Victory for darts ace Painter

DEAN WINSTANLEY produced a superb performance to knock Simon Whitlock out of the William Hill Grand Slam of Darts on Tuesday night as Scott Waites joined Phil Taylor in the last 16 with a win over the reigning champion in their final group match.

Winstanley was in sensational form as he won a second successive game to book his place in the second round of the £400,000 event in dramatic fashion after losing his opening game to Daventry’s Kevin Painter on Saturday.

Painter had defeated World Youth Champion James Hubbard 5-3 in their game earlier in the evening, but was still left facing an anxious wait before his place in the second round was confirmed.

Painter will now play Mervyn King in the last 16 tonight (Thursday), after the Norfolk thrower topped Group D with three wins from as many games after overcoming 2010 runner-up James Wade 5-2 in their contest, eliminating the PDC world number three.