GARY ANDERSON came from 3-1 down to defeat Jelle Klaasen 4-3 in a classic second round tie at the William Hill World Darts Championship in the match of the tournament so far, while Benito van de Pas caused an upset and defending champion Michael van Gerwen progressed on Saturday night.

Number four seed Anderson and Dutchman Klaasen played out a match packed with quality which saw both players average over 100 and combine for a brilliant 20 180s – with 14 coming from the Scot as he averaged 103 and checked out 126 in a superb comeback win.

The 2011 finalist was staring down the barrel of defeat at 3-1 down in sets and 2-1 behind in the fifth set until he hit the bull for an 84 finish with Klaasen sat on 89 for the match.

Anderson then claimed that set and then went on to win a high-quality sixth set 3-1, with a barrage of 180s and three 80-plus finishes forcing a deciding set.

Although Klaasen finished a 13-darter to level in the final set, it was Anderson who had the final say as he 126 checkout for a 12-darter to move to the brink of victory before landing two 180s in a remarkable 11-darter to win the game in style.

Having lost to van Gerwen from 3-1 up in last year’s tournament, Anderson turned history on its head with the triumph as he moves through to a third round tie against Cristo Reyes or Kevin Painter.

“I’m not sure where that comeback came from,” admitted the Scot. “At 3-1 down I was just focusing on winning a set, I thought winning two is better than just one in the match.

“I managed to somehow pinch that fifth set and then from there I started to really enjoy it, and the darts started to flow a bit better. I was hitting big scores and finishing big as well.

“Jelle was banging in the big scores early on and taking out his doubles so there wasn’t really too much I could do about it really, I just had to hang on in there and wait for a chance.

“The practicse seems to be paying off, the 180s haven’t been there all year really but if they’re going to come back and I can continue to do well on the doubles then I’m in business.”

Reigning champion van Gerwen overcame a fast start and some stubborn resistance from German qualifier Sascha Stein to win his second round match 4-1.

The Dutch star lost the first set of his match with Stein, who matched him stride-for-stride in the early stages, before the world number one he pulled away for victory.

Van Gerwen finished with eight 180s and an average of just under 100 as he set up a third round encounter with an in-form Terry Jenkins.

“He played well to be fair,” said van Gerwen after the match. “For a qualifier he did very well in this tournament and put me under pressure.

“He did very well against me, even in the second set when I was well ahead he put me under pressure. I knew I was going to win in the end but all credit to Sascha Stein.

“There’s a lot more pressure on me in these games when everyone expects me to win, so I’m happy to get through them and into the next round.

“My game is in good shape, it’s all there i just need to go away and prepare for the next one.”

Another Dutchman, Alexandra Palace debutant Benito van de Pas, produced another shock result as he dumped out number eight seed Dave Chisnall with a 4-2 win in their second round clash.

The 21-year-old knocked out Paul Nicholson in the first round, but produced an even bigger upset as he twice came from behind to send Chisnall packing.

Van de Pas finished behind Chisnall in almost all of the post-match statistics, but when it mattered he produced the goods to move into the last 16.

A 91.44 average for van de Pas was below Chisnall’s 93.08, and with four 180s he was also one worse off than his opponent, but finishes such as his best of 127 helped him book a third round clash with Robert Thornton on Monday.

“That’s the best win of my life,” said a delighted van de Pas. “To win a game like that on the big stage at the World Championship is where you make your name in darts, it’s a dream for me.

“I’ve learned a lot playing in the floor tournaments this year, I’ve lost some close games and learned now how to fight hard and I was able to use that and bring my ‘A’ game to the big stage this time.

“This has been my dream to be here winning games and the dream now continues. It’ll be tough to play against Robert, but I’ll give it my best and we’ll see what happens.”

The second round continues with another double session on Sunday, kicking off as 2012 finalist Andy Hamilton meets Australian Kyle Anderson, before 2004 runner-up Kevin Painter plays Spanish newcomer Cristo Reyes and Ian White faces Kim Huybrechts.

