James Wade progressed to the knockout stages of the Grand Slam of Darts after an excellent victory over Tony O’Shea on Tuesday evening.

Wade averaged just shy of 100 in a 5-1 defeat of three-time Lakeside World Championship finalist O’Shea in their decisive Group G match in Wolverhampton.

Recently crowned Masters champion Wade got off to a flying start on Saturday, winning his opener 5-1 against Jamie Caven.

But a 5-4 loss to Mervyn King 24 hours later left ‘The Machine’ in need of a victory in what was effectively a knockout tie against O’Shea.

Wade prevailed and set up a clash with reigning BDO World Champion Stephen Bunting, who he will meet on Thursday.

“I’m very happy to be through because I was nervous before and during the last group game,” admitted Wade, who has won eight major PDC titles.

“After losing to Mervyn I thought I was out.

“Tony O’Shea is a legend of darts and one of the players that used to beat me all the time when I was serving my apprenticeship in this sport.

“It was a daunting game so I’m happy with how I played and it helps my confidence for the rest of the tournament.”

By Chris Murphy