Gary Anderson exited the PDC World Championship at the semi-final stage at the hands of fellow Scot Peter Wright in a scintillating encounter. 39 maximums were hit, as well as a plethora of ton-plus checkouts in a match that will go down as an Ally Pally classic.
Anderson opened the match strongly with an 84 checkout, but despite a set average of 106, went
behind early on. His Scottish compatriot would quickly make it 2-0 despite another heavy 116
checkout from Anderson.
As the maximums continued to flow in the column of Peter Wright, Anderson scrambled for a
foothold, eventually succumbing to another set loss as he fell to a three-set deficit.
The first set would enter the ledger under the name Gary Anderson in set four. ‘The Flying Scotsman’ maintaining the standard around the 100 mark as he heaped the pressure back on Wright.
A second set would follow as Anderson capped a superb run of legs with a 105 checkout, his second
ton-plus of the match. Wright would miss double 12 for a sensational 9-dart finish in the following
set as he regained that two-set cushion.
But history repeated itself as Anderson once again pegged back the 2019 Champion just as the finish
line was coming into sight for Wright.
The two would continue to exchange blows until we reached the pivotal point in the match, Peter
Wright a set from victory and Anderson needing the tenth set to make things all square.
Wright would take the first leg before a break from Anderson would put him back in the set. The
180’s would continue to rain as Wright broke the world record for 180’s thrown in a match, and then
the match would be his. A 116-checkout completing a stunning performance despite a brave battle
from Gary Anderson.
After a superb World Championship campaign, Anderson will be back later in the month for the
Words Josh Green
Photos Lawrence Lustig/PDC