Gary Anderson remains on track to retain World Darts title
Anderson is looking to defend his crown for a second time21:39 Friday 30 December 2016, 21:39 30 Dec 2016
Gary Anderson remains on course to collect a third consecutive title, after defeating Dave Chisnall to qualify for the semi-final of the World Darts Championship.
Anderson prevailed against the seventh seed 5-3, to set up a penultimate stage clash against Peter 'Snakebite' Wright who came through against James Wade earlier today.
It was the 2015 and 2016 champion who took an early lead, recording a 104 checkout against the throw in the opening set and narrowly winning the second set to put him 2-0 in front.
Chisnall kept pace with him however, hitting a 180 across all five legs in the first set. In fact, both competitors threw 33 maximums between them in the match.
A NEW RECORD! Gary Anderson is now unbeaten on the Alexandra Palace stage for 16 games. pic.twitter.com/7huTMC2Rxf— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) December 30, 2016
Despite the deficit, Chisnall rallied to level the tie 2-2 after racing through three consecutive legs.
Anderson hit a 124 finish on the bullseye to steal back the advantage but failed to fully shake of Chisnall's challenge who brought it back to 3-3.
Chisnall however, missed four doubles thereafter which gave the defending champion a 4-3 lead. He then missed three more doubles and Anderson capitalised on the blunder to win his 16th consecutive World Darts Championship match.
Elsewhere, Michael van Gerwen also progressed to the Semi-Finals with a 103.08 average, hitting two 170 checkouts on the way.
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