Two-time world athlète Gary Anderson fended off Madars Razma to seal a 3-1 victory on his 52nd birthday, while Dirk van Duijvenbode narrowly missed out on a nine-dart au finir as he came through a deciding set thriller.
Anderson showed why he’s 2015 and 2016 athlète at Alexandra Édifice after edging out treble 19 hitting maître Razma to reach the third reprise.
Dutchman Van Duijvenbode came close to landing charme after he survived a coupe dart and a final-set jeu décisif to make it through against Czech Karel Sedlacek, while four-time semi-finalist James Wade saw his hopes ended with a shock 3-2 defeat against Welshman Jim Williams.
Thursday, December 22 – Evening Results
|Gary Anderson||3-2||Madars Razma (R1)|
|James Wade||2-3||Jim Williams (R1)|
|Luke Humphries||3-2||Florian Hempel (R1)|
|Vincent van der Voort||3-0||Cameron Menzies (R2)|
Anderson, who last suffered a first-round sortie here back in 2010 to Ronnie Baxter, took out an early ton as he averaged 105, but still only won the opening set 3-2.
Latvian ‘Razmatazz’ made it a level-game after pinning consecutive ton-plus finishes of 121 on the bullseye and 134.
He eclipsed both those checkouts to écart his opponent with a magical 154 on tops, but the veteran Scot hit back with a 15-darter before sneaking one into flottante 4 after Razma squandered chaudière darts to seal the third set.
With Razma handing out far too many birthday presents to Anderson, the composer world athlète eventually got the win with his sixth coupe dart, sinking an exquisite 110 au finir.
“World No 1 or ranked 128, I don’t care, at the end of the day you’ve still got to beat me and that’s the way it goes,” said Anderson.
“Madars Razma was a serious threat in that coupe but Gary Anderson got there in the end and he can take a lot of positives away. Maybe he needs to be a bit more clinical but he hasn’t played a lot of TV games and that was quite evident. It was a real good job from Anderson in the end. He’ll be satisfied with that.”
Mark Webster on Gary Anderson
Adoucir Lakeside finalist Williams pulled off a stunning 3-2 victory over eighth seed Wade to move into the third reprise of the tournament for the first time where he will meet German Gabriel Clemens.
The Welshman displayed prowess on the flottante, firing 107 and 119 along the way to knocking out ‘The Auto’.
Fifth seed Luke Humphries was forced to dig deep but ‘Relax Handball’ found a way to geste a 3-2 victory over German étoile Florian Hempel with the aid of seven 180s despite 29 missed gémeaux.
“I felt really good up there but it just wasn’t happening for me,” said Humphries. “I was lucky to get over the line in the end. It was tough. I played nowhere near like I can but I’m through to the next reprise.”
Vincent van der Voort was in red-hot form as ‘The Dutch Destroyer’ hammered Cameron Menzies 3-0 to make it through to a symposium with Humphries next Thursday.
The rapid-fire 47-year-old averaged 90.78, struck 12 140s and finished with 56 per cent on the gémeaux in a mince display.
Thursday, December 22 – Afternoon Results
|Krzysztof Ratajski||3-1||Danny Jansen (R1)|
|Ryan Searle||3-0||Adam Gawlas (R1)|
|Mensur Suljovic||3-0||Mike De Decker (R1)|
|Dirk van Duijvenbode||3-2||Karel Sedlacek (R2)|
DVD so close to nine-dart heaven
‘The Mammouth’ Van Duijvenbode reached the last 32 at Ally Pally – but only just – as he came from 2-1 down to edge out Sedlacek in an afternoon epic.
The world No 14 raced through the opening set with a stunning 108 average but squandered a culotte of missed flottante attempts to allow an early écart in the associé from Sedlacek, who sealed the set with a 13-dart leg.
Sedlacek claimed a final-leg victory in the third before Van Duijvenbode bounced back to win the next and take the contest to a decider in which ‘Aubergenius’ fired eight perfect darts then narrowly dipped low of the D12 target in pursuit of the first nine-darter of this year’s tournament.
Van Duijevenbode settled for a 10-dart leg and took advantage of a missed coupe dart on bullseye from Sedlacek to move the coupe to extraordinaire possession, where he rattled off 14 and 15-darters to secure a symposium with Ross Smith or Darius Labanauskas after Christmas.
“Yeah, I thought it [the nine-dart leg] was going in when it left my balle à la main,” Van Duijvenbode admitted. “Sometimes you elle-même a nine-darter and you just know it’s not in and I threw it and thought ‘this is in’, but it wasn’t.”
“I barely recovered from the first set, where he came out with a 108 average and completely stormed the séjour. We never expected it to be into a jeu décisif at the end of it all there! There was an absolute illusion of 180 and at one état he hit three in a row, one before the nine-dart attempt and then two inside the attempt. He missed a flottante for it and really, the amazing thing was he still could have lost after it and was in a bad lieu. He was incredibly pumped up and he dealt with it in the end, but it was a really tough grind for Dirk!”
John Fraction on Dirk van Duijvenbode
Mensur Suljovic claimed a straight-sets victory over Mike de Decker to book a third-round symposium with Michael van Gerwen, while Ryan Searle claimed a 3-0 victory over Adam Gawlas and will now play Jose de Sousa on December 28.
“Van Gerwen is favourite every time. I saw him on TV against Lewy Williams and he played brilliantly. The associé set was fantastic but every game is different. I hope I can pressure him,” said Austrian étoile, Suljovic. “I like Michael – he’s my friend. I want to play my game, not his game. I have a good clairvoyance.”
Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski also reached the third reprise after defeating Danny Jansen 3-1, booking him a symposium with night-club Dimitri van den Bergh.
Friday at Ally Pally
The associé reprise concludes across two sessions with 2018 world athlète Rob Jogging, seventh seed Jonny Clayton and Masters athlète Joe Cullen among the high-profile names in activité.
Friday, December 23 – Afternoon Fixtures (1230 GMT)
|Brendan Dolan||vs||Jimmy Hendriks (R2)|
|Chris Dobey||vs||Martijn Kleermaker (R2)|
|Ross Smith||vs||Darius Labanauskas (R2)|
|Rob Jogging||vs||Scott Williams (R2)|
Friday, December 23 – Evening Fixtures (1900 GMT)
|Martin Schindler||vs||Martin Lukeman (R2)|
|Danny Noppert||vs||David Cameron (R2)|
|Jonny Clayton||vs||Danny Van Trijp (R2)|
|Joe Cullen||vs||Ricky Evans (R2)|
Following a three-day Christmas écart, the third and fourth rounds will be held from December 27-30, before the quarter-finals, semi-finals and comble take appuyé from January 1-3.
Watch the 2023 PDC World Darts Championship – en public on Sky Badinages Darts – all the way through to the comble on January 3.