SUPER SCOT ANDERSON COMPLETES PROTOUR QUINTET
GARY ANDERSON claimed his fifth PDC ProTour victory of 2011 with a 6-2 defeat of Red Dragons Peter Wright in the final of Sunday^s Players Championship in Derby.
The Scot continued his great form on the professional circuit with a brilliant display as he backed up June^s Players Championship double-header in Holland with another triumph.
His run to the £6,000 title included victories over former World Champions Dennis Priestley, Mark Webster and John Part, as well as 6-1 defeats of Ireland^s John O^Shea and Speedy Hire UK Open semi-finalist Denis Ovens.
The 888.com Premier League Darts champion showed his class in coming from 5-4 down to win his semi-final with Part, hitting two 180s in an 11-darter to force a deciding leg before landing another maximum in a 14-dart leg to take victory.
After securing an immediate break of throw in the final, he took out two classy 131 checkouts - hitting treble 17 and a pair of double tops on each occasion - as well as a 14-darter in taking a 4-1 lead against Wright.
The Lowestoft ace hit back to win the sixth leg, but Anderson restored his advantage with another 14-darter and punished three misses from Wright in the next to wrap up the win on double top.
Wright^s display earned him £3,000 and saw him reach his first PDC ProTour final since April 2010 - which also came at the Moorways Centre in Derby, when he lost to Phil Taylor.
The world number 32 claimed the notable scalps of in-form duo Wes Newton and Paul Nicholson in the latter stages, as well as defeating Robert Thornton, Magnus Caris, Nick Fullwell and youngster Adam Smith-Neale on the day.
Part followed up Saturday^s run to fourth final of the year by reaching the last four 24 hours later, while Nicholson led 5-4 in his semi-final with Wright before being overhauled.
Former Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship finalist Kirk Shepherd reached his first quarter-final on the circuit for 18 months, while Nigel Heydon was in the last eight for the first time since January after picking up wins over Tony Eccles, Mark Dudbridge, Simon Whitlock and Alex Roy.
Teenager Adam Smith-Neale and Mick Todd both reached the last 16 on the PDC ProTour for the first time since joining the circuit in January, with Newark^s Todd defeating Saturday^s Players Championship winner Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 in their first round game.
The next Players Championships will be held at the Van Der Valk Hotel in Nuland on September 24 & 25, and will be the final two events before the qualifiers for next month^s World Grand Prix are confirmed.
Players Championship 18 (Derby, Sunday)
Wes Newton (1) Bye
Dyson Parody 6-0 Mike Roberts
Dave Chisnall (32) 6-5 Chris Thompson
Jason Crawley 6-1 John Walton
Michael Smith 6-2 Andy Smith (16)
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Mareno Michels
Steve Beaton (17) 6-3 Andy Jenkins
Kevin McDine 6-4 Darren Johnson
Jamie Caven (8) Bye
Brian Woods 6-0 Martyn Turner
Dennis Smith (25) 6-2 Ian White
Adam Smith-Neale 6-5 Andy Pearce
Vincent van der Voort (9) Bye
Nick Fullwell 6-2 Nicky Bache
Peter Wright (24) 6-4 Robert Thornton
Magnus Caris 6-1 Matt Padgett
Paul Nicholson (5) Bye
Steve Evans 6-2 Gary Welding
Andy Hamilton (28) 6-5 Steven Pearson
Andy Brown 6-3 David Coyne
Colin Lloyd (12) Bye
Andy Relf 6-3 Matthew Edgar
Steve Farmer (21) 6-3 Steve Grubb
John Henderson 6-3 Peter Manley
Ronnie Baxter (4) Bye
Matt Clark 6-4 Michael Barnard
Wayne Jones (29) 6-0 Dave Honey
Roland Scholten 6-3 Paul Rowley
Kevin Painter (13) Bye
William O^Connor 6-5 Adrian Gray
Shaun Griffiths 6-5 Mervyn King (20)
Kirk Shepherd 6-3 Louis Blundell
Gary Anderson (2) Bye
John O^Shea 6-2 Darrell Claydon
Dennis Priestley (31) 6-3 Brendan Dolan
Mark Frost 6-1 Andrew Hibbert
Alan Tabern (15) 6-0 Ryan Harrington
Chris Aubrey 6-3 Steve Hine
Denis Ovens (18) 6-1 Dylan Duo
Ian Jopling 6-0 Paul Schofield
Mark Walsh (7) Bye
Darren Whittingham 6-1 Andy Hutchings
Terry Temple 6-5 Steve Brown (26)
Mick Todd 6-5 Raymond van Barneveld
Mark Webster (10) Bye
Adam Hunt 6-4 Kevin Dowling
Richie Burnett (23) 6-2 Scott Rand
