Gary Anderson produced a heroic comeback to defeat Ian White in a seven set thriller and squeeze
through to the last 16 of the PDC World Championship


Despite a poor start, Anderson would have chances in the opening set, but three holds of throw
would see ‘Diamond’ edge over the line and into the lead.


Set two would spell more danger for the Scot, as he was dispatched by three legs to nil as White
doubled his advantage.


A fired up ‘Flying Scotsman’ would fire home a 111 checkout to open the third set, but White
continued to score heavily as he once again took it to a decider. With Anderson sat on 150, his
opponent would take out 124 to go a set away from the last 16.


White would miss chances at double 16 and double 8 to take the fourth set to a decider, as
Anderson nailed double ten last dart in hand to reduce the deficit to two sets.
A whitewash set would follow for Anderson as he went within one of his rival. And after going two
legs down in the sixth set, Anderson would survive a first match dart at tops to remain in touch. A
111 checkout would then put him back on level terms and into a crucial deciding set.


The turn-around would be completed as Anderson started to final setting in stunning fashion. His
improved scoring immediately putting White on the back foot. Double ten would eventually do the
job for Ando as he progressed to the last 16 of the PDC World Championships.


He will now face Rob Cross in the last 16, on Thursday evening.

By Josh Green

Photos: Lawrence Lustig/PDC