Gary Anderson’s delightful run of form continues as he won PDC Players Championship 14 in Wigan on Sunday afternoon. The Scot lost out in the final yesterday to Steve Beaton but he made amends just 24 hours later to win the title. Gary’s form in Wigan has been superb as he has made three finals out of the last four events in Wigan. Just like yesterday, Anderson had a slow start in sweltering conditions it’s fair to say at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan as he opened up with a last-leg deciding victory over Mickey Mansell (6-5). He then defeated Harry Robinson 6-4 in the second round in another close tungsten tussle.
In the Last 32, it was the battle of the Anderson’s as he took on Australia’s Kyle Anderson. The Scot stated his intent early on as he cruised to a 6-2 victory as he cemented his place in the last 16. As each round progressed, Anderson seemed to get better and better as he swept aside the young Dutchman Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-2 to book his place in the Quarter-Finals. Anderson cruised into the Semi-Finals with the minimum of fuss as he seen off Richard North 6-1 to set up a mouth-watering Semi-Final clash with the in-form Rob Cross. The Semi-Final was a terrific contest with both players throwing well on their own throw, in the end though Anderson broke the Cross throw in the tenth and final leg to book his place in his second final in as many days as he recorded a 6-4 victory over Rob Cross.
In the final, Anderson came up against his stable-mate Ian White who himself had played superbly all afternoon in the sweltering conditions. Anderson dominated proceedings in the final as he cruised to a 6-1 victory, the averages were very close but it was the finishing statistics from Anderson that proved to be pivotal in the end with Anderson hitting 60% of his doubles attempted compared to the 20% of his opponent.
The delighted Scot spoke to Dan Dawson after the final :
” The last couple of games have dragged a little, it’s been a long day and it’s been really hot. These tournaments are hard work as Ian will tell you, it’s absolutely baking in here. ”
” Since Dubai, I think I’ve thrown my darts once. Then there was the World cup I think we lasted about 16 minutes on stage, then I came back and went on holiday. ”
I’ve played well today and surprised myself, I was playing well before I won the first World title two years ago. Every night I had at home I was down the pub playing 60,70,80 legs a night we were playing Monday Tuesday every week really helped me, but the last 23 years we have been on the road so haven’t had the chance. ”
Players Championship 14