Gary Anderson comes out on top in New Zealand!

Auckland Masters – Finals Day 

Gary Anderson has again picked up another final victory over Adrian Lewis in a fantastic match that has saw the Scotsman lift his maiden trophy in Auckland. Lewis and Anderson have previously beaten James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld respectively to advance to the final.

 

Gary Anderson vs Raymond van Barneveld (11-7)

 

Gary Anderson had got a very good record against his counterpart has he had beaten RVB in their last six meetings. However, it was Barney who started out the blocks the better as he broke Anderson’s throw with a fantastic 11-dart leg, hitting 3 consecutive 140’s before taking out 81. Anderson seemed to be struggling with Barney’s wonderful start and the big Dutchman utilised this by hitting double 16 before he broke Anderson again with his trademark 121 on double 14 to go 0-3 ahead. Barney seemed to be unstoppable in the early stages, and Anderson couldn’t stop the tide, as Barney went 0-4 ahead taking out 64. Anderson eventually stopped the rot and he replied in kind with a 13 darter, hitting double 6 to get off the mark. Anderson however really got going in the sixth leg with an immense 10 darter, hitting a 140, 180 and 145 before hitting double 18 to half the deficit as quickly as it happened. The match was starting to really come alive, however Anderson kept the charge alive as he roared to the crowd after taking out a 90 checkout for an 11 dart leg, just as Barney was on for an 11 darter himself. The tide had fully turned at this point, and Anderson had hit his fourth 180 in the fourth leg as he hit tops to get the game back on level terms. The standard was nothing short of sublime, and both players were throwing some wonderful darts but it was Anderson who won a fifth straight leg to go into the break with the lead winning the five legs in just 60 darts. Barney regrouped and hit double 10 to level it again at 5 legs apiece. Anderson however kicked in again and went 7-5 ahead with smart finishing on double 12 and tops to break again and establish the first two leg lead for himself. However, Barney responded just as he knows best hitting back with an unusual double 13 for another 81 checkout to reduce it to 7-6. The game was on tenterhooks as both players couldn’t find the darts to keep themselves ahead of their opponent, as Anderson and Barney traded 180’s before Anderson broke back again to hit another 13 darter. Both players traded legs as they held their throw, before Anderson went within one leg of the match as he hit double 4. The fantastic match was sealed as Anderson and van Barneveld as both players spurned doubles, however it was Anderson who converted a double 2 to end an epic thriller.

 

 

Gary Anderson

11-7

Raymond van Barneveld

18

100+

15

23

140+

23

1

170+

1

8

180

6

111.37

Average

104.85

90

High Finish

121

5

Breaks of Throw

3

11/22 – 50%

Checkout %

7/19 – 37%

 

 

James Wade vs Adrian Lewis (9-11)

 

Going into the match, Adrian Lewis went into the game with good personal form has he had won 5 of the last 6 meetings between the pair, and it was Lewis who set the crowd alight as he hit a fantastic 149 checkout to break the throw and lay down a marker and boost his confidence. The high scoring of Lewis looked set to be at a premium, however he wired the Bull for a wonderful 164, however he didn’t mind too much as he returned to hit double 8 to double his lead. The usually reliable Wade seemed to be scoring well but his finishing seemed to be off key as he missed 3 darts at doubles before returning for double 10 to register his first leg of the game. Double trouble seemed to be catching as Wade hit back with another double 10 to break back and level the game. However, the momentum couldn’t be built on by Wade, as the two leg pattern was again followed as Lewis broke back and then held his throw to go into a commanding 4-2 lead in the first session. Another topsy turby game was upon us as Lewis broke yet again with an unusual double 3 to go three legs ahead after Wade’s scoring eluded him, but Wade fought back to hit two double 10’s to go into the break in a more reasonable deficit of 5-4. Wade come back out from the break in the better from as he got the elusive break back as he took out 71 to level the scores at 5-5. Wade looked shaky on tops in the early stages of the match, however he showed no signs of that effect after the break as he hit it in back-to-back legs to go into the lead for the first time of the contest. This wasn’t the case for long however, as Lewis responded well hitting two 180’s before taking out 41 to give us another level game. More missed doubles from Lewis prevented another break, as Wade came back for another double 10 to ensure he held on to his lead going into the latter stages. Another consecutive hold of throw by Lewis and Wade meant it was 8-8 going into this first to 11 tie, as Lewis fired in his tenth maximum to allow him the opportunity to break Wade, which he eventually did hitting double 2. Another 180 from Lewis ensured that he was first to the double in the eighteenth leg, as he hit Wade’s double 10 to go within one leg of the match. Wade, as ever showed great resolve and didn’t give up without a fight as he hit a fabulous 118 checkout to make it 10-9 Lewis. Both players didn’t seem to want to win as both squandered darts to win the leg, however it Lewis who eventually took it with a double 5 to go to his second Auckland final in successive years.

 

 

James Wade

9-11

Adrian Lewis

37

100+

30

19

140+

13

0

170+

0

1

180

12

94.51

Average

100.28

118

High Finish

149

3

Breaks of Throw

4

9/28 – 32%

Checkout %

11/42 – 26%

 




Gary Anderson vs Adrian Lewis (11-7)

 

After two fantastic finals, it was a repeat of the 2016 World Championship Final as Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis faced off in the final of the Auckland Darts Masters, and it was Lewis who showed the early signs as he won the first leg in comfortable fashion. Anderson however, not to be outdone responded with an almost brilliant 170 checkout, as he hit the 25 instead of the Bull. This wasn’t a problem for the Scot, as he came back and hit the double 3 to level it at 1-1. Both players made good use of their throw, as Lewis and Anderson held their throw in consecutive legs as it was 3-3, however Anderson stepped up to break the throw in the seventh leg, hitting a maximum which enabled him the fortunate chance of missing two darts at double 12, before he converted the double six as he went into the break with a timely lead. Anderson came out the break in the same form, as he consolidated the lead to go 5-3 ahead in a good contest. Both players were finding the treble bed on a consistent basis, and Lewis held his throw to reduce the gap again, hitting a magnificent 121 on the Bull. Lewis was finding the maximum is easy to come by, but the sometimes hesitant Anderson showed no signs of letting up as he again held throw, to go 6-4 ahead. The problem was becoming obvious for Lewis, his doubles were letting him down and Anderson punished him with a double 16 to get another break and was in charge of the match. Lewis responded in superb style, controlling the leg before finishing on double 18 to break back instantly. A magnificent 150 checkout got him within a leg, but that prompted a wonderful response from Anderson who hit 6 perfect darts on route to an 11 dart leg to go into the second break 8-6 in front. The 180’s kept flooding in at every stage of the match, however it was Anderson who profited as he hit double 5 to break Lewis again and go within two legs of beating him in another close final. Lewis held his throw, on madhouse before Anderson missed double 12 to break back for a 144 checkout, allowing Anderson the chance at 86 which he took out on the Bull. It was Anderson however, who closed out the match hitting his eighth maximum and finishing on tops to win his second World Series title in a row.

 

Anderson lifts the title! (photo:Photosport)

 

Gary Anderson

11-7

Adrian Lewis

22

100+

25

9

140+

12

0

170+

1

8

180

4

99.90

Average

98.96

86

High Finish

150

4

Breaks of Throw

2

11/22 – 50%

Checkout %

7/23 – 30%

 

 

By Daniel Hall

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