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Anderson takes Auckland darts title

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/06/2016

World champion Gary Anderson has downed Adrian Lewis 11-7 to win the Auckland Darts Masters final.

Anderson, who also won last month's Dubai Darts Masters title, set up the victory with a stunning 11-7 semi-final defeat of Raymond van Barneveld, constructing a 111.37 average to accompany eight 180s.

He then produced another scintillating display to take the title, landing another eight 180s as he punished Lewis' missed doubles.

Anderson said it had been satisfying to produce back-to-back performances in winning the semi-final and final on the same night.

"Barney hit me with everything in the first four legs of the semi-final, but I got a leg and when it was 4-3 it was a different game.

"A few years ago, I'd have probably got beaten but now I've got a bit of fight in me.," he said.

"Adrian has played brilliantly too. He was great against Phil Taylor and he's a very good friend of mine, and the 180s and 140s and doubles came together tonight."

Lewis had won through to his second successive World Series of Darts final with a heavy-scoring 11-9 victory over James Wade, firing in a dozen maximums before coming from 7-6 down to claim five of the final seven legs.

He had no argument with Anderson's win, despite missing a few finishes.

"Gary took out a few great finishes on the bull and so on, and deserved to win it - he showed why he's a back-to-back world champion."

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