Phil Taylor continues his bid for a 17th World Championship when he plays Mark Webster in the evening session, with two-time champion Adrian Lewis meeting World Youth Champion Keegan Brown and Darren Webster up against Dean Winstanley.

WILLIAM HILL WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Second Round
Saturday December 27
Evening Session
Dave Chisnall 2-4 Benito van de Pas
Michael van Gerwen 4-1 Sascha Stein
Gary Anderson 4-3 Jelle Klaasen

Sunday December 28
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)
Andy Hamilton v Kyle Anderson
Cristo Reyes v Kevin Painter
Ian White v Kim Huybrechts

Evening Session (7pm)
Darren Webster v Dean Winstanley
Phil Taylor v Mark Webster
Adrian Lewis v Keegan Brown

Second Round – Best of Seven Sets, Best of Five Legs Per Set

MATCH INFORMATION
EVENING SESSION
DAVE CHISNALL 2-4 BENITO VAN DE PAS
(3-0, 2-3, 3-0, 1-3, 1-3, 2-3)
BENITO VAN DE PAS produced another shock result at the William Hill World Darts Championship as he dumped out number eight seed Dave Chisnall with a 4-2 win in the second round.

The 21-year-old Dutchman knocked out Paul Nicholson in the first round, but produced an even bigger upset as he twice came from behind to send Chisnall packing.

Van de Pas finished behind Chisnall in almost all of the post-match statistics, but when it mattered he produced the goods to move into the last 16 on his Alexandra Palace debut.

A 91.44 average for van de Pas was below Chisnall’s 93.08, and with four 180s he was also one worse off than his opponent, but finishes such as his best of 127 helped him book a third round clash with Robert Thornton on Monday.

Chisnall swept the first three legs in style with a 12-darter capped by a 72 finish on the bull the highlight in the second leg.

Van de Pas responded by edging the next 3-2 after Chisnall missed double 18 for the set, but the St Helens man again claimed a 3-0 set with a 12-darter and back-to-back 180s to move back ahead at 2-1.

A 127 finish gave van de Pas the advantage in the fourth, and he added a 180 and 74 finish and a double 15 to level the match again.

When van de Pas hit double nine at the start of the fifth set he led for the very first time in the match, and he made it count with a 96 finish in the next and then claimed the set despite a 114 checkout from Chisnall.

Chisnall found another purple patch at the start of the sixth set, with a 180 and a break of throw helping him into a 2-0 lead, but after missing the bull for the set van de Pas swooped to hit tops to hit back.

The Dutchman then took out 77 for a break to level the set, and when throwing for the match he made no mistake by hitting double eight on his third attempt for a famous win.

“That’s the best win of my life,” said a delighted van de Pas. “To win a game like that on the big stage at the World Championship is where you make your name in darts, it’s a dream for me.

“I’ve learned a lot playing in the floor tournaments this year, I’ve lost some close games and learned now how to fight hard and I was able to use that and bring my ‘A’ game to the big stage this time.

“This has been my dream to be here winning games and the dream now continues. It’ll be tough to play against Robert, but I’ll give it my best and we’ll see what happens.”

Match Information
First Set 3-0 – Blistering start from Chisnall who takes out 31 on double eight for the opener. A 12-darter follows with a 180 and 72 outshot on the bull before a double four in the third takes the set.
Second Set 2-3 – There’s a fightback from van de Pas, who takes out 68 to stay in the set after Chisnall misses double 18 for 3-1. Van de Pas then clinches the decider to level the match.
Third Set 3-0 – A 12-darter and a 66 finish is followed by two 180s and a finish on double two for Chisnall, who seals the set without reply with a 61 checkout.
Fourth Set 1-3 – Van de Pas takes out 127 to go ahead in style, before a 180 and 74 finish restores his lead at 2-1. Double 15 seals the set to level again.
Fifth Set 1-3 – Van de Pas moves ahead for the first time in the match with a double nine in the first leg. A 180 and 96 checkout doubles his lead before Chisnall answers with a fine 114. Van de Pas takes the set, though, at the fifth attempt.
Sixth Set 2-3 – Incredible stuff as van de Pas comes from 2-0 down to win the set and the match. Chisnall hits a 180 and double top for a break and double 18 to go 2-0 ahead. Van de Pas hits back with tops after Chisnall missed a dart for the set. He then hits 77 to level, and lands double eight at the third time of asking to complete a famous win.

