Dave Chisnall exits Betfred World Matchplay in round one
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Anderson – competing as an unseeded player at this event for the first time since 2010 – won a scrappy affair to set up an intriguing tie against Daryl Gurney, who defeated 2019 winner Rob Cross 12-10 in a tie break.
Chisnall led 3-2 following an inauspicious start to proceedings but Anderson stole a march in the second session, reeling off five consecutive legs to open up a commanding four-leg cushion.
The Scottish legend wasn’t at his blistering best but he capitalised on Chisnall’s errors throughout, and a nerveless 115 combination from Anderson in leg 13 catapulted him to a 10-6 success.
“I was a bit nervous, but I’ll take the win,” said the two-time world champion, making his 15th consecutive appearance in the competition.
“Daryl played well tonight, and if I play like I did tonight, I will be going home very quickly, so I need to improve.
“I’m enjoying the game again, and it’s been a long time since I have enjoyed it, and I’m looking forward to Tuesday now.”
Also progressing on Saturday was Gerwyn Price, who won 10 of the last 11 legs for a 10-3 victory over Stephen Bunting.
The Welshman now meets Joe Cullen, who kicked off this year’s tournament with a 10-7 victory over debutant Mike De Decker.
Cullen averaged almost 101, landed eight 180s and converted three ton-plus finishes.