Gary Anderson was the only member of Team Dunvegan to move into round two of the Players Championship Finals.

He produced a stunning comeback to win his round one contest with Keegan Brown, while Chris Dobey and Adam Hunt both lost on the opening day at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

The two time World Champion Anderson reeled off five straight legs in his round one victory. Trailing 4-1, he fought back to win 6-4.

It was almost an exceptional start for the Flying Scotsman, who missed tops for a 160 outshot. However, he then missed another three at double 10, and Brown found a 100 checkout to break in the first leg. Three holds of throw followed, before Brown hit double eight to go 4-1 in front at the interval.

The two time world champion came out fighting at the restart. A 44 checkout got one of the breaks back, before Brown missed bull for a 127 outshot. Anderson would find a lovely 120 checkout to trail 4-3, before levelling with a 67 finish on tops.

After leaving 72 to win the ninth leg, Anderson would eventually hit double 10 to take the lead for the first time in the match. He completed his comeback with an excellent 102 finish, punishing the Needle for missing double 16 to take the match to a decider.

Chris Dobey could not follow Anderson into round two, as he lost 6-3 to Madars Razma.

Hollywood missed double top to break in the opening leg, as Razma hit a 48 outshot to hold. Two further holds followed, before the Latvian found a 120 checkout to take a 3-1 lead.

Dobey responded emphatically, leaving 52 after nine, before hitting double 16 to complete an 11 darter and get the break back. He levelled, before Razma held to go 4-3 up.

The key moment of the match came in the eighth leg. Both missed darts to win it, but it was Razma who would find double five to go two legs in front at 5-3. Last year’s semi finalist then squandered three darts in the ninth leg to keep the match alive, as the Latvian hit double four to move into round two.

Adam Hunt exited during the afternoon session in round one, also losing to Joe Cullen 6-3.

Cullen threw first, and was on 86 after 12 but could not find an outshot. This allowed Hunt a chance, and he took advantage, finding a lovely 102 checkout to break and take a 1-0 lead. The Rockstar would respond straight away, hitting double two to break straight back and level at 1-1.

Three holds followed, with Cullen ahead 3-2 at the interval. After two holds, the moment of the match came in the eighth leg, as the Rockstar found a 130 checkout on the bull to break and go 5-3 ahead. Cullen would then find double ten to complete the victory.

While disappointing for Hunt and Dobey, they are both in the draw for the World Darts Championship, scheduled to take place on Thursday 3 December.

For Anderson, the action continues tomorrow, as he faces Michael Smith in round two on Saturday afternoon.

Words Jarleth Eaton

Photos Lawrence Lustig/PDC