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Anderson determined to deliver World Cup glory for fans in “bogey” tournament

Anderson celebrates alongside teammate Wright (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Gary Anderson admits he wants to deliver World Cup of Darts glory for the Dartan Army in what has been his “bogey” tournament.

The Flying Scotsman teams up with Peter Wright for Scotland in the Betway World Cup - which kicks off on Thursday in Frankfurt.

Top seeds Scotland have a wretched record in recent years, losing out to so-called minnows including Spain, South Africa, Northern Ireland and last year Singapore.

But Anderson and 'Snakebite' did reach the final in 2015 - losing out to England in the final - and now Anderson is eyeing another strong run.

He said: "It's definitely been my bogey tournament. I think I've had once decent year and we lost to England in the final, so that wasn't decent at all really.

"It's hard to put a finger on it why it hasn't happened for us. The format can catch you out a bit. As people know I'm a rhythm player, so the doubles can be a problem for me.

"I've always struggled playing Mensur Suljovic, for that same reason. If my game is slowed down it can affect me. But I have managed to get wins in the doubles before and I just need to do it again this week.

"Peter and I get on great now. We’ll both want to get this right this time. We played well together three years ago so it's obviously possible.

"I want to get a few good results. It didn’t happen for me in the Premier League Play-Offs at The O2, nothing worked that night.

"I don’t dwell too much on how I play whether I win or lose. But now it’s about winning for the Scottish fans, so I want that more than anything.

"The fans never let me down. The noise in Glasgow and Aberdeen this year in the Premier League was off the scale, so I owe them a few performances!"

Scotland face a tricky first round tie on Thursday night against experienced American pair Larry Butler and Darin Young.

Anderson is all too aware of their threat, adding: "Larry and Darin on their day can beat anyone. They've been there done it and bought the t-shirt.

"I think it’s pretty much down to what Peter and I do that counts. If we play to our best ability we will go a long way.

"But for some reason that hasn't happened much before. Trust me, it’s not for the lack of trying. We want to win as much as anyone.

"We are number one seeds but I don't look ahead to who could be our biggest threats like the Dutch or England. The past has shown that all of our opponents are threats no matter what country they are from or experience.

"There are no mugs in world darts now. These guys are all playing at an amazing standard and that's why they get results.

"If you don't play well you get beat now in darts, that's the way it should be. You deserve to win if you play your best game."


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