World Grand Prix: Wade edges Anderson in Tungsten tussle; van Gerwen batters Bunting
Last Updated: 12/10/14 10:28am
Two-time World Grand Prix champion James Wade produced a battling 4-3 victory against Gary Anderson and will now face Michael van Gerwen in Sunday's final.
The 2007 and 2010 winner remains on course for a hat-trick of titles in Dublin but found himself 3-1 down following a whirlwind start from 'The Flying Scotsman' who threw a total of 13 180s.
But Wade fought back thanks to several ton-plus checkouts to win three sets in a row and reach Sunday's final where he will play 2012 champion van Gerwen who easily dispatched Lakeside Champion Stephen Bunting 4-0.
Anderson came storming out of the blocks, hitting two ton-plus finishes to take the first set.
The Borders thrower then raced through the second set, winning six straight legs in a row and averaging an impressive 101.
'The Machine' finally got himself on the board, but Anderson moved to within a set of the final and a 3-1 lead at a packed Citywest Hotel.
Phil Taylor's quarter-final conqueror came battling back, nailing 121 on the bull to seal the fourth set 3-0, and then hitting double top to win the next and level the match up.
The final set went to a deciding leg and it was Wade who kept his cool under pressure to hit double 10 and reach the final.
"Gary just blew me out of the water in the first two sets," Wade told Sky Sports 2. "I normally knock myself, but I'm not going to knock myself this time. I let him do that.
I played really well, especially the first three sets which were amazing.
Michael van Gerwen
"When Gary is playing that well there is only one other player that can live with him and that's Adrian Lewis. I was quite fortunate that he eased off and allowed me back into the game.
"I've got the experience. I used to feel very angry about the game, hard done by and sorry for myself. It's starting to be enjoyable again."
World Champion van Gerwen made light work of Merseysider Bunting following an emphatic display of darts.
The Dutchman hit five 180s, averaged 93.80 and was 55 per cent on the doubles, including checkouts of 160 and 110.
"I played really well, especially the first three sets which were amazing," admitted the 25-year-old. "I'm really happy with my performance and my doubles percentage was really good. It's something I can build-up to the final.
"I know how to win this title, but I want to win it again. I'm going to play James Wade and it's going to be a tough match."