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Anderson in rampant form at the Dutch Darts Masters

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Kyle Anderson continues his fine run of form with two terrific performances on the European Tour in Maastricht. (Photo : Emma Morley / DPA)

KyleAnderson is a man playing at the top of his game at the moment. Just under a month ago he claimed his maiden PDC title at Players Championship 17 in Barnsley and in doing so he incredibly hit a nine-dart finish along the way. Following that, Anderson went on to taste glory again just seven days later as he won his first PDC TV title as he was victorious at the Auckland Darts Masters after an 11-10 victory over his compatriot and fellow stable-mate Corey Cadby in a terrific battle as the Aussie sunk to his knees after tasting victory for the second time in a week. The talented Aussie who is climbing back up the rankings despite having problems in 2016 regarding a visa which halted his progress slightly. With all that sorted, Anderson is looking to get into the World’s top 25 and he is certainly heading towards that target with optimism.

On Friday evening he returned to the European Tour as he took on Justin Pipe in a terrific battle as he blown away Pipe in the end in what wasa very clisely contested affair with the Aussie winning four legs on-the-spin which included the final two legs being won in 11 & 12 darts respectively. Anderson averaged a mind-boggling 108.96 average on his way to victory in what was one of the greatest first round matches we have ever witnessed on the European Tour.

The 29-year old ace faced Mervyn King in the second round on Saturday afternoon at the MECC in Maastricht and it was another belter of a contest in which Anderson was the 6-3 victor. The Aussie set the tone as he kicked off the match with six perfect darts as he fired in a 15-darter. Within a blink of an eye, he opened up a 3-0 lead with the minimum of fuss. King was on the top of his game despite a sloppy start as he moved within a leg of the Aussie as he closed the gap to 4-3 with a barrage of 140’s and some decent finishing. Anderson took out 83 for a 5-3 lead courtesy of a 15-darter to break King’s throw. The Aussie wrapped up the win with a 13-dart leg as he picked out D16. With 6/14 on the doubles and an average of 100.71, Anderson was on the very top of his game in booking his place in the last 16. It shows how well the Aussie played when Mervyn King averaged 103 and fired in twelve 140’s and yet he still finished three legs behind Anderson. In two matches, the Aussie has hit nine maximums & an average of 104.83, he will potentially face Michael van Gerwen tomorrow afternoon as the world number one faces Jeffrey de Zwaan on Saturday evening. Featured below are some statistics from Anderson’s Dutch Darts Masters campaign so far.

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