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? Although disappointed that he could not add to his 11 televised nine-darters with his first in the World Championship, Taylor insisted that his narrow miss on double 12 did not affect the outcome of the match. Taylor once again says that there are striking similarities between new World Champion Cross and himself in the way they both play darts. He was relentless, he just doesn't stop putting you under pressure, and that's the way I used to be.
It was a mismatch really, he was a brilliant player. Cross will also now make his Unibet Premier League debut in February after being included as one of four debutants - alongside Daryl Gurney, Mensur Suljovic and Gerwyn Price - for the tournament. Second Set - A for Cross helps him to a second successive break of the Taylor throw. Third Set - No let up from Cross as he hits another maximum to kick off with a hold. Fourth set - Cross hits a but Taylor takes out - vintage Taylor but it's all just to hold throw.
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