Scott Waites made it second time lucky as he came from 8-0 down to beat James Wade 16-12 and win the Daily Mirror Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton, 12 months after losing in the final.

 Waites made it into the final last year in Wolverhampton, and it looked like he would be on the wrong end of the result again as left-hander Wade stormed into an 8-0 lead and was cruising towards the £100,000 title.

However, the Yorkshireman showed a huge amount of grit and determination to come flying back and the world number two could not handle the pressure as he crumbled to defeat despite holding vastly more experience of the big finals.

Waites, a joiner from Halifax, will return to his day job at 8am on Monday, despite having left Wolverhampton £100,000 richer following a brilliant week at the Grand Slam of Darts.

“It’s absolutely incredible,” said Waites. “When I went 8-0 down I just wanted to get back into the game and make the scoreline respectable.


“But when I got closer to James I started to believe I could win it – but it’s not sunk in yet and probably won’t for some time. It feels so good to be called the Grand Slam of Darts champion.”

Despite Waites opening the match with a 180, the first of three in as many legs, it was Wade who made the early running, hitting double top to break in the first leg, a 107 finish in the third and a 110 checkout in leg five.

At 8-0 down, Waites finally got off the mark on double 12 and then hit a 180 and double 18 to break in the tenth, before taking the next three to pull back to 8-5.

Wade slowed the fightback with a 90 finish, only for Waites to hit double top in the next and a 13-darter before checking out 68 to incredibly reduce the gap to just one leg.

Clearly shaken, Wade missed three darts at double 12 in the next as Waites began a run of six successive legs which saw him grasp control, following up finishes of double 18 and double 16 with a superb 121 checkout to level.

Wade tried to battle back but Waites moved three legs clear, and he held his nerve superbly considering his lack of big-stage experience to claim the title after a stunning fightback.

“James’ finishing was phenomenal from the start – I hit three 180s and was 3-0 down!” Waites added. “When I won a leg and then another and five on the bounce I thought ‘I can get back in this game’.

“I had to keep plodding away and I didn’t change my style. I started to hit my doubles straight away and the next thing I knew I was level.

“Then I got in front and just wanted to stay in front, and then I wanted to hold my throw and get to the winning double. To do a comeback like that in front of a live audience and on TV is unbelievable – I still can’t believe it.”

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Phil Taylor will face two-time Lakeside world champion Ted Hankey in a tough group in the Daily Mirror Grand Slam of Darts.

 15-time world champion Taylor is the defending champion in Wolverhampton, but faces a difficult first stage with the in-form Wes Newton joining Group H alongside Dutch hot-shot Michael van Gerwen.

‘The Count’ and fellow Stoke thrower Taylor were both world champions going into last year’s event, but Hankey failed to get through the first round, and he will be hoping for better this time around.

 ‘The Power’ will open up his defence against World Under-21 finalist Van Gerwen on Sunday, while Hankey has to face the in-form man in the PDC in Newton, who won three events last weekend including the qualifier for the event.

 The Grand Slam begins on Saturday evening with the first games from Groups A-D, which will include the meeting of Simon Whitlock and Dave Chisnall – who lost in the PDC World Championship final and Lakeside Championship final respectively in January.

 Scottish stars

Colin Osborne and Robert Thornton complete Group A, while Gary Anderson, Wolverhampton’s Wayne Jones, Mark Webster and Mark Hylton – another qualifier – form Group B.

 PDC Unicorn Women’s World Champion Stacy Bromberg was drawn in Group C alongside number seven seed Mervyn King, 2008 Grand Slam runner-up Terry Jenkins and Scottish debutant John Henderson.

 World number two James Wade, who hit a nine-dart finish in the 2008 Grand Slam, heads up Group D and will come up against Vincent van der Voort, Stockport’s Tony O’Shea and the other qualifier, Rugeley’s Mark Hylton.

 The remaining four groups will play their opening games on Sunday afternoon, and Group E will feature number five seed Adrian Lewis, alongside last year’s Grand Slam runner-up Scott Waites, Co Stompe and Wales’ Martin Phillips.

 Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld, Colin Lloyd, Darryl Fitton and Tricia Wright – the Women’s World Championship finalist – will form Group F.

 Players champ

Group G is headed by number eight seed Paul Nicholson, who won January’s Players Championship Finals to claim his maiden major title, and also features Ronnie Baxter, Steve Beaton and Arron Monk – the 20-year-old from Hampshire who joins van Gerwen in the Under-21 World Championship Final in January.

 Groups A-D will play their second games on Sunday night and their final round-robin contests on Tuesday, with Groups E-H competing on Sunday afternoon, Monday night and Wednesday night at the Wolves Civic.

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Wes Newton takes three wins from three events in Barnsley weekend of darts


Wes Newton enjoyed his best ever weekend in darts in Barnsley, as he won again on Sunday for back-to-back Players Championship to add to the Grand Slam spot he earned on Friday.

 Newton defeated Mark Webster 6-1 in Sunday’s final to cap what has been a astonishing weekend for the Fleetwood thrower, who won Saturday’s Players Championship event and also qualified for the Daily Mirror Grand Slam of Darts through Friday’s ITV Wildcard Qualifier.

 Sunday’s £31,600 victory saw Newton join the elite band of players to complete a PDC ProTour weekend double – with only Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis, Robert Thornton and Mervyn King having picked up back-to-back wins previously.

 The 33-year-old defeated Ron Atwill, Steve Grubb and Chris Iedema in his first three games, before picking up wins over Wayne Jones and Colin Osborne in progressing to the semis.

 He then overcame Blackpool rival Ronnie Baxter 6-3 in the last four to set up a final against in-form Webster, who was brushed aside 6-1.


“I’m happy, amazed and delighted,” said Newton, who now moves up to a career-high 16th in the PDC Order of Merit. “It’s the best weekend of my career and one I’ll never forget.

 “I don’t think I played my best darts on Sunday and a few players missed doubles against me, but I was in the right place to take advantage and I did that.

“It has been very tiring, more mentally than physically, to play three events but doing so well makes it all worthwhile.

“Not many players have won two events in a weekend so it’s an honour to do that – in fact I class winning through to the Grand Slam on Friday night as a victory too so it’s a treble for me!”

Webster’s run to the final followed a semi-final appearance in Saturday’s Players Championship and comes only a fortnight after he had claimed his maiden PDC title in Germany.

The Welshman included Andy Smith, Paul Nicholson and Dennis Priestley amongst his victims in reaching the final, while he capitalised in a deciding leg of his semi-final with Mark Walsh after the Hertfordshire man missed the bull for a 121 game shot.

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