Dunvegans Adam Hunt produced a fantastic performance to qualify for the BoyleSports Grand Slam knockout stages.
Hunt had lost his opening two matches, but went into his match knowing he still had a chance of coming runner up in Group A.
He did not start well in his match with Gabriel Clemens, as the German Giant hit two 14 darters to take a 2-0 lead.
This meant that The Hunter needed to win five legs on the spin to stay in with any chance of qualifying. He levelled with a 16 and 15 darter himself to get it back on throw at 2-2, before a 60 outshot saw him take the lead.
The Hunter then found double eight to break the Clemens throw again, before firing in a fantastic leg, leaving 28 after 12. He hit double 14 with his last dart in hand, winning the match 5-2 and knocking Clemens out of the tournament.
This meant that he would qualify if Joe Cullen did not get four legs in the final group match against Michael van Gerwen. Cullen missed six darts to do so, but could not find the double required to get over the line. MvG then found double 18 to win the match 5-3, and send Hunt into the last 16 on debut at the event.
It’s a remarkable result for Hunt, who became the second player in history to make it out of their Grand Slam group after losing their opening two matches. The first was Ian White, who beat The Hunter to the feat earlier in the evening.
Hunt will now play Simon Whitlock in the last 16 tomorrow, while Dunvegan Darts’ other player in the event, Gary Anderson will face van Gerwen in a mouth watering clash on Saturday.