ROBERT THORNTON 4 – 0 Beau Anderson

Robert Thornton cruised into the last 16 of the World Championship with a straight sets victory against Beau Anderson on Saturday evening.

The world number nine produced an excellent display to see off his Australian opponent, hitting seven 180s and averaging almost 99 in the win.

Thornton’s triumph was even more impressive as he admitted he was struggling with illness on the Alexandra Palace stage.

“I was sick before I came on, I just felt a bit ill about an hour before the game so I’m glad to get through,” said the former UK Open winner.

“My performance wasn’t too bad though, maybe I need to feel ill and play more often. I’ll take one game at time and see where it leads. You have to fight in every game.”

Thornton took the first set by three legs to one, with the aid of his first two 180s, before doubling his lead by winning three legs without reply in set two.

The Scotsman added his fourth and fifth 180s in the third set, which he won 3-1, sealing it with a 120 finish.

He then fired in two more maximums as he broke Anderson’s throw in the opening leg of what proved to be the final set, as he completed the job with checkouts of 65 and 81.

Thornton will take on Wes Newton or John Part on Friday.

By Chris Murphy