A commanding Chris Dobey was ‘overwhelmed and delighted with a win’ to seal revenge over last years Darts World Championship.
Dobey strode to victory over the world number four beating him 3-1 in sets.
Despite Gary Anderson’s four match 180’s, Dobey had a 50% checkout rate, plus a 85.6 dart average compared to Anderson’s 82%.
The flying Scotsman took the early lead sealing the first set in minutes, despite struggling on the doubles.
Dobey took the second set comfortably, and in quick succession took the third from a staggering 110 remaining.
Anderson continued to struggle on the doubles, resulting in a well below average 20% accuracy rate throughout the match.
Dobey punished Anderson’s errors to clinch five consecutive legs, breaking the Scott’s throw twice putting him two legs up in the final set, one leg away from the match.
In spite of only being ranked 28 in the world Dobey defined his class throughout the match.
Overall clinching 11 legs to Anderson’s five, doing so with forty-three +100’s thrown.
In the last leg, Anderson needed four darts to kick off with a double.
An adrenaline fuelled Dobey failed to punish Anderson’s poor start, the world number four proved his class.
After hitting a maximum, he was back in contention with 135 remaining.
In typical match style a disappointed Anderson failed to capitalise his three darts.
Dobey defended his throw from 74. The first dart hitting T14, the penultimate dart narrowly kissing D16, and the match winning flight landed firmly in D8.
‘Hollywood’ progresses to the Quarter Finals of The World Grand Prix, to set up a clash with world number 11 Ian White.