Winstanley stuns Anderson
Scot dumped out despite taking 5-0 lead in first-round contest
Last Updated: July 24, 2012 11:25pm
Dean Winstanley: Came back from 5-0 down to beat Gary Anderson
Dean Winstanley fought back from a 5-0 deficit to claim a 13-11 win over Gary Anderson in the first round of the World Matchplay.
World number four Anderson, who has been battling an eye problem recently, looked to be sailing into the second round as Winstanley struggled on double top in the opening stages in Blackpool.
But the PDC rookie fought back in dramatic style and finally closed things out after an extra five legs were needed to determine a winner.
"I'll never give in, at 5-0 down I stopped on that stage and said, 'there's no way you're going out (like that). There's no way he's taking 10 off you like that, no chance'. I just dug in," Winstanley told Sky Sports after his comeback.
"I was mad with myself because my doubles let me down on two of the legs, but Gary was the better player in the first five.
"I don't know what feeling I've got, I just feel overwhelmed. I'm so happy it's unbelievable."
After his torrid start, Winstanley got off the mark with a 127 checkout that finished on the bull and also took the next leg before Anderson hit back with seven straight trebles to raise hopes of a nine-darter.
He could not complete the perfect finish but still stretched his lead out to four legs, but Winstanley then stunned the Scotsman by winning the next six legs.
An erratic Anderson eventually fought back by winning the next three, but was denied the win when Winstanley amazingly took out 96 on the bull despite hardly being able to see the bed.
The two then traded legs until Winstanley claimed the crucial break with a 13-darter to make it 12-11, and held his nerve to complete victory in the next leg.
Winstanley will face 1998 runner-up Ronnie Baxter in the second round after he secured a 10-7 victory over Dave Chisnall.
Chisnall hit a maximum 170 checkout in the fourth leg but was otherwise outscored by Baxter, who comfortably wrapped up the win by hitting double 11.
Earlier on Tuesday evening, Wes Newton spoiled the party for birthday boy James Hubbard as he claimed a 10-5 victory at the Winter Gardens.
Justin Pipe also progressed to the second round with a comfortable 10-4 victory over Joe Cullen.