Gary Anderson will face Michael Smith in the World Matchplay semi-finals as he continues his chase of a second Matchplay crown after a stunning win over Simon Whitlock in the quarter-finals.
‘The Flying Scotsman’ started the match strongly, averaging over the ton mark In the first session as he took a 3-2 over Whitlock. As the Australian’s average began to grow, Anderson maintained a steady 99, keeping the distance between himself an his opponent.
A magical 120 checkout from Whitlock closed the gap to a single leg, before a missed bullseye shot allowed Anderson to regain his advantage. The lead would be stretched to three legs as Anderson entered the halfway stage in control of proceedings.
Three legs on the spin from ‘The Wizard’ put him back within touching distance, as he nailed a fourth ton plus checkout of the match. He would then pull level for the first time since the opening session, nailing double 16 after a missed dart at tops from Anderson to go into the interval all square at ten a piece.
There would be a significant break of throw for Anderson as he regained a cushion in the final session of the match. With the finish-line in sight, Whitlock would claw another leg back before Anderson put the finishing touches to a magnificent performance.
Double top the for the former World Matchplay champion as he set up a semi-final meeting with former protege Michael Smith for a place in Sunday’s final.
Words: Josh Green
Photos: Lawrence Lustig/ PDC