Gary Anderson returned to Premier League Darts action in Milton Keynes by winning a dramatic game against Rob Cross.

Four straight legs had given The Flying Scotsman a 5-2 lead before Cross won three of the next four to force a 12th and final leg. However, two missed darts from Voltage to secure a point allowed Anderson to hit a 52 outshot, claiming a huge win to move clear of the elimination spots.

Cross held in the first leg before missing double 13 for a 119 outshot. Anderson found a 70 checkout to level at 1-1 before two further holds brought the match to 2-2.

In the fifth leg however, The Flying Scotsman pounced. A 128, followed by 177 and 180, left him on 16 after nine darts. When Voltage could not finish 86, Anderson found double eight for a 12 darter for the first break of throw of the contest. The sixth leg saw Anderson miss tops for a 151 and three more for the leg. Cross however could not take out a double double checkout to square the match allowing the two time Premier League champion to find double 10 and go 4-2 ahead.

Former World Champion Cross missed two more in the seventh leg to cut the gap to one leg and Anderson once more found a 70 checkout on tops to get the double break and go 5-2 in front. Roles reversed in the next leg though as Anderson could not find the bullseye to guarantee a point. Cross then took out a 58 shot to go just one break behind.

A 13 dart hold for Voltage cut the gap to 5-4 before an excellent 101 checkout from Anderson saw him go 6-4 ahead getting a point in the process. A second 13 dart hold in a row for Cross forced that final leg where all the drama unfolded.

It’s a massive win for Anderson that sees him move away from the bottom two as the race to avoid elimination hots up ahead of Judgement Night.

The two time World Champion continues his Premier League campaign against Michael van Gerwen tomorrow. The game is the final game of Tuesday’s lineup, scheduled to happen around 21.45 BST.

Words: Jarleth Eaton

Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC