Defending champion Gary Abderson books a place in last 16 of World Championship

Published: Saturday 26th December 2015 by The News Editor

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Reigning world champion Gary Anderson has reached the last 16 of the PDC World Darts Championship with a victory over Daryl Gurney at Alexandra Palace.

Anderson, who defeated Phil Taylor in the final last year, won 4-1 to set up a clash against Vincent can der Voort or Kyle Anderson in the next round.

‘The Flying Scotsman’ flirted with a nine-dart finish in the opening leg but missed treble 19 to eventually finish with an 11-dart leg. But Gurney took the first set 3-2 and broke Anderson in the opening leg of the second with a 139 checkout.

But Anderson responded beautifully in the following leg with the second 170 checkout of the tournament. Gurney then missed double 16 to take a two-set lead before Anderson hit double five to take the set and draw level at 1-1.

Anderson snatched another set as Gurney failed to convert four chances, the Scotsman hitting double 10 to take a 2-1 lead.

Another nine-darter came agonisingly close for Anderson in the fourth set. Despite a 116 finish from Gurney, Anderson saw out the fifth set with the double which helped him clinch last year’s title – double 12 – to seal the win.

Dave Chisnall averaged 102.85 – the highest of the tournament so far – and hit 12 180s in his 4-1 victory over Christian Kist.

Chisnall started the match confidently with a 104 checkout on a 15-dart opening leg before claiming a tense first set 3-2. He then moved 2-0 ahead with a 72 checkout to take the set 3-1 – the first set he has played in this tournament that has not gone to a 3-2 scoreline.

The St Helens man was in buoyant mood, whitewashing Dutchman Kist in the third set – which included an impressive 138 checkout – to go 3-0 up.

Kist, a former BDO world champion, pulled one set back in the fourth, highlighted with an 11-dart leg, to give him hope. But Chisnall broke in the second leg of the fifth set before winning in style with a 97 checkout. Chisnall will either play fourth seed Peter Wright or Ronny Huybrechts.

In the opening match of the night, Jamie Caven reached the last 16 for the first time after a 4-0 rout over Ricky “Rapid” Evans, losing only one leg in the match.

With both men renowned for their quick style of play, the fast-paced encounter lived up to its billing as Caven hit a 180 with his first three darts en route to claiming the opening two legs. Despite Evans breaking the 23rd seed back in the following leg, Caven closed out the first set 3-1.

Evans, who shocked world number 10 Simon Whitlock in the previous round, could not get out of first gear as Caven cruised to victory, having a 60% success rate on his checkouts, to set up a meeting against Wes Newton or James Wade.

Published: Saturday 26th December 2015 by The News Editor

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