Two-time winner Gary Anderson through to World Darts Championship semi-finals

Anderson beat Luke Humphries 5-2.
Two-time winner Gary Anderson through to World Darts Championship semi-finals

By PA Sport Staff

Gary Andersonโ€™s dreams of a third World Darts Championship are still alive after he booked another semi-final spot.

The 2015 and 2016 champion beat Luke Humphries 5-2 to reach the last four for the seventh time at Alexandra Palace.

He averaged 96, hit eight 180s and produced four ton finishes, including a 148 checkout.

Anderson, who has struggled with a back injury for much of the year, will play with Peter Wright or Callan Rydz in the next round.

He said on Sky Sports: โ€œI missed a lot of doubles at the start, but thatโ€™s the way it goes.

โ€œI have got no expectations whatsoever. We are here another day now, there will be some good games tonight. We are here.โ€

James Wade is in the semi-final for the first time since 2013 after a 5-0 whitewash of Mervyn King.

The 38-year-old is an outsider after seeing his ranking plummet in recent weeks, but insists he is enjoying proving people wrong, especially pundit Wayne Mardle.

He said in his post-match press conference: โ€œWayne Mardle, I love proving him wrong. I donโ€™t mean this in a personal or derogatory way to Wayne Mardle, but he always tips me off, to not do this and not do that.

โ€œI have won more than Wayne did in two weeks than he did in his entire career but he is hell-bent on being a little bit silly.โ€

Wade will play either defending champion Gerwyn Price or 2019 runner-up Michael Smith in the last four.

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