GSOD Day One, Evening Session – Price Comes Through Suzuki Scare
The evening session of the BoyleSports Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton saw the defending champion take to the stage.
Gerwyn Price repelled the gutsy challenge of current BDO Ladies’ World Champion, Mikuru Suzuki, to record a 5-3 win.
Price built a 2-1 lead thanks to a 142 checkout, but saw the Japanese star nail a 116 checkout to level the match. Suzuki kept parity at 3-3, but eventually Price avoided the upset to take the two points.
It was a miserable day for the BDO contingent, with all eight players representing them on the day suffering losses.
BDO number one, Wesley Harms slipped to a 5-2 defeat to James Wade, and Dave Parletti suffered a 5-1 reverse at the hands of Gary Anderson.
Michael van Gerwen opened his account with a 5-2 win against BDO World Trophy Champion, Jim Williams, with both men not overly hitting the heights.
Adrian Lewis will play van Gerwen next as he beat Ross Smith 5-2 in a low key encounter.
It was a welcome to the TV stage for Robert Thornton, and he celebrated with a 5-4 win against Dimitri van den Bergh.
Ian White recorded a 5-2 win against Steve Lennon, while in the opening match of the evening, William O’Connor overcame Darren Webster 5-3.