Gary Anderson and John Part will fly the Unicorn flag on the final day at the UK Open in Minehead.

Anderson will now face World Champion Rob Cross, while Part takes on Welshman Robert Owen.

Gary was in imperious form again as he dispatched Ricky Evans 10-3 with a 95 average and 5 maximums and he improved on that with a superb display to beat Jermaine Wattimena 10-6, averaging 105 with 9 x 180s.

Part’s fairy-tale weekend continued with a dramatic last leg victory over Ron Meulenkamp and a nail-biting 10-8 triumph over Mervyn King.

Anderson had to be at his best against Wattimena. After missing darts for a 4-1 lead, he found himself 5-3 behind. But class told in the end with a run of five straight legs which proved to be crucial. In the 12th leg he hit six perfect darts. A cool 78 finish completed the win.

Part was 9-7 down to Meulenkamp who then missed four match darts and he played brilliantly to force a deciding leg and won it with a stylish 93 two dart check-out.

Against King, he was forced to battle back after failing 4-1 down....he kept in the hunt with finishes of 112 and 109 and then a 76 check-out saw Part level at 7-7. The Canadian then nailed a brilliant 115 on D19 to go ahead for the first time and the winning dart at D16 saw him move into a first TV ‘Major’ since the 2012 Grand Slam.

In the last 16 there was huge disappointment for Michael Smith, Kim Huybrechts, Ian White and Chris Dobey.

Smith had looked so good all tournament and looked set fair again after trouncing Ryan Meikle 10-4 in the 4th Round. But against Steve West in the last 16, he blew a fantastic opportunity. Smith led 4-1 and his game went to pieces as he found himself trailing 9-6. The Unicorn man fought back valiantly to force a deciding leg, but West took it on ‘tops’ with Smith sat on 72.

Ian White had missed D12 for a 9 darter in his 10-8 4th Round win over Jamie Hughes. However, he then lost 10-7 to Welshman Robert Owen. White took out 161 to level at five apiece, but from six all Owen took control.

Huybrechts played so well in beating Daryl Gurney 10-5 in the last 32 but then lost his way as he fell to a shock 10-7 defeat to David Pallett. The Belgian took out 147 as he fought back from 3-7 down, but he left himself too much to do and like the others, will consider this a big missed opportunity.

Chris Dobey gave it a real go against Corey Cadby. He took care of Jason Lowe 10-5 in round four, winning the match with a 10 darter. Against the Aussie, the Unicorn youngster came from two legs down to lead 3-2. But from 4-4, Cadby took control winning four straight legs....Dobey though wasn’t finished and he battled back to within a leg. He then missed two darts to level at 8-8 and Cadby closed it out.

Kyle Anderson, James Wade and Keegan Brown all departed in the 4th Round.

Wade was the last remaining defending UK Open Champion left in, so there will be a new name on the trophy after the Unicorn man was stunned 10-6 by David Pallett.

Anderson left himself too much to do against Rob Cross. He was 7-2 down but fought back bravely, hitting eight 180s, before losing 10-7 to the World Champion.

And Brown was no match for Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski, losing 10-5.

By STUART PYKE at the UK Open Finals

Images courtesy Lawrence Lustig / PDC

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