Gary Anderson made a winning return to the Premier League stage after two days away as he defeated bottom of the league Daryl Gurney in a nervy deciding leg.

With just four nights left, Anderson left Milton Keynes on Sunday sitting pretty in second place in the league behind runaway leader Glen Durrant. He would blaze into an early lead against Northern Irishman Gurney, holding a 110 average as it looked to be an easy nights work for the Scot.

But checkouts of 150 and 116 made it difficult for ‘The Flying Scotsman’ as he worked his way back into the contest. Anderson was under pressure and soon enough Gurney would work his way to within one leg of the draw on night 13 at the Marshall Arena.

But in a pivotal deciding leg, Anderson would hammer home his 7th maximum as he clinched maximum points to preserve second place in the league table.

With the standings so tight, it could be the case that Anderson still needs at least two more wins to secure his place at October’s play-offs.

Words By Josh Green

Photos by Lawrence Lustig PDC