Gary Anderson beat Raymond van Barneveld to win the Perth Darts Masters
By Sky Sports Darts
Last Updated: 28/08/17 6:52pm
Gary Anderson sealed a fifth World Series of Darts title and first in Australia as he beat Raymond van Barneveld to claim the Perth Darts Masters.
The 2017 Dubai Darts Masters champion overcame James Wade in the semi-final before going on to defeat the Dutchman in a superb final at the HBF Stadium, triumphing 11-7 in the showpiece.
The decider began in style with both players hitting a 180 in the opening leg of the match, Barney sinking 61 on double 18 to hold throw only to see Anderson respond with an 11-dart leg to level up at 1-1.
The pair traded holds until the fifth leg where Anderson struck the first major blow of the final but only after van Barneveld had missed three darts allowing Anderson to break the throw on double five.
The Dutchman struck back immediately, punishing Anderson's own sloppy finishing to level the score before The Flying Scotsman's brilliant 136 a third break in succession.
With both players continuing to struggle on their own throws, a further two breaks followed with the Scot moving into a 5-4 lead, which became 6-4 when he found the game's first hold of throw for five legs thanks to a smart double top finish.
With Anderson sat on a two-dart finish, five-team world champion Barney pinned bullseye and a clinical 121 finish to move within a solitary leg once again before Anderson turned the screw at 9-7 with a 14-dart break to move within a leg of the title.
Two moments of quality helped to see Anderson over the line, first hitting a maximum to leave 164 and then narrowly missing the bull to finish in style. The 46-year-old sealed the title with his next visit, taking out 25 on double eight.
It was Anderson's first tournament win since defeating Ian White in the final of Players Championship 14 in June and he spoke of his delight after the final and he prepares for the arrival of his second child later this year.
"It's great to win here, this is my kind of town, nice and relaxed! It's been a long three weeks and I just can't wait to get home and see my son," said Anderson.
"Raymond is a legend of the game and beating him at any time is fantastic, so to do it in a final is even better.
"There's some big things coming up in my personal life and on the dart board over the next few months so I can't wait to get going."