Dunvegans’ Gary Anderson got back to winning ways on night four of the 2021 Premier League Darts.
After suffering defeat to Peter Wright last night, The Flying Scotsman cruised past reigning champion Glen Durrant 7-2, gaining some measure of revenge after losing to him in the semi finals of the last year’s event. In doing so he moves level on points with those in top four, only out of it on leg difference.
Anderson looked in complete control from the start of the game, hitting back to back 14 darters to hold twice and go 2-1 front. In the fourth leg two 180s from The Flying Scotsman saw him on 58 after nine. Despite missing two at tops, he eventually found double 20 for a 13 darter and a 3-1 lead.
Another finish on tops, this time a 68 outshot, saw the two time Premier League champion move into a 4-1 lead before missing double seven in the next leg to go a double break ahead. This allowed Durrant to find a 108 checkout and decrease the gap to 4-2.
However this did not deter The Flying Scotsman, who quickly raced across the finishing line. A third 14 darter, again finishing on tops, restored the three leg lead. He then capitalised on three missed darts at double from Durrant in the eighth leg, finding double six to guarantee a point. 17 darts later, once again hitting tops, the job was done, and two points were in the bag.
Five points from his opening four games is a satisfying haul for Anderson, but he’ll want to finish the week in the top four. He has a chance to do so tomorrow night, facing off against Jonny Clayton, a player who occupies fourth place, in the opening match of the evening, at around 19.10 BST.
Words: Jarleth Eaton
Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC