Dunvegan’s Gary Anderson produced arguably his best performance of the 2021 Premier League Darts so far on night 11 of the event.

He beat fellow World Cup winning Scottish teammate Peter Wright 8-3, averaging 104.63 to remain alive in the hunt to make Finals Night on Friday 28th May.

It was an excellent start from The Flying Scotsman leaving 36 after 12 darts in the opening leg. Despite missing two to take it, he eventually found double four to go in front. Wright held to level, before a 63 outshot on tops gave Anderson a 2-1 lead.

The two time winner then produced one of the best legs of his Premier League. After leaving 87 after nine darts, he hit treble 17 and double 18 for a lovely 11 dart leg to break and go two legs clear. A 15 dart hold in the next leg saw him go halfway to victory.

In the next leg, Anderson had a chance to go a double break in front, but missed two at tops to do so. Wright then found double nine to remain two behind. It did not deter The Flying Scotsman though as he hit double 12 to hold in the next leg, going 5-2 in front, before punishing missed darts from Snakebite in the eighth. He hit double 12 for a 14 darter and a 6-2 cushion.

A 13 dart comfortable hold for Anderson guaranteed him a point before he missed two darts for the match in the tenth leg. Wright held on double ten to reduce the gap to 7-3, but it only delayed the inevitable. The double Premier League champion found a 74 shot to get over the line for a massive two points.

This win will hopefully restart Anderson’s Premier League campaign, and help him in a push towards the Play-Offs. He ends this block of games tomorrow, facing off against Dimitri Van den Bergh. The match is scheduled to be the final game of the night and will start at around 9.20pm BST.

Words: Jarleth Eaton

Photos: Lawrence Lustig/PDC