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Anderson into World Championship quarters

Updated: Saturday, 01 Jan 2011 20:11

Gary Anderson
Gary Anderson

Andy Smith's dream run at the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship was finally ended as Gary Anderson beat him 4-0.

Smith's hopes of reaching the quarter-finals at Alexandra Palace were halted by an imperious performance from Anderson.

Scotsman Anderson threw 10 maximums to obliterate 'the Pieman' with a three-dart average of 108.39 and will face either Raymond van Barneveld or Colin Osborne in the last eight.

After beating Smith - who yesterday knocked out sixth seed Mervyn King to reach this stage - Anderson said: ‘It would be great to win this trophy but I know that it will be likely that I will have to beat Phil Taylor to get that.’

Earlier, Adrian Lewis was a 4-1 winner against Robert Thornton.

Stoke fifth seed Lewis made it four quarter-finals in six years with an impressive performance today, boasting a three-dart average of 101.05.

Thornton showed some of his earlier form by claiming the third set before Lewis closed out the match.

‘I've never usually performed in afternoon matches, so I'm really pleased with what I managed to do today,’ said the victor.

‘I've got much more believe in myself now and I am more consistent than I was when I reached the first quarter-final back in 2006.’

Terry Jenkins was an easy 4-0 winner over Mark Walsh.

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