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Anderson next up for ‘Mighty Mike’

January 02, 2015 11:11:11 UK

Michael van Gerwen is through to his third straight semi-final at the PDC World Darts Championship after defeating Robert Thornton 5-2 at Alexandra Palace.

‘Mighty Mike’ wrapped up the final leg of the match with a 170 finish in an impressive display which saw him finish the clash with 13 180s and a 105.26 average.

The defending champion looked to be on course for an easy night as he wrapped up the opening set of the match 3-0 to get off to a flying start. The second and third sets also went the Dutchman’s way in a spectacular start to the contest.

Thornton refused to give in and held his nerve to take the fourth set in a deciding leg. That appeared to give the former UK Open champion confidence as his average started to rise which helped him to secure the fifth set to reduce his deficit in the match to 3-2.

Despite the fightback, van Gerwen was able complete the victory 5-2 to ensure he is in Saturday’s semi-finals line-up where he will take on Gary Anderson. The number one seed is currently priced 2.62 in the outright market for the tittle.

Van Gerwen told Sky Sports Darts: “What a game and it’s a big relief for myself.

“Robert never gave up and he made a really good fightback and I needed to do everything to make sure I kept ahead. I was under pressure.”

He added: “I was still not happy with my performance. With my win I was happy but I can still do a lot better.

“I’ve got a lot to improve before I can win this tournament and I’m very glad to be in the semi-finals of the World Championships.”

Anderson dropped just one set in his win over Peter Wright in the second game on Thursday.

Last year’s runner-up Wright struggled to match the scoring of Anderson who averaged 102.12 with 11 180s. Snakebite notched up just three maximums and ended the game with an average of 95.66.

Anderson was beaten by van Gerwen in the third round of the competition in 2014 so will now have the change to avenge that defeat. The Scotsman led 3-1 before going down 4-3 to the eventual champion.

No Scotsman has ever won the PDC World Darts Championship and Anderson remains the only Scottish born player left in this year’s tournament.

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