Darting sensation Beau Greaves almost pulled off an all-time great upset after taking Nathan Aspinall to a deciding leg at the Grand Slam of Darts.
The 19-year-old gave an incredible account of herself and showed the world why the hype around her is real as she almost beat the World Matchplay champion and world number six in Group H of the Grand Slam on Saturday.
Greaves hit five maximums compared to Aspinall’s one and took out the biggest checkout of the game with a 124 but was unable to hold onto her lead that she had four times throughout the contest, seeing Aspinall’s deciding last leg win the only leg of the game he was in front.
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‘Beau ‘n’ Arrow’ hit a 180 to leave herself on a 161 checkout but was unable to throw a match dart after Aspinall took out 198 in six darts – checking out 98.
The pressure Greaves put on Aspinall showed in his celebration as he jumped up and down and punched the air before taking the applause of the crowd. Aspinall soon turned to Greaves who looked gutted before giving the Asp a hug.
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Greaves certainly won plenty of admirers after her monumental effort, but her biggest fan, her sister Bobbi, posted a proud message to Beau on Twitter, she tweeted: “My beau beau, you played absolutely phenomenal!!!!!! well done to Asp, class!! But my girl on to your next games baby !!!!!!”
In a tough Group H, Greaves will face Aussie Damon Heta and shock German darts champ Ricardo Pietreczko – who beat Michael van Gerwen in the semi-final before beating Peter Wright 8-4 in the final.
Despite being able to give the best in the world a run for their money, Greaves decided she would not feature in the World Championships that start next month. She will instead defend her WDF title at Lakeside the week before.
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