Eyemouth’s Gary Anderson and Raymond van Barneveld claimed the final two places in the Betway Premier League Play-Offs in Newcastle, as a defeat for Phil Taylor meant he would not reach the top four for the first time in the tournament’s history.
World Champion Anderson picked up a narrow 7-5 triumph over the six-time Premier League champion, as Taylor was edged out in a must-win contest.
Anderson’s clash with Taylor was typically tight, mirroring their classic World Championship final and the Scot’s narrow win on the opening night of the season, and he once again prevailed.
“As long as I held my own throw for six legs then I knew I’d get the point that I needed, but I got a break as well and then pinched it at the end,” said Anderson.
“I’ve scraped through and anything could happen now. For the first nine weeks I was doing really well but I’ve struggled for a few weeks, so it’s great to make sure I’m in the Play-Offs. It’s a shame to knock Phil out because he’s had some huge averages this season, and he’ll be back.”
I’ve scraped through and anything could happen nowGary Anderson