With 8 quickfire group matches to rattle through in the evening’s play the early format of the Grand Slam of Darts is a straight leg race to 5, which results in the players have very little time to settle and therefore must come out all guns blazing.

Grand SlamKevin Painter knows the score and neatly held his throw with 14 darts in the opening leg and stole the second after his opponent Dean Winstanley missed numerous doubles to kill it off.

As it transpired missed doubles were to be the story of the game as the following 6 legs were shared before painter took the decider assisted by his 2nd 180 of the match.

The evenings second game saw Mark Webster forge an unassailable  3-0 lead has he went on to take a confidence boosting 5-3 victory against 2010 GSoD Champion Scott Waites, which included ton plus checkouts and over  70% success on doubles.

Scotty 2 Hotty has it all to do now in a tough group A which features 15 times World Champion Phil Taylor.

Theres nothing more beautiful than a Mervyn King 180, exclaimed Peter Manley on Sky Sports commentary duty, as King hit one of two maximums in his match against Jan Dekker, although in a game which saw his young dutch opponent average just 73 King didn’t need to unleash that kind of power scoring in taking a comfortable 5-1 victory.

With seven missed attempts at a double history repeated itself for Ted Hankey as he suffered a 5-0 whitewash at the hand of Robert Thornton; the Count opened his 2011 GSoD campaign by losing to the same scoreline against Dean Winstanley.

In a quality group that also features in form Michael van Gerwen who took out the ever present Steve Beaton 5-2 with 103 average in the next game, every leg…. Counts! Therefore Ted has it all to do in his remaining two group B fixtures.

Elsewhere reigning Champion Phil Taylor cruised past Co Stompe 5-1 with a 100 average while youth sensation James Hubbard gave a decent account of himself in defeat to Simon Whitlock.

The tournaments other youth representative Arron Monk capitalised on an out  of sorts James Wade, in a nervy exchange he emerged the 5-1 winner.

2012 Grand Slam of Darts Night 1 Results

Groups A-D First Games

Kevin Painter 5-4 Dean Winstanley (C)
Scott Waites 3-5 Mark Webster (A)
Jan Dekker 1-5 Mervyn King (D)
Robert Thornton 5-0 Ted Hankey (B)
Michael van Gerwen 5-2 Steve Beaton (B)
Phil Taylor 5-1 Co Stompe (A)
Simon Whitlock 5-2 James Hubbard (C)
James Wade 1 – 5 Arron Monk (D)


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