Anderson begins World Championship defence
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BURNHAM’S very own darts world champion Gary Anderson will begin the defence of his title in London today (Thursday).
The 44-year-old, who threw his way to the William Hill World Championships title at Alexandra Palace last January, will face the winner of Andy Boulton and Per Laursen, who face each other in a preliminary round later.
A Scotsman by birth, Anderson moved to the West Country to re-open and run the Wellington Arms in Rooksbridge, all while competing at the sport’s top level.
He will be looking to better the record 64 maximum 180s he hit en route to glory in last year’s competition, where he triumphed 7-6 in a thrilling final against Phil Taylor.
After winning the World Championships, he also took home a second Premier League of Darts trophy in June, but his form has since arrowed off course – exiting the Players Championship Finals and Grand Slam of Darts at the second-round stage, although he did reach the final of the European Championships in November.
The competition runs from December 17 until January 3.