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN 4-1 SASCHA STEIN
(1-3, 3-1, 3-0, 3-1, 3-2)
DEFENDING champion Michael van Gerwen overcame a fast start and some stubborn resistance from German qualifier Sascha Stein to win his second round match 4-1 at the William Hill World Darts Championship.

The world number one lost the first set as Stein matched him stride-for-stride in the early stages, before the Dutchman pulled away for victory.

Van Gerwen finished with eight 180s and an average of just under 100 as he set up a third round encounter with in-form Terry Jenkins, a repeat of October’s European Championship final which the Dutch star won.

Van Gerwen hit three 180s in the first set alone, but won just one leg thanks as missed doubles allowed Stein to take advantage, with a 180 and 76 checkout giving him a surprise first lead.

The champion hit back by taking the second set 3-1, despite Stein this time throwing three 180s, only to miss three doubles to level the set in leg four as the Dutch ace capitalised.

From there the pressure looked to ease slightly on the number one seed – he took all three legs of the third set as Stein struggled to keep up, and finishes of 83 and 86 helped him to the fourth despite the German providing the highlight with a “Shanghai” 120 checkout.

Stein made a game of it in the fifth set, with an 80 finish and an awkward double 19 making it 2-2 in reply to a 14-darter with a 74 checkout by van Gerwen, but it was the favourite who cleaned up the deciding leg to go through.

“He played well to be fair,” said van Gerwen after the match. “For a qualifier he did very well in this tournament and put me under pressure.

“He did very well against me, even in the second set when I was well ahead he put me under pressure. I knew I was going to win in the end but all credit to Sascha Stein.

“There’s a lot more pressure on me in these games when everyone expects me to win, so I’m happy to get through them and into the next round.

“My game is in good shape, it’s all there i just need to go away and prepare for the next one.”

Match Information
First Set 1-3 – Is another upset on the cards? Stein checks out 59 for an opening break, then holds with double ten after van Gerwen misses three doubles. Tops gets van Gerwen on the board but a 180 and 76 checkout gives Stein the set.
Second Set 3-1 – Not as easy as the score suggests. Van Gerwen races into a 2-0 lead with a 180 and a 76 finish. Stein replies with a 180 and a 32 checkout, but then misses three darts for the fourth leg after back-to-back 180s, and a relieved van Gerwen takes the set on double 16.
Third Set 3-0 – Van Gerwen is hitting his stride now, landing a 180 in the first, and being able to go all the way down to double one for the second. A 52 checkout puts him ahead in the game at 2-1.
Fourth Set 3-1 – Van Gerwen takes control with an 83 finish for a break in the first and an 86 checkout to double his lead. Stein pulls out a “Shanghai” 120 to stay in the set, but a 180 and double eight hand it to van Gerwen.
Fifth Set 3-2 – A 180 helps van Gerwen go in front, but an 80 outshot levels for Stein. Van Gerwen hits a 14-darter on a 74 finish and lands a 180 in the next, but Stein stays in the set with an awkward double 19. Van Gerwen, though, wins the decider to claim the match.

GARY ANDERSON 4-3 JELLE KLAASEN
(3-0, 2-3, 1-3, 2-3, 3-2, 3-1, 3-1)
GARY ANDERSON came from 3-1 down to defeat Jelle Klaasen 4-3 in a classic second round tie at the WIlliam Hill World Darts Championship in the match of the tournament so far.

