Gary Anderson Wins Champions League Of Darts For The First Time

Gary Anderson Wins Champions League Of Darts For The First Time

Gary Anderson Champion League of Darts

As we predicted here last week, the world number three Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson shipped the Champions League of Darts in Brighton on Sunday. Trouncing a much-improved Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright in the final, Anderson won his third major TV event of the year having already claimed the UK Open and World Matchplay.

Only moments earlier, Anderson eliminated last year’s victor Mensur Suljovic 11-4 in the semi-final and in the process avenged his 2017 final defeat in the same tourney. Anderson topped his group after surviving two missed match darts from Michael van Gerwen in the deciding leg of their last group match that would otherwise have sent him packing. Instead, he qualified with the Dutch superstar to go into the knockout stages of the competition at the expense of Daryl Gurney, who just missed out despite his 10-7 win over Dave Chisnall.

This meant that Group A’s runner-up, MVG, lined up in the semi-final against Peter Wright, who came second to Mensur Suljovic’s in Group B. In the semi-final, Wright produced a brilliant effort to come from 8-5 down to see off MVG in an 9-11 victory, landing three 10-dart finishes on the way. This was a pleasing weekend for Wright, who has never made it out of the group stages in either of the previous two years of the event.

Gary Anderson, who has also won two World Championships and two Premier League crowns in his career, returned to the oche for the final where he was far too good for Wright. Banking a 140 checkout straight out of the gate, and breaking Snakebite’s throw three times, he soon raced into a commanding 6-1 lead. Wright fought hard to bring the game back to a 4-7 scoreline before Anderson reeled off the next four legs, closing out the game with three ten-darters and a 65% checkout to land his first ever Champions League title.

Darts World Grand Prix betting tips

The PDC’s third longest-running televised event, the World Grand Prix, is due to take place at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin from September 30 through October 6.

The 32-player field has now been confirmed, and reigning champion Daryl Gurney will be there to defend his title. Alongside Superchin will be the world’s top 16 players plus the 16 qualifiers from the ProTour Order of Merit.

The six main seeds are three-time winner Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Mensur Suljovic and Dave Chisnall. Michael Smith, James Wade, Ian White, Raymond van Barneveld, Gerwyn Price, Darren Webster, Joe Cullen and Adrian Lewis will also all be present due their placings on the PDC Order of Merit.

Elsewhere, European Tour winner Jonny Clayton heads up the sixteen ProTour Order of Merit qualifiers and will be making his Dublin debut joined by Max Hopp, Jermaine Wattimena, Steve Lennon, Danny Noppert, Ricky Evans, Josh Payne, Jeffrey de Zwaan and Ron Meulenkamp. Also present will be former World Grand Prix finalist Mervyn King plus Steve Beaton and Stephen Bunting, while James Wilson, Steve West, Kim Huybrechts and John Henderson complete the field.

The World Grand Prix features a sets format and a unique “double-start” rule, which means players must both begin AND end every leg with a double throughout the entire event.

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Gary Anderson Wins World Matchplay Darts To complete Triple Crown Of Darts

Gary Anderson Wins World Matchplay Darts To complete Triple Crown Of Darts

Gary Anderson World Matchplay

Our pre-tourney outsider darts betting tip Mensur Suljovic came close to winning the World Matchplay Darts event, the biggest of his career thus far. Ultimately his efforts came up short after losing Sunday’s final to Gary Anderson, who can now claim to be a Triple Crown of Darts winner.

An exciting World Matchplay Final

In what was one of the greatest televised finals and the longest in Blackpool history, The Flying Scotsman won his first World Matchplay after defeating The Big Gentle 21-19. With his victory, Anderson becomes only the third player to achieve the feat. Anderson joins Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen to land the Triple Crown, which is made up of the World Matchplay Darts, the World Championship and Darts Premier League.

47-year-old Anderson had appeared on the brink of victory at 17-13 ahead before Suljovic reeled off four successive legs, including a 121 checkout on the bullseye, to ensure a thrilling battle in which both players needed to win by two clear legs. It was actually the Austrian who scored heaviest throughout the final with an average of 104.43, while Anderson landed 101.41. Both players hit 14x 180s.

Suljovic then moved 18-17 ahead before Anderson hit back to restore parity. The following two legs went with throw, but only after Anderson’s dart hit the bull wire which would have won him the title but instead bounced out to allow Suljovic to seize momentum with a superb 11-darter.

The match reached its conclusion when Anderson landed the double eight after Mensur dropped two attempts at 40. Anderson then rounded things off with a 15-darter on double 10.

On his way to glory, Anderson defeated Raymond van Barneveld before shooting down Joe Cullen with a magnificent nine-dart finish in the quarter-finals. On Saturday, he got the better of Mighty Mike’s conqueror Jeffrey de Zwaan, who also dispensed of Dave Chisnall and Adrian Lewis. His epic win on Sunday was his second TV major title of the season after the UK Open in Minehead back in March.

