Anderson struggles for success

05 March 2018 05:47:39 EST

Two-time PDC world champion Gary Anderson admitted he had needed some luck to go all the way and win the UK Open for the first time in his career.

The Scotsman was the runner-up in Minehead back in 2010, before failing to make a major impact at a tournament which features an open draw for each round.

My scoring wasn't there, but my doubles went in when I needed them to.

Gary Anderson

However, he made up for lost time by claiming the title on Sunday, beating Robert Rickwood, Ricky Evans, Jermaine Wattimena, reigning world champion Rob Cross and Dave Pallett on his way to the final.

There he defeated Australian rising star Corey Cadby 11-7 to secure the title, but Anderson was still not fully satisfied with the standard of his play.

He told the official PDC website: "It's fantastic for me. I've come here to win the tournament and managed to do it - it's great.

"I played well on Friday and Saturday and I was very happy with my game, but I struggled in the last three games. My scoring wasn't there, but my doubles went in when I needed them to.

"In the last three games I've been lucky - it's been a struggle."

Anderson will be back in action on Thursday for what is now the fifth round of matches in the Premier League, after the programme in Exeter last week was postponed due to bad weather.

The Scot takes on Northern Irishman Daryl Gurney in Leeds, with Anderson hoping to add to the single victory he has claimed in the competition so far this season.

Anderson is 8/15 to defeat Gurney and is 15/4 to do so by a 7-4 scoreline, with the Flying Scotsman 7/2 to be crowned Premier League champion for a third time.

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