Gary Anderson was back to his best as he claimed his first Premier League win of the season, as he
defeated Michael Smith in Nottingham on Thursday night.
Anderson would first dispatch of Jonny Clayton in the quarter-finals. The first five legs going with
throw before the Scot broke with a 92 checkout. A 12-darter would follow from Anderson but
Clayton battled back to send the match to a decider. Clayton missed a bullseye for the match and Anderson scooped a crucial Premier League win.
Next up was Peter Wright in the semi-finals. Similarly, to his previous match, we reached the halfway stage on throw. But a string of 13, 14 and then a 15-darter gave Anderson his first final of the
Premier League season, and a win over the new world number one.
After wins over James Wade and Gerwyn Price, Michael Smith would be Anderson’s final opponent.
It started well for ‘The Flying Scotsman’ with a break of throw in the opening leg. Smith immediately returned the favour to level at 1-1. But Anderson was fining his rhythm now, 12 and 13 darters gave him a two-leg cushion as he seeked the £10,000 winners bonus.
That advantage would soon become three legs as Anderson took out 74 to leave Smith with a
mountain to climb. Two legs on the spin would briefly bring ‘BullyBoy’ back into the contest, but
Anderson closed out a 6-4 victory to claim his first Premier League win of the season in Nottingham.
The win lifts Anderson above both Wade and Cullen, and within striking distance of the play-off
The players return to Rotterdam next Thursday for the next round of action where Gary will play Joe Cullen.
Before that Gary is back in action, along with Adam, Cameron and Jamie at Players Champs 5&6 in Barnsley.
Words: Josh Green
Photos: Taylor Lanning/PDC