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Superb 170 checkout helps Flying Scotsman Anderson retain PDC title

Adrian Lewis helped to set a new PDC record for 180s, but could not make the match a classic.

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GARY ANDERSON DEFEATED Adrian Lewis 7 – 5 in tonight’s PDC world darts championship final to win the title for the second year running.

Lewis had beaten Anderson in the 2011 final and was well in contention deep into the match, but once Anderson leveled the match at 3 -3 he went on to swing it his way by stringing the seventh and eighth sets to his tally to leave Lewis an uphill struggle trailing 5 -3.

The magic seventh set came within Anderson’s grasp after a sensational 170 checkout in the penultimate leg of the final set. Anderson followed up two treble 20s with the bull to deflate any lingering Lewis hopes and the Scot rounded off a job well done with a 104 finish.

Though the match boasted a PDC record for 180s thrown, the encounter was by no means a dramatic spectacle as the champion admitted.

“It never really happened for me,” said the winner,

“It was a scrape from the start with some good and some bad darts but I’ll take it. The way I’ve played and Aidy has played, it kind of killed the game.”

“I am getting older and the body is starting to hurt. I’ll keep plodding on and will give it another shot next year.”

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