Anderson puts the record straight on match throw claims

Betway Premier League winner Gary Anderson.
Betway Premier League winner Gary Anderson.

Eyemouth’s darts world champion Gary Anderson is putting the record straight after claims he intentionally lost a Premier League match against Adrian Lewis in 2011.

Anderson, 44, led the match 3-0 but, with Lewis suffering “disgraceful” abuse from the crowd, allowed the Englishman to reel off eight legs in a row to secure an 8-3 victory.

When asked if he intentionally lost, Anderson told BBC Scotland: “I didn’t want to win a game where that happened; I thought it was a disgrace.”

However, in a message on Twitter, Anderson said: “I didn’t answer that question as I meant to. I would never intentionally lose a match or step onto the oche and give anything other than my best, but that night I thought the crowd behaviour was so disgraceful I lost all my motivation to win and could not focus at all on playing, and my game fell apart.”