Anderson wins Aberdeen clash of heavyweights
While two of the footballing superpowers were going head-to-head in the European champion-ship final, it was a pair of heavyweights from the darts world who were hogging the attention in Aberdeen last night.
Scotland’s Gary Anderson emerged triumphant over England’s former world champion Martin Adams in an enthralling final of the Granite City Open at a heaving Station Hotel.
Anderson eventually edged an epic contest 3-2 to lift the title for the second time, the first coming four years ago.
He said: "I won this event a few years ago but it has been a long time coming round again. I am delighted.
"The competition is very tough, none more so than Martin Adams, so it was great to win. We both struggled on our doubles a bit but I managed to get there in the end.
"I always enjoying coming here as it is great to be competing on home soil with so many tournaments in Holland these days."
To paraphrase legendary darts commentator Sid Waddell, if William Tell could hit an apple on top on a man’s head with an arrow then these boys could pick off a garden pea.
In a repeat of the 2005 Granite City final, these two proved to be practically inseparable. The first three sets all went to five legs and the first four went against the throw, Adams earning the first before Anderson struck back in the second.
It was in that second set when both men raised their game substantially, trading 180s much to the delight of the crowd.
The scores were big but both men were struggling to hit their doubles, which cranked up the tension another notch. The hotel was throbbing all weekend, from the kick-off of the mixed pairs on Friday, through the qualifiers on the Saturday and the finals on Sunday. While there was a buzz on the previous days, a hush fell upon the hall last night as two of the games biggest stars went head-to-head.
It just had to go into the final set. Adams had edged ahead 2-1 after another close set before Anderson struck back, this time winning 3-1. The final set decider was all Anderson and he clinched the set 3-1 and then the match with a check-out of 68.
Anderson, who also won the men’s pairs along with Gary Robson, has some big tournaments on the horizon, not least Inverness next week and in Holland in November and December.
But his dream remains to lift the world title at the Lakeside. He said: "The Lakeside has some kind of hoodoo over me.
"My game is in good shape at the moment and hopefully I can keep it going towards the Grand Slam of Darts at the end of the year. After that I can start thinking about the Lakeside again."
Story by: The Press & Journal