PDC Home Tour: Anderson maintains unbeaten streak to sail into semi-finals
Gary Anderson breezed into the semi-finals of the PDC Home Tour after completing an impressive hat-trick of victories as Group Three of the Play-Offs took place.
Anderson remains unbeaten in the innovative Home Tour after easing through on his webcam darts debut, and becomes the first current Premier League star to reach the third phase.
The two-time world champion originally made the headlines in early April, having initially withdrawn from the tournament due to poor broadband connection.
Those teething problems proved a distant memory on Thursday evening as he brushed aside world youth champion Luke Humphries and Welsh duo Jamie Lewis and Nick Kenny to the loss of a mere six legs.
Anderson emerged as the first highest ranked player to progress following the departures of world champions Peter Wright, Glen Durrant and Stephen Bunting.
The Burnam-on-Sea-based ace joins former world champion Jelle Klaasen and Belgian youngster Mike De Decker in the semi-finals – which commence as of Wednesday next week.
“It is strange,” Anderson said. “I’m playing darts here, but usually if I’m playing somebody they are here in person.
“It’s listening to the phone and watching the score pad. You’ve got to try and listen to the thuds so you can get ready to throw. I’m getting used to it I think.”
Anderson celebrates during December’s World Championship (Photography: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
Anderson and Kenny got the evening underway, with the Scotsman comfortably overcoming his Welsh counterpart despite squandering 22 darts at double.
Kenny’s compatriot Lewis then re-entered the fray, bowing down to a 100.73 average in a 6-2 loss at the hands of reigning world youth champion Humphries.
Both Lewis and Humphries have reached the quarter-finals of the World Championship in recent years, and shared 12-darters in the opening two legs, but from there the Berkshire man dominated and wrapped up a convincing victory.
Former World Grand Prix quarter-finalist Lewis remained in place for the evening’s third tussle and gained his first points of the Play-Offs with a narrow win over his fellow Welshman.
Both he and Kenny were clinical on the outer ring throughout, but the Cardigan thrower’s expertise in the scoring department proved marginally better and saw him over the line.
Anderson and Humphries then locked horns in seemingly the group decider, with both players averaging in excess of the 100 mark in a thrilling affair.
‘The Flying Scotsman’ got off the mark with a 15-darter, with his younger opponent subsequently emulating his guide, only for Anderson to accurately find his range and reel off five legs in succession to prevail.
Humphries registered his second ton-plus average of the night, but it proved not enough against a firing Anderson – who recorded a blistering 110.12 average.
Heading into the final round of fixtures, Humphries could only afford to drop a meagre solitary leg if he was to keep his aspirations of progressing alive.
Impressive stuff from Luke Humphries who defeats Nick Kenny 6-1 to keep it interesting at the top of the table!
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) May 28, 2020
The 24-year-old managed to achieve what was needed from him, thrashing Cwmbran’s Kenny with a masterclass on the outer ring, pinning six of his seven attempts.
Humphries astonishingly converted checkouts of 96, 114, 117 and 160 en route to completing a comfortable win over newly-integrated PDC tour card holder Kenny.
The Premier League contender was in need of an extremely unlikely whitewash defeat for Anderson in his culminating clash against Carmarthen-born Lewis – a permutation which was immediately scuppered.
After multiple misses in the opening leg from Lewis, Anderson sealed the title on double two, before eventually claiming a hat-trick of wins with four maximums and a 98.65 average.
ANDERSON WINS GROUP 3!
Gary Anderson secures his spot in the Semi-Finals of the Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs rounding off another unbeaten evening with a 6-3 win over Jamie Lewis! pic.twitter.com/GC7KX5QYBs
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) May 28, 2020
The PDC Home Tour continues on Friday evening as the broadcast returns down under with Australia’s Damon Heta featuring in Group Four of the Play-Offs.
Multiple-time major finalist Dave Chisnall headlines the field, with Darren Webster and Dutch youngster Geert Nentjes also in action.
PDC HOME TOUR PLAY-OFFS
Thursday May 28
Gary Anderson 6-2 Nick Kenny
Luke Humphries 6-2 Jamie Lewis
Jamie Lewis 6-4 Nick Kenny
Gary Anderson 6-1 Luke Humphries
Luke Humphries 6-1 Nick Kenny
Gary Anderson 6-3 Jamie Lewis
Friday May 29
Dave Chisnall v Damon Heta
Darren Webster v Geert Nentjes
Damon Heta v Geert Nentjes
Dave Chisnall v Darren Webster
Darren Webster v Damon Heta
Geert Nentjes v Dave Chisnall
(Featured Image: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)