Awesome Anderson denies Cadby to claim UK Open title

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 4 Mar 2018
Anderson returns to the winner's enclosure (credit:Chris Dean/PDC)

Gary Anderson secured his first UK Open title courtesy of an 11-7 victory over Australian sensation Corey Cadby in the final in Minehead on Sunday.
 
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The world number four ended his two-year wait for a major ranking title as he edged out the 22-year-old talent to take the £70,000 top prize at the Butlins Minehead Resort.
 
Anderson had defeated World Champion Rob Cross 10-5 in Sunday afternoon's Quarter-Finals before overcoming David Pallett 11-7 in the Semi-Finals and staged a fine fightback from 4-1 down to deny Cadby his first major silverware.

"It's fantastic for me," said Anderson. "I've come here to win the tournament and managed to do it, and it's great.
 
"In the last three games I've been lucky - it's been a struggle. Corey is good and I've got a lot of time for him, he's a class act.
 
"I knew exactly what to expect and he's going to be about for a long, long time. It's getting harder every year with all the youngsters coming through and they'll take it in their stride."

Cadby, who picked up £35,000 as runner-up, continued his superb start to life as a professional since winning a Tour Card in January by reaching his first televised ranking final with wins over Gerwyn Price and Robert Owen on Day Three.
 
The former World Youth Champion will now return to Melbourne ahead of his wedding in a fortnight and admitted: "What a year 2018 has been and I'm looking forward to the rest.
 
"I'm only young, I've got a lot to learn and I'm pretty happy to make the final. I'm not happy to be runner up but I'll take it.
 
"I gave everything but you've got to hit the doubles at crucial times, you can't afford to miss and Gary came through and won."

Anderson took the opening leg of the final before Cadby reeled off four on the spin with finishes of 70 and 87 along the way.

Anderson hit back to lead 5-4 thanks to a four-leg burst of his own, which included checkouts of 110 and 68, before Cadby stopped the rot to restore parity.

The Scot then claimed successive legs with double five and double one, and after Cadby hit double eight to stay in touch, Anderson fired in a timely 108 checkout for 8-6.

Cadby seized upon one missed dart from his opponent in the following leg to peg back again, but only for Anderson to finish 70 and 91 to restore daylight and go one away from the winning line.

And a 14-dart leg on double eight duly sealed the deal for 'The Flying Scotsman' as he secured a sixth major PDC title of his career.

Despite being played behind closed doors due to safety concerns over the weather conditions, the tournament proved a memorable one as Pallett and Owen also reached their first major Semi-Finals.

Welsh ace Owen put paid to the resurgent run of three-time World Champion John Part with a 10-3 rout in the Quarter-Finals, while Palett defeated Steve West 10-5 before going down narrowly to Anderson.
 

Coral UK Open 2018 Results


Sunday March 4

Afternoon Session

Quarter-Finals
David Pallett 10-5 Steve West
Robert Owen 10-3 John Part
Corey Cadby 10-6 Gerwyn Price
Gary Anderson 10-5 Rob Cross
Best of 19 legs
 
Evening Session

Semi-Finals
Gary Anderson 11-7 David Pallett
Corey Cadby 11-3 Robert Owen
 
Final
Gary Anderson 11-7 Corey Cadby


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