Gary Anderson came up short against an inspired Dimitri Van den Bergh on Sunday evening at the Marshall Arena as an incredible run in Milton Keynes came to an end for ‘The Flying Scotsman’.
It was a below par performance from both finalists in the opening session with the averages in the mid 80’s going into the commercial break. Both players returned to the stage re-invigorated, with the treble 20 segment taking a pounding throughout the following five legs as the two went in all square once again.
After a 121 checkout from Dimitri in the previous session Anderson would take the high checkout honours with a 130 of his own as he heaped the pressure on the young Belgian. But the two-time World Youth had a repost of his own, a 170 to break straight back and put the match back on throw.
‘The Flying Scotsman’ would continue to struggle finding his scoring game as the match progressed. Matchplay debutante ‘Dancing Dimitri’ racing into a four leg advantage as the finish came into sight for the first time.
Further ton plus checkouts of 132 and 124 increased the lead further for the brilliant Belgian as Anderson could do nothing but watch. It has been magnificent return to form for Gary Anderson this week in Milton Keynes as he remains amongst the darting elite with a second career Matchplay final.
But it was Dimitri Van den Bergh who would get the job done as he secured major glory for the first time in is young career at the Marshall Arena. Gary will return for the next dose of Premier League action in a few weeks time with six night planned at the Marshall Arena.
Words: Josh Green
Photos: Lawrence Lustig/PDC