An­der­son puts dark days behind him to rule world

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GARY AN­DER­SON is now out to snatch the Pre­mier League af­ter si­lenc­ing nasty snipers with his bril­liant world darts tri­umph.

The Scot’s fi­nal vic­tory over Phil Tay­lor (be­low right) on Sun­day at Ally Pally drew over one mil­lion view­ers on Sky Sports.

It com­pleted a re­mark­able ca­reer turn­around for the 44-year-old, who had looked washed up at the end of 2013.

An­der­son had slipped out of the world’s top 16 fol­low­ing poor form and the loss of his fa­ther and brother.

De­spite win­ning the 2011 Pre­mier League, he had fin­ished at the foot of the table for the fol­low­ing two sea­sons.

But the world cham­pion is now the man to beat when the tour­na­ment starts in Leeds on Fe­bru­ary 5.

An­der­son re­called: “Peo­ple were say­ing, ‘He is fin­ished’, but I could not give two mon­keys what they think.

“There are some hor­ri­ble peo­ple in the world who keep snip­ing at you – I just got on with it.

“I’ve done a lot of prac­tice and got my con­fi­dence up, and I’m re­ally happy with my game.

“I wasn’t that ner­vous com­ing into the fi­nal and I’m learn­ing to en­joy my darts. I feel okay on the stage now.

“It’s nice to get my hands on the tro­phy. I have been play­ing for a long time and peo­ple were start­ing to doubt me. “I was start­ing to doubt my­self, but I have stuck in there and it’s a fan­tas­tic win.

“This is what we all play for and put so much work in for. To fi­nally pick up the tro­phy is great.”

An­der­son’s suc­cess saw him be­come the third player to lift the Sid Wad­dell Tro­phy, which is named in mem­ory of the late for­mer com­men­ta­tor.

An­der­son was keen to pay trib­ute to Wad­dell, say­ing: “I was in the BDO for years, and when I came across and met Sid I thought he was bril­liant.

“It’s peo­ple like Sid who helped put darts where it is.

“There’s also Phil Tay­lor, Eric Bris­tow and Barry Hearn push­ing darts through the roof – and it’s these kind of peo­ple who have made us have a sport and a liv­ing that we have now.”

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