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Gary Anderson on Track to Make Run at World Championship Victory

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GARY ANDERSON, Adrian Lewis and Terry Jenkins lit up the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship with sensational displays to move into the quarter-finals of the tournament on Thursday afternoon.

Anderson backed up two previous ton-plus averages with the fifth-highest average in the history of the tournament, at 108.39, as well as hitting ten 180s in a 4-0 win over Andy Smith.

That display came after he hit 13 maximums in Wednesday’s victory over Dennis Priestley, as the Scot reaffirmed his quality at the highest level.

“I’m very pleased to follow up my performance from yesterday,” said Anderson, who takes on Raymond van Barneveld or Colin Osborne in Saturday’s quarter-finals.

“I’ve always wanted to produce good darts on television and it’s taken me some time but I’m getting there now.

“If I can keep playing like that there’s no reason I can’t do well here but you never know when the scoring or doubles will desert me.”

Lewis, meanwhile, hit nine 180s and a 167 finish in a 4-1 defeat of Scotland’s Robert Thornton, as he reached the last eight for the fourth time in six World Championship appearances.

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“I wanted to go out there and hit a ton-plus average to send a warning out and I’ve done that,” said Lewis.

“As long as I get myself right, keep calm and prepare right then there’s no reason I can’t win this tournament. I’m happy being a dark horse, but nobody can bet against me.”

Lewis will now meet either 2010 runner-up Simon Whitlock or Vincent van der Voort in the quarter-finals, while Jenkins swept aside Mark Walsh in straight sets with a fine display.

Jenkins produced a clinical display to reach the quarter-finals of the World Championship since 2007, hitting almost 50 percent of his chances at a double during the win.

“I felt more comfortable and I’m pleased with my performance,” said Jenkins. “When the pressure is on me I seem to be more determined and that showed against Mark, and I’m looking forward to the quarter-finals.”

Thursday’s evening session concludes the third round, with Simon Whitlock meeting Vincent van der Voort and Raymond van Barneveld taking on Colin Osborne before Mensur Suljovic – who knocked out number two seed James Wade in the second round – plays Wes Newton.

Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship
Third Round
Thursday December 30
Afternoon Session (1pm)
Adrian Lewis 4-1 Robert Thornton
Andy Smith 0-4 Gary Anderson
Terry Jenkins 4-0 Mark Walsh

Evening Session (7pm)
Simon Whitlock v Vincent van der Voort
Raymond van Barneveld v Colin Osborne
Mensur Suljovic v Wes Newton

ADRIAN LEWIS 4-1 ROBERT THORNTON
(3-0, 3-0, 2-3, 3-2, 3-0)
ADRIAN LEWIS reached his fourth Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship quarter-final in six years with a 4-1 victory over Robert Thornton.

Lewis was once again in excellent form and Thornton was unable to keep up the relentless pace that was set as the Stoke star ended the match with a three-dart average of 101.05.

The World Grand Prix runner-up will now face either Simon Whitlock or Vincent van der Voort in Saturday’s quarter-finals, as he continued his challenge for a maiden World Championship title.

“I’ve never usually performed in afternoon matches, so I’m really pleased with what I managed to do today,” admitted Lewis.

“I’ve got much more belief in myself now and I am more consistent than I was when I reached the first quarter-final back in 2006.”

Lewis won the opening leg of the contest against the darts with a two-dart 64 finish after Thornton missed one dart to take out 107.

The fifth seed then hit a fantastic 167 checkout to win the second and then hit double six to win the third leg and with it the first set.

The Stoke ace kept up the momentum in the second set as he won three more legs in succession to double his lead, hitting double top at the first time of asking to win the first leg, breaking throw to win the second and a maximum in the process of winning the third.

Thornton, who defeated Nigel Heydon and Andy Hamilton in his first two matches, managed to win his first leg of the match at the start of the third set with a 76 finish, despite a 180 from Lewis.

Lewis levelled with a 101 finish before Thornton led again by taking out 62 to win the leg, which included maximums from both players.

The pair hit a maximum apiece again in the fourth leg, which Lewis won on double two before the Scotsman hit double 18 with his last dart to win the set and get back into the match.

The 25-year-old hit a 12-darter to make a winning start to the fourth set, which was completed by landing double 12.

Lewis then won the second by hitting double top, but Thornton hit a third 180 in the process of taking the third leg, despite Lewis missing a dart at double 12 for the set.

Thornton then took out an excellent 101 finish with Lewis waiting on a two-darter, but the youngster won the deciding leg with the aid of his seventh 180 of the match to regain his two-set advantage.

Lewis hit a 12-dart finish in the first leg of the fifth set and then took out 108 to win the second leg.

