Taylor fed another dose of disappointment as Anderson defies flu to reprise triumph

The 2015 Betway Premier League Darts got underway at Leeds Arena last night (Picture: Steve Riding).
The 2015 Betway Premier League Darts got underway at Leeds Arena last night (Picture: Steve Riding).
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WORLD champion Gary Anderson climbed off his sick bed to upset legend Phil Taylor again in Leeds last night.

Anderson kept his nerve to record a 7-5 victory over the 16-time world champion as the Betway Premier League kicked off at the First Direct Arena.

The Scotsman beat Taylor in a deciding set to win his first world title last month and the rematch was just as close.

The tie went with throw until the final leg when Taylor missed a shot at double top to salvage a point and Anderson – who had already missed one match dart – stepped up to take out double four.

Anderson was struggling with flu and he said: “I thought if I got two legs off Phil I would’ve done well.

“I was expecting Phil to come out firing, but he didn’t and I pinched it.”

Performance of the night came from two-time world champion Adrian Lewis, who demolished Raymond van Barneveld 7-1, with a three-dart average of 113.80.

In eight legs, Lewis threw five maximum 180 scores, eight of 140 or more and 10 of 100-plus.

Dave Chisnall defeated Peter Wright by a similar scoreline, Michael van Gerwen spoiled Kim Huybrechts’s Premier league debut with a 7-3 win and Stephen Bunting, in his first Premier League appearance, drew 6-6 with James Wade in the final match of the night.