Gary Anderson must have thought his 2022 Premier League darts campaign couldn’t get in any worse.
The Flying Scotsman, a former winner of the competition, has been horribly out of form and has propped up the table for most of the season. His play-off hopes went up in smoke weeks ago, leaving with only pride, plus, the £10,000 bonus for the winner of each night to play for.
But his season also hit a shocking and dangerous new low during his match against Joe Cullen at the O2 in London, which he would go on to lose 6-1. During the fifth leg, with Cullen already 4-0 up, one of Anderson’s darts ricocheted violently off the wire and almost hit its owner. Thankfully, the dart missed Anderson, who looked utterly stunned before breaking into a wry smile.
On Sky Sports commentary, an equally shocked Wayne Mardle said: “Wow’s that absolutely incredible, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a dart bounce that far off the wire. It came back and nearly hit Gary, I’m sure of it. It’s extraordinary.”
Mardle also points out that, because of Anderson’s choice of footwear, the impact with his foot would have been rather painful, adding: “He’s wears canvas/net shoes, Gary. So if he’d have booted it, it would have been painful.”
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After Anderson left the stage following another early defeat, at least with his shoes and feet undamaged, Cullen went on to win the night after beating Peter Wright in the semi-finals and long-time leader Jonny Clayton in the final.
The Rockstar’s performance lifted him above Wright and into the all-important fourth spot ahead of the final night of the regular season in Newcastle, where he will face Snakebite again in a must-win contest for both.
Anderson, meanwhile, has the unenviable task of playing Clayton, who is already assured of finishing in top spot ahead of play-off night in Berlin on June 13.
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