Championship League Darts - Seventh Heaven For Burnett
SEVENTH HEAVEN FOR BURNETT IN CHAMPIONSHIP LEAGUE DARTS
RICHIE BURNETT claimed a remarkable victory in Group Seven of Championship League Darts on Tuesday, edging to a 6-5 win over Gary Anderson in the final of the internet-streamed event.
The Welsh ace was amongst a trio of former World Champions who came into the tournament for the seventh of eight groups, and showed his class by topping the league table following the round-robin stage.
He won five of his seven league games, with a brilliant 6-0 whitewash of Paul Nicholson in the final round seeing him knock his opponent out of the top four places as well as seal top spot above Steve Beaton.
Burnett then enjoyed a 6-3 semi-final win over Kim Huybrechts as he won through to the final, where he edged out Anderson in a see-saw thriller.
Burnett took the final's first two legs to lead, before Anderson finished 78 to reply - only for a 116 finish to put the Welsh ace 3-1 up.
Anderson then finished double nine and 68 to level, but missed tops in the seventh as Burnett hit the same bed to move back in front, before taking out 61 on double eight to move to the brink of victory at 5-3.
Anderson took out double 18 to pull back to 5-4, and when Burnett missed two match darts at double 19 in the next, the Scot hit double eight to send the game into a deciding leg.
Anderson opened with scores of 140 and 180 and was first to a finish, but missed five darts for the match at double 14 and seven, and Burnett pulled back to finish 106 on tops to snatch victory.
"I'm so happy to get through," said Burnett. "I was 3-1 up and then it was three-all, then I was 5-3 up and it went five-all and I really thought that I'd blown it.
"I had some darts before that to get through and Gary's a class act, and he must be gutted to lose at the end there because he had darts to win.
"I hung in there in the last leg; I was chucking myself through the air, snatching my darts and I'm just over the moon to get through.
"The final wasn't brilliant because I think we were both waiting for each other to hit the big scores, but it was at the end of a long day and I'm just glad to get through.
"Maybe I had a bit of luck in one game, where I should have lost against Kim Huybrechts and I won 6-5, and I just went from there. I got stronger as the day went on, and you build momentum, and by the time I beat Paul Nicholson 6-0, that was probably at the peak of my form and I played really well."
Beaton had ended the day level with Burnett with five victories, but lost out to Anderson 6-3 in their semi-final as the Scot moved into the decider.
Anderson was one of four players to finish the day with four wins, and was joined by Huybrechts in reaching the semi-finals, with Peter Wright and Paul Nicholson edged out on Leg Difference.
Three-time World Champion John Part and Jamie Caven, a double ranking event winner this year, were both eliminated though in Group Seven, winning one game apiece during a gruelling day.
Huybrechts, who entered the event in Group Three, will appear in his sixth group of the season on Wednesday in the last-chance Group Eight, while Wright and Anderson will both play for a fifth day as they bid to join Burnett in the Winners Group.
Beaton and Paul Nicholson will also return to Crondon Park GC in Essex to compete in Group Eight, alongside 2009 champion Colin Osborne, Andy Smith and Mark Walsh.
The day's champion will return on Thursday to compete in the big-money Winners Group, alongside Phil Taylor, Andy Hamilton, Wes Newton, Terry Jenkins, Michael van Gerwen, Ian White and Burnett.
Championship League Darts will be streamed live online worldwide to LIVEPDC.TV Subscribers, and streamed online through a series of bookmakers' websites around the world who are listed at www.pdc.tv.
Prize money is paid at £50 per leg won in the league phase as the eight players meet each other once, before prize money rises to £100 per leg in the Play-Offs, with prize money in the Winners Group doubling.
Championship League Darts
Group Seven Results
Board One Board Two
Kim Huybrechts 4-6 Peter Wright John Part 6-3 Steve Beaton
Jamie Caven 4-6 Richie Burnett Gary Anderson 2-6 Paul Nicholson
Steve Beaton 6-3 Kim Huybrechts Peter Wright 6-2 John Part
Paul Nicholson 6-2 Jamie Caven Richie Burnett 2-6 Gary Anderson
Steve Beaton 4-6 Gary Anderson Kim Huybrechts 5-6 Richie Burnett
Paul Nicholson 6-3 John Part Peter Wright 6-5 Jamie Caven
Gary Anderson 4-6 Kim Huybrechts Steve Beaton 6-3 Richie Burnett
Peter Wright 5-6 Paul Nicholson John Part 4-6 Jamie Caven
John Part 1-6 Gary Anderson Jamie Caven 4-6 Kim Huybrechts
Richie Burnett 6-3 Peter Wright Paul Nicholson 4-6 Steve Beaton
Jamie Caven 5-6 Steve Beaton Peter Wright 6-5 Gary Anderson
Richie Burnett 6-3 John Part Kim Huybrechts 6-3 Paul Nicholson
John Part 1-6 Kim Huybrechts Steve Beaton 6-3 Peter Wright
Paul Nicholson 0-6 Richie Burnett Gary Anderson 6-3 Jamie Caven
Richie Burnett 6-3 Kim Huybrechts Steve Beaton 3-6 Gary Anderson
Richie Burnett 6-5 Gary Anderson
Group Seven League Table & Prize Money
Pl W L Won Lost Leg +/- £Won Pts £Total
Richie Burnett 7 5 2 35 27 +8 £1750 10 £2950
Steve Beaton 7 5 2 37 30 +7 £1850 10 £2150
Gary Anderson 7 4 3 35 28 +7 £1750 8 £2850
Kim Huybrechts 7 4 3 36 30 +6 £1800 8 £2100
Peter Wright 7 4 3 35 34 +1 £1750 8
Paul Nicholson 7 4 3! 31 30 +1 £1550 8
Jamie Caven 7 1 6 29 40 -11 £1450 2
John Part 7 1 6 20 39 -19 £1000 2