Watch as Antrim's Josh Rock hits nine-darter in PDC Grand Slam of Darts during defeat to Michael van Gerwen

Rising star and Antrim man Josh Rock landed a stunning nine-darter in his last-16 defeat to Michael van Gerwen in the Cazoo Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton.
Darts player Josh Rock, from AntrimDarts player Josh Rock, from Antrim
Darts player Josh Rock, from Antrim

Van Gerwen edged an incredibly high-quality contest 10-8, but it was the 21-year-old Northern Irishman Rock who made the headlines as he followed back-to-back 180s with a nerveless 141 checkout in the second leg.

It took a 142 checkout from Van Gerwen to edge ahead for the first time in the match at 8-7 and the three-time world champion averaged 107.71 in a thrilling battle.

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"It's the best I've played in a long time, but I had to," Van Gerwen told Sky Sports.

"When you're playing a guy of this calibre you have to do the right thing for yourself. He's a phenomenal player and we all know that. He's a big talent. I told him 'keep going, you will be a champion on this stage'."

Rock, who appeared to injure himself celebrating the nine-darter, said: "I'll never forget that. I thought I'd broken my ankle afterwards. But it didn't affect me during the game.

"If you hit a nine-darter on stage, I know it's only one leg, but nine perfect darts gives you a lot of confidence, so it just gives me a big massive boost."

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Nathan Aspinall had earlier beaten Jermaine Wattimena 10-6 and Alan Soutar defeated Jonny Clayton 10-8, which was the same score that Luke Humphries recorded in beating Ross Smith in the final match of the evening.