Nine-dart Dimitri van den Bergh produces perfection in reaching Grand Slam Quarter-Finals

Van den Bergh celebrates his magical nine (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Dimitri van den Bergh landed a sensational nine-dart finish on the way to a 10-6 victory over Stephen Bunting to reach the Quarter-Finals of the Grand Slam of Darts for the first time.

The World Youth Champion raised the roof at the Aldersley Leisure Village with his first career nine-darter and the fourth in the history of the Grand Slam.

The feat came in the 15th leg as the Belgian youngster followed up back-to-back 180s with the traditional 141 checkout to scoop a provisional £25,000 bonus.

He went on to clinch victory in the following leg and admitted: "I still don't know what happened! Did I just do that? 

"I'm over the moon, especially because of all the hard times I've been through over the past few months. 

"This was my first ever recorded nine-dart leg, that was something special.

"I haven't played my best game yet either so maybe this is the tournament where everything will fall for me, and I've got to keep believing in myself and prepare for my next game."

The first six legs were shared before Van den Bergh gained the first break of the match and went on to open up a 6-4 advantage.

The German Masters finalist maintained that two-leg cushion at 8-6 before landing the magical nine-darter to break throw and going on to complete the win on double 16.

Elsewhere, Simon Whitlock advanced to the Quarter-Finals of the cross-code tournament for the first time since 2009 after a 10-6 defeat of Peter Wright.

European Championship runner-up Whitlock, who hit two 170 checkouts to qualify from Group F in dramatic style, came close to his third of the tournament in a game which saw him take a 3-2 lead which he never relinquished.

"It was a great victory for me," said Whitlock. "I know Peter's not playing the best darts at the moment but I took full advantage of that. 

"I've been playing really well, I do work hard and I'm just loving the game."

Mensur Suljovic sealed his spot in the Last Eight in Wolverhampton for the second successive year after a 10-7 victory over Rob Cross.

Early missed doubles proved costly for Cross as Suljovic eased into a 4-1 lead despite a 130 checkout from the World Champion, and though 'Voltage' pulled back to just 7-6 behind, Suljovic held firm to get over the line and set up a meeting with Van den Bergh on Friday.

Gerwyn Price booked his place in the Quarter-Finals for the first time courtesy of a 10-5 win over debutant Josh Payne.

Group F winner Price utilised his vast experience to reel off five consecutive legs from five-all and continue his clinical spell of form, ending Payne's joint best run in a TV major.

Grand Slam of Darts 2018 Results


Wednesday November 14 

Second Round

Stephen Bunting 6-10 Dimitri Van den Bergh - *Van den Bergh hits a nine-darter*
Gerwyn Price 10-5 Josh Payne
Rob Cross 7-10 Mensur Suljovic
Peter Wright 6-10 Simon Whitlock


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