Anderson downs Lewis to claim back-to-back World Championship titles


Gary Anderson became only the third man to successfully defend the PDC World Championship title as he beat Adrian Lewis 7-5 on Sunday.

The second seed held off the charge of two-time champion Lewis to seal victory with a double 12 - the same double he won with a year earlier - a 170 checkout in the third leg of the 12th setting him up for victory.

Lewis started the final in fine form and was quickly ahead as nerves seemed to affect Anderson, but the Scot came storming back as the momentum switched at regular intervals.

The 180s were flowing for Lewis but the doubles were not coming as easily, but luckily for the fifth seed Anderson suffered the first of two miscounts to allow his opponent to level at 2-2.

After a set apiece the seventh set saw Anderson begin to pull away from his rival, Lewis missing more doubles - although he did record the biggest checkout of the final of 131.

Anderson made it four legs on the bounce at the start of the seventh, and when Lewis missed another two doubles he was punished, the defending champion taking out a double 10 to move 4-3 ahead.

That became 5-3 thanks to his trusty favourite double 12, although he again had trouble with his counting and was lucky not be punished by Lewis.

The two-set lead was cut in the ninth as Lewis checked out with 121 to move back within one, but Anderson was consistently hitting his doubles to move back ahead 6-4.

Lewis was not lying down, though, and raced through the 11th to give the Alexandra Palace crowd hope of a final set decider.

He used that momentum to move ahead in what turned out to be the final set, but it only served to spur Anderson into life and after a 170 checkout he sealed the title with his trusty double 12.