Belfast Telegraph

Gary Anderson fulfills potential to claim world darts title

By Frank Brownlow

Gary Anderson finally fulfilled his huge potential by clinching the world title at Alexandra Palace, collecting the prize from Ulster's horseracing great Tony McCoy who was representing sponsors William Hill.

Anderson held off the powerful challenge of Phil Taylor - who was bidding for a 17th world title - to triumph 7-6 in front of an ecstatic 3,000-strong crowd and collect a cheque for £250,000.

"I've had some great battles against Phil - he will always be the best. That's why this victory is so special to me," Anderson said.

Taylor admitted: "Doubles cost me. But well done to Gary, he's a lovely lad."

Anderson produced a fantastic display against the 54-year-old, although did let the crowd get to him at one stage.

Anderson - who emulates his fellow Scot Jocky Wilson's world title successes in 1982 and 1989 - won the first set 3-2 and that set the tone for an enthralling match, with Taylor taking the next set by the same scoreline.

Anderson took the next two sets on 3-1 margins to go 3-1 up in sets. But 'The Power' showed his class by taking the next six legs to level at 3-3.

Taylor won the next set 3-1 but then it became the Anderson show with a quickfire three sets.

But the Stoke thrower took the next two sets - and it was going right to the wire.

The 44-year-old was not to be denied and, after beating defending champion Michael van Gerwen in the semi-final, it was fitting that Anderson defeated the greatest of all time in the final.

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