Anderson to face van Gerwen for place in quarter-finals

LADBROKES.COM WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP 2011 2/1/11'ALEXANDRA PALACE,LONDON'PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG'SEMI FINAL'GARY ANDERSON V TERRY JENKINS'GARY ANDERSON WINS
LADBROKES.COM WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP 2011 2/1/11'ALEXANDRA PALACE,LONDON'PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG'SEMI FINAL'GARY ANDERSON V TERRY JENKINS'GARY ANDERSON WINS

Gary Anderson celebrated his birthday in style as he stormed into the last 16 of the PDC World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace in London on Sunday.

Anderson, who beat Mark Dudbridge in the first round, won through 4-1 against Brendan Dolan.

He won the first set 3-1 with the help of a 119 finish and a produced a 12 dart leg as he also took the second.

The 43 year-old then raced into a 3-0 lead and he looked set to go through comfortably 4-0, only to miss four attempts at a double, and Dolan hit back to make it 3-1 with a double 15 finish.

Anderson recovered from that disappointment as he broke his opponent’s throw in the second leg of set five, with a 64 finish, before ending the match in the next on double eight.

Anderson, who was the 2011 runner-up said later: “I’m glad to have come through as I’ve found Brendan a really tough opponent in the past.

“The 180s have dried up a little for me at the moment, but I’ve produced two solid performances and it’s done the job for me so far.

“I did make it a little bit harder for myself by missing those chances for a 4-0 win – which is typical me – but I recovered well and was pleased to hit the double eight to end it.”

Anderson now faces a difficult last 16 match against number two seed Michael van Gerwen for a place in the quarter-finals after the Dutchman beat Kevin McDine 4-1.