Gary Anderson shocked by amateur Barry Lynn in UK Open, while Michael van Gerwen hits nine-darter
By James Dielhenn
Last Updated: 05/03/16 6:26pm
World champion Gary Anderson was sensationally beaten by amateur Barry Lynn at the UK Open on Saturday.
Michael van Gerwen followed that remarkable result by blasting a nine-darter between two 170 finishes against Rob Cross, who is also an amateur, on a thrilling fourth-round afternoon in Minehead.
Essex amateur Lynn enjoyed a day he will never forget by beating Anderson 9-3, having raced into a 4-0 lead before holding off a late fightback from the reigning Premier League champion.
"It feels amazing," said Lynn. "Going 4-0 up probably didn't help me and I was a bit jittery, but I was always confident that I could grind out a result from being 4-1 up.
"If someone else can take out Michael van Gerwen, I'd be very grateful and very confident I could win this now - I've just taken out a two-time world champion so I'm not afraid of anyone!"
But Van Gerwen edged through his match against Cross, an electrician by day, winning 9-5 after a late storm of stunning arrows.
He followed a 177 score with a 170 finish after enduring some nervy moments before then scoring 180, 180 and 141 to complete a nine-darter.
"Rob did really well and I think he played the performance of his life - but I think I played probably one of my best performances too with two 170 finishes and the nine-darter," said Van Gerwen.
"I'm happy and I hope I can keep this going. I'm flying, full of confidence and when you're playing darts like this you've got a big belief in yourself - but I know I can show more than this."
Phil 'The Power' Taylor defeated old rival Raymond van Barneveld 9-3, while Peter Wright and Adrian Lewis also enjoyed victories.
Benito van de Pas 9-3 Simon Whitlock
Peter Wright 9-5 Terry Jenkins
Michael van Gerwen 9-5 Rob Cross - Michael van Gerwen hits nine-dart finish
Phil Taylor 9-3 Raymond van Barneveld
Stephen Bunting 9-6 Jamie Caven
Vincent van der Voort 9-2 Andy Jenkins
Adrian Lewis 9-6 John Henderson
Barry Lynn 9-3 Gary Anderson
Joe Cullen 9-6 Alan Norris
Mark Webster 9-4 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Stuart Kellett 9-5 Michael Smith
Jelle Klaasen 9-8 Joe Murnan
Kim Huybrechts 9-3 Justin Pipe
Kyle Anderson 9-2 James Wilson
Darren Webster 9-8 Ricky Evans
Mensur Suljovic 9-8 Ryan De Vreede