“I’ve got nothing to lose. I just come up and throw darts and they’re going alright”

GARY ANDERSON went top of the Players Championship order of merit after making it two-in-a-row titles.


The Flying Scotsman produced another outstanding day of form to beat Josh Rock 8-4 in the final and make it back-to-back ProTour wins.


Earlier in the day he hit a nine-dart leg with a tournament average of 101.45 to seal the £12,000 top prize in Barnsley.


He said: “I’ve got nothing to lose. I just come up and throw darts and they’re going alright.


“I last played in Leicester two weeks ago. Today is only the second time I’ve thrown since Andrew (Gilding) battered me on that stage!


“I was struggling at the end there. The young boys that do this every day of the week – hats off to them.


“I’m playing well, but I’m not looking too far ahead. I have my odd practice with Ryan (Searle), play in the Players Championships, and if I qualify for anything else in between it’s a bonus.”


After overcoming Damian Mol in his opener, Anderson achieved perfection in his second round clash against Keane Barry, averaging 105 in his 6-2 rout of the young Irishman.


The 52-year-old then recorded a stunning 113 average to topple European Champion Ross Smith, before averaging 108 and 107 in wins over Gerwyn Price and Danny Noppert respectively.


Anderson later recovered from 4-3 down to defy a spirited Jim Williams in the semi-finals, which set up a mouth-watering showdown against World Youth Champion Rock for the title.


The Northern Irishman struck the first blow with an immediate break of throw, but Anderson responded with a 121 leveller on the bull, sparking a run of four straight legs for the Scot – and he never looked back to clinch the title.


By Phil Lanning

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