darts star Gary Anderson begins world title defence
William Hill World Darts Champion Gary Anderson from Burnham-On-Sea
has eased through to the second round of this year's championships
at Alexandra Palace, vowing "I'm here to win".
showed no sign of the nerves he said he was feeling on his first
return to the stage since lifting the Sid Waddell Trophy almost
12 months ago as he began the defence of his title with a commanding
Scotsman, who lives in Burnham-on-Sea, kicked off his opening
match with a straight sets victory over Andy Boulton with back-to-back
11-darters and won seven straight legs before Boulton got off
the mark with successive legs, but the world number two eventually
edged the third set 3-2.
I wanted to do was get through the first round and I did that
despite the nerves," said Gary. "It
has been terrible the last couple of days anticipating something
I have never experienced before. I
didn't want to go out in the first round after winning the trophy
last year but I don't have to worry about that, I am through and
I'm here to win."
will take on Daryl Gurney in round two on Boxing Day evening.
Gurney defeated Anderson in last month's Players Championship
Finals, adding to the pressure on the Burnham player.
was given a civic reception by the Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor
earlier this year following his triumph - see the link below.
held for Burnham's world darts champion Gary Anderson