Gary Anderson triumphs in Minehead

Gary Anderson won the UK Open after weather problems caused the players to play in front of no audience, as the Professional Darts Corporation deemed it too dangerous to travel.

The tournament kicked off in dramatic fashion with two of the big favourites, Michael Van Gerwen and Peter Wright, losing their first games to Jeffery de Zwaan and Nathan Rafferty respectively.

John Part continued his impressive form in this event as he defeated Ron Muelenkamp 10-9 in a last leg decider to advance to the last 16.

The shock of the fourth round came when Premier League leader Michael Smith was defeated by Steve West in yet another last leg decider, Smith had been heavily backed to win the tournament.

The quarter-finals saw Robert Owen defeat Part by an impressive ten legs to three to set up a semi-final clash with the young talent Corey Cadby, and tournament favourite Anderson continued the impressive form defeating current world champion Rob Cross 10-5.

The semi-finals had an unusual look to it as the Flying Scotsman defeated David Pallett 11-7, and the King defeated Owen comfortably, 11-3.

The final saw Cadby take on Anderson in a thrilling encounter which saw the Scottish number one take it by eleven legs to seven.

This win saw Anderson clinch the first ranking tournament of the season, as well as pocketing £70,000, with Cadby earning £35,000.

Edited by Ciaran Wiseman

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