For Suljovic, this was his third major final and despite defeat, he will be really pleased to have pushed one of the game’s all-time greats to the limit. In making the final, Suljovic reached his first World Matchplay final after a hard-fought 17-13 victory over Peter Wright. Prior to this, the Austrian saw off Darren Webster, Ian White and Steve Beaton.

Auckland Darts Masters Betting Tips

The players now head Down Under for the next three weeks for the World Series which starts in Brisbane this Friday. The following two weekends will see players attend the Melbourne Darts Masters and the Brisbane Darts Masters.

The players representing the PDC include Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Kyle Anderson, Michael Smith, Raymond van Barneveld and Simon Whitlock, who is playing in his homeland.

The Wizard, last seen losing 16-5 to Peter Wright in Blackpool, is in a positive mood ahead of his visit home. The top-ranked Australian star, now seventh in the world, will be among the 16-players at the Trusts Arena from August 3-5. The remaining eight players — drawn from the Oceanic pool — are Corey Cadby, Cody Harris, Warren Parry, Haupai Puha, Tim Pusey, Tahuna Irwin, Mark McGrath and John Hurring.

None of locals are expected to offer much of a challenge to the eight players from PDC; however, and it goes without saying that Michael van Gerwen is the hot favourite at 4/5, while fresh of the back of his triple crown win is Gary Anderson, second favourite at 5/1.

Backers of Rob Cross will be pleased to find him available at 6/1, while Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright fans would have to consider the 10’s offered by Betway to be excellent value. If you are considering backing an Aussie, take note of the 20/1 offered on Corey Cadby and the 40/1 price on Simon Whitlock’s head. Rarely, over the past few years, has Gary Anderson looked in as good a form as he showed last week and, at 5/1, I think he keep his form up a little longer even after the long journey south.

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US Darts Masters: Gary Anderson Defeats Rob Cross To Land The Title In Las Vegas

US Darts Masters: Gary Anderson Defeats Rob Cross To Land The Title In Las Vegas

Gary Anderson US Darts

The Flying Scotsman, Gary Anderson, returned to his winning ways this past weekend after winning his sixth World Series of Darts crown in the US Darts Masters final against Rob Cross. Taking place on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Casino & Resort in Las Vegas, the World number two produced a superb comeback to win 8-4 win over Cross.

Anderson’s road to the title

Anderson, a two-time world champion, showcased his undoubted class with a series of determined performances as he took the title, his first ever win in Vegas. The performance came as he cast aside DJ Sayre easily before moving on to the Canadian youngster Dawson Murschell, who he vanquished in a 8-5 quarter-final win, despite trailing 3-2 early on.

He came up against James ‘The Machine’ Wade — who had earlier beat Michael van Gerwen 8-3 — in the semi-finals in a match that went all the way to a deciding leg despite Wade leading 6-2 at one point. Anderson hit back to level before edging 7-6 ahead only to miss double ten for a 140 checkout and with it, the win. He didn’t need to wait long, which followed shortly after he bagged a 75 to nick the win and move into the final.

Once in the final, World champion Rob ‘Voltage’ Cross soon laid claim to a 3-0 lead, which turned into 4-1. Anderson, however, jumped on the opportunities Cross’ missed doubles presented him, and in a run of seven legs, he leveled and overtook his rival before storming to victory, with a stunning 164 checkout.

Cross’ route to the final was also a tricky one, meeting both Michael Smith and Peter Wright on Saturday’s final day. Smith was dismissed for 8-6, with the pair each landing seven maximums, while Peter Wright was shot down 8-3 in the semi-finals.

The eight PDC stars all now relocate to China ahead of the next World Series of Darts event, the Shanghai Darts Masters, on July 13-14. At the time of writing, no prices have been updated in the sportsbook of the online bookmakers Betway.

2018 World Matchplay

The full draw for the biggest darts event of the summer has been made. The 2018 World Matchplay takes place at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool from July 21-29.

Last year Phil Taylor marked his final appearance on his declared favourite stage with a 16th World Matchplay title, beating Michael van Gerwen in the process. This year, MVG is the favourite to overcome the 32-player field and claim the now-renamed Phil Taylor Trophy.

That said, the likes of Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Peter Wright and Michael Smith will all have something to say about that. Below we have listed the first round, with the 16 seeded players paired with the 16 qualifiers from the one-year ProTour Order of Merit.

  • Michael van Gerwen v Jeffrey de Zwaan
  • (16) Adrian Lewis v James Wilson
  • (8) Dave Chisnall v Keegan Brown
  • (9) Michael Smith v Jonny Clayton
  • (5) Daryl Gurney v Steve West
  • (12) Gerwyn Price v Joe Cullen
  • (4) Gary Anderson v Stephen Bunting
  • (13) Raymond van Barneveld v Kyle Anderson
  • Peter Wright v Jelle Klaasen
  • (15) Kim Huybrechts v John Henderson
  • (7) Simon Whitlock v Richard North
  • (10) James Wade v Jermaine Wattimena
  • (6) Mensur Suljovic v Steve Beaton
  • (11) Ian White v Max Hopp
  • Rob Cross v Mervyn King
  • (14) Darren Webster v Steve Lennon
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