Grand Slam: Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton collide in quarter-finals, as James Wade meets Rob Cross | Darts News
The commercial end of the Darts Grand Slam is upon us, and the drama continues with two hit quarterfinals on Friday night, featuring four players who have all won major titles in the past 12 months.
World Cup partners Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton renew their rivalry in Friday’s title act, as the world champion faces off against the defending Premier League champion.
Seeded Price is in contention for a third Grand Slam crown in four years, while Clayton – arguably the man of form in global darts right now – is on the hunt for a fifth major title in 2021.
In the opening match of the evening, three-time finalist James Wade takes on new European champion Rob Cross for the second time at this year’s event.
“The Machine” beat Cross 5-2 to drop from Group C in spectacular fashion, and the UK Open champion will aim to repeat the feat, albeit on a stretched out format.
It promises to be a spectacular night at Wolverhampton, but who will keep their cool to keep their Grand Slam hopes alive?
Darts Grand Slam Quarter-Finals
|Friday||James Wade (4) vs. Rob Cross|
|Gerwyn Price (1) vs. Jonny Clayton|
|Saturday||Michael van Gerwen (3) vs. Michael Smith|
|Peter Wright (2) vs. Fallon Sherrock|
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Wade hopes lightning strikes twice against “Voltage”
Wade’s loss to Jim Williams in his first Group C game left him in a precarious position, but he rebounded with victory over Boris Krcmar, before shooting his highest TV average of 111.71 for clinch the victory he needed against Cross.
The world No.4 produced a merciless display to send Rowby-John Rodriguez to his round of 16, averaging 98 and 67% of his double attempts to secure a spot in his fifth Grand Slam quarter-final .
Wade vs Cross: road to the QF
|James wade||Rob cross|
|4-5 v Jim Williams (C)||5-0 against Boris Krcmar (C)|
|5-2 against Boris Krcmar (C)||5-3 v Jim Williams (C)|
|5-2 v Rob Cross (C)||2-5 v James Wade (C)|
|10-2 against Rowby-John Rodriguez (L16)||10-4 against Ryan Joyce (L16)|
However, he faces a man bursting with confidence in Cross’s form, who is making his first Grand Slam quarter-final since reaching the last eight on his debut in 2017.
The former world champion blanked Krcmar in his first game before beating Williams, and despite losing to an inspired Wade in his last Group C draw, he qualified for the quarterfinals with a dominant victory of 10-4 over Ryan Joyce, with an average of 102 in the treat.
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There is nothing separating the pair in terms of a head-to-head record, with the pair scoring nine wins each in their 18 encounters.
Cross has won six of their nine televised encounters, although Wade is backed by his group stage victory over ‘Voltage’, having also beaten the four-time major winner en route to his UK Open triumph in March. .
James Wade vs. Rob Cross – Face to Face
|Individual major titles:||ten||4|
|Face to face review:||9||9|
|GSOD best:||RU (2010, 16, 20)||CQ (2017, 2021)|
The 11-time major winner has suffered a drop in form since winning the UK Open title, but he looks to have renewed intensity this week, and given his consistency he will be a proposition. hard to dislodge on a best of 31 -sized legs.
However, Cross has been a transformed player since his European Championship triumph – he’s posting a tournament average of 99.3 and he’s starting to rediscover the kind of form that catapulted him to World Championship glory.
Mark Webster’s verdict
Rob Cross qualified for the Grand Slam quarter-finals with a convincing victory over Ryan Joyce
“Fair play for Rob Cross. Win the Euro [Championship] the title is one thing; earning it by defending the money of two years ago is another.
âHe was under tremendous pressure to stay at the top of the game, so credit him, and James Wade – he wins an event and then goes into a certain lull, but sometimes he needs it to give him a boost. thumb back.
“It’s a big tie between two matching players. I think James will win, but I think it will be a very close game because neither player will start in a darts game.”
Who will win in the battle of the Welsh wizards?
The dreaded “Ferret” is the only player with a 100% record this week, after wins over Rusty-Jake Rodriguez, Bradley Brooks and Mervyn King in Group B with a driving average of 104.3 in a 10-2 scrape of young Nathan Rafferty.
Clayton has already won four major titles in 2021 and he produced a championship-winning form at Aldersley Leisure Village. The 47-year-old has averaged over three tons in four games, shooting with just 99.4 in his 5-4 win over King in his Group B.
Price vs Clayton: road to QF
|Gerwyn Prize||Jonny clayton|
|5-4 v Nathan Rafferty (A)||5-3 v Rusty-Jake Rodriguez (B)|
|5-0 against Krzysztof Ratajski (A)||5-3 v Bradley Brooks (B)|
|4-5 against Martin Schindler (A)||5-4 v Mervyn King (B)|
|10-8 v Bradley Brooks (L16)||10-2 against Nathan Rafferty (L16)|
By comparison, with the exception of a dominant win over Krzysztof Ratajski, Price has not been convincing throughout. He survived a darts match in his first game against Rafferty, before succumbing to Martin Schindler in his last clash in Group A.
The world No.1 has found himself embroiled in a brawl against junior world champion Bradley Brooks in the last 16, and although “The Iceman” has finally kept his cool, he will need to make a marked improvement to face Clayton.
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Price has won 11 of his 18 games against his World Cup partner, but Clayton holds the advantage in the televised arena, winning four of those seven.
Prior to their clash in the October World Grand Prix final, Price had won eight successive victories over Clayton, prompting questions about the mentality of “The Ferret” against his compatriot.
Gerwyn Price vs. Jonny Clayton – Head to Head
|Individual major titles:||5||4|
|Face to face review:||11||7|
|Best GSOD:||Winner (2018, 19)||CQ (2018, 2021)|
Clayton has since recorded back-to-back wins over the world champion, following a 5-1 demolition of “The Iceman” in a thrilling Grand Prix final with a stunning return victory to the World Series finals, where he finished. recovered from 7-2 adrift to triumph.
“The Ferret” aims to make it a hat-trick of televised victories over the world number 1 in the space of a month, but Price has a magnificent record in this venue, and he will desperately try to silence the critics with a virtuoso performance .
Mark Webster’s verdict
Jonny Clayton to face Gerwyn Price in Grand Slam darts quarterfinal and Clayton feels confident
âGerwyn has to forget ‘Jonny Clayton – the Welsh teammate.â He’s his opponent on Friday and it’s a selfish man’s game. He has to find that form and that aggression, but he’s still in this event and he’s got more speed go through.
“I’ll go for Jonny, based on what I’ve seen so far. I wouldn’t be surprised if Gerwyn wins; he’s the world champion, but for a lot of people I think Jonny is starting out. probably as a favorite.
“He’s been better than Gezzy, he’s won the last two TV titles, so it’s hard to look past Jonny, but he’s going to crack at some point. Is it tonight?”
Grand Slam darts coverage continues Friday night with the first two quarter-finals – joins us from 7pm Celestial Sports Arena before Fallon Sherrock returns on Saturday evening from 7 p.m. Heavenly Sports Mix