Anderson aims for revenge with crowd on his side

GARY Anderson gets a chance to extract some revenge on home soil tonight (Thursday) when he takes on the man who beat him in January’s World Championship final.

The Scottish No1 from Eyemouth can expect to have the crowd behind him for a change going into tonight’s eagerly-anticipated Premier League clash with world champion Adrian Lewis in Glasgow. But his English opponent, who returned to form last week with a thumping victory, says he is relishing the prospect. “I know the crowd will be behind Gary and I’m looking forward to it,” said Lewis. “It’s going to be a brilliant atmosphere.”

Anderson lost for the first time in the Premier League last week, Phil Taylor edging a dramatic clash 8-6 to draw level with the Scot at the top of the Premier League table. Anderson entered his clash with Taylor on a high after winning his opening four games, but was left to rue missed doubles in the penultimate leg of a fine tussle.

He wired two darts at double top, which would have given him a 7-6 lead with the throw in the decider, but Taylor stepped in to take the leg and then swept to victory with a 12-dart finish. “I am kicking myself a bit,” said Anderson. “I had a few missed chances and I should have gone 7-6 up - the darts were so close and even with 8,000 fans in I could hear them clip the wire!

“I’m still top of the league and there’s a long way to go yet before the top four are finalised - and I can’t wait to play Adrian Lewis in Glasgow.”