Dean Winstanley marches on in Grand Slam

MARCHING ON: Dean Winstanley swept past Arron Monk in the Grand Slam to move into his first major quarter final as a PDC player. Picture: Lawrence Lustig.
MARCHING ON: Dean Winstanley swept past Arron Monk in the Grand Slam to move into his first major quarter final as a PDC player. Picture: Lawrence Lustig.

SUPERB scoring helped on-form Dean Winstanley book his place in his first major quarter final since joining the PDC.

The Conisbrough star beat the up-and-coming Arron Monk 10-5 to reach the last eight of the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton.

On Saturday he will meet Kevin Painter who he suffered a 5-4 defeat to in the opening match of the tournament.

Winstanley said: “I’m really happy that I got through because it was a tough match.

“I came out all guns blazing but I seemed to lose a bit of steam after that, and maybe we had too much respect for each other.

“I never gave up and got the win in the end, but it was hard.

“It’s my first time in the quarter-finals in my second Grand Slam and I’m delighted that I’m not going home.

“I’m delighted to be through to the next round.

“I had a chance last year and didn’t take it but tonight I took my opportunity with both hands.

“I had a great start to the game but ran out of steam a little in the middle.

“After the second break I really found some form and I was finding the treble 20 on a regular basis.”

Monk opened the match with a maximum but Winstanly proved the more consistent and went out on 80 to take the opening leg.

And he raced into a 3-0 lead before Monk finally got off the mark with two successive legs as Winstanley missed doubles.

The two exchanged legs before Winstanley moved three clear by punishing missed darts at tops from Monk.

The youngster took the last leg of the second session.

But Winstanley emerged re-energised after the break, producing some excellent scoring to race into a 9-4 lead.

Monk extended the match but only by a leg as Winstanley took the match off double four.

Elsewhere, Michael van Gerwen continued his red hot streak by demolishing Phil Taylor 10-5 to reach the quarter finals while Scott Waites ensured BDO representation in the last eight with a 10-8 win over Robert Thornton.