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James Wade and Wayne Jones Win, Set Up Quarter Final Clash

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WORLD number two James Wade and Wolverhampton favourite Wayne Jones will clash in the semi-finals of the Daily Mirror Grand Slam of Darts after winning thrilling quarter-final ties on Saturday afternoon.

Wade edged out 2008 runner-up Terry Jenkins 16-15 in a high-quality contest, which saw the players share 11 ton-plus finishes as the lead changed hands four times.

The left-hander took a 14-11 lead and checked out 107 to move a leg away from the win before an 11-dart leg from Jenkins forced a decider – in which he missed a dart for the match before Wade prevailed.

“I’ve got a mixture of relief and joy at winning that,” admitted Wade. “Terry’s a fantastic player and you have to play really well to beat him.

“I missed a few shots and he hit me where it hurts a few times, but I’ll take the win gladly.”

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Home favourite Wayne Jones, meantime, edged out Gary Anderson in a deciding leg to book his place in the semis of the Grand Slam of Darts for the first time.

Anderson led 3-0, 11-8 and 15-12 after producing some inspired darts, including a maximum 170 finish, but saw Jones win the final four legs without reply to edge through.

“It’s amazing and I’m absolutely delighted,” said Jones. “My plan was to get in front of him and hold it but I had to do it the other way and battle from behind.

“It was a tight match all the way and a good, intense match which was brilliant to play in and it’s brilliant to get through.”

The quarter-finals continue on Saturday evening, when 2009 runner-up Scott Waites takes on Co Stompe and reigning champion Phil Taylor faces Steve Beaton.

Daily Mirror Grand Slam of Darts
Saturday November 20
Quarter-Finals
Wayne Jones 16-15 Gary Anderson
James Wade 16-15 Terry Jenkins
Evening Session (6pm)
Scott Waites v Co Stompe
Phil Taylor v Steve Beaton
Best of 31 legs

WAYNE JONES 16-15 GARY ANDERSON
WOLVERHAMPTON favourite Wayne Jones delighted his home crowd by edging into the semi-finals of the Daily Mirror Grand Slam of Darts, sneaking past Gary Anderson 16-15 in a thriller on Saturday afternoon.

Jones never led during an entertaining contest, with Anderson taking leads of 4-1, 11-8 and 15-12 during the game but unable to close out the win.

Jones will now returned to the Wolves Civic on Sunday to compete in the semi-finals of his second major tournament this year, as he bids to take the £100,000 title.

“It’s amazing and I’m absolutely delighted,” said Jones. “My plan was to get in front of him and hold it but I had to do it the other way and battle from behind.

“It was a tight match all the way and a good, intense match which was brilliant to play in and it’s brilliant to get through.”

Anderson made an electric start, with legs of 13 and 14 darts being accompanied by a 134 checkout to break throw in the second as he led 3-01.

Jones got off the mark on double 16 in the fourth, and traded the next two with Anderson before the Scot took out tops for a 5-2 lead and 100 for a 12-darter to edge four legs clear.

Jones fired in an 11-darter, featuring a 171 score, to take the ninth and then won the next three to hit back and level – including a 74 finish to break.

Anderson replied with a 180 in a 12-darter to stop the run, with Jones checking out 81 in the next but only able to watch on, needing 40, as the Scot powered home a maximum 170 checkout to lead 8-7.

Double 16 saw Jones level again, but an 11-dart leg inspired another three-leg burst as Anderson took out tops to break and a 124 checkout to lead 11-8.

Jones took out a 101 finish and an 11-darter of his own to win two of the next three, before Anderson posted a 120 checkout for a 13-10 advantage.

Jones cut the lead to one leg by winning the next two, but then missed double 16 for a 100 finish to level as Anderson atoned for earlier misses with double five.

He also won the next on double 15 to move a leg away from the win, but would never get a dart to reach the semis as Jones hit back.

He hit his first 180 of the game in a 13-darter and posted double 16 twice to level the game and force a decider.

Jones hit three tons, with Anderson replying too late with a 180 before missing a single 20 to leave double top – as the home favourite returned to finish 80 for a 14-darter to wrap up the triumph.

“I lost my way a little bit at the end and started to snatch my darts but Wayne was great and never gave in,” said Anderson. “He played really well and came back brilliantly – I could never shake him off!”

JAMES WADE 16-15 TERRY JENKINS
JAMES WADE dramatically won through to the Daily Mirror Grand Slam of Darts semi-finals in a final leg thriller against 2008 runner-up Terry Jenkins.

The world number two continued his best-ever run in the Wolverhampton Civic event to silence Jenkins’ hefty support in a sensational contest as the pair battled out a classic, hitting 11 ton-plus finishes in the match.

Wade moved 14-11 up in pursuit of victory before Jenkins hit back to force a deciding leg – only to miss one dart to snatch victory as Wade sneaked through.

While Wade took the game’s opening leg, Jenkins took the next three to establish a 3-1 lead, before a second double top finish of the game saw the left-hander take the fifth.

Jenkins finished 130 to win the sixth, only for Wade to reply with checkouts of 120 and 124 to tie up the match – but then missed his chance to regain the lead as tops put the Ledbury man 5-4 up.

Wade then took out an 11-darter to level and finishes of 107 and 121 to regain the lead, and a 66 finish gave him an 8-5 cushion.

Jenkins then roared back to win three in a row to square the contest, punishing three misses from Wade to break in one leg and also hitting a 13-darter as the game was levelled at eight-all.

While Wade finished 78 for a 9-8 lead, Jenkins took out finishes of 156 andn 140 for back-to-back 12-darters to move 10-9 up.

He also missed two darts to win the 20th leg as Wade levelled on double ten, before posting a 180 and tops to edge himself back ahead at 11-10.

Wade missed the bull for a 135 checkout to take the next, with double top pulling Henkins level only for him to then waste three darts at double 18 as Wade moved 12-11 ahead.

Wade then took out 78 to break in 14 darts, and a 100 finish saw him edge towards victory at 14-11.

Jenkins, though, hit double eight in the next and broke with a 120 finish, before finishing 100 himself for a 12-darter to tie up the game.

A 107 checkout from Wade in the next took him to the brink of victory, only for Jenkins to produce his best leg of the game with an 11-darter to force a decider.

Wade was first to a double, but missed two darts at top as Jenkins earned his chance – only to see one dart miss the same bed before the left-hander posted double five with his third dart for the win.

“I’ve got a mixture of relief and joy at winning that,” admitted Wade. “Terry’s a fantastic player and you have to play really well to beat him.

“I missed a few shots and he hit me where it hurts a few times, but I’ll take the win gladly.”

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