Gary Anderson gets away with horror miscount as he fends off Rob Cross fightback

Gary Anderson squeezed into the last eight of the 2022 PDC World Darts Championship with a win over Rob Cross that included a miscount blunder that could've cost him the match.

The two-time champion of the world went a set down to the 2018 champ as both looked to secure their place in the quarter-finals and guarantee a prize packet of at least £50,000.

The highly anticipated match-up then swung fully in the favour of the Scot, who rattled off the next three sets to take a commanding lead before Cross reduced the arrears.

With Voltage then desperate to keep the game alive at two games apiece in the sixth set, Anderson stepped up with the darts looking to take out 129.

The Flying Scotsman, who had already hit checkouts of 170, 104, 102 and 116, landed his first dart in treble 19, leaving him a score of 72, before landing his second in the single 14.

That left Anderson on 58, but he opted to hit treble 20, busting his score.

Walking back towards the crowd in disbelief, Anderson focused his eyes on the scoreboard to try and work out the mistake, with commentator John Part saying: "He clearly didn't know what he had left!"

Cross then took up the chance to level the tie with a single dart at tops, before going ahead for the first time since the first set by taking the lead in the seventh.

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However, Anderson would regroup and rattle off the next three legs in a row and book a quarter-final with Luke Humphries as his quest to reach a sixth final goes on.

The 51-year-old, a runner up to Gerwyn Price last year, had seen off Ian White and Adrian Lewis to reach the last 16, and will face another stern challenge in 19tth ranked Humphries.

Although he was successful on the night, the miscount won't be forgotten as quickly as Anderson would like, with fans flocking to Twitter to share their amusement.


With a second adding: "Thought he had 139 shocking miscount."

And a third saying: "Thrown it away, how's he won 2 world titles."

With a fourth concluding: "Not cost him that leg but his head looks gone."

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