It’s almost time to pack away the hot dog costumes, detox the body of alcohol, and head back to life as the World Darts Championship draws to a close. Of course, the BDO is still there, but the real World final takes place tonight. In a repeat of the 2011 decider, Adrian Lewis takes on Gary Anderson
Jackpot was the more impressive of the two in the earlier rounds, not dropping a set until the quarter finals. But it was in that quarter final against Peter Wright that he should’ve been off the stage half an hour earlier than he was. Instead, he let Wright grab a couple of sets before slamming the door shut. The same happened yesterday against Barney. Lewis stormed into a 5-0 lead, but only won 6-3.
He can’t afford to let Anderson back into a game should he go ahead. The Stoke thrower has hit more maximum’s than anyone else so far (41) and his handicap tonight is 16. He hit 20 in the 2011 final, and should pass the 16 barrier tonight at . We all love nostalgia, so we’re predicting a 9 dart finish for Lewis at to repeat a 2011 feat
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Anderson has crushed his opponents all the way through the competition. He’s dropped the same number of sets as Adrian, but averaged higher , posting an incredible 107.32 in his semi final demolition of Jelle Klaasen. In the first set, he averaged 132.69, a darting record.
He also became the first player of the tournament to hit a 9 dart finish, and said afterwards he thought he had another one in him. I believe him. Anderson to also hit a perfect leg is
- This is both players’ third World Final – Lewis won his first two, Anderson lost to Jackpot, but beat Phil Taylor last year
- Anderson is looking to become only the fourth player to retain after winning the title for the first time (Bristow, Van Barneveld and Lewis)
- There have been 621 180’s so far in the championship, guaranteeing a new record after tonight
- Lewis will become the new world number 3 regardless of the results
If Lewis bursts his handicap of 16 180’s, then the overall one of over 30 should be beaten as well at . Both these players have struck huge ton-plus finishes (including an Anderson 170) and a high checkout of over 146 at should be taken as well.
In terms of who’ll be champion, Anderson has been incredible all tournament, I think he’ll just win it. Lewis has looked strong but then shaky in the latter stages of games. He’ll have to stamp on Anderson’s throat (not literally) if he gets a lead. Back the match to go over 10 sets , and a correct score of Gary Anderson 7-5 Adrian Lewis at