European Darts Matchplay 2018
Commanding hold of throw for the Scot. He hits tops to hold in 13 darts, with Suljovic not even on a finish. The Austrian follows up a brilliant visit of by completing a dart hold on D He's now one leg away from victory!
Five consecutive legs for Mensur! Mensur Suljovic converts a stunning kill on the bull for a dart break. He's won four legs on the spin. The crowd are shell-shocked! Brilliant from Mensur Suljovic. He punishes an indifferent leg from Anderson by closing out a dart break on D He's still alive here! He follows up three consecutive 's with a clinical 81 kill on the bull for a dart hold. Anderson is one leg away! The two-time world champion suffers a double bounce-out but is undeterred, taking out 77 in two darts to hold and move to the cusp of glory!
Suljovic fires in his 13th maximum as he bids to close within a leg, but Anderson produces a moment of sheer class; converting a finish on tops. Anderson misses two darts at double for a lead and Suljovic follows up his 27th by pinning tops for a dart break.
Anderson's maximum count rises to 11 as he leaves 98 after 9, but he can't take it out. Suljovic is sat on 71 and despite a stray first dart, he holds his nerve to hit the bull and close out a crucial hold. Commanding hold of throw from Gary Anderson. Clean two-dart 68 kill for the Scot to edge closer to the finishing line! Both players averaging over after 25 legs. He kicks off the leg with his twelfth before leaving tops after 12 darts.
As Wayne Mardle points out, this is the most maximums Suljovic has ever hit in a professional darts match. The pair trade maximums once again, but Anderson sinks D12 for his third consecutive darter to move to within four legs of World Matchplay glory! He crashes in his ninth maximum of the contest to pressure Suljovic's throw and he pins tops for back-to-back dart legs.
Anderson regains his two-leg buffer! He clatters in his tenth maximum to leave 41 after 9 darts and converts D16 at the first time of asking to complete an dart hold. That stops the rot! Suljovic has missed 26 darts at double so far.
He's usually so clinical in the finishing department, but it's proving his undoing at present! He misses D4 and D2 to level up the contest at ten apiece, and Anderson hits D7 to make it , having missed D14 for a in the preceding visit. Suljovic has missed 11 darts at double in the last four legs. Can 'The Gentle' respond after the break? It's all starting to go wrong for Mensur Suljovic.
He squanders two darts at tops and tens to hold and Anderson converts D4 to secure his third straight leg. Seven perfect darts from Suljovic, but he loses the leg! He leaves himself 32 after 9, before squandering three more at double.
That's seven missed darts at double in two legs. Anderson pins D4 to level. The Austrian is visibly frustrated! He followed up his sixth maximum by wiring the bull for a outshot, but then missed a further two at D8.
Suljovic spurned four darts for a three-leg lead, before Anderson finally put away D8. That could prove expensive! He kicks off the leg with his seventh maximum, but Anderson almost salvages the leg after missing tops for an exhibition finish. Suljovic leads on the averages and the 's. Who would have predicted that after 15 legs?
Great way to respond from Mensur Suljovic. He conjures up the first ton-plus checkout of this final- converting a kill on D19 to regain the lead at the third interval! Matches will proceed for a maximum of five additional legs before a tie-break leg is required. For example, in a best of 19 legs first round match, if the score reaches 12—12 then the 25th leg will be the decider.
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