Barrie Bates 6-4 Nigel Birch
John Part (6) Bye
Michael Mansell 6-2 Matt Jackson
Mark Hylton (27) 6-3 Gary Mawson
James Richardson 6-1 Steve Maish
Justin Pipe (11) Bye
Reece Robinson 6-2 Stephen Hardy
Co Stompe (22) 6-4 Peter Hudson
Dave Smith 6-4 Joe Cullen
Simon Whitlock (3) Bye
Andy Pearson 6-3 Geoff Whitworth
Nigel Heydon 6-2 Tony Eccles (30)
Mark Dudbridge 6-1 Adrian Bolitho
Terry Jenkins (14) Bye
Tony Ayres 6-2 Mark Jones
Colin Osborne (19) 6-2 Wayne Atwood
Alex Roy 6-1 Simon Burt
Wes Newton 6-5 Dyson Parody
Dave Chisnall 6-4 Jason Crawley
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Michael Smith
Kevin McDine 6-4 Steve Beaton
Brian Woods 6-5 Jamie Caven
Adam Smith-Neale 6-5 Dennis Smith
Nick Fullwell 6-5 Vincent van der Voort
Peter Wright 6-1 Magnus Caris
Paul Nicholson 6-2 Steve Evans
Andy Hamilton 6-0 Andy Brown
Colin Lloyd 6-2 Andy Relf
John Henderson 6-5 Steve Farmer
Matt Clark 6-3 Ronnie Baxter
Wayne Jones 6-4 Roland Scholten
Kevin Painter 6-5 William O^Connor
Kirk Shepherd 6-4 Shaun Griffiths
Gary Anderson 6-1 John O^Shea
Dennis Priestley 6-5 Mark Frost
Chris Aubrey 6-3 Alan Tabern
Denis Ovens 6-5 Ian Jopling
Darren Whittingham 6-3 Mark Walsh
Mick Todd 6-5 Terry Temple
Mark Webster 6-2 Adam Hunt
Richie Burnett 6-2 Barrie Bates
John Part 6-5 Michael Mansell
James Richardson 6-5 Mark Hylton
Justin Pipe 6-5 Reece Robinson
Co Stompe 6-2 Dave Smith
Simon Whitlock 6-0 Andy Pearson
Nigel Heydon 6-5 Mark Dudbridge
Tony Ayres 6-4 Terry Jenkins
Alex Roy 6-4 Colin Osborne
Wes Newton 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Kevin McDine
Adam Smith-Neale 6-1 Brian Woods
Peter Wright 6-4 Nick Fullwell
Paul Nicholson 6-4 Andy Hamilton
John Henderson 6-2 Colin Lloyd
Wayne Jones 6-3 Matt Clark
Kirk Shepherd 6-3 Kevin Painter
Gary Anderson 6-1 Dennis Priestley
Denis Ovens 6-4 Chris Aubrey
Mick Todd 6-5 Darren Whittingham
Mark Webster 6-5 Richie Burnett
John Part 6-3 James Richardson
Justin Pipe 6-5Co Stompe
Nigel Heydon 6-4 Simon Whitlock
Alex Roy 6-3 Tony Ayres
Wes Newton 6-3 Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright 6-4 Adam Smith-Neale
Paul Nicholson 6-5 John Henderson
Kirk Shepherd 6-4 Wayne Jones
Gary Anderson 6-1 Denis Ovens
Mark Webster 6-1 Mick Todd
John Part 6-1 Justin Pipe
Nigel Heydon 6-2 Alex Roy
Peter Wright 6-2 Wes Newton
Paul Nicholson 6-1 Kirk Shepherd
Gary Anderson 6-2 Mark Webster
John Part 6-4 Nigel Heydon
Peter Wright 6-5 Paul Nicholson
Gary Anderson 6-5 John Part
Gary Anderson 6-2 Peter Wright
Wright led 2-0 before Nicholson levelled, and the pair continued to trade legs until the Lowestoft ace took the tenth leg to force a decider and then claimed victory on double ten.
Anderson also won through to the final in a deciding leg as he overcame John Part. Anderson hit an 11-darter to level in leg ten and opened the final leg with a maximum, punishing three misses from Part at double 18 and nine to take the win with a 14-darter.
Final - leg-by-leg
Peter Wright v Gary Anderson
0-0 - Peter Wright wins the bull and will throw first
0-1 - Wright misses double top and ten for a 91 finish, and Anderson lands double ten to break in 15 darts.
0-2 - Anderson finishes a 12-darter with a classy 131 finish of treble 17 and two double tops to move 2-0 up.
1-2 - Wright finishes 86 in two darts for a 14-darter to get off the mark.
1-3 - Anderson repeats his earlier 131 checkout in the same manner to regain a two-leg cushion.
1-4 - Anderson breaks in 14 darts as the players continue to trade ton-plus scores, only for Wright to miss double eight, four and two for the leg before Anderson nails double top once more.
2-4 - Wright hits a 180 and is first to a finish, but after missing four darts for the leg is given a reprieve when Anderson sees two darts miss double top, and he returns to post double five and break back.
2-5 - Anderson breaks back, hitting two 140s and double ten in a 14-darter to move a leg away from victory.
2-6 - Wright hits four scores of 100 or better to be first to a finish, but again misses his chance as three darts at double 12 and six miss their target, and Anderson hits tops to seal the win.