Scottish duo Peter Wright and Gary Anderson will clash in the bwin Grand Slam of Darts semi-finals today after claiming Friday night victories at the Wolves Civic.
World number two Wright reached the last four for a second successive year by ending the hopes of Lakeside Champion Glen Durrant in their quarter-final contest.
Durrant was the only BDO representative in the 32-player event to win through to the last eight, but saw the clinical finishing which he had shown during his previous four games desert him.
The victory sees Wright move through to today’s decisive final day as the number two seed aims to claim the Grand Slam title for a first time.
Wright – whose painted head was supporting the Children in Need charity – capitalised on missed doubles from Durrant to win the opening two legs. “I’m obviously delighted with the result but not with the way I performed,” said Wright. “I got to the semi-finals last year so I’ve equalled that but hopefully I can go further now.
“You want to hit the big averages like Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson are doing, and if I want to win this tournament I’ll have to – but I’m still learning all the time.”
Somerset’s number two seed Anderson, meanwhile, battled past Mensur Suljovic with a 16-12 success as the 2011 finalist landed nine 180s and averaged almost 102 to end a three-game losing run against the Austrian.
Anderson responded to Suljovic’s 100 finish in the opening leg by taking out 61, 68 and 90 to move 3-1 up, and he also led 5-3 before the Champions League of Darts winner took out 113 and then punished five misses from his rival to level. Anderson claimed the next four legs without reply to move 9-5 up, but missed a trio of doubles in leg 15 as the Austrian again hit back to win three in a row.
Suljovic remained in touch at 10-9 and 11-10.
Anderson landed a 180 for a fourth successive leg in the 25th, but missed the bull for a 126 finish as Suljovic completed a 71 combination to remain in the hunt and then broke on double nine to pull back to 14-12.
However, a miss at double 12 allowed Anderson a let-off for a miss at tops, and the Scot then capitalised on three further misses from Suljovic to seal victory on double four.
The quarter-finals were due to conclude as we went to press last night, when six-time Grand Slam champion Phil Taylor faces Daryl Gurney before reigning champion Michael van Gerwen plays European Championship finalist Rob Cross.