GARY ANDERSON admitted Scotland “dodged a bullet” after escaping a World Cup giant-killing last night.
The World Champ and Robert Thornton came back from 3-1 down to win 5-3 and avoid a major shock at the hands of unfancied New Zealand in Frankfurt.
A sensational 124 finish from Thornton began the revival before an equally classy 95 from Ando drew the Scots level.
Then two more clinical finishes gave the Dartan Army a huge sigh of relief after unknowns Cody Harris and Warren Parry made them sweat.
Anderson said: “That was a close call. We dodged a bullet tonight – we looked dead and buried to be honest. But we kept our cool and took out some good finishes.
“Over the short format you simply cannot afford to make a slow start and we have got off lightly probably.
“Cody played out of his skin early doors and put them in control. I know its a cliche, but there’s no easy games nowadays.
“We’ve now got Norway and we won’t underestimate them either. But we have to get out the traps quicker.”
World Champ Ando missed a shot at bull in the opening leg with Harris marking his World Cup debut taking out 125 with a double 16 kill
Normal service seemed to be resumed with Thornton hitting double two to level it up. But the Scots were left in big trouble when Parry hit double 16 and then Harris took out the same double to make it 3-1.
But the experience then told for the Scots. Ando started the leg with a 177 before Thornton smashed in a psychological boosting 124 with bull. Then Anderson levelled it up with 95.
With the pressure cooker off, Thornton then hit double 18 before his big 177 in the final leg left Anderson with double 12 to hit – and he duly obliged to leave the Kiwis crushed.