Debutant Anderson powers his way to third PL victory

GARY Anderson maintained his unbeaten start and remained in pole position at the head of the 888.com Premier League Darts last week when he thrashed Mark Webster 8-1 in the third round of matches at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast.

The Scot, in the debut season in the Sky Sports event, now hopes to make it four out of four when he takes on James Wade tonight (Thursday) at the Westpoint Arena in Exeter.

Anderson claimed the third successive victory of his debut Premier League Darts season in style with the heaviest win of the opening three weeks, hitting seven 180s and averaging almost 100. He punished missed doubles from Webster to take the opening leg, and never looked back as he stormed to victory.

Webster had hit a 180 in the opening leg only for Anderson to hit double ten, but the Welsh ace then missed six darts to level in the second as Anderson returned from two earlier misses at double top to move 2-0 up.

Webster checked out 102 to win the third leg, but two further misses in the next allowed Anderson - who had hit his second 180 earlier in the leg - to finish double five for a key 3-1 lead.

Double top gave the Scot a three-leg cushion, which he then extended in style with a brilliant 11-dart finish. He had opened the leg with successive 180s to set up a possible nine-darter - with Webster replying with a maximum of his own - and although Anderson’s chances of achieving the feat were ended when he missed a seventh dart at treble 20, he returned to finish 41 on tops to move clear at 5-1.

Anderson also posted another 180 in a 13-dart finish to win a sixth leg and punished two misses from Webster in the next to lead 7-1, before finishing 78 to com-plete a heavy win over the left-hander.

“The scoreline maybe flatters me and it didn’t feel like an 8-1 win, but I’ll take that,” said Anderson. “I hate to beat a mate so heavily but I did what I had to do and was ruthless at times.

“I took my chances and Mark didn’t, and he will be gutted about that because he struggled. I missed some darts at a double early on but he missed his chances and let me in.

“I still feel there’s more inside me and I’m not happy with any average under 102. I want to average 111-115 on a consistent basis and I believe the 120 average is achievable.

“But to keep winning is the main thing and I’ve managed to do that again.”