Team Dunvegan’s Gary Anderson and Adam Hunt lost their second group stage clashes on day two of the Grand Slam of Darts.

The Flying Scotsman was beaten 5-1 by Simon Whitlock, while Hunt lost out 5-4 to Joe Cullen in one of the matches of the tournament thus far.

Anderson faced Whitlock during the afternoon session, still troubled by a knee injury that caused him to pull out of the Winter Series last week. Whitlock broke in the opening leg, followed by a 124 to consolidate it.

Anderson would then respond, by taking out a lovely 76 checkout to trail 2-1. Sadly for the two time back to back World Champion, that was the only leg he would win.

Whitlock responded with a 17 dart hold, before Anderson missed four at tops to hold and trail 3-2. The Wizard would take advantage, breaking in 21 darts on double 10, followed by a double eight shot to close out the match.

Hunt took on Cullen at the start of the evening session, and started brilliantly, taking out a 116 shot to hold throw in the opening leg. Three holds of throw followed, before Hunt missed eight darts to go 3-2 up. The Rockstar punished him, hitting double eight for a 21 dart break of throw.

Cullen then went 4-2 up, before The Hunter responded brilliantly. He hit a 119 checkout on the bullseye to hold, before hitting a 100 outshot to get the break back and force a last leg decider. There, Hunt had throw, and hit a 171 to leave 132 after 12. Cullen though, would produce a 164 checkout for a 12 dart break, giving him the win in a fantastic game.

Despite both players losing, they can both still qualify for the Grand Slam of Darts knockout stages. Hunt will have to beat Gabriel Clemens on Thursday evening and hope Michael van Gerwen defeats Joe Cullen. For Anderson, it’s more straightforward, as he just has to win against Ryan Searle tomorrow afternoon.


Jarleth Eaton