Burnham-on-Sea darts ace Gary Anderson falls short in bid for third world title

PUBLISHED: 11:07 03 January 2017 | UPDATED: 12:02 04 January 2017

Gary Anderson in action during the walk on during day fifteen of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday January 2, 2017. See PA story DARTS World. Photo credit should read: Steven Paston/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Gary Anderson in action during the walk on during day fifteen of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday January 2, 2017. See PA story DARTS World. Photo credit should read: Steven Paston/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Two-time world champion Gary Anderson could not add to his trophy cabinet last night (Monday), losing 7-3 to Dutch star ‘Mighty’ Michael Van Gerwen in the final of the World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace in London.

‘The Flying Scotsman’, who lives in Burnham-on-Sea, won the first set and was in contention for much of the match, but Van Gerwen pulled away to claim the title.

In defeat, Anderson broke the record for most maximum scores of 180 in a match, arrowing three darts into treble 20 a staggering 22 times.

After the match, he told Sky Sports: “The year that this man has had, it’s been a walk in the park for him.

“It’s well deserved but I’ve had a good three years, the crowd has been fantastic and we’ve had a good couple of weeks.”

Anderson won £160,000 in prize money, while Van Gerwen walked away £350,000 richer.

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