Premier League Darts: Gary Anderson claims surprise win against Phil Taylor
Gary Anderson claimed his first televised win over Phil Taylor since joining the PDC after a 7-5 Premier League success.
Last Updated: 15/03/13 6:47am
The Scot, who had won only one out of his four matches going into the clash, handed Taylor his first defeat of the campaign in a back-and-forth contest.
Anderson went 2-0 down early on but fought back to level matters and then stayed with Taylor in the middle legs, notably taking out 100 to make it 3-3.
Anderson made a breakthrough by taking out 60 on Taylor's throw in the ninth leg, but the 16-time world champion broke back at the first time of asking.
Both players missed doubles in the 11th leg but Anderson finally hit double five to break again and just about kept his composure to complete the win in the next leg.
"I think I averaged 95, I've averaged 108s, 109s and 111s against Phil and been battered off the board, so to beat him on a 95 - I'll take that one," Anderson told Sky Sports.
He added: "In practice I've been hitting 112, 113 averages but I can't do it up here yet. Hopefully it will come and if it does I will be alright."
Raymond van Barneveld is one point clear at the top of the table after he made it four wins out of five by edging past Andy Hamilton 7-5.
The first nine legs of the contest went with throw before the five-time world champion prevailed following three consecutive breaks.
The first break came when van Barneveld hit a maximum to set himself up to take out 38, but Hamilton broke back straight away after the Dutchman missed a match dart at double top.
Van Barneveld was not made to pay, however, as he hit double 16 to complete the victory in the next leg.