By Tom Beresford
Gary Anderson enjoyed a superb double at the Rotterdam Ahoy on Wednesday evening. The Scot targeted a minimum of four points heading into this evening, and he delivered that promise to some tune.
The two-time World Champion produce a quite phenomenal display to kick off the evening as he seen off his apprentice Michael Smith in what was a convincing 7-2 victory for Anderson.
From start to finish, Anderson was in firm control of the contest as he raced into a 5-1 lead. And, the standard was quite sensational as the World no.4 recorded an average of 109.91 in the victory as he only missed three darts at a double in the nine legs that were played. Anderson wrapped things up in some style as he pulled out a delightful 138 finish to seal the win.
Anderson then went on to complete a perfect double, and with it four massive points in the context of the league table. The Scot faced the World Champion Rob Cross in his second match of the evening.
But, it wasn’t all straight forward for Anderson as he had to come from behind twice to complete an assuring 7-3 victory over the World no.3. Cross fired in a majestic 144 finish in the opening leg, but Anderson remained consistent in his play as he took six out of the last seven legs to make it a memorable evening at the Rotterdam Ahoy. As well as winning the match, Anderson very nearly landed the perfect leg as he missed D12 for a nine-dart leg, and it was only one of four darts missed at a double from the Scot during the entire match.
In the evening’s other matches, Peter Wright stunned the World no.1 Michael van Gerwen as he defeated the Dutchman 7-5 in what was a sensational match. Wright managed to open up a 5-2 lead as his finishing was superb. But, the lead would soon disappear as Van Gerwen reeled off three legs in no time at all as he averaged 115.62 in the three-leg rampage with some stunning finishes of 122 & 148.
But, that comeback was all in vain as Wright took the final two legs in 15 & 16 darts to complete another 7-5 win over the reigning PL champion.
Raymond van Barneveld delighted the Rotterdam faithful as the five-time World champion was a convincing 7-3 winner over the Australian Simon Whitlock.
RVB fired out of the blocks as he raced into a 3-0 lead, and from then on it was difficult for Whitlock to fight his way back into the match, especially when the crowd were fully behind their hero. Van Barneveld wrapped things up with a stunning 11-dart leg which was much to the delight of the Dutch darts-crazed audience.
Rob Cross earlier in the evening enjoyed a closely fought 7-4 victory over Daryl Gurney. It all looked fairly straight forward to Cross as he moved into a convincing 5-0 lead. But, what a comeback it was from Gurney as he produced a purple patch to fight his way back into the match with finishes of 120 & 138, but it was always going to be an uphill task for the World Grand Prix champion as Cross sealed a 7-3 win to move second in the table.
UNIBET Premier League – Night 11
Gary Anderson 7-2 Michael Smith
Rob Cross 7-4 Daryl Gurney
Raymond van Barneveld 7-3 Simon Whitlock
Peter Wright 7-5 Michael van Gerwen
Gary Anderson 7-3 Rob Cross
UNIBET Premier League – Week 12
Simon Whitlock – Michael Smith
Daryl Gurney – Gary Anderson
Rob Cross – Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen – Raymond van Barneveld
Daryl Gurney – Simon Whitlock
Photo : Lawrence Lustig / PDC