Gary relishing a break before Premier League

Ex-Berwickshire arrows ace Gary Anderson is looking 
forward to a short break from top contests and coming back, refreshed and recharged, for the Premier League.

Thursday, 30th July 2020, 3:20 pm
Gary Anderson (archive picture by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)

Twice former PDC world champion Anderson was beaten, convincingly in the end, by Belgian Dimitri Van den Bergh in Sunday’s final of the 2020 Betfred World Matchplay in Milton Keynes.

The event took place away from its normal venue of Blackpool and was staged without an audience, owing to coronavirus regulations.

Anderson, who previously lived in Eyemouth, struggled for decent form throughout and hit only one 180 in the entire match. He indicated afterwards he’d been hampered by the amount of sweat gathering on his darts.

A couple of 177s and a 130 finish in leg 11 were among other high spots for the 49-year-old number eight seed.

Van den Bergh (26), of Antwerp, also made a low-key start and the scores were largely level until the fourth session of the best of 35 legs final, when the Belgian started to pull clear.

Anderson’s scoring continued to desert him but Van den Bergh was thinking cleverly about his cover shots.

He hit three 180s, as well as producing an 11-dart leg and taking out three four-figure finishes – including a maximum 170 in the 12th leg.

Checkouts on 121, 132 and 124 also helped him to an 18-10 victory and the £150,000 first prize.

Anderson, Matchplay champion in 2018, took home the runner-up prize of a silver salver and £70,000.

He said: “He (van den Bergh) played well right from the word ‘go’. He kicked off and I wasn’t even close in the game I was lucky I got a few legs off him, to be honest. He has played well for the whole tournament, so fair do’s to him.”

Of his own form, he said: “We have a few weeks off now, so time to sort it out.” Anderson is due back in Milton Keynes around August 25 for six days of Premier League action and added: “It will be great to back into it – it’s going to help.”