Dunvegan Darts’ Gary Anderson is into the second round of the BoyleSports World Grand Prix. He beat Rob Cross 2-0 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

In a battle of two former world champions, the first set saw Anderson carve out a number of chances to break Cross’ throw, while holding his own comfortably. The Flying Scotsman missed double top to go 2-0 ahead, but had to settle for 2-2 going into the final leg. However, he punished Cross for taking 12 darts to find a double, with the double 18 being the only points he scored in the leg. Anderson took out a magical 103 for a 15 dart hold of throw and won the first set 3-2.

The second set was a scrappier affair, but yet again, Anderson punished mistakes from Cross. After going 1-0 ahead, Cross missed a big 14 to set him a shot at double 16 for a 2-0 lead, leaving Anderson to hit the same double and hold his throw for 1-1.

The turning point of the match came in the next leg. Cross, who’d already missed three for the leg, was on 18 and looking for single two to leave double eight. However, he strayed once again into the single 15, only getting himself one chance at double one which he missed. The Flying Scotsman would then find double ten with his last dart in hand for a 2-1 lead and the crucial break of throw.

Despite missing six darts to win the match, Anderson would find double five in the next leg, winning the set 3-1 and the match 2-0. He will face Danny Noppert in round two on Thursday, while our other player involved, Chris Dobey, takes on Simon Whitlock in his first round game tomorrow evening.

Words : Jarleth Eaton