THE 2014 partypoker.com World Grand Prix is being held from October 6-12 at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin, and Dean plays his first darts match of the tournament in the 4th game live on Sky Sports tonight (Tues), against the young sensation Michael Smith, who many tip to be a future world champion. Reputation’s don’t mean anything to Dean though, and he’ll be looking to hit doubles early doors to put the pressure on the less experienced player.
The famous event, which sees players need to both begin and end every leg with a double, sees 32 stars battling for a tournament record £400,000 in prize money at Dublin’s Citywest Hotel. Doubles are twice as important to hit in this tournament, as it’s double start as well as a double to finish each leg.
Tuesday October 7 (7pm-12am)
Round 1: Dean Winstanley 2-1 Michael Smith
First Set 3-0 – Winstanley makes a flying start to win the opening set 3-0, with both players opening the game with 160 scores before the Yorkshireman edges the first leg on double ten, hits a 180 as he doubles his lead before opening leg three with a 160 before posting double eight to move ahead.
Second Set 2-3 – Smith levels the game in a dramatic second set, finishing double top twice as he moves 2-1 up, with finishes of 76 and double top from Winstanley sending the set into a deciding leg – which both players open with a 160, only for Winstanley to miss his chance to claim victory as Smith finishes double ten to level the game.
Third Set 3-1 – Winstanley edges the final set’s opening leg by finishing 40 with a double five, double 15 combination, and though Smith levels on double five, the Yorkshireman takes out 76 move back ahead before double ten completes a high-quality win.
Round 2: Dean Winstanley 1-3 Michael van Gerwen
First Set 3-2 – The game begins in superb fashion as both players storm out of the starting blocks – with van Gerwen landing tops for a 13-darter in the opening leg before scoring 165 to lead 40 in the second, only to see Winstanley finish 156 to level. Double four moves van Gerwen back in front and he then responds to a 160 opening score from Winstanley in leg four by scoring 177 and 171 to leave 16 before his rival this time finishes 74 as he levels – but the decider goes to the World Champion on tops as he moves ahead.
Second Set 0-3 – Winstanley levels the game by winning the second set without reply with three superb legs, hitting a 136 checkout in the opening leg and a 180 in the second as a 12-darter doubles his advantage, before trading 180s with van Gerwen in leg three as both players initially miss a double for a 121 finish before the Yorkshireman lands double eight to square the contest.
Third Set 3-2 – Winstanley’s tops to open the third set is cancelled out by finishes of 72 and double eight as van Gerwen moves 2-1 up, with the English ace hitting a 180 in a 13-darter to level before the pair open the deciding leg with 160 scores, as the World Champion takes out 120 to claim the set and regain the lead.
Fourth Set 3-1 – van Gerwen lands a 177 only to miss two darts at tops to allow Winstanley in for an 80 finish, but the Dutchman lands a 180 and double nine to level, punishes a miss from Winstanley at double 12 by hitting double five to move 2-1 up before sealing victory in style with a superb 13-darter.
Dean wins a great game, and goes into round 2 (Pic Laurence Lustig/PDC)