through to world darts final today
Gary Anderson has won through to today's final of the World Darts
Championships and remains on course for a third successive title.
- who lives in Burnham-On-Sea with his partner Rachel - beat Peter
Wright 6-3 on Sunday evening to reach the final at Alexandra Palace.
initially looking in control, he had to dig deep after Wright battled
back to level the contest at 3-3, but from there stormed ahead to
book his place in the final.
had his moments and threatened Anderson before eventually running
out of steam, leaving Anderson to face Michael van Gerwen, who beat
Raymond van Barneveld, to make the final.
surged into a two set advantage as the ruthless reigning champion
looked for a quick progression into the final for a third straight
year, while Wright struggled for consistency during the early stages.
found his feet in the third, as he moved into a 2-1 lead before
winning the set on double 18, and took the fourth to a deciding
leg where Anderson took out double top to move into a commanding
well as the usual collection of fancy dress, the evening's matches
were played in front of Tottenham full-back Danny Rose who, earlier
in the day, had helped his side beat Watford in the Premier League.
broke Wright in the first leg of set five before holding to move
one away from a 4-1 lead, but Snakebite levelled matters to take
it to a decider. Knowing he needed to take the set to avoid slipping
three behind, Wright battled and took out 90 on double 15 to breath
new life into the contest.
was beginning to miss, letting Wright in, and this time it was the
latter who took a deciding leg as he fired in double 12 to make
shock of being pegged back stirred Anderson back into life during
a rapid seventh, which ended on a 157 checkout as he edged in front
once again, before a 3-0 victory in the next put him on the brink.
missed a host of darts at doubles, before Anderson took out double
10 to win the final set 3-0 and secure his final place.
lives in Burnham-On-Sea with his partner Rachel. He has three sons
- Ryan, Joel and Tai.
previously worked as a builder, he and his partner Rachel previously
ran the Wellington Arms pub in Rooksbridge, near Burnham, until
a couple of years ago.
was given a civic reception by Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor following
his 2015 triumph, which was his first world championship.