Dunvegan Darts’ Gary Anderson is out of the BoyleSports World Grand Prix. He lost 3-1 to the Dutchman Dirk van Duijvenbode.
The first set started cautiously, with the two players both holding their throw twice to force a deciding leg. There, The Flying Scotsman could not get going, as it took five darts to find a double and get in. Despite hitting the first 180 of the match, he could not stop Van Duijvenbode hitting double eight to win the set and go 1-0 ahead.
Anderson’s throw was broken immediately at the start of the second set, as van Duijvenbode continued his excellent start by hitting double 19 to go 1-0 ahead. The Dutchman then held his throw twice more, pinging double 18 to take the set 3-1 and lead 2-0, despite the two time World Champion averaging 92.
Van Duijvenbode did not relent during the third set. After holding his throw, he capitalised on Anderson taking nine darts to get into the second leg, eventually breaking by hitting double 16 to go within one of the match. However Anderson responded with a 97 outshot to get the break straight back, and then held throw to take the set to a deciding leg. The Dutchman would miss double 16 for a 152 to win it, leaving The Flying Scotsman to find double top to win the set 3-2 and trail 2-1.
The crucial moment came in the first leg of the fourth set. There, Anderson took 11 darts to get into the leg while on throw. This allowed van Duijvenbode to find a 180 followed by a 53 outshot to break the Flying Scotsman’s throw. After both held throw, the Dutchman was throwing for the match, and sealed the win by hitting tops to take the set and the match 3-1.
It was a disappointing night for Anderson, but there’s no rest for him. He will be back in action on Thursday night in the Unibet Premier League Play-Offs, as he bids for his third title. He will face Glen Durrant in the first semi final in Coventry, starting at 7pm BST.
Words : Jarleth Eaton
Photos: Lawrence Lustig/PDC