Gary Anderson won his first UK Open title with an 11-7 defeat of Corey Cadby.

In front of a sparse crowd at Butlin’s in Minehead, the Flying Scotsman came from 4-1 down to take the £70,000 top prize. His victory brings to an end one of the most bizarre and unforgettable major tournaments in the history of darts. Anderson defeated Robert Rickwood, Ricky Evans and Jermaine Wattimena on Saturday. Further wins over world champion Rob Cross and David Pallett sealed his final berth. Cadby overcame Michael Rasztovits, Martin Schindler and Chris Dobey to make the quarter-finals. There, he defeated Gerwyn Price, before thrashing Robert Owen.

The opening stages of the final went the Australian’s way. Anderson opened with a 13-dart break, but the 22-year-old bounced back to lead 4-1. The Flying Scotsman then went on a run of his own, checking out 110 on the way to going 5-4 up. There were a remarkable seven breaks of throw in the first 11 legs, but a hold on madhouse put the Scot 7-5 up.

UK Open Qualifying 5 winner Cadby took the next leg, but a 108 finish kept the world number four’s nose in front. The Australian claimed the 15th leg; it proved to be his last. Anderson kept his young opponent at bay and sealed victory with a 100.3 average. His tenth major title, and sixth in the PDC, was met with near-silence. That was a result of Storm Emma, which forced the absence of the fans and some of the field. The tournament still saw some memorable moments, including Michael van Gerwen’s shock early exit and John Part’s heart-warming run. After all of the surprises, it was a familiar figure who lifted the trophy on Sunday night.

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Author: Edward McCosh