Dunvegan Darts’ Gary Anderson is out of the Ladbrokes Masters. The World Championship runner up lost 10-8 to Adrian Lewis in his first outing of 2021.
Jackpot went 7-3 ahead, before The Flying Scotsman rallied to cut the deficit to 7-6. However, Lewis would come through to take the victory by winning three of the last five legs.
Lewis started off brightly, hitting back to back 15 darters to go 2-0 in front. Anderson though would hold throw twice more to trail 3-2 at the first interval. Jackpot then reeled off three straight legs when the match resumed, going 6-2 in front in 43 darts including a 127 checkout. The Flying Scotsman found double 16 to cut the deficit to 6-3, but a 112 checkout from Lewis saw him go 7-3 up at the final interval.
Anderson came out determined after the restart. A 13 dart leg, before back to back 15 darters of his own, saw The Flying Scotsman win three straight legs and trail by one. Lewis held firm though, as three holds of throw took the match to 9-8, with Jackpot throwing for the match. Anderson, who’d survived match darts in the previous leg, then missed tops to force a decider. Jackpot then took out double 10 to get over the line and move into the last eight.
It’s a disappointing start for Anderson, but he will be back in action in the next PDC event once the calendar has been announced.
Words: Jarleth Eaton
Photo: Chris Dean/PDC