Anderson gets revenge over Lewis in Holland

GARY Anderson put the debacle of his Premier League defeat by world champion Adrian Lewis in Glasgow last week behind him as he gained revenge in the quarter-finals of the RTL7 International Masters in Holland on Sunday night.

After winning Group D unbeaten, overcoming both James Wade and Simon Whitlock 8-4, Anderson ensured his place in the last four with his first win over Lewis since 2009, as he came from 4-0 down to win 8-5 and avenge his defeats in January’s World Championship final and Thursday’s Premier League Darts contest.

However, in Monday night’s semi-final against Phil Taylor Anderson lost to ‘The Power’ 8-4.

In the final Taylor was in top form to clinch the title by defeating Raymond van Barne-veld 8-3.

Anderson earned €8,000 for reaching the semi-finals of the tournament, shown live on Dutch TV channel RTL7 and played in front of a sold-out crowd at the Hotel Zuiderduin.

In last Thursday’s Premier League match, Lewis ruined Anderson’s Scottish homecoming, silencing a 6,500 crowd at the SECC in Glasgow by coming from 3-0 down to take an 8-3 victory.

The pair were meeting for the first time since Lewis hit a nine-dart finish in claiming the World Championship title in January, although the contest failed to hit the heights of that classic at Alexandra Palace.

Anderson began brightly to the delight of the crowd by taking a 3-0 lead, although they were silenced as Lewis defied their boos to hit back and win eight successive legs in claiming his third victory of the season.

Despite his victory Lewis said: “It was very disappointing because I wanted to come to Scotland and enjoy a great game with Gary, and the crowd seemed to put us both off during the match.

“This is not how I wanted this game to be and hopefully the next time we play we can both be given the best of order and both be given a better chance of playing at the top of our game.”