Gary Anderson 4-2 Steve West
(3-2, 1-3, 3-1, 3-2, 2-3, 3-2)
GARY ANDERSON set up a huge William Hill World Darts Championship quarter-final showdown with Phil Taylor after battling past stubborn Steve West with a 4-2 victory in the last 16.
Two-time World Champion Anderson was matched dart-for-dart by West – who averaged three points less but hit the same number of 180s (seven), took out a 170 finish and won just one fewer legs.
Anderson was mostly in front, but just could not kill off the Essex man as West punished some late missed doubles to extend his hopes almost into a deciding seventh set.
Anderson claimed the first set thanks to a brilliant 104 checkout in the deciding fifth leg, but West’s response was emphatic with three straight legs capped off by a 13-darter pulling him level in he second.
It was Anderson’s turn to dominate in the third as he claimed a comfortable 3-1 set before an eventful fourth saw West hit three 180s and take out 170 but still lose the set after missing one dart to level.
Again the set went the distance in the fifth, with some real drama in the decider as both players missed two doubles before West returned to hit double five with his last dart to extend the match.
Anderson, despite the discomfort of a back problem, was the aggressor in the sixth set, but amazingly missed seven darts for the match in the fourth leg as he allowed West to stay alive at two-all.
A 180 gave Anderson the perfect start to the deciding leg, and he eventually closed out the win to set up a tasty last eight clash with great rival Taylor in a repeat of the classic 2015 final.