Dunvegan Darts’ Gary Anderson is through to his fifth World Darts Championship final in 11 years.
The two time winner of the Sid Waddell Trophy saw off Dave Chisnall 6-3, with an average of 100.03. He hit 13 maximums in the contest, winning the last six legs to seal a spot in the showpiece game.
Both players looked nervous during a tight first set. However, with three holds of throw including a 124 checkout, The Flying Scotsman got off to the perfect start, taking a 1-0 lead. The nerves continued to show in the second set, and roles reversed, as three holds from Chisnall levelled the contest.
Anderson then got off to the perfect start in the third set, hitting an 11 dart hold. Once again, a set went to the deciding leg and Chisnall left 32 after 12. However, The Flying Scotsman found an 84 shot to hold and go 2-1 ahead. That seemed to spark the two time World Champion, breaking in 15 darts at the start of the fourth. Two more holds gave him the fourth, and moved him halfway towards the final.
Chisnall would not go away easily though. Both players broke in the first two legs of the fifth, before a 124 checkout on the bull with Anderson saw Chizzy go back in front. The Flying Scotsman missed another chance to break, as the St Helens man found tops to cut the gap to 3-2. The sixth set also went to a deciding leg, where Chisnall bust his score on 84. Anderson, who had missed double 11 for a 124 in the previous visit, cleaned up the 11 remaining to go two sets clear once more.
The seventh set saw Chisnall go 2-0 up, before an excellent 116 checkout kept Anderson in However, Chisnall held on tops, after The Flying Scotsman missed two darts to force a decider, to cut the deficit once more to 4-3.
However, Anderson would finish off the match in style to book his place in the final. A 78 outshot, while Chisnall was on tops, saw him break the throw at the start of the eighth, before holding to go 2-0 up. Then, after both players missed multiple darts for the third leg, he found double five to take the set 3-0 and go within one of the match. That finally seemed to finish off Chizzy, as The Flying Scotsman wrapped up the ninth set in just 41 darts, to seal the 6-3 win.
It’s been an incredible tournament for Anderson, and we wish him all the best in tomorrow’s final against Price. You can watch it from 7.30pm GMT on Sky Sports Darts, or via the PDC’s broadcast partners around the world.
Words: Jarleth Eaton
Photos: Lawrence Lustig/PDC