Gary Anderson sailed into the second round of the 2020 Betfred World Matchplay with a routine victory over Justin Pipe. It was far from vintage Gary Anderson in the early exchanges, but once the former Matchplay champ settled, he was able to edge over the winning line despite a below par performance.

It was a poor start from ‘The Flying Scotsman’, who struggled to find his feet in the Marshall Arena in the opening mini session of darts, averaging in the low 80’s.

The performance was much improved in session number two as Anderson began to fire, thumping home his first maximum of the tournament and missing tops for a 6-4 lead at the break, eventually going into the half way mark at 5-5.

Anderson would gain control of proceedings in following session as he reeled off five legs in a row put the result beyond doubt. Whilst a checkout of 120 would open up a two leg advantage for the first time, a knockout blow of 112 would seal a hard fought victory for the Scot.

The world number eight will now return later in the week, to take on James Wade, with the match being played over the best of 21 legs.

Words: BY JOSH GREEN

Photos: Lawrence Lustig/PDC