Gary Anderson took home a victory, while Adam Hunt lost as Team Dunvegan’s Grand Slam of Darts campaign got underway at the Ricoh Arena.

The Flying Scotsman won 5-3 against Czech Republic teenager Adam Gawlas in Group B, while Hunt was powerless to stop a 5-0 whitewash by world number one Michael van Gerwen in Group A.

Anderson was the first man of the pair to take to the stage, and came through a battle against the World Youth Championship finalist Gawlas.

The Flying Scotsman was in pain throughout the contest, having pulled out of last week’s Winter Series due to a knee problem. He took advantage of missed doubles from Gawlas to break throw in leg one, before the Czech reeled off two legs himself to take a 2-1 lead.

Anderson though took control of the match, taking out 69 and 68 finishes to win three legs on the spin and take a 4-2 lead. After Gawlas held throw, the two time World Champion hit double four in the eighth leg to take victory.

Hunt, making his debut at the Grand Slam of Darts, was handed a tough start on day one against world number one Michael van Gerwen.

The Hunter, who had made it through the qualifying event last week, could not get going in the first leg, as van Gerwen found a 12 dart hold. Hunt then had a 110 outshot to level in the second leg, only to go inside on tops. This allowed MvG to hit a 70 checkout to break, and he did not look back.

Van Gerwen wrapped up the match in 41 darts, winning 5-0 and making Hunt’s task to get out of the group that much harder.

Both players will be back in action tomorrow. Anderson will face Simon Whitlock in what could be a game of the day, while Hunt will need to beat Joe Cullen to stand any chance of progressing out of the group.

Words : Jarleth Eaton