GARY ANDERSON enjoyed the greatest moment of his career as he was crowned as the William Hill World Darts Champion with a glorious 7-6 win over the legendary Phil Taylor in a thrilling final at London’s Alexandra Palace on Sunday night. The Scottish star, a runner-up in the 2011 World Championship, produced a performance filled with quality, guts and 19 maximum 180s as he claimed the prestigious Sid Waddell Trophy, £250,000 and darts’ greatest prize.
Stoke legend Taylor had been seeking an incredible 17th World Championship title and hit back from 3-1 behind to lead 4-3 as he strung together nine legs out of ten in a three-set burst. Anderson, though, punished him for missed doubles as he won the next three sets to take a 6-4 lead, only for a game of outstanding quality to take another turn as Taylor missed double 12 for a nine-dart finish as he hit back to take the game into a deciding 13th set.
The Scot found one final burst of energy as he took the opening two legs of the final set, and opened the third with his 19th maximum of the game before sealing victory on double 12.
WILLIAM HILL WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP
Sunday January 4 – Final
Gary Anderson 7-6 Phil Taylor Best of 13 sets
GARY ANDERSON 7-6 PHIL TAYLOR (3-2, 2-3, 3-1, 3-1, 0-3, 0-3, 1-3, 3-2, 3-2, 3-1, 0-3, 2-3, 3-0)
FIRST SET 3-2
1-0 – Taylor won the bull off backstage but gave Anderson the darts, and Taylor scores well but Anderson takes out Shanghai 120 to hold
1-1 – A first 180 of the match from Taylor helps him take out 81 to level.
2-1 – A first 180 for Anderson now and he hits double 16 to lead.
2-2 – 50 finish from Taylor, who misses double 16 but hits double 8 with his last dart
3-2 – 177 from Taylor, Anderson answers with a 180 to leave 121, and he takes it out on the bull for the set!
SECOND SET 2-3
1-0 – A 180 from Anderson, who then takes out 76 on a double 8 with his first dart for a break.
2-0 – Another 180 from Anderson, who is flying now! Phil misses bull for 90 and Anderson takes out 68 on double 4.
2-1 – 180 and 140 from Taylor, and with Anderson not on a finish Taylor takes out tops.
2-2 – 11-dart leg from Taylor against the darts for a break – hitting 140,180 & 165 before a double 8.
2-3 – Taylor completes the comeback to win the set, with another 180 to start. He misses three for the set but Anderson misses one to pinch it allowing Taylor to hit double 10 at the third attempt.
THIRD SET 3-1
1-0 – A fifth 180 for Anderson, who misses a shot at double but Taylor also misses a couple and the Scotsman can hold.
1-1 – Taylor starts 180, then with Anderson struggling pulls out a brilliant 127 finish to level the set.
2-1 – Anderson pulls ahead and he’s able to take out 76 to go ahead.
3-1 – A break of throw for Anderson with a 180 and a 51 finish, all sets on throw so far.
FOURTH SET 3-1
1-0 – Amazing leg, Taylor misses nine darts at double! Anderson also messes up going for two double 18s for 72, but he’s able to come back at take out double 18 for a break
2-0 – A 180 from Anderson and this time there’s no messing around on doubles as he takes out double 20.
2-1 – Three tons for Taylor and he finally takes out double 8 after missing a hatful around that area so far.
3-1 – Anderson completes a break of the throw in that set with a 72 finish – using just one dart again at tops which he’s hitting at will tonight so far.
FIFTH SET 0-3
0-1 Good Taylor break to start the set, he hits two 140s and checks out 64 on double 8 to take it.
0-2 Taylor warming up now, three tons and an 84 finish give him an 11-darter to double his lead.
0-3 A 180 from Taylor helps get him ahead, Anderson misses a dart at tops and Taylor responds by hitting his finish to break right back in style.
SIXTH SET 0-3
0-1 – That’s four legs on the sipn for Taylor with four ton-plus scores and a double 4 to finish.
0-2 – Three more tons and Taylor takes another leg against the darts. He’s still having some troublle hitting double 16 but he gets there eventually.
0-3 – Six unanswered legs for Taylor now as he levels the match – another comfortable leg as he takes out tops with Anderson behind.
