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2018 bwin Grand Slam of Darts Whilock on the Board

It took until the second day but Aussie Simon Whitlock has taken out his first win against Andrew Guilding (5-2) in the second round of the 2018 bwin Grand Slam of Darts.

 

 

Simon Whitlock Australia’s highest ranked player got off to a sluggish start again as he did in day one and clawed his way back into the match and win it comfortable after rattling off 4 games in a row.

over the last couple of weeks, Simon has been winning although a little ugly but he has been winning and his tenacity showed out today.

 

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Andrew Gilding Image Courtesy PDC

 

Simon is a grinder when he plays and I think this format does not suit his style. The best he has done in the bwin Grand Slam of Darts is a quarterfinal finish in 2008,2009.  When interviewed after his win Whitlock stated: “this isn’t my favourite tournament, I think the format doesn’t suit me”.

Whitlock is a slim chance to get through to the next stage his next opponent is Gerwyn Price who sits atop the Group F table with two wins, Price beat Glen Durrant (5-4) in their second-round clash.  He needs to beat Gerwyn Price comfortable and Durrant to loose to Gilding to move through.

 

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Gerwyn Price beating Peter Wright images courtesy: PDC/Michael Braunschade

 

On his next match against Price Whitlock said “It was a great win for me. I was pumped up and the 116 probably did the damage. I’ll take the win and move on to an important match against Gerwyn Price tomorrow.”

 

Last Night Results

Mark McGeeney 5-3 Ryan Searle (H)
Josh Payne 5-2 Jim Williams (E)
Scott Mitchell 5-1 Martin Schindler (G)
Simon Whitlock 5-2 Andrew Gilding (F)
Stephen Bunting 5-3 Mensur Suljovic (G)
Rob Cross 5-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh (H)
Gerwyn Price 5-4 Glen Durrant (F)
Peter Wright 5-2 Max Hopp (E)

 

The Group F Table

GROUP F

P W L +/- Pts
Gerwyn Price 2 2 0 +4 4
Glen Durrant 2 1 1 +3 2
Simon Whitlock 2 1 1 -1 2
Andrew Gilding 2 0 2 -6 0

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