Fired up Winstanley storms into Grand Slam knock outs

ON FIRE: An 'angry' Dean Winstanley swept aside world number four Simon Whitlock to reach the knock out stages of the Grand Slam of Darts.

ON FIRE: An 'angry' Dean Winstanley swept aside world number four Simon Whitlock to reach the knock out stages of the Grand Slam of Darts.

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DEAN Winstanley is hoping to keep his inner fire burning after sensationally booking his place in the knockout stages of the Grand Slam of Darts.

The pressure was on the Swinton star as he took the stage against world number four Simon Whitlock knowing he needed a convincing win to make it out of Group C.

And he produced that, triumphing 5-1 to dump the Australian out of the tournament, top the group and secure a clash with young star Arron Monk on Thursday night.

A delighted Winstanley said: “It’s been a rollercoaster and I showed tonight what I can do.

“I lost my first game and then won my second, and I went up on stage angry inside tonight, and if I can keep that fire I’ll be dangerous.

“Simon brings the best out of me and I’ve got so much respect for him and unfortunately for him I got on top of him.

“I’m really up for this tournament and I want to go up on stage and bring my best darts out.”

Winstanley lost the opening game of the tournament to Kevin Painter who joins him in the last 16.

The 31-year-old recovered to beat world youth champion James Hubbard before his brilliant performance against Whitlock.