Gary Anderson was defeated by Nathan Aspinall on Friday night at the Alexandra Palace as he bowed out at the last 16 stage of the PDC World Darts Championship.

Anderson defeated the tournament’s surprise package Ryan Searle as we entered the Christmas break, and he returned with a vengeance, opening up the game with a 110 average in the first set.

The Scotsman would hammer home a 128 checkout as he levelled the second set, but ‘The Asp’ wouldn’t give him a sniff in the decider as he levelled the encounter.

Another decider would tip the balance the way of Aspinall as he got his nose ahead for the first time in the contest. Still averaging well over the ton mark Anderson hit back, his fifth maximum and a ton checkout turning the momentum back in his favour.

The theme of the night continued as set five once again went to a deciding leg, Aspinall this time getting over the line with both players averaging around the 100 mark.

With the Anderson average losing steam and the Aspinall seemingly growing in confidence, the Stockport thrower grasped his chance. A rapid start in set six put him two legs to the good before some sloppy doubling gave Anderson a chance.

The reprieve would not last for long however as Aspinall confirmed his quarter-final spot for the second year running as Anderson bowed out despite a battling performance on the Alexandra Palace stage.

Words Josh Green

Photo Lawrence Lustig/PDC