stages, but Humphries kept his cool to prevail.

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Luke Humphries described how his mentality has improved the last couple of years after beating best friend Ryan Searle

"That was a really tough game to play," reflected the world No 4, who is eyeing his second televised ranking title in as many months.

"I felt really good there. I probably could have been 8-2 up but I wasn't, and that's just testament to how good Ryan is, because he pushes you.

"Ryan is one of the elite players in my opinion. I know what he is capable of, so when he started coming back at me there, I started to get a little worried!"

Luke Humphries and Ryan Searle at the Grand Slam of Darts

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James Wade and Chris Dobey put on a finishing masterclass, with five ton-plus finishes between them

Earlier in the night, three-time runner-up James Wade continued his resurgence after fending off a late rally from Masters champion Chris Dobey to move through to his sixth Grand Slam quarter-final.

Wade will take on Josh Rock next after the Northern Irishman produced an impressive display to see off Krzysztof Ratajski and move through to his first premier televised ranking quarter-final.

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Josh Rock described how he won on the 'Rock Double Five' and was thinking of his dad on the winning dart as he defeated Krzysztof Ratajski

"I knew I hadn't got through to a quarter-final on the major stage before, but I managed to control the nerves and get the win, so I'm happy," said the 2022 World Youth Champion.

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What happens on Thursday at the Grand Slam?

Michael van Gerwen: European Darts Championship 2023
Image: Michael van Gerwen is aiming to win his fourth Grand Slam of Darts title

The second round action will conclude on Thursday, as three-time champion Michael van Gerwen takes on Australian No 1 Damon Heta for a place in the quarter-finals.

Elsewhere, World Matchplay champion Nathan Aspinall faces 2018 World Champion Rob Cross, world No 7 Danny Noppert plays a resurgent Stephen Bunting, while UK Open champion Andrew Gilding meets American newcomer Stowe Buntz.

Grand Slam of Darts: Thursday's Second Round Matches

Stowe Buntz vs Andrew Gilding
Danny Noppert vs Stephen Bunting
Michael van Gerwen vs Damon Heta
Nathan Aspinall vs Rob Cross

When are the World Championships?

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The World Championship starts on Friday, December 15 - live on Sky Sports Darts

The sport's biggest event will be held from December 15, 2023 to January 3, 2024 as 96 players compete for the Sid Waddell Trophy and £2.5m in prize money at Alexandra Palace.

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