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Article: Ando Wins in Vegas After Month Off

Ando Wins in Vegas After Month Off

Gary Anderson won his sixth World Series title in Las Vegas having not thrown a dart for over a month. The Flying Scotsman came from 3-0 down to beat Rob Cross 8-4 in the final of the William Hill US Masters at the Mandalay Bay Casino Resort. Ando, 47, beat Canadian serial giant-killer Dawson Murschell and then survived a match dart in the semi-finals to defeat James Wade. He then produced a stunning 164 checkout to beat World Champ Cross in the final to pick up the £20,000 cheque. He admitted: “I really had to work hard today but it's been a great event and the fans were fantastic. “I've had three or four weeks off since the World Cup but I've played well this week and there's lots to look forward to now. “James played well in the semi-finals and at the start of the game I missed loads of doubles that it was killing me, but I dug in and I got there. “It was the same against Rob in the final. Once I got level with him I wanted to do what I do - score well. “The players over here are getting better and better. I played DJ and hit one of those games where I played really well and he was still on my tail. “Dawson stuck in against me, and he's on the ProTour now, he's going to learn a lot. Every year it's getting better, which is good.” Cross had won through to his first World Series of Darts final with classy wins over Michael Smith and Peter Wright. In a repeat of their epic World Championship clash, Smith played his part in an outstanding quarter-final, sharing the opening 12 legs before Cross pulled clear to win 8-6, with the pair landing seven maximums apiece. Cross then overcame Wright 8-3 in the semi-finals, but was denied the title by Anderson's amazing fightback. World Champ Cross made the early running in the final by taking a 3-0 lead, and also held a 4-1 advantage. Anderson punished missed doubles from his rival as he levelled in a run of seven legs as he stormed to victory, sealing the title with a stunning 164 checkout. Voltage added: It was an amazing tournament. I felt great coming out this week and I played some good stuff. I missed a few shots in the final and I was my own enemy.”
By Phil Lanning (@lannomedia)

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