Eyemouth darts professional Gary Anderson picked up his fourth PDC ProTour win of 2014 as he edged out Phil Taylor 6-5 in the final of the Players Championship.
Anderson’s return to form this year continued as he won a Players Championship for a second successive Saturday, to follow up his German Darts Championship and Coral UK Open Qualifier triumphs earlier in 2014 in consolidating his return to the world’s top 16.
The former Premier League Darts champion – whose partner Rachel is expecting their first child next week – defeated James Hubbard, Marc Dewsbury, Conan Whitehead and Joe Murnan to win through to the last eight, where he edged out Adrian Lewis 6-4.
He then survived four missed match darts from Christian Kist before winning their semi-final in a deciding leg, before claiming victory in a high-quality 11-leg final against Taylor.
“Winning’s becoming a habit again this year and it’s a great habit to have,” said Anderson. “I always enjoy playing Phil and it was a great final, and I’m delighted to have come out on top this time.
“I’m climbing back up the rankings and I’ve got the fire in my belly again. I’m enjoying my darts at the moment, but I’ve knuckled down this year and I’m getting the results.
“My doubles are coming back and I hit bucketloads of 180s, which was great for me.”
Taylor broke in the opening leg of the final with a 14-darter, only for Anderson to level before hitting a 180 in a 13-darter to move 2-1 up.
The Scot then missed the bull for a 170 finish as Taylor levelled with a 13-darter of his own, and the pair traded the next two before another 13-dart finish moved Anderson 4-3 up, as he landed another maximum.
The pair then hit 171 scores in the next before Taylor finished 146 for a 12-darter to level, before both hit 180s as Anderson took out double eight to lead 5-4.
Taylor finished 109 to send the game into a decider and left himself 102 in the final leg, only to see Anderson check out 104 on double 12 to complete the win, claiming the £10,000 first prize.