Dunvegans Gary Anderson beat Ryan Searle 5-3 to qualify for the Grand Slam of Darts last 16 on day three of the event.

It means that Anderson keeps up his perfect record of getting out of the group stage every time he has played in the tournament.

The Flying Scotsman took the lead in the first leg, capitalising on three missed darts from Heavy Metal to ping in a stunning 111 checkout to break. He consolidated the break with a 14 dart hold, going 2-0 in front.

Finishes of 68 and 96 saw Anderson go 4-2 in front. Searle would get the game back to 4-3, before the two time back to back World Champion closed it out. Heavy Metal left himself 74, but Anderson produced a fantastic 119 checkout on the bull, to close out the match and move into the knockout stages.

Despite the knee injury that’s caused him so much pain this week, Anderson sets up a mouth watering showdown with old foe Michael van Gerwen in the next round.

Fellow Team Dunvegan member Adam Hunt can join Anderson in the knockout stages, as the Group A runner up tomorrow. He has to beat Gabriel Clemens well, and hope van Gerwen wins well against Joe Cullen, to do so.

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Jarleth Eaton

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