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Ando top after night of chaos saves Rob; DARTS.

GARY ANDERSON lost the plot but Robert Thornton found Premier League salvation.

The Scots enjoyed contrasting times in Cardiff last night as one fluffed chances to stay top of the table and the other dodged the drop.

Anderson had a bizarre evening as miscounts and missed doubles wreaked havoc with his hopes of beating James Wade and remaining joint top of the standings.

The world champion wasted 17 of 23 shots at doubles while he also busted eight in a bonkers moment when he forgot the score.

Anderson though still managed to hit back from a 4-1 deficit to snatch a point in a 6-6 draw.

It could have been even better as he missed a shot at tops to win but he said: "It's a point which is better than nothing. I started off bad and my doubles were atrocious. I got back into the game to go 6-5 up but I blew a chance to finish on 79."

Thornton was relieved as he stayed out the bottom two at the relegation cut-off.

LOST THE PLOT Ando had to settle for a point The Ayrshire ace was saved without chucking a dart.

Michael Smith's last-gasp 7-5 defeat at the hands of Phil Taylor plunged him through the trapdoor and left Dave Chisnall as the only danger to Thornton's survival.

But Scotland star Peter Wright put paid to Chizzy's hopes beating him 7-5. Smith and Chsinall's nightmares meant Thornton's 7-4 loss to Adrian Lewis did no long-term damage.

Thornton said: "It's about what happened over nine matches."

In the final match Dutch pair Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld drew 6-6 to leave van Gerwen joint second with Ando.

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LOST THE PLOT Ando had to settle for a point

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 1, 2016
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