Gary Anderson began the defence of his World Matchplay title with a comfortable win over Danny Noppert which in turn gave ‘The Flying Scotsman’ more match practice after spending most of the year out of action.

Anderson spoke afterwards; he admitted that he was nervous going back onto the stage. He added that for him he was great on the practice board; but that it just didn’t come together on the stage barring the finishing.

“I was a bit nervy up there but I got through it and it’s good to be in the next round,” said the former two time World Champion.

“I probably made it harder for myself than it could have been. I was great on the practice board but it wasn’t as good on stage and my finishing pulled me through at times there.

“I’m still getting back into it. People know I’ve not played much this year and there were some dodgy darts there, but also some good darts.”

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Author: Samuel Gill