Gary Anderson came through a nine-set thriller with Rob Cross on Thursday evening to take his place in a ninth PDC World Championship quarter-final of his career, where he will meet Luke Humphries.
In a scrappy opening set, it would be Cross who took the early advantage. Anderson averaging ten
points higher than his opponent, but conceding the first set.
Anderson would draw level with ease in set two, with the consecutive legs against an off the boil
Cross. The Scot would continue to fire on the treble 20 as his average raised to 98.
A magnificent 170 checkout would put him on his way to the third set as Cross continued to struggle
to find his scoring power. 102 and 116 checkouts would put Ando well on his way to a third set of
the contest, just to be pegged back by a resurgent Cross.
But tops was pinned as Anderson went within a set of a New’s Year’s Day return. But back came
Cross, the advantage halved as Cross finally started to find the treble 20 bed.
A match dart would come and go as went to a deciding set with Cross gathering momentum by the leg, even a remarking 129 bust from ‘The Flying Scotsman’ as he scales tipped in favour of ‘Voltage’.
In a topsy turvy final set Cross would take the lead for the first time since the first set.
But back-to-back legs including a break of throw would put Gary one away. Tops would end the night and the tournament for Rob Cross, as Anderson went marching on.
A much-improved display from the former back-to-back World Champion, 97 average carrying him
over the line and setting up a New Year’s Day meeting with Luke Humphries.
By Josh Green
Photos Lawrence Lustig/PDC