SEVENTH SET 1-3
1-0 – A 177 and 180 for Anderson pull him clear and despite not being able to take out 10 he can hit double 1 next time around to stop the rot.
1-1 – Two 140s for Taylor and that’s enough to get him down to a double 16 with ease.
1-2 – A perfectly-timed 180 for Taylor, but he misses more doubles and Anderson has a shot at tops, but he misses and Taylor can take out double 8 to finally win it in a break.
1-3 – Good scoring from Anderson but he can only leave 156 and Taylor leaves himself 70, which he gets a shot at and makes no mistake to make it three sets in a row.
EIGHTH SET 3-2
1-0 – What a response from Anderson, who hits a 180 and then, with 80 left, hits tops, has a bounce out from tops and then hits it again for the leg!
1-1 – Taylor responds with an 86 outshot to level.
1-2 – Superb 141 finish from Taylor sends the crowd mad with Anderson on s finish but left stranded.
2-2 – All square in the set, the next leg will be huge! Anderson hits two 180s and is afforded plenty of time to finish it off.
3-2 – Could be a huge leg that as Anderson takes it! 180 leaves 85 for Anderson, Taylor hits 177 to leave 24. Anderson misses bull, Taylor misses three at double 12 and Anderson cleans up 25 to level the match again!
NINTH SET 3-2
0-1 – Incredible start to the leg as Anderson hits two treble 20s but the third darts knocks them all out and he scores zero! Taylor rubs salt into the wounds by hitting a 180 and winning the leg on double 16.
0-2 – Anderson hits a 180, but his mind’s still not cleared and he hits big 18 going for big 1 and double 1 busting his score, and Taylor again swoops with a 74 checkout.
1-2 – Anderson responds and gets to checkout his old friends tops after Taylor misses another two doubles.
2-2 – Huge leg from Anderson as he hits two 140s and takes out 84 for an 11-darter – that’s a great response from the Scotsman after his bounce out problems.
3-2 – Taylor kicks in with a 177 but Anderson keeps pace and then takes out 64 with his first dart at double 8 to go back in front again.
TENTH SET 3-1
0-1 – Nice little 12 darter with the throw from Taylor to kick-off the next set.
1-1 – Back-to-back 180s for Anderson to sit on a nine-darter, he can’t hit the seventh but hits double 18 for a 12 darter.
2-1 – Anderson now breaks the Taylor throw with a double 12 to finish.
3-1 – Taylor hits a 180, but Anderson responds with a 180 himself and then takes out 98 to clinch the set, and he’s got the darts in the next for the match!
ELEVENTH SET 0-3
0-1 – Almost a nine-darter! Taylor htis back-to-back 180s, then hits treble 20 and 19 but just misses double 12 for his first World Championship nine-darter! He takes it out in 12 darts though.
0-2 – Double 16 gives Taylor an easy leg to double his lead, Anderson is only averaging 80 in this set as he struggles to get over the line.
0-3 – Double 16 again for the set and Taylor races through that against the darts to pile the pressure on.
TWELTH SET 2-3
0-1 – Taylor hits two 140s and double 14 to take the opener.
1-1 – Anderson takes out 65 on the bull, leaving Taylor stranded on 46, Anderson needed that.
1-2 – Anderson misses one at tops and then Taylor takes out 48.
2-2 – Anderson levels! He hits a 180 to start, but misses three dobles and messes up duble 16, but Taylor can’t hit double 16 as he suffers a bounce out now!
2-3 – Taylor sends us into a deciding set! He misses two at double 16 but Anderson can’t get 170 for the match and Taylor hits double 8.
THIRTEENTH SET 3-0
1-0 – Anderson with the darts in this set and he takes out 72 on tops as he needs it as well.
2-0 – A 180 to start for Anderson, and Taylor misses double 16 three more times, that’s really hurt him tonight, and Anderson fires in double 18 to go one leg from the title.
1-0 – Another maximum for Anderson, and although he misses a punt at the bull for a 130, he returns to take out 25 on double 12 to win his first World title!
