MCCOY’S PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS An­der­son is fight­ing back af­ter los­ing dad

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY APRIL 12 -

GARY AN­DER­SON ad­mits he needs more prac­tice to have any chance of retaining his Mccoy’s Premier League crown.

The Scot has hardly had any prepa­ra­tion time re­cently be­cause of ill­ness to his dad, Gor­don, who passed away last month af­ter a two-year bat­tle with stom­ach can­cer.

An­der­son missed one week of the com­pe­ti­tion be­cause of his fu­neral, so he will play two matches in Sh­effield on Thurs­day night against James Wade and Andy Hamil­ton.

He has slumped down the ta­ble and faces a bat­tle to fin­ish in the top four and qual­ify for next month’s play-offs.

An­der­son was bashed 8-2 by Si­mon Whit­lock last week and av­er­aged just 94.

He said: “I can get my head sorted now and get back to prac­tis­ing.

“I’ve not put a lot of prac­tice in for the past few months be­cause of the fam­ily prob­lems.

“When I was get­ting a day off I was go­ing to Scot­land and back. Now I’ve got to get back on the prac­tice board.”

An­der­son has a tough task at the Mo­tor­point Arena, but it’s noth­ing com­pared with the test fac­ing Ray­mond van Barn­eveld.

The Dutch­man goes up against un­beaten run­away leader Phil Tay­lor, but he be­lieves he is run­ning into the form that can fi­nally land him his first tele­vised win against “The Power” since 2008.

Bar­ney av­er­aged more than 112 when he beat Kevin Painter last week and in­sisted: “Ev­ery­thing has to be right when I play Phil.

“I re­mem­ber last time we played he nicked the first leg off me and then I was on 95 in the sec­ond and he checked out.

“Those fin­ishes are the ones you have to hit – 95, 117, 123 – be­cause he’s al­ways there.

“You get your chances but you al­ways have to hit them.”

LEAGUE TA­BLE SLUMP: An­der­son needs to hit bet­ter form to re­tain his ti­tle

IN FORM: Van Barn­eveld

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