- Grand Slam of Darts
Jackpot cashes in to set up Van Gerwen tie
Adrian Lewis survived a late scare to book a mouth-watering second round tie with Michael van Gerwen at the Grand Slam of Darts following a 5-3 victory over Christian Kist.
With last 16 qualification up for grabs in their deciding Group C tie, 'Jackpot' oozed the class and experience of a two-time world champion to race into a 4-0 lead before 2012 BDO world champion Kist hit back with three straight legs.
However, Lewis - if not slightly rattled by Kist's resurgence - held on for the win and a tie with last year's finalist Van Gerwen in the next round.
Van Gerwen came back from 4-1 down to defeat Kim Huybrechts 5-4 in a high-quality match which saw both qualify for the last 16 from Group D. Huybrechts continuously pounded the treble 20 as he raced into a 4-1 lead, which he secured with a 'showboat' 100-finish on two double tops.
However, world No. 2 Van Gerwen hit back after his opponent missed four darts for the match, forcing a deciding leg which he claimed with a superb 135 checkout.
Huybrechts now faces brother Ronny Huybrechts in the second round after the Belgian continued his 100% start to the tournament with a 5-3 victory over Richie George in Group C.
Earlier on Tuesday, world champion Phil Taylor continued to show why he is the best player on the planet with a devastating 5-0 whitewash of Kevin Painter.
Throwing an average of 104.38, Taylor dominated with a clinical display of finishing and did not allow his opponent one dart at a double. Two reds and a bit of green were enough for the world No. 1 to take out a marvellous 147 - one that even Ronnie O'Sullivan would have been proud of - and break throw.
From there, it was one-way traffic as 'The Power' twice struck with Painter waiting on a double, completing an 88-out for his third win out of three in Group A. Paul Nicholson followed fellow group member Taylor into round two after his deciding 5-2 win over Stuart Kellett.
In Group B, James Wade once again put in a trademark professional performance to condemn Wesley Harms to a third consecutive defeat. 'The Machine' hit a crucial 127 finish and two-dart 72-out to gain control, before seeing off the Dutchman 5-2. Wade will now play Nicholson for a place in the quarter-final.
Gary Anderson also qualified from Group B at the expense of Peter Wright, following a 5-1 win over his fellow Scot. Aptly nicknamed 'The Flying Scotsman', Anderson flew out of the blocks with a fantastic display of finishing - including a brilliant 144 checkout for the match - to set up a barnstorming round two tie against Taylor.
Elsewhere, Dean Winstanley and Vincent van der Voort both exited the tournament following the Dutchman's 5-3 win.
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