Premier League glory as Gary hits the bullseye

888.COM PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS PLAY-OFF FINALS'WEMBLEY ARENA,LONDON 19/5/11'PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG'FINAL'GARY ANDERSON V ADRIAN LEWIS'GARY ANDERSON WINS
888.COM PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS PLAY-OFF FINALS'WEMBLEY ARENA,LONDON 19/5/11'PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG'FINAL'GARY ANDERSON V ADRIAN LEWIS'GARY ANDERSON WINS

EYEMOUTH darts player Gary Anderson claimed his first televised PDC title with a glorious 10-4 victory over Adrian Lewis in the 888.com Premier League Darts.

Anderson followed up an 8-6 semi-final victory over van Barneveld with a sensational display in the decider, taking leads of 4-0 and 9-1 before walking off with the £125,000 first prize.

World champion Lewis had won through to his first Premier League final with a stunning 8-3 defeat of reigning champion Phil Taylor in the semis, but failed to recapture the form as Anderson prevailed.

As Lewis struggled to find his range in the opening legs of the final, Anderson made a brilliant start by breaking throw with a 13-darter in the opening leg, finishing 121 on the bull for the second and hitting a part of 14-dart legs in moving 4-0 up.

Lewis hit back with double eight in the fifth, but Anderson took out a 101 finish in the next and then Scot then posted a 13-darter on double top for a 6-1 lead, after his opponent missed the bull for a 164 finish.

Anderson hit a 180 in winning his seventh leg, and then added finishes of double 12 and double four in taking the next two to move to the brink of glory at 9-1.

Lewis took out double six for a 14-darter to win his second leg of the game, and then punished four missed match darts from Anderson to pull back to 9-3.

He also won a fourth leg, this time on double two, to increase hopes of an unlikely comeback, but Anderson finally nailed the winning shot with double ten to raise the trophy.

“This is a wonderful feeling,” said Anderson. “I came across to the PDC two years ago with nothing, and now I’ve picked up one of the biggest titles in the game.

“I’ve had an amazing three months in the tournament and I’ll have a good rest now, but I’m delighted.

“I was great for the first eight legs but slipped off a little towards the end and for a while I thought the double ten might never come!

“The trebles went well but my doubles can still be improved on - although I have the trophy and that’s all that matters.

“It’s been a hard 15 weeks and I was pleased to reach the last four, with the players who have been in this tournament, but I pipped Barney and have done Adrian.

“The semi-final helped me and playing a couple of games on the night suits my game. I don’t always practice as much as the other players, but to walk away with the 888.com Premier League Darts title is a proud moment.”

In the semi-final Anderson condemned Raymond van Barneveld to semi-final heartbreak for a fifth time. Van Barneveld had lost in four semi-finals from 2006-2009, but finished second in the league table after the 14 weekly rounds as he raised hopes of finally reaching the decider.

But he missed out in cruel fashion as Anderson overturned a 4-1 deficit by winning seven of the next nine legs to move into the final.