Live Darts on Thursday November 15: Grand Slam 2018 Day Six preview and order of play


Smith aims to end MVG's stranglehold on the Grand Slam trophy (credit:PDC)

The second set of Last 16 ties take place at the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts on Thursday, with four major title winners in action in Wolverhampton.

A moment of magic on Day Five saw Dimitri van den Bergh produce a spectacular nine-dart finish - the fourth in the history of the competition, while three of this season's Premier League stars also made it through to the Last Eight.

A clutch of box office names return to the stage on Thursday, with the pick of the night's matches a show-down between reigning champion Michael van Gerwen and Michael Smith.

A repeat of this year's Premier League final sees Van Gerwen looking to remain on course for a fourth consecutive Grand Slam title by denying a free-scoring Smith.

The tie was made possible at such an early stage of the tournament by virtue of MVG finishing runner-up in Group A and Smith storming to top spot in Group B.

Van Gerwen saw his 22-match unbeaten run in the cross-code major ended by an inspired Jonny Clayton but quickly bounced back by thrashing Joe Murnan 5-1 to secure his qualification.

Smith reeled off three consecutive wins, notably landing six 180s in a 5-3 victory over Adam Smith-Neale, and is now eyeing a second televised win over MVG this year, having prevailed 8-4 in their Shanghai Masters Semi-Final en route to winning the title.

Gary Anderson steps up his quest for a fourth major title of the campaign when he takes on Wesley Harms - one of two BDO representatives left standing in the competition.

This trophy has so far eluded the decorated Scot, who finished runner-up at the Wolves Civic in 2011, though he has started this campaign brightly, taking six points from six in Group D, notably averaging 112.5 against Ian White.

Anderson, though, will have to do it the hard way if he is to add this prestigious trophy to his haul, with a potential Quarter-Final clash with James Wade and a Semi-Final collision course with MVG on the cards.

Harms is appearing in the Last 16 for the first time since 2012 after winning two of his three group matches to finish runner-up in Group C.

An electrician by day, 'Sparky' will be looking to crank up the voltage at the business end of the competition but will need to improve on his tournament average of 93 if he is to live with the relentless scoring power of Anderson over this distance.

James Wade is bidding to extend his remarkable winning run in front of the TV cameras by overcoming German debutant Michael Unterbuchner.

Wade is now 13 matches unbeaten in televised competition, having claimed back-to-back titles at the European Championship and World Series Finals before cruising to consecutive wins in the group stage.

Grand Slam runner-up in 2010 and 2016, 'The Machine' is now very much a key contender for this crown and will look to press home his vast experience over this format.

Unterbuchner has proved to be one of the surprise packages of the tournament so far, pulling off a 5-3 win over White to secure second spot in Group D and continue a landmark year in his career.

The Lakeside semi-finalist and Swiss Open champion is the first German player to have reached the knock-out stage of the Grand Slam since its introduction to the calendar in 2007.

The opening tie of the evening sees Austrian Open champion Jonny Clayton take on back-to-back Players Championship event winner Krzysztof Ratajski.

Clayton tore up the script by finishing top of Group A with maximum points and inflicting Van Gerwen's first defeat in the competition since 2014 with a 103.6 average.

The Welsh star, who is rapidly approaching the world's top 16, is vying to reach only his second major ranking Quarter-Final, following on from the 2016 Players Championship in Minehead - where he finished runner-up to Van Gerwen.

Ratajski has seemingly transferred his prolific recent floor form onto the big stage, recording two wins in the group stage to finish in second spot ahead of Raymond van Barneveld.

The Polish number one, BDO World Master in 2017, is the lowest-ranked PDC player left standing in the field and is out to reach his first PDC major Quarter-Final.

The action gets underway from 7pm GMT, with all matches to be contested over the best of 19 legs.

Grand Slam of Darts 2018 Match Schedule


Thursday November 15 

Second Round

7.15pm Jonny Clayton v Krzysztof Ratajski
8.15pm James Wade v Michael Unterbuchner
9.15pm Gary Anderson v Wesley Harms
10.15pm Michael Smith v Michael van Gerwen


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Live Darts on Thursday November 15: Grand Slam 2018 Day Six preview and order of play

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