Gary Anderson avoided defeat against Nathan Aspinall in Liverpool as he remained in the play off picture after six weeks of Premier League Darts.

In fact Anderson was quickest out of the blocks, Aspinall squandering six darts at double as ‘The Flying Scotsman’ took the early initiative.

Anderson remained in control up until the six leg mark, despite averaging just above the 90 average mark and his opponent much nearer the ton. At 5-1 it looked to be plain sailing for the Scot who was looking to return to winning ways in the North West.

‘The Asp’ would take out double eight last dart in hand to cut the deficit to three legs, with Anderson remaining two from victory.

Stockport thrower Aspinall would make it two, and then three legs on the bounce as his average rose to 103.5 and closed to gap to just one leg.

An 11-darter from Aspinall was followed by a spectacular 95 checkout from Anderson to secure himself a point at the M&S Bank Arena. But another 11-darter from Aspinall would ensure the spoils were shared in Liverpool despite there being a 13 point difference in the averages.

Anderson will take on Michael Smith in Liverpool in just seven days time.

BY JOSH GREEN

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