Grand Slam of Darts: Peter Wright dumped out by Nathan Aspinall as Josh Rock sets up clash with Michael van Gerwen | Darts news

World champion Peter Wright is out of the darts competition after defeat to Nathan Aspinall, while Josh Rock sets up a shot against Michael van Gerwen. watch every dart live on Sky Sports every day until the final on Sunday 20 November

Last updated: 15/11/22 23:54

All the best results from night four of the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton

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All the best results from night four of the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton

All the best results from night four of the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton

World champion Peter Wright was knocked out of the Grand Slam in darts by Nathan Aspinall, while Josh Rock set up a major win against Michael van Gerwen in Wolverhampton.

In a spectacular night, Aspinall came back strongly to knock out Wright, while Ross Smith produced a record in his victory over Van Gerwen.

‘The Asp’ reeled off four straight legs from 2-1 down to topple world champion Wright, as Group EH finished in a dramatic day four at Aldersley Leisure Village.

Aspinall sent Wright out of the game with these winning darts...

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Aspinall sent Wright out of the game with these winning darts…

Aspinall sent Wright out of the game with these winning darts…

“I’m so happy to get through and I can’t believe I topped the group,” admitted Aspinall, who will face Jermaine Wattimena for a place in the quarter-finals.

“Peter is going through a tough time at the moment. I don’t think his head was in the game and I wish Jo my best, but I had to go out there and do my job.”

Tuesday 15 November – Results

Group F Jermaine Wattimena 5-1 Leonard Gates
Group F Johnny Clayton 2-5 Damon Heta
Group G Luke Woodhouse 4-5 Nathan Rafferty
Group G Michael van Gerwen 4-5 Ross Smith
E group Alan Soutar 5-2 Fallon Sherrock
E group Peter Wright 2-5 Nathan Aspinall
H group Ryan Searle 3-5 Scott Williams
H group Luke Humphries 3-5 Josh Rock

Nathan Aspinall couldn't hide his delight after beating Peter Wright to the top of Group E

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Nathan Aspinall couldn’t hide his delight after beating Peter Wright to the top of Group E

Nathan Aspinall couldn’t hide his delight after beating Peter Wright to the top of Group E

Wright needed three legs to secure a place in the knockout stage and was penalized for wasting two darts at the top to take a 3-1 lead in the crucial fourth game.

Aspinall used big numbers and followed up with 14 and 13 darts with 106 darts to lead 4-2, and despite dropping five darts in a lopsided finish, he regained his balance to finish the affair with a double eight.

'The Asp' achieved this magnificent score of 106 when he defeated Wright

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‘The Asp’ achieved this magnificent score of 106 when he defeated Wright

‘The Asp’ achieved this magnificent score of 106 when he defeated Wright

His 5-2 success left him top of the group on goal difference and the Stockport star advances alongside the debutant Alan Soutarwho beat Fallon Sherrock 5-2 earlier tonight.

“Watching that game backstage – it was the worst feeling I’ve ever had in darts. It was terrible,” admitted Soutar, who will now face Jonny Clayton in Thursday’s second round.

“The Grand Slam was free for me and I’m now in the top 40 in the world after less than two years on the tour, so I’m very happy.”

Ross Smith says he wanted to show everyone what he could do against Michael van Gerwen

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Ross Smith says he wanted to show everyone what he could do against Michael van Gerwen

Ross Smith says he wanted to show everyone what he could do against Michael van Gerwen

Elsewhere, Van Gerwen sealed top spot in Group G despite falling to an inspired Smith in their match of the tournament so far.

“Smudger” was guaranteed qualification for the tie against Van Gerwen after losing to Luke Woodhouse Nathan Raffertyand he produced a blistering display to win in a nine-foot epic.

Smith set a Grand Slam of Parts group stage record with a career-high NINE in his sensational win

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Smith set a Grand Slam of Parts group stage record with a career-high NINE in his sensational victory

Smith set a Grand Slam of Parts group stage record with a career-high NINE in his sensational victory

“I wanted to show everybody what I can do against the best in the world,” said Smith, who averaged 107.9 and hit highs in every leg.

“Hopefully I can move on now. I love my darts and I’m so happy with life in general, so I just want to move on.”

MVG notched up that stunning 145 check out in his loss against Smith

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MVG notched up that stunning 145 check out in his loss against Smith

MVG notched up that stunning 145 check out in his loss against Smith

Woodhouse saw his qualification hopes dashed in a thrilling nine-game encounter against Nathan Rafferty, despite averaging 101, collapsing in five 180s to change the tournament’s first 170 results.

Rock reached the round of 16 after meeting Humphries at 121

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Rock reached the round of 16 after meeting Humphries at 121

Rock reached the round of 16 after meeting Humphries at 121

In Group H, new Irish star Josh Rock joined Luke Humphries in the last 16, after winning 5-3 in a gripping showdown between the pair.

Scott Williams posted a stunning average of 107 to see through a high-quality battle against Ryan Searle in the other Group G tie, registering six 180s and two 11-darters in the process.

Josh Rock says he's proud of himself after advancing to the last 16

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Josh Rock says he’s proud of himself after advancing to the last 16

Josh Rock says he’s proud of himself after advancing to the last 16

“I believe I can win this tournament,” insisted Rock, who will play three-time major champion Van Gerwen in a huge last-16 tie on Thursday night.

“It’s going to be a great game. I’ve never played Michael before – he’s the second best player of all time in my opinion, but I’m not afraid to play him.”

Luke Woodhouse nailed this fantastic 170 box in Wolverhampton

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Luke Woodhouse nailed this fantastic 170 box in Wolverhampton

Luke Woodhouse nailed this fantastic 170 box in Wolverhampton

earlier that night Jermaine Wattimena joined Johnny Clayton in progressing through Group F and punishing an outrageous display from North American champion Leonard Gates to complete an emphatic 5-1 victory.

Wattimena sealed the deal with a clinical 108 kills and that result meant Damon Heta had to whitewash Clayton to keep the Grand Slam dream alive.

The Australian was unable to produce the heroic escape, although he bowed out at a high, averaging 93 and landing three 180s to inflict Clayton’s first defeat of the campaign.

The best of the action from another dramatic night in Wolverhampton

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The best of the action from another dramatic night in Wolverhampton

The best of the action from another dramatic night in Wolverhampton

Wednesday 17 November – Games (19:00)

Last 16 (best of 19 legs) Raymond van Barneveld against Simon Whitlock
Michael Smith against Rob Cross
Danny Noppert against Gerwyn Price
Dirk van Duijvenbode against Joe Cullen

The last 16 of the Grand Slam begins on Wednesday night, with reigning champion Gerwyn Price playing British Open winner Danny Noppert, while 2012 champion Raymond van Barneveld plays Australia’s World Cup hero Simon Whitlock.

Elsewhere, former World Darts teammates Michael Smith and Rob Cross clash, while Masters champion Joe Cullen takes on Dutch star Dirk van Duijvenbode for a place in the last eight.

Watch the Grand Slam of Darts at Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton all the way to the final on November 20 – with every round live on Sky Sports and don’t forget the World Cup is also on Sky Sports from December 15 to January 3.

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