World Series of Darts Rankings

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Gary Anderson leads the way in the World Series of Darts rankings following his second successive World Series triumph in last weekend’s Auckland Darts Masters. ‘The Flying Scotsman’ followed up his Dubai Darts Masters victory over Michael van Gerwen with an 11-7 victory over defending Auckland champion Adrian Lewis on Sunday.

This leaves Anderson on a maximum 24 points, which is double that of his nearest challengers. Michael van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis are both on 11 points, having appeared in one World Series final each this year. Despite averaging 107 against James Wade, Van Gerwen was beaten in the Auckland quarter-finals for the second straight year.

Lewis was thrashed 10-2 by Dave Chisnall in the Dubai Darts Masters, but Jackpot produced a much-improved showing in Auckland. Lewis beat Raymond van Barneveld in last year’s Auckland final, and he reached the final once again with victories over Stuart Leach, Phil Taylor and James Wade, before losing out to the world champion.

Phil Taylor, James Wade, Dave Chisnall and Raymond van Barneveld are all locked on eight points apiece following the opening two events of 2016. Taylor and Chisnall both secured five points from their run to the semi-finals in Dubai, however they exited in the last eight in New Zealand.

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Anderson topples Taylor & Van Gerwen to clinch Dubai Title!

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Gary Anderson ended Michael van Gerwen’s three-year reign as the Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters champion, beating ‘The Green Machine’ 11-9 in Friday’s thrilling final at the Tennis Park Stadium.

Van Gerwen led 8-4 and appeared on course to continue his impeccable record in Dubai, but the world champion fought back superbly, winning seven of the remaining eight legs to clinch his maiden World Series title.

Van Gerwen averaged 100.95 compared to Anderson’s 97.98, but the world number one was punished for a disappointing 29% on the doubles, and ‘The Flying Scotsman’ took full advantage to claim victory.

The Dutchman made an imperious start to the final, registering his first maximum and converting 81 for a 12-darter to clinch the opening leg. MvG hit another 180 in the following leg, before doubling his lead with a clinical 62 checkout.

Anderson broke back instantly with a fine 86 finish, but Van Gerwen regained his two-leg cushion by pinning D18. The Scot responded superbly with a magnificent 11-darter, but Van Gerwen secured the fifth consecutive break of throw in the final; hitting D16 having posted a 177 in the preceding visit.

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