darts star Gary Anderson reaches tonight's world final
William Hill World Darts Champion Gary Anderson from Burnham-On-Sea
is on track to retain his crown after reaching tonight's world
easily beat semi-finalist Jelle Klaasen last night (Saturday)
during a 6-0 win to set-up a showdown with Adrian Lewis in today's
Anderson completed a nine-dart finish in a masterful win over
Klaasen in the semi-finals at at Alexandra Palace.
Burnham star produced the first perfect leg of this year's tournament
during a superb individual display, ending with an average of
a storming start, Anderson quickly snapped up two legs before
sealing the perfect leg, firing in back-to-back 180s and a fantastic
141 checkout to earn himself a £15,000 bonus.
on, Klaasen grinned ruefully and applauded Anderson, but his sheepish
smile turned into a grimace as his opponent continued to rack
up legs at a relentless pace.
collecting the second set with a composed 80 checkout, Anderson
briefly threatened another nine-darter in the third, and would
open up a 3-0 lead in the match with a superb 142 finish.
desperately tried to apply the brakes in the fourth set and levelled
at two legs each following checkouts of 84 and 81. But the Dutchman
snatched at a dart for the set and was punished when Anderson
picked out double 10. Not even 180s in consecutive legs could
stall the Burnham player's charge and he found double six for
the fifth set, moving one away from victory.
whitewash win was secured after Anderson finished off 48 and he
will next face Lewis, who defeated him in the 2011 final.
World Darts Championship final will be shown this evening - Sunday
- with live coverage starting at 6.30pm on Sky Sports 1.
booked his place in Saturday's semi-final despite a sleepless
night before his win over James Wade. The reigning champion admitted
he had just two hours sleep before his 5-1 quarter-final victory
on Friday afternoon after being woken up by noisy New Year celebrations.
"It was a quiet one," Anderson said about his New Year
celebrations. "But I was woken up about 12:10am by a few
noisy ones. I got back to sleep again about 5:55am and was up
again at eight so I had two hours sleep and was absolutely goosed."
was given a civic reception by Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor
last year following his triumph - see the link below.
held for Burnham's world darts champion Gary Anderson