Aspinall ‘raging’ he cant go to N-Dubz gig after reaching Grand Slam semi-final

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    Nathan Aspinall joked he was “raging” about having to miss an N-Dubz concert after reaching the last four of the Grand Slam of Darts.

    The Asp booked his place in the semi-finals with a 16-12 victory over Alan Soutar. He will face Luke Humphries, who defeated Michael van Gerwen 16-10, on Sunday afternoon, with the winner of Michael Smith versus Raymond van Barneveld lying in wait in the final.

    Following a strong second half of the year, including a run to final of last month’s World Grand Prix, Aspinall had been tipped to do well at the Grand Slam.

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    However, following his win over Soutar, he admitted he had alternative plans for finals day as he and his fiancé were due to go and see a concert in Manchester.

    “I’ve got my fiancée, Kirsty, tickets for N-Dubz. I’m raging I can’t go,” he laughed. “It was her birthday present but I’m here to do a job. I’m happy with the win, not too happy with the performance, but I’m in the semi-finals so happy days.”

    Aspinall was unhappy with how he played in the second half of the match particularly and admitted he must up his game in the last four.

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    “I had three or four legs where I couldn’t hit anything,” he said. “I’ve got to stay focused, stay sharp. It’s something that’s really getting on my nerves because, in the first 15 legs, I was playing really well, then I played awful. But another semi-final, I’m very happy.

    “Tomorrow, I’ve got a good feeling. Me and my partner have been talking at home. We think a big one [tournament win] is not too far away. And my granddad Alan [is a lucky charm], he’s got to come back tomorrow.”


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