Anderson back from the brink
Gary Anderson survived a huge scare against Jyhan Artut to progress into the second round.
Last Updated: 21/12/11 6:51pm
World number four Gary Anderson survived a huge scare against unhearladed German Jyhan Artut to progress into the second round of the PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace.
Last year's runner-up Anderson endured a night to forget on the doubles but it was four big misses from Artut which proved costly, as the Scot prevailed via a final-leg shoot-out.
Hannover thrower Artut, making just his third appearance at the World Championship, missed four darts to pull off one of the greatest shocks in the history of the competition before Anderson regained his composure to seal victory with a slick 76 checkout.
Premier League champion Anderson started slowly, missing an incredible 13 doubles in the first two sets as Artut raced 2-0 ahead.
The 'Flying Scotsman' stormed out of the traps out the start of the third, though, a set he knew he had to win or his title challenge would be over.
Despite the pressure weighing heavy on his shoulders, Anderson got on the board with heavy scoring and an improved ratio on the doubles to take the match into a deciding set.
Artut missed a dart at bullseye to break throw at the start of the fifth but he held to level at 1-1 and keep the pressure on the Scotsman, who swiftly edged back ahead.
Anderson missed three darts at the match in the fourth leg of the fifth set and Artut stepped in to take out double top before a stunning 102 checkout levelled at 3-3.
A two-leg margin was required for victory, but, when Artut squandered four darts for victory, the match took yet another twist when Anderson took the match into a sudden-death leg with a rare success on tops.
Anderson hit bull twice in a row to take the darts and a classy two-dart 76 finish saw him through, just.
Speaking afterwards, a relieved Anderson told Sky Sports HD2: "I was going to meet up with the other boys who are out and go out for Christmas dinner because it looked like I was having a few days off! It was a get out of jail free card tonight.
"He did play well but the first two sets I couldn't hit a double to save my life, but I managed to nick a few here and there.
"It's a wake-up call. I've been struggling to get myself to the board to practice recently and that's definitely a wake-up call."
Also on Tuesday night, Dutchman Michael van Gerwen claimed the scalp of 21st seed Colin Osborne with a 3-1 triumph.
Van Gerwen won both of the opening two sets in deciding legs before Osborne briefly rallied in the third.
The Derby-based thrower reeled off three straight legs to reduce his deficit to 2-1 but Van Gerwen closed it out with a fourth-set whitewash, a 113 checkout sealing the win.
Van Gerwen advances to a second-round meeting with 12th seed Mervyn King.
In the opening match of the night, former world number one Colin Lloyd saw off American Darin Young 3-1.
'Big Daddy' Young opened with a 14 darter on the way to winning the opening set but thereafter had no answer to 'Jaws' Lloyd's heavy scoring.
The Essex thrower won each of the next three sets by margins of 3-1 in legs to book a last 32 date with Andy Smith or Scott Rand.
"I felt I played very well in the first set but Darin took out some excellent finishes," Lloyd said.
"I didn't let my head drop after falling behind. I kept at it and got the job done, which I'm pleased about."
Terry Jenkins was a comfortable 3-0 winner over Joe Cullen in the final match of the night.
Cullen beat Oliver Ferenc 4-2 in their preliminary-round encounter earlier in the evening but won just three legs against 'The Bull'.
The duo fought out a five-set battle 12 months ago but a 95 average was enough for Jenkins to progress in straightforward fashion this time around.