Gary Anderson sinks 112 and 116 checkouts as ‘The Flying Scotsman’ demolishes Simon Whitlock for opening win; the World Darts Championship runs all the best way till the ultimate on January 3, 2024 – we’re again on Sunday afternoon at 12.30pm, stay on Sky Sports activities Darts
By Raz Mirza at Alexandra Palace, London
Final Up to date: 16/12/23 11:39pm
Gary Anderson was again on the Alexandra Palace stage and in relentless kind because the 52-year-old crushed Simon Whitlock to cruise by way of on the World Darts Championship on Saturday.
The 2-time World Champion might at present be ranked 21 on this planet however he has statistically performed higher than anybody on the PDC circuit this 12 months.
World Darts Championship: Saturday Night Outcomes
|David Cameron (R1)
|Reynaldo Rivera (R1)
|Haruki Muramatsu (R1)
|Simon Whitlock (R2)
The legendary Scot, who turns 53 on December 22, raced by way of the opening set in 11, 14 and 18 darts to storm with a median near 105.
Anderson then defied a 106 checkout from the Aussie to clinch set two 3-1 and double his lead with three 180s to his identify.
He quickly wrapped up a 3-0 with a cultured 116 end to finish the competition with a neat 98.3 common and 5 180s.
“The extra I play, the extra I get used to it, so fingers crossed. However I nonetheless need to be 35 once more,” Anderson instructed Sky Sports activities.
The flashy Scott Williams left his kind on the Tour behind him as he rolled his well beyond Japan’s former World Cup of Darts semi-finalist Haruki Muramatsu to achieve the subsequent spherical.
‘Shaggy’ opening the match with a 120 checkout and even tried a blind 180 on his strategy to claiming an edgy set however he swept his means by way of the second with out reply.
Muramatsu claimed the third set to halve the deficit, however Williams sealed the deal when he nailed a show-stopping 127 on the bullseye to arrange a conflict towards Danny Noppert on Thursday.
Jamie Hughes lastly tasted success at Ally Pally on the fifth time of asking to achieve the second spherical with a 3-1 victory towards David Cameron.
The Tipton ace often known as ‘Yozza’ sealed the victory on double eight earlier than exhibiting loads of emotion on the large stage as he arrange a gathering with Krzysztof Ratajski of Poland.
Keane Barry missed a complete of 26 darts at a double, whereas his Filipino opponent Reynaldo Rivera failed with 22 makes an attempt, nevertheless it was the Irishman who pinned a Shanghai 120 checkout on his strategy to a slow-burner of a win and a conflict towards three-time champion Michael van Gerwen on Tuesday night.
Chizzy makes successful begin on Saturday afternoon
World Darts Championship: Saturday Afternoon Outcomes
|Sandro Eric Sosing (R1)
|Krzysztof Kciuk (R1)
|Jules van Dongen
|Darren Penhall (R1)
|Cameron Menzies (R2)
Dave Chisnall broke the guts of an emotional Cameron Menzies, who missed 5 darts to power a deciding set with the St Helens thrower finally coming by way of a tough second-round tie 3-1.
Former Lakeside Championship semi-finalist Menzies spent Friday morning plumbing earlier than taking to the largest stage in world darts to defeat Rusty-Jake Rodriguez within the opening spherical.
And he made a great begin however ‘Chizzy’ recovered from a set right down to reel off three in a row and full a tremendous victory over the Scot with six 180s alongside the best way.
Earlier, Connor Scutt was the decide of the gamers concerned within the first-round matches, returning a 95.97 common on his strategy to a 3-0 whitewash victory over Krzysztof Kciuk of Poland.
Darren Penhall supplied some flashy moments throughout his 3-1 victory over Jules van Dongen, taking out three ton-plus finishes, whereas Lee Evans overcame Sandro Eric Sosing 3-0 to ebook a second-round assembly with the in-form Luke Humphries.
Got here out of retirement to play on the DPA circuit
Received 11 occasions to qualify for Ally Pally
English-born Australian is nicknamed ‘Clean Operator’
Wins on his World Championship debut
What’s occurring on Sunday on the World Darts Championship?
Luke Humphries – who has gained three of the game’s final 4 TV rating titles – will headline the motion when he takes on Lee Evans.
World Darts Championship: Sunday Afternoon Fixtures
|Simon Adams (R1)
|Norman Madhoo (R1)
|Lourence Ilagan (R1)
|Darren Penhall (R2)
Former Masters champion Joe Cullen may also function, whereas Fallon Sherrock goes head-to-head with quick-fire Dutchman Jermaine Wattimena on her Alexandra Palace return.
World Darts Championship: Sunday Night Fixtures
|Florian Hempel (R1)
|Darren Webster (R1)
|Fallon Sherrock (R1)
|Lee Evans (R2)
The game’s greatest occasion sees 96 gamers compete for the Sid Waddell Trophy and £2.5m in prize cash at Alexandra Palace. You’ll be able to watch all of the motion stay on our devoted Sky Sports activities Darts channel.
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