Gary Anderson reaches World Darts Championship semi-finals
By Sian Parry
Last Updated: 02/01/16 2:08pm
Defending champion Gary Anderson is through to the World Darts Championship semi-finals after beating James Wade 5-1 on New Year's Day.
The Flying Scotsman was in full flowing form as he punished Wade on the Ally Paly oche, averaging 105.25 and hitting 10 maximums along the way.
Anderson, who raced into a three-set lead and did not look back, powered in 31 ton-plus visits and almost hit a nine-dart leg - missing double 12 after eight perfect darts. Wade, a seven-time PDC major winner, struggled from the outset and averaged just 88.05 for the match.
But the Aldershot thrower did manage to squeeze a set out of the tie, snatching the fourth to give himself a slight hope of a comeback.
However, Anderson's class prevailed as his top-notch scoring and accurate doubles made light work of the next two sets.
Anderson will play Jelle Klaasen in Saturday's semi-final after the Dutch player secured a scintillating 5-4 victory over world championship debutant Alan Norris.
The pair battled hard throughout the match, which appeared to be going former BDO finalist Norris' way when he surged into a 3-1 lead and came a wire away from hitting the first nine-dart finish of the tournament.
But Klaasen, who ousted Phil Taylor in the third round, pulled a set back before finding an 11-dart leg that included two maximums to break, snatching the set to level the game.
'The Cobra' then ran away with the deciding set without reply from Norris, finishing on his favourite double 18 to book a final four berth.