GARY ANDERSON did it the hard way against Norway to seal Scotland’s place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
The World Champion was staring at an opening match defeat against Cor Dekker in the deciding leg in Frankfurt last night.
But he produced a sensational 160 finish with the tall Norwegian ready to pounce left on just 52. Then his team-mate Robert Thornton recovered from losing the opening leg of his encounter with Robert Wagner, to reel off four tops finishes to set-up a quarters clash with Belgium today (Sun).
Anderson admitted: “That 160 had to go or I wasn’t coming back to the board and we would have been 1-0 down.
“Dekker played incredibly well. The short format is so dangerous against any opponent, there’s no easy games at this level and I was lucky really.
“I couldn’t see past him. I like to watch the board when my rival is playing but he’s so tall I couldn’t see the board. It was odd because I couldn’t see what was going on in the game!
“When the game is this short I find it really difficult to get going and get into a rhythm. It’s almost over before I’m even in the swing of the match. But I did just about enough to beat Cor and it’s a relief to be through.
Thornton admitted that they will have to play better to beat brothers Kim and Ronny Huybrechts in today’s quarters.
He added: “It was a good result against Norway, they were tough to beat. I think we will have to step it up a bit against Belgium.
“Kim and Ronny are top class players and won’t miss much. If we don’t go up a level we will be going home, simple as that.”
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