Both players hit maximums in the third leg, but Thornton missed two vital attempts at doubles and Lewis stepped up to hit double top to end the game.

“I wanted to go out there and hit a ton-plus average to send a warning out and I’ve done that,” said Lewis.

“As long as I get myself right, keep calm and prepare right then there’s no reason I can’t win this tournament. I’m happy being a dark horse, but nobody can bet against me.”

GARY ANDERSON 4-0 ANDY SMITH
(3-1, 3-2, 3-1, 3-0)
GARY ANDERSON stormed into the quarter-finals of the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship by producing an incredible performance to end Andy Smith’s hopes at Alexandra Palace.

Anderson hit ten maximums in a game which lasted just 16 legs and went on to end the match with a three-dart average of 108.39 – the fifth highest in the event’s history.

The Scotsman, competing in his second PDC World Championship, will now face either Raymond van Barneveld or Colin Osborne on New Year’s Day after following up Wednesday’s win over Dennis Priestley with another heavy-scoring display.

“I’m very pleased to follow up my performance from yesterday,” said Anderson. “I’ve always wanted to produce good darts on television. It’s taken me some time but I’m getting there now.”

Anderson started the game just as he did in the previous round against Priestley, winning the first leg with a clinical 121 finish.

Smith, who defeated sixth seed Mervyn King on Wednesday, hit the same checkout to win the second on the bullseye before Anderson regained the lead by holding throw in the third leg.

The Scotsman, who had averaged over the 100 mark in his first two matches, then won the set in the fourth leg by recording an 83 finish.

Anderson wasted four chances to make a winning start to the second set and Smith took the opportunity by landing double five to elad.

Anderson won the second leg with the aid of a maximum before Smith won the third on double 16, which also included a 180 for the 27th seed.

Anderson hit an 11-dart finish to win the fourth leg and then double five with his third dart in the deciding leg after Smith had missed a dart at double 16 to win the set himself.

The Scotsman stepped up another gear at the start of the third set as he won the first leg with the aid of two maximums.

A 12-dart finish gave Anderson the second leg and he then posted two more maximums in the third leg, although five missed doubles allowed Smith in to win his first leg in five on double eight.

In the fourth leg Anderson made no mistake and won the leg in 13 darts to win a third set in a row and leave his opponent with a mountain to climb.

The fourth set followed a similar pattern and despite Smith continuing to fight he was unable to keep up with Anderson as he won the opening two legs of the fourth set in 13 and 14 darts.

The third leg saw Anderson move ahead to set up the chance for victory, and after Smith missed tops for a 160 finish to keep the game alive the Scot hit the same bed to seal the win.

TERRY JENKINS 4-0 MARK WALSH
(3-2, 3-2, 3-1, 3-0)
TERRY JENKINS reached his first Ladbrokes.com World Championship quarter-final since 2007 after ending the challenge of Mark Walsh with a 4-0 victory.

The first set proved to be vital in the final outcome, with Walsh missing opportunities for an early lead before Jenkins took charge to set a last eight clash against either Wes Newton or Mensur Suljovic.

Jenkins started the match well by breaking throw with a 98 finish to win the opening leg and then hit double 18 to win the second.

Walsh won his first leg of the match in the third by hitting a 124 finish, which was completed on the bullseye.

He then took out 76 to win the fourth leg but wasted two vital chances at double top to win the set and Jenkins stepped in to hit double four and edge ahead.

Jenkins, who defeated Steve Brown in the second round, hit a 180 at the start of the second set but Walsh won the first leg by recording a 106 finish.

Jenkins put an excellent 11-dart finish together to win the second and then took out 76 to win the third leg.

Walsh won the next leg on double four after Jenkins missed three opportunities to win the set, but the man from Ledbury made no mistake in the deciding leg as he hit double top to extend his lead.

Double top was successfully hit again at the start of the third set by Jenkins and he put Walsh under more pressure when he hit a 120 finish to win the second leg.

Walsh hit a second maximum in the process of winning the third leg but Jenkins posted double ten in the next leg to win the set and leave the Hertfordshire ace’s hopes hanging by a thread.

Jenkins did not let up and won the opening leg of the fourth set by holding throw before kicking off the second with back-to-back 180s.

His hopes of a nine-darter were ended when an attempt at a seventh treble 20 was off-target, but he won the leg in 14 darts to edge towards a victory which was completed in the next when he hit double ten to wrap up a comprehensive win.

“I felt much happier with my game today and I’m getting better as each round goes by,” said Jenkins.

“My first two games against Joe Cullen and Steve Brown were tough and I didn’t feel as comfortable in those games as I did today.

“When the pressure is on me I seem to be more determined and that showed against Mark, and I’m looking forward to the quarter-finals.”

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