PDC World Darts Championship: James Wade and Gary Anderson into semi-finals


Gary Anderson won the World Championship in 2015 and 2016
Gary Anderson won the World Championship in 2015 and 2016

James Wade and Gary Anderson are through to the semi-finals of the PDC World Darts Championship.

England’s Wade, 38, whitewashed compatriot Mervyn King 5-0 in the first quarter-final at Alexandra Palace.

The second quarter-final was a much closer contest with two-time world champion Anderson overcoming Luke Humphries 5-2 in a brilliant battle.

Wade will face either Gerwyn Price or Michael Smith next, while Anderson will play Peter Wright or Callan Rydz.

Scotland’s Anderson, last year’s runner-up, is through to his seventh World Championship semi-final after overcoming 26-year-old Englishman Humphries.

It was all square after four sets when Humphries drew level at 2-2. Scotland’s Anderson, 51, broke Humphries’ throw in the last leg of the fifth set to lead 3-2 and returned after the break with a 148 checkout to hold his throw and win the next set.

In his third World Championship quarter-final, Humphries had chances to break Anderson and fought back in the seventh set to lead 2-1 in legs.

However, Anderson threw a 108 finish to hold his throw and make it 2-2.

Humphries just missed the bull for a 170 checkout to take the set and missed another two darts at a double, with Anderson taking advantage to check out with 80 needed to seal the win.

“The right shots at the right time came which I was quite happy about,” Anderson said. “I still want to play darts and I still want to win.”

After his victory on Saturday, Wade will make a fourth World Championship semi-final appearance and his first in nine years.

The fifth seed has lost only one set on his way to the semi-finals, in his round two victory over Maik Kuivenhoven.

The UK Open Champion was handed a walkover in round three as Vincent van der Voort was forced to withdraw because of a positive Covid-19 test.

“I know I can do it,” Wade said. “If I play well, I win, if I don’t, I lose.”

Saturday schedule of play – quarter-finals

Afternoon

James Wade 5-0 Mervyn King

Gary Anderson 5-2 Luke Humphries

Evening

Peter Wright (Sco) v Callan Rydz (Eng)

Gerwyn Price (Wal) v Michael Smith (Eng)

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