World champ Anderson lifts second Premier League title

Gary Anderson won the Premier League darts title for the second time when he beat Michael van Gerwen 11-7 in the final at the O2 Arena in London on Thursday.

Anderson, who is the reigning world champion, followed up his 2011 success in the competition with another competent display.

He had to pull out all the stops to beat the in-form Dave Chisnell in the semi-finals, however.

In a cliff-hanger of a match the players, where Anderson trailed 7-4, 8-7 and 9-8, the players were tied at 9-9, taking the match to a dramatic last leg decider.

Chisnell had a chance of a 164 finish, but he failed to check out and Anderson took advantage with a 116 finish of his own to seal a nerve-racking victory.

Afterwards, Anderson said he was lucky to get through, but was relieved to have made the final.

Van Gerwen, meanwhile, beat fellow Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld 10-8 in another cliff-hanger, after he fought his way back from 7-4 down at one stage.

In the final van Gerwen won the first two legs, but Anderson hit back to take the next three.

MVG levelled it up at 3-3, but Anderson, who had beaten the Dutchman in a tournament at the weekend, stormed ahead by taking the next four legs to establish a 7-3 advantage.

Van Gerwen got it back to 7-5, but Anderson was not for shifting, and with both players averaging over 105 the darts were of the highest quality as the score moved on to 8-6.

The next two legs were also shared - 9-7 - before a 96 checkout from Anderson put him just one leg from victory.

Van Gerwent had a dart at tops to stay in the match, but he failed to hit the target and Anderson finished 64, with a tops out shot, to lift the trophy.

After the final Anderson said: “Dave Chisnell was the best player over the 16 weeks of the league, but this is a job of work for me and I managed to scrape through.

“Michael van Gerwen is a great player and you won’t see him lose many finals, but I am pleased he lost this one.”