A stunning 156 checkout saw Dunvegan Darts’ Gary Anderson take a point from his opening 2021 Premier League Darts game against James Wade.
The Flying Scotsman, making his tenth appearance at this event, produced the remarkable outshot with Wade, who replaced Gerwyn Price due to the Welshman having a positive COVID-19 test, sitting on 80 to win the match.
Both players held throw in the opening two legs, before Anderson missed three darts to take a 2-1 lead. Wade then found double top to hold once more, before The Flying Scotsman hit tops to level the contest at 2-2.
Wade found a 96 finish on double 19 to go in front again, before a 12 darter saw him take a 4-2 lead. The two time World Champion broke back immediately though, hitting tops once again to cut the gap to 4-3. However, more missed doubles cost Anderson, as he squandered two at double 16 to bring the contest all square again. The Machine then found tops for a 44 checkout to go 5-3 in front.
Anderson though responded brilliantly. A 13 darter saw him break once again, before finding double six to level up the match after both players missed darts to win the 10th leg. Another dart at tops was missed by The Flying Scotsman, before Wade pinged in a 96 outshot to go 6-5 up and guarantee a point. Sitting on 80 after 12, The Machine looked to have secured the victory, but Anderson, who had been 5/19 on the checkouts prior, thought differently. He produced the fantastic 156 outshot on double 18 to make sure he left the opening night’s action in Milton Keynes with a point.
A beaten semi finalist last year, and a two time champion of the Premier League before that, this is hopefully a start from which Anderson can build on. He’s back in action on Tuesday night, playing in the opening match against Jose De Sousa at 7pm BST.
Words: Jarleth Eaton
Photos: Lawrence Lustig/PDC