Gary Anderson is into the quarter finals of the World Darts Championship for the sixth time in seven years.

The Flying Scotsman produced an excellent display on the doubles, punishing missed darts from opponent Devon Petersen to win 4-0. He’ll play either Dirk Van Duijvenbode or Glen Durrant in the next round.

Three back to back 18 darters gave Anderson the first set, as Petersen missed darts to win the second and third legs. This seemed to set the tone for the match, as The African Warrior scored well, but could not find the doubles at crucial moments. He went 2-0 ahead in the second set, but The Flying Scotsman responded well. A spectacular 160 checkout saw him hold, before going 2-0 up in the match 32 darts later on a double two outshot.

Once again, Petersen went one leg from a set, but once again, the two time World Champion pegged him back. After surviving two third set darts, Anderson found double four to break the Petersen throw, before Petersen squandered another set dart in the fourth leg. The Flying Scotsman held with a 74 checkout, before breaking his opponents throw with an excellent 12 dart leg, to go within one of the match.

That seemed to break the spirit of Petersen, who would only get one more dart at double the whole game. Anderson wrapped up the fourth set and the match in just 40 darts, as he completed the whitewash with a 64 outshot and moved into the last eight.

Anderson is now just three games away from adding a third World Championship crown to his collection. He will next be in action on New Year’s Day, when he plays in the quarter final.

Words: Jarleth Eaton

Photos: Lawrence Lustig/PDC