Number four seed Anderson and Dutchman Klaasen played out a match packed with quality, which saw both players average over 100 and combine for a brilliant 20 180s.

Anderson averaged 103, hit 14 maximums and checked out 126 in a decent outing on the doubles, recording over 47 percent of his finishes.

The Scot, though, was still staring down the barrel at 3-1 down in sets and 2-1 behind in the fifth set until he hit the bull for an 84 finish with Klaasen sat on 89 for the match.

Anderson then claimed that set and then went on to win the next two with a barrage of 180s and three 80-plus finishes – along with his 126 – to secure a remarkable victory and a third round tie against Cristo Reyes or Kevin Painter.

It was a frantic pace set by two of the fastest throwers on the circuit, and with darts flying everywhere Anderson came away with a 3-0 scoreline in the opening set when hitting the only 180 and checking out 84.

Klaasen survived five Anderson 180s – including three in a row over two legs that the Scot lost – to pinch the second, hitting a 13-darter and a maximum of his own after Anderson had gone from 2-0 down to level thanks to finishes of 79 and 82.

Former Lakeside Champion Klaasen was throwing superbly himself, and after an Anderson 14-darter in set three the Dutchman took three successive legs to claim the set, and followed it up by winning the decider in the fourth after starting off with an 11-darter.

Klaasen then looked on the brink as he went 2-1 up in set five, but when looking like going out Anderson responded with the bull for an 84 finish, and another maximum was followed by a double five finish as he claimed the set from nowhere.

Anderson then hit top gear, firing in two 180s and finishes of 81, 86 and 84 to level a thrilling match at three sets apiece.

A nervy opener went to Anderson to start the final set, and after Klaasen levelled with a 13-darter, 126 put the Scot on the brink before he claimed the win in style by throwing two final 180s in a brilliant 11-darter.

“I’m not sure where that comeback came from,” admitted Anderson. “At 3-1 down I was just focusing on winning a set, I thought winning two is better than just one in the match.

“I managed to somehow pinch that fifth set and then from there I started to really enjoy it and the darts started to flow a bit better. I was hitting big scores and finishing big as well.

“Jelle was banging in the big scores early on and taking out his doubles so there wasn’t really too much I could do about it, I just had to hang on in there and wait for a chance.

“The practicse seems to be paying off; the 180s haven’t been there all year really but if they’re going to come back and I can continue to do well on the doubles then I’m in business.”

Match Information
First Set 3-0 – Quick start from Anderson as he runs away with the set with a 48 checkout and an 84 in the third leg, which also featured a 180.
Second Set 2-3 – Quality from both men. Back-to-back 180s from Anderson not enough as Klaasen hits a 13-darter. Another 180 makes it three in successive visits from the Scot, but again Klaasen wins the leg, taking out 54. Further 180s and 79 and 82 finishes level for Anderson but Klaasen takes the decider with a 180 and a 45 finish.
Third Set 1-3 – Klaasen takes the lead despite Anderson hitting a 14-darter. A 177 helps him to level, a 90 checkout puts him ahead and a 180 and 36 outshot hands him the set.
Fourth Set 2-3 – Klaasen lands a 180 in an 11-darter and a 56 finish doubles the lead, but after missing four darts for the set Anderson hits back to level. However, a 180 in the decider helps Klaasen to set up double 18 to clinch the set.
Fifth Set 3-2 – A 90 finish puts Anderson ahead, but Klaasen gets two legs to sit one away from the match – only for Anderson to pull out an 84 checkout on the bull to stay in it, and a 180 and double five to pinch the set.
Sixth Set 3-1 – Anderson is flying now, with two 180s and three 80-plus finishes pulling him level to force a final set decider.
Seventh Set 3-1 – Klaasen can do nothing about it as Anderson takes out 126 to go 2-1 ahead and then pulls out an 11-darter, featuring two 180s, for the match.

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