World Darts Championship: Gary Anderson plays down his title chances after dumping out Adrian Lewis | Darts News

Anderson kicked off his run for the third World Championship crown with victory over two-time winner Lewis; The Scotsman was using new darts at Alexandra Palace and will face Ian White or Chris Landman in the third round

Last updated: 17/12/21 6:32


“The Flying Scotsman” continued his remarkable record at Alexandra Palace with victory over Lewis

Gary Anderson downplayed his world championship chances after overtaking Adrian Lewis in a battle between two-time world champions at Alexandra Palace on Thursday night.

“The Flying Scotsman” clashed with his old opponent Lewis in a fascinating showdown in the second round after the Stoke-on-Trent star beat Matt Campbell on opening night.

In a repeat of the 2011 and 2016 Finals, Lewis got first blood in a sharp opening set, but Anderson roared back, winning nine of the next ten stages to reserve his spot in the third round.

The Scotsman was using new darts against the “Jackpot” and despite an unconvincing start, the sixth seed maintained his remarkable record of never losing his first match in the sport’s highlight.

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“I have a lot of respect for Hades – he’s one of the good guys as I call them,” Anderson told Michael Bridge after the game.

“I’m trying out a new set of darts. On the training board they are doing well; a bit iffy up there.

“The doubles were fine, the score wasn’t there, but the doubles when I needed them, they entered.”

Anderson is featured in his 20th World Championship in both codes, but hasn’t participated in a televised quarter-final since he succumbed to Gerwyn Price in last year’s final.

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“The Flying Scotsman described his performance with his new darts as” uncertain “

“The Flying Scotsman described his performance with his new darts as” uncertain ”

The world number 6 will return to play Ian White or Chris Landman after the Christmas break, and revealed that he was enjoying the rare opportunity to celebrate his birthday at home.

“I just have to try to play darts with this noisy group behind me! It has to be every game as it comes, I don’t have high hopes, but we’ll just throw it.

“I usually play two or three games before Christmas, now I’ve played one and will be celebrating my birthday at home for the first time in nine years!”

Thursday’s clash was heralded as a successful draw between two darting giants, and while Lewis showed glimpses of his brilliant best, he was punished for lack of consistency.

Gary Anderson produced a fabulous double double 92 during his 3-1 win over Adrian Lewis

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Gary Anderson produced a fabulous double double 92 during his 3-1 win over Adrian Lewis

Gary Anderson produced a fabulous double double 92 during his 3-1 win over Adrian Lewis

The 36-year-old was impressive Wednesday night in eliminating Canadian qualifier Campbell, but his latest setback sees him plummet to 38th in the PDC Order of Merit.

“Gary was simply better than Adrian Lewis. Unfortunately, Adrian couldn’t replicate what he did against Matt Campbell,” Mardle said. Sky Sports.

“Set one was the real unsure, a little bit nervous, unsure that Ade scratched, and you’re thinking it’s going to settle down from there, and will that put Gary off?

“I’m not going to say that Gary was wrestling with darts, but they certainly weren’t coming in full force, they weren’t sitting as he would have liked.”

However, Mardle hailed Anderson’s “ridiculous” natural talent, insisting that the 50-year-old will “learn a lot” from his win over Lewis.

Wayne Mardle believes Gary Anderson will have learned a lot from using his new darts against Adrian Lewis

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Wayne Mardle believes Gary Anderson will have learned a lot from using his new darts against Adrian Lewis

Wayne Mardle believes Gary Anderson will have learned a lot from using his new darts against Adrian Lewis

“He later mentioned: ‘They look good on the training board.’ It’s weird, you know, you can really like something, but then you come under pressure, and your hand and fingers don’t work the way you want, and you start holding the dart. a little differently.

“I assume that’s what happened with Gary, but he’s so good, it didn’t even matter! Talent is ridiculous.

“Gary made it and will learn a lot from darts, I have no idea if he cares, but once again he’s telling us he doesn’t practice.

“I still don’t believe it! You can’t always be this good just by standing up and taking a dart, can you?”

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