Gary Anderson secured his second successive World Series title by defeating Adrian Lewis 11-7 in the final of the Auckland Darts Masters at the Trusts Arena on Sunday evening. Anderson averaged 99.90 and registered eight maximums to defeat Lewis, who defended his Auckland title valiantly.
Lewis kicked off proceedings with a 177 and landed tops to claim the opening leg, but Anderson fired back with D3, having earlier missed the bull for a 170 finish. The Scot registered his first maximum in leg-three, but Lewis held throw with a fine 12-darter, culminating with an 81 finish.
Anderson missed D16 for a 149 checkout in the fourth, but returned to post D8 and restore parity. Nevertheless, the fifth leg saw both players spurn opportunities. Lewis squandered three darts at D18, but Anderson was unable to convert D8 or D4, enabling Jackpot to regain the lead on D9.
Lewis, who defeated Raymond van Barneveld in the final of last year’s event, missed D18 for a spectacular 156 outshot, allowing Anderson to post tops for another hold of throw. ‘The Flying Scotsman’ broke throw in the seventh leg, hitting his second maximum and converting a 68 checkout on D10.