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Gary Anderson wins PDC Players Championship 1 today

Gary Anderson claimed victory in the first Players Championship of the year. The Flying Scotsman defeated Canada’s Jeff Smith 8-4 in the final.

Anderson, who threw four 100+ averages in his seven games today, led 2-1 and eventually 3-2, before he claimed three legs in a row to streak ahead 6-2 up. The Silencer Jeff Smith was able to nab two legs back to go 6-4 down but Anderson wrapped the victory 8-4 with a deserved win.

The Flying Scotsman beat Adrian Lewis, Joe Cullen, Rob Cross and Gerwyn Price on his way to the final to claim his 49th PDC ranking title.

Great runs by Brendan Dolan and Mickey Mansell today. Mansell hit the first 9 dart leg in the Players Championship today in the first round and kicked on to reach the last 16, going down to the evergreen Steve Beaton. Brendan Dolan beat MVG 6-4 in the last 32 and went on to the semi finals going out to finalist Jeff Smith.

Last 16

Brendan Dolan 6 | 5 Ross Smith
Maik Kuivenhoven 6 | 3 Steve Brown
Peter Wright 6 | 3 Conan Whitehead
Jeff Smith 6 | 5 Nathan Aspinall
Adrian Lewis 6 | 1 Darren Webster
Steve Beaton 6 | 1 Mickey Mansell
Gary Anderson 6 | 2 Rob Cross
Joe Cullen 6 | 1 Nick Kenny


Brendan Dolan 6 | 3 Maik Kuivenhoven
Jeff Smith 6 | 5 Peter Wright
Adrian Lewis 6 | 3 Steve Beaton
Gary Anderson 6 | 2 Joe Cullen


Jeff Smith 7 | 2 Brendan Dolan
Gary Anderson 7 | 3 Adrian Lewis


Gary Anderson 8 | 4 Jeff Smith

PDC Premier League returns

The Premier League of Darts in the PDC starts back up again tomorrow 6th February, and it should be a great night of darts all on SkySports from 7pm from Aberdeen.

Night One – Thursday February 6

Michael Smith v Glen Durrant

Glen Durrant starts off in the Premier League proper against the Premier League runner up from 2019 Michael Smith. Glen has two semi finals in PDC majors under his belt and had he been ranked on 2019 money he would have been a top 16 player. The three time world champion excelled in his contender role last year, so I expect he will play his usual 95+ standard. Michael Smith on the other hand is an enigma, he again has lost another final, The Masters, against Snakebite, so I expect that will be on his mind, no matter what he says. Durrant to win this one 7-5.

Gary Anderson v Daryl Gurney

Scotland World Cup winner Gary Anderson is back in the Premier League after a year out, and he comes against Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney. Anderson pulled out of the Premier League last season due to back injury, but he looks to be back on form. At the World Championship he showed glimpses of his true standard and at The Masters he played well against The Iceman going out thereafter. Daryl Gurney has went off the boil since his exploits half way during 2019 and will look to this Premier League to get his form back on track. Daryl is a better player than his recent showings and will be up for this to spoil the party in Aberdeen. But Anderson I fear will be very strong here in Scotland, with a fervent crowd on his side. A draw 6-6 here.

Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright

World Championship runner up and world number one MVG is up against his victor Snakebite Wright. A repeat of the PDC Final where MVG didn’t have the usual clinical finishing and Snakebite didnt let up. MVG subsequently went on to sign a new deal with Winmau and is trying out new darts combinations to find his winning dart. On the other hand Peter Wright has found his winning dart and they are a lovely looking dart (have to stop myself buying them!). If Snakebite stays with these darts, he has a great chance of repeating his world final result and beating MVG. MVG is never really out of a game, but I dont think he will be consistent on his new darts for a while. Snakebite to win 7-5.

Nathan Aspinall v John Henderson

The Asp graces the Premier League again, this time as an actual player. He won the UK Open last year and had another semi final run in the world championship, so he deserves his entry into the PL. Again John Henderson is the local pick here in Aberdeen and who can forget his entrance last year. The crowd somehow spurred Hendo on to a 6-6 draw against MVG last year. I’m going with Hendo to win, I want him to win and I expect he will. Aspinall is still relatively young and wont have played in an atmosphere as Aberdeen will provide for him. Hendo 7-5.

Gerwyn Price v Rob Cross

Last up we have Gerwyn Price versus former world champion Rob Cross. So the 400 odd thousand has come off Cross’ order of merit ranking money but he is still the same player, a dangerous player who can hit any finish above 100. But with the recent two stone weight loss, he is running into a Gerwyn Price who is an animal at the moment. Price to win here 7-3.

PDC World Championship Day 4 Preview

Day 4 of the PDC World Championship and there are only four games on tonight. – with three of them from Ireland!

Monday December 16

Evening Session (7pm)

3 x First Round, 1 x Second Round

Steve Lennon vs Callan Rydz

Irelands Steve Lennon had his taste of the big time with a good showing at the PDC Premier League in Dublin. However this is the World Championship and an even bigger stage with bigger crowds. I expect Steve to play his level game and get a win here. Callan Rydz is kind of an unknown outside his darting circle, a young talent that you just never know might spring a surprise. But not for me, I expect Steve to win this game 3-1.

William O’Connor vs Marko Kantele

William O’Connor from Limericak takes on Marko Kantele in the second game of the night. William cannot take Marko lightly, he has been around the block a few times and is a steady, if not spectacular player – he’s particularly good at tops, so William has to be on it like a car bonnet from the get go – or as Rod Harrington says ‘get out the gate quick!’. William can get jittery at times and will likely either annoy the crowd or do some silly stuff on stage to make the crowd worse… O’Connor to win 3-2.

Vincent van der Voort vs Keane Barry

The third match will be eagerly awaited here in Ireland – as another Irish contingent and one of the shinging lights of the game in Ireland Keane Barry takes on MVG’s best mate Vincent Van Der Voort. VVDV is such a fast player at times that combined with Barry – who is also rapid – will mean this game will be over quick one way of the other. VVDV is really experienced and I expect him to win this game by hook or crook. But I expect Barry to have some great highlights in this game. VVDV 3-1 for me.

Gary Anderson vs Dolan/Kumar

Up last we have Gary Anderson making his return to the big stage where he is a double back to back winner. Gary Anderson when he is on his A game beats ANYONE – yes ANYONE. Whether it’s Dolan or Kumar Gary wins and hits most 180s if he is on his game. Dolan could spoil things as he is a slow player – but I don’t forecast that. Gary to win.