GARY Anderson marked his debut in the 888.com Premier League with a victory, defeating Simon Whitlock 8-5 at The O2 last Thursday.
The pair shared 11 180s in an entertaining opener in London, with one break of throw from Anderson and a ten-darter proving crucial in the final outcome as the Scot picked up the two points.
The Eyemouth man had hit his first 180 of the game in winning the first leg in 12 darts, before the Australian posted a 180 on his way to the second.
Whitlock opened the third with another maximum in reply to a perfect start from the World Championship finalist, who took the leg in 13 darts.
Whitlock won the fourth, and the high scoring continued as Anderson hit a 180 in another 12-dart leg to lead 3-2, and the duo again traded maximums as the Australian squared the contest going into the break.
Anderson won leg seven on double ten after Whitlock followed a maximum with two missed darts at tops to break, and the Scot then picked up the first break of the game on double top.
He hit a sixth 180 of the game in a superb ten-dart finish as he pulled clear at 6-3, ensuring that finishes of 13 and 14 darts in two of the next three legs from Whitlock only pulled him back to 7-5.
Double 15 in the middle of those legs had ensured Anderson would at least draw on his Premier League debut, but he sealed both points with a classy 120 finish.
“I saw Mark Webster go up on stage first and he played brilliantly to say it was his first Premier League game and I wanted to go on stage and do the same,” said Anderson.
“I was nervous at the start and settled down after the first leg. It’s good to get the first match out of the way and I feel I’ve got a lot of improvement in me yet.”
THE top-of-the-table clash in the Duns and District Darts League on Monday night proved to be a bit of an anti-climax, with current champions the Radicals running out comfortable 10-2 victors over the White Swan.
The Black Bull B had a convincing 11-1 home win against the Whip Ladies while the Black Bull A defeated the Horn Ladies by the same scoreline.
In the other two matches the Plough notched a narrow 7-5 victory against the Whip and Saddle and the Horn defeated Cygnets 7-5.
Next week the mixed fours will be held at the White Swan starting at 8pm.
THE East Ladies results on February 8 were as follows:
Anchor 4 Red Lion 8, Queens Head 7 Ship 5, Dolphin 6 Fleet 6, Free Trade 7 Tavern B 5, Tavern A 7 Thatch 5.
Highest score: M McGuinness (Queens Head), B Thomson (Dolphin), A Brown (Thatch) all with 140.
KENNY Hall and Jackie Robertson won the East Berwickshire Darts League’s Joseph Walker Memorial Trophy RNLI Mixed Pairs at The Tavern Bar last Sunday.
In the final they defeated Justin Aitchison and Lisa Sinton.
Last week’s league results were as follows: Grantshouse Inn 2 Fleet Bar 7, Ship Hotel 8 Robins Nest 1, Tavern Bar A 4 Waterloo Arms B 5, Waterloo Arms 8 Tavern Bar B 1.
Highest checkout of the night was 120 by Norman Bolton (Grantshouse Inn).