Dunvegan Darts’ Adam Hunt lost out to Simon Whitlock on day five of the BoyleSports Grand Slam of Darts.
The Hunter, who qualified last night from a seemingly impossible position, lost 10-6 to The Wizard in his debut knockout match at the tournament.
It was a nervy start for both players, as Whitlock missed four darts to take the opening leg. Hunt missed a dart at tops, before the Wizard found double one to get the break. Two holds followed, before Whitlock bust his score on 32. The Hunter, left on 86, could not find the bullseye to make the match level, as Whitlock hit double eight to hold. Hunt would go into the first interval just the one break down though, finding tops for a 13 dart hold to trail 3-2.
Crucial moments to get the break back came and went for Hunt in the second session. He missed four darts to break in the sixth leg, and a further three in the eighth leg, as Whitlock produced a 119 to take a 5-3 lead. The Hunter, who’d hit a 112 finish when he last held, then hit a 70 to trail 5-4, before Whitlock pinged tops for a 17 darter to win the session 3-2 and lead 6-4 at the second interval.
The final session saw plenty of breaks of throw, with four straight seeing the match go to 8-6 thanks to a lovely 86 checkout from Hunt. However, Whitlock would find a 180, followed by a 50 outshot to once again get a double break. The Australian would finish the match by missing seven match darts, before finding double five to end Hunt’s campaign.
It’s a tournament The Hunter can be proud of, and will give him tremendous confidence ahead of the Players Championship Finals next weekend, and the World Championships next month. It’s not the end of our involvement in the Grand Slam though, as Dunvegan’s Gary Anderson faces Michael van Gerwen tomorrow evening in the last 16.
Words: Jarleth Eaton
Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC