World Darts Championship: Day 12 round-up

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Gary Anderson (pictured) was given a stern test by Chris Dobey who averaged 100 and fired in 15 180’s in a sudden death defeat to the Scot. Photography: Lawrence Lustig / PDC

What an excellent evening we witnessed at the Alexandra Palace. Michael van Gerwen vs Adrian Lewis was dubbed the main attraction ahead of the night’s action, but it was indeed Gary Anderson and Chris Dobey that served up an Ally Pally classic on the big stage. The pair produced 28 maximums with Dobey hitting 15 of them which is a record in a last 16 match.

Dobey raced out of the blocks as he moved into a 2-0 set lead courtesy of a superb 11-dart leg to stun Anderson as the players left the stage for the break. But, as youd expect, Anderson came firing back. The former two-time World Championship cruised to take the third set without allowing Dobey a single dart at a double as he averaged 104.86.

Anderson really had to produce some glit edged stuff in the fourth set as Dobey was poised to regain a two-set advantage, but Anderson took his chances to level up the match at 2-2. You’d think at this point that Dobey could falter after losing his two-set advantage, but that was most definitely not the case.

Dobey produced his best set of the match to move within a set of the match at 3-2 as the North-East ace averaged 112.57 with winning legs of 14, 11 and 13. At this point, there was no room for error for Anderson, but fair play to the Scot as he kept piling the pressure on Dobey who was throwing the kitchen sink at Anderson for well over an hour, and his persistance paid off as he went on to level the match up at 3-3 and force a deciding set with a trio of great legs (14, 11, 13)

The deciding set starting off quite sensationally as the pair traded a trio of 12-dart legs as Dobey moved into a 2-1 lead. Dobey was almost offered an opportunity to take the match as Anderson missed two darts at D12, but Anderson pinned D6 with his last dart in hand to send the match into sudden death. The Scot’s persistance and consistency soon paid off as he managed to crucially break Dobey’s throw with a 15-darter after ‘Hollywood’ missed three darts to hold throw. Anderson cemented his place in the Quarter-Finals of the William Hill World Darts Championship with an 18-dart leg as Dobey missed a big ten to leave D16 which denied him a dart to stay in the match.

Averages –  Gary Anderson: 98.75  Chris Dobey: 100.83

180’s –  Gary Anderson: 13  Chris Dobey: 15

Later on, rounding things off, Michael van Gerwen faced off with Adrian Lewis in a thrilling exchange. Van Gerwen secured a 4-1 victory over Lewis as he booked his place in the last eight, but he was made to work hard for the victory as the Green machine averaged 108.08 which is the highest average of the tournament so far. In terms of the result, a 4-1 victory flattered MVG ever so slightly as Lewis produced some fantastic stuff in spells, and with the score in legs being just 14-11.

Lewis produced ten maximums and a 3-dart average of 101.16 which is more like the Adrian Lewis of old, and he’ll take a lot of positives from the performance it has to be said. Van Gerwen will face either Ryan Joyce or James Wade in the Quarter-Finals as the World no.1 has one eye on a potential Semi-Final clash with Gary Anderson.

Kicking off the action, Benito van de Pas enjoyed a 4-2 success over Toni Alcinas. The Dutchman found a way to win in what was a fairly scrappy encounter. The pair missed 59 darts at a double between them, and averaged in the mid-80’s, but Van de Pas did the right things at the right moments, and for what’s been a difficult year for VDP, he’ll be batlling it out with Brendan Dolan for a place in the Quarter-Finals which is a great opportunity for Van de Pas to progress.

 

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