Gary Anderson hit a nine-darter in a flawless 6-0 win over Jelle Klaasen in the semi-finals of the 2016 William Hill World Darts Championship tonight.
The defending champion stormed into tomorrow night’s final with an impressive 107.32 average and also collected £15,000 for completing the perfect leg during the first set.
After 12 and 13 dart legs gave the Flying Scotsman a 2-0 lead in the opening set, Anderson fired in back-to-back 180s and a 141 checkout to hit the first nine-darter of the tournament.
The Scot had missed the double for a nine-dart leg in his quarter-final victory against James Wade yesterday, but made no mistake this time on double 12 to complete the ninth perfect leg at the PDC World Championship.
Anderson edged a closer second set 3-2 to establish a 2-0 lead, before threatening another nine-darter when he began set three with consecutive maximums.
The reigning Premier League champion had to settle for an 11-dart leg on that occasion, with a 142 checkout then sealing him the third set of the match.
Klaasen missed a dart to win the fourth set and was duly punished by Anderson, who hit double 10 to win the deciding leg which put him 4-0 in front.
After taking the fifth set in straight legs Anderson was on course for a whitewash victory, and despite Klaasen claiming the first leg of set six, the defending champion won the next three legs to seal a 6-0 win on the Alexandra Palace stage.
It was a tough exit from the tournament for the 2006 Lakeside winner, yet it represents his biggest payday of his career with £70,000 being awarded to the beaten semi-finalists.
Anderson will now take on Adrian Lewis tomorrow night in a repeat of the 2011 PDC World Championship final, which Jackpot won 7-5.
The Flying Scotsman is aiming to become only the fourth first-time world champion to successfully retain the title the following year, with Eric Bristow (1981), Raymond van Barneveld (1999) and Lewis (2012) the only three to have achieved that feat.
|Gary Anderson||6-0||Jelle Klaasen|
|18/38 47%||Double Attempts||7/20 35%|
|142, 141||Ton+ Finishes||–|