Anderson survives a match-dart scare

Two-times champion, Gary Anderson survived a match-dart scare at the World Championships before progressing to the fourth round at Alexandra Palace in London on Saturday.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 24 December, 2018, 10:06

Anderson, a former Berwick League player, was celebrating his 48th birthday.

He managed to beat Jermaine Wattimena 4-3 in a pulsating clash but the Flying Scotsman was made to work hard by his opponent in an epic encounter.

But Wattimena battled his way back to level the match at 3-3, taking the fifth set with a 10-dart finish.

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Anderson led in the next set but missed five match darts, with Wattimena winning to take the match to a decider.

Wattimena led 2-0 and Anderson was on the ropes, but he missed the bull going for a 170 check-out which would have given him the match and the Scot recovered to clinch it with a 58 finish.

Anderson will now face either Chris Dobey, from Bedlington, or Dutchman Vincent van der Voort in the next round.