Dunvegan Darts’ Gary Anderson lost 6-4 to Michael Smith on day two of the Players Championship Finals.

The Flying Scotsman led 4-1 after the first session, but could not get going after the interval, as Bully Boy won five straight legs to move into round three.

Anderson came out firing out the blocks quickest. He found a 78 outshot to hold, before breaking the Smith throw in 18 darts to lead. Three further holds followed, meaning the two time back to back World Champion went into the interval 4-1 ahead.

However, it was to be a different story when the match resumed. The Flying Scotsman struggled to score as effectively as he previously did, as Smith a 13 and 14 darter to trail 4-3. Anderson then missed a dart at tops to restore a two leg lead, and the Bully Boy hit a 120 finish to level at 4-4.

It was to be the same story in the ninth leg, as Anderson missed tops again to go 5-4 ahead, as Smith found a 90 checkout to go in front for the first time. He’d then complete the comeback with a 13 dart hold, finding double top to advance into the last 16.

It means Anderson’s Players Championship Finals campaign is over, but he’ll next be back in action at the World Darts Championship. The draw will take place on Thursday 3 December, with the tournament due to start on Tuesday 15 December.

Words: Jarleth Eaton

Photos: Lawrence Lustig/PDC