PDC Home Tour: Anderson maintains winning streak as Klassen also progresses to Championship Group
Gary Anderson progressed to the final night of the innovative PDC Home Tour as he maintained his winning streak, while Jelle Klaasen also prevailed to Friday’s Championship Group.
Two-time world champion Anderson remains unbeaten in the Home Tour, having claimed nine straight wins from his home in Burnham-on-Sea and taken to the online initiative with great aplomb.
The Scotsman originally withdrew from the tournament two months ago due to a faulty broadband connection, but overcame the initial teething difficulties and now finds himself amongst the remaining quartet.
Meanwhile, Anderson’s fellow former world champion Klaasen joined him in qualifying for Friday’s extravaganza after winning his opening two matches against Dave Chisnall and Mike De Decker, despite performing far from his usual brilliant best.
Gary Anderson celebrating during December’s World Championship (Photography: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
Anderson got the first evening of semi-final groups on the road with a narrow 6-5 victory over the valiant Belgian youngster, De Decker, averaging 93.43 and pinning four maximums.
‘The Flying Scotsman’ overcame an early break of throw from the youngster to construct a 5-2 advantage, only for De Decker to reel off two legs in succession and move within one adrift of his Scottish opponent.
Both players fired home maximums in the tenth leg as De Decker converted an impressive 11-darter on double 18, before bowing down to a flawless Anderson in the decider.
Klassen and Chisnall – both of who have reached BDO World Championship finals during their illustrious careers – then locked horns in a blink and you’ll miss it encounter.
Neither the Dutchman nor the St Helens man were on-song as both clocked sub-90 averages, though, Klaasen took an early 3-1 lead before claiming three of the next four legs to run out victorious.
Klassen remained in place for the evening’s third encounter and strengthened his hopes of progressing to Friday’s Championship Group with a 88.48 average in denying Belgium’s De Decker.
The Dutchman overturned a 3-1 deficit, before reeling off three consecutive legs, including a mesmerising 152 checkout, to all but secure his progression.
Anderson and Chisnall then clashed in a repeat of their 2016 World Championship quarter-final battle, with the Scotsman knowing a victory would excel him into the next stage.
However, Chisnall was desperate to keep his hopes alive and came out firing, pinning back-to-back 14-darters to fabricate an early 2-0 advantage, only for Anderson to respond with successive 12-darters to level up proceedings at two apiece.
The two-time world champion then rallied as he claimed three legs in succession in 15 darts or less, prior to ‘Chizzy’ punishing multiple misses to get his third and final leg on the board.
Anderson comfortably held throw in the concluding leg to seal his place in Friday’s finals night, meaning the overall outcome of the group was decided with two matches to spare.
Nevertheless, Chisnall avoided bottom spot with a narrow 6-5 win in the penultimate match of the evening, before Anderson sealed top spot with victory over Goor-based Klaasen.
There we have it!
Gary Anderson cannot be beaten on the Low6 Home Tour!
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) June 3, 2020
The PDC Home Tour Play-Offs continue on Thursday evening as former world champion Rob Cross acts as the headline attraction and the highest remaining participant.
World number four, Cross, will be joined by fellow Premier League star Nathan Aspinall and European Tour event winners Joe Cullen and Jonny Clayton.
PDC HOME TOUR PLAY-OFFS
Semi-Finals – Group One
Wednesday June 3
Gary Anderson 6-5 Mike De Decker
Jelle Klaasen 6-2 Dave Chisnall
Jelle Klaasen 6-3 Mike De Decker
Gary Anderson 6-3 Dave Chisnall
Dave Chisnall 6-5 Mike De Decker
Gary Anderson 6-2 Jelle Klaasen
Who will join them? pic.twitter.com/T40AFoZh6P
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) June 3, 2020
Semi-Finals – Group Two
Thursday June 4
Rob Cross v Joe Cullen
Nathan Aspinall v Jonny Clayton
Joe Cullen v Jonny Clayton
Rob Cross v Nathan Aspinall
Nathan Aspinall v Joe Cullen
Jonny Clayton v Rob Cross
*Top two players qualify for Championship Group
(Featured Image: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)