By Phil Lanning
GARY ANDERSON warmed-up for the next World Series with a classy Players Championship win – his sixth title of the year.
The Flying Scotsman, back by Rix, picked up his second Pro Tour win in Barnsley, beating Terry Jenkins in a close final yesterday.
The World No2, who has also won the World Championship and three World Series of Darts trophies in this calendar year, added to his collection of titles with a 6-5 victory in the decider.
Anderson landed four of the final’s nine 180s – including one in the deciding leg – but was made to work hard for the £10,000 winner’s cheque by a typically gritty Jenkins, who enjoyed his best run of the year so far.
Ando, who goes out to Australia for the next World Series rounds next week, admitted: “I’m delighted to get the win. These Players Championships are gruelling days and are the truest yardstick of form.
“I’m looking forward to getting out to Australia for Sydney and Perth rounds of the World Series. I’ve won three, I want two more.
“It’s nice to get back into winning ways to try and forget about the Matchplay semi-final against Phil Taylor.”
Double World Champ Anderson started off with a whitewash win over Paul Milford before picking up victories against Devon Petersen and Jason Wilson.
The Scot then defeated in-form Austrian Mensur Suljovic in a deciding leg to reach the quarter-finals, where he saw off Daryl Gurney with a 6-3 success. He then thumped Welshman Jonny Clayton 6-0 to book his place in the final.
Fellow Scot John Henderson reached the fourth round before losing out to eventual finalist Jenkins. Robert Thornton was dumped out in the first round by Matthew Dennant.