GARY ANDERSON had on-stage verbals of the unexpected against Australian David Platt.
The Flying Scotsman became rattled in their Sydney Masters clash when Platt started to talk to him before he threw yesterday.
It gave the double world champion the hump before he finally ground out a 6-3 win – after being pegged back level at 3-3.
But Anderson was clearly furious with the odd behaviour. He said: “I went up there to play darts, not have a conversation.
“He was bang out of order, simple as that. If that’s the way he plays darts he needs to change career.
“We were up there to play darts but even the referee George Noble could hear him – that’s probably the worst I’ve ever had. I struggled but I got over the line.”
While Anderson managed to squeeze through his odd encounter, there was no such luck for James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld.
Wadey was surprisingly knocked out by Rhys Mathewson, who came back from 4-1 down to the beat the eight-times major winner – who missed several match darts to wrap it up.
Dutch master RVB was smashed 6-1 by local hero Kyle Anderson despite going 1-0 up.
Other than those two results it was a miserable night for the Aussies. Peter Wright eased past Simon Whitlock 6-2 while Phil Taylor kept up his unbeaten record in the Sydney Masters with a 6-3 win over Corey Cadby. Michael van Gerwen cruised through 6-2 over Cody Harris with an average of 108 and there were also easy wins for Adrian Lewis and Dave Chisnall.
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