Gary Anderson made it through to the final in Perth in a thrilling semi-final in Perth. The former 2x back to back World Champion defeated James Wade 11-9 with both men having periods of the match on top and now Gary will face either Raymond van Barneveld or Daryl Gurney in the final. In terms of stats, Anderson average 98 and had 7 180’s, a high out of 160 and 7 180’s.
Anderson started off the first leg well and hit a 160 checkout to underline that and take the lead. Wade came back and despite missing a host of darts at his favourite D10, he hit D5 for parity. Wade missed D20 for a 105 checkout and Anderson came back to hit D4 with the last dart in hand. Wade had 15 darts without a treble and it allowed Anderson to hit D10 and break the Wade throw and make it 3-1.
Wade and Anderson both messed up on check out shots and this allowed Gary to hit D20 to make it 4-1. Anderson missed his chance for another break and Wade came back to hit his usual D10 to make it 4-2. Anderson kept control and he opened up a 5-2 lead against ‘The Machine’. Anderson missed darts to lead 6-2 and Wade hit D10 last dart in hand to be 5-3 behind. Holding on to that leg could have been a turning point for the Aldershot ace who closed that defecit to 5-4 in the next leg hitting 56 on D20.
Wade continued his upward curve by hitting a 71 checkout on D20 to make it 5-5. Anderson stopped the rot and helped on to his throw with a 45 checkout. He continued on by breaking the Wade throw including a 180 for an eleven darter and 7-5 up. He held his throw by hitting D6 for a 8-5 lead. Wade himself stopped the rot by hitting D18 to be 8-6 behind.
He then broke the Anderson throw by hitting D20 in a 65 checkout to be 8-7 behind. Anderson broke the Wade throw in the next leg to make it 9-7 and put him two legs away. Double trouble for Anderson allowed Wade to hit a 80 checkout on D20 to go one behind again. Wade took out 96 on D18 to make it 9-9.
Anderson though made sure that if Wade wanted to win that he would have to take it to a decider as the former 2x World Champion took out 68 to go one away. Anderson wired a 170 checkout but then cleaned up 25 on D8 to get through to the final.


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Author: Samuel Gill