Gary Anderson is CHAMPION
|Gary Anderson||7-6||Phil Taylor|
|8||Breaks of Throw||9|
|26/66 39.39%||Checkout %||27/82 32.93%|
Results Zone for the William Hill World Darts Championship
Thursday December 18
John Part (30) 2-3 Keegan Brown
Christian Perez 0-4 Cristo Reyes (P)
Jelle Klaasen (29) 3-1 Christian Kist
Michael van Gerwen (1) 3-1 Joe Cullen
Wes Newton (13) 2-3 Cristo Reyes
Friday December 19
Andy Hamilton (12) 3-2 Dave Richardson
Kim Viljanen 1-4 Sascha Stein (P)
Peter Wright (5) 3-0 Gerwyn Price
Phil Taylor (2) 3-0 Jyhan Artut
Stuart Kellett (32) 1-3 Sascha Stein
Saturday December 20
Andy Smith (28) 0-3 Ronny Huybrechts
Scott Mackenzie 3-4 Daryl Gurney (P)
Justin Pipe (17) 2-3 Laurence Ryder
Robert Thornton (9) 3-0 Andrew Gilding
Ronnie Baxter (24) 3-1 Daryl Gurney
Steve Beaton (21) 0-3 Kyle Anderson
Mark McGrath 0-4 Scott Kirchner (P)
Terry Jenkins (16) 3-1 John Weber
Simon Whitlock (7) 1-3 Darren Webster
Gary Anderson (4) 3-1 Scott Kirchner
Sunday December 21
Paul Nicholson (25) 2-3 Benito van de Pas
Boris Koltsov 4-2 Haruki Muramatsu (P)
Mark Webster (31) 3-1 Ron Meulenkamp
Dean Winstanley (26) 3-2 Wayne Jones
Kevin Painter (20) 3-1 Boris Koltsov
Kim Huybrechts (18) 3-0 Michael Mansell
Jani Haavisto 1-4 John Michael (P)
Dave Chisnall (8) 3-0 Ryan De Vreede
James Wade (6) 3-1 Jamie Lewis
Ian White (15) 3-1 John Michael
Monday December 22
Jamie Caven (19) 3-2 Jason Hogg
Nolan Arendse 4-0 Alex Hon (P)
Michael Smith (22) 3-1 Mensur Suljovic
Raymond van Barneveld (14) 3-0 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Brendan Dolan (11) 3-0 Nolan Arendse
Tuesday December 23
Vincent van der Voort (23) 3-2 John Henderson
Jermaine Wattimena 3-4 Robert Marijanovic (P)
Mervyn King (10) 2-3 Max Hopp
Adrian Lewis (3) 3-0 David Pallett
Stephen Bunting (27) 3-1 Robert Marijanovic
Saturday December 27
Robert Thornton 4-0 Ronnie Baxter
Terry Jenkins 4-0 Loz Ryder
Peter Wright 3-1 Ronny Huybrechts
Dave Chisnall 2-4 Benito van de Pas
Michael van Gerwen 4-1 Sascha Stein
Gary Anderson 4-3 Jelle Klaasen
Sunday December 28
Andy Hamilton 4-2 Kyle Anderson
Cristo Reyes 4-3 Kevin Painter
Ian White 3-4 Kim Huybrechts
Darren Webster 3-4 Dean Winstanley
Phil Taylor 4-0 Mark Webster
Adrian Lewis 4-2 Keegan Brown
Monday December 29
Brendan Dolan 2-4 Michael Smith
Max Hopp 0-4 Vincent van der Voort
Raymond van Barneveld 4-3 Jamie Caven
James Wade 1-4 Stephen Bunting
Michael van Gerwen 4-1 Terry Jenkins
Benito van de Pas 0-4 Robert Thornton
Tuesday December 30
Peter Wright 4-0 Andy Hamilton
Gary Anderson 4-1 Cristo Reyes
Dean Winstanley 2-4 Vincent van der Voort
Adrian Lewis 3-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Phil Taylor 4-3 Kim Huybrechts
Stephen Bunting 4-2 Michael Smith
Thursday January 1
Michael van Gerwen 5-2 Robert Thornton
Peter Wright 1-5 Gary Anderson
Friday January 2
Phil Taylor 5-3 Vincent van der Voort
Stephen Bunting 4-5 Raymond van Barnaveld
Saturday January 3
Michael van Gerwen 3-6 Gary Anderson
Phil Taylor 6-2 Raymond van Barnaveld
Sunday January 4
Gary Anderson 7-6 Phil Taylor
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