Anderson looks nervous from the start, conceding the opening set with little fight-back. A clearly confident Lewis cleared up the debris the Scotsman had left with his finishing to immediately put the champ under pressure.
Anderson made it back to back sets in tremendous fashion as he took out a terrific 121. Jackpot had now won just one of the last seven legs and the momentum was clearly shifting towards the rampaging Anderson.
In possibly the most pivotal set of the encounter Lewis pulled out some spectacular darts. He was 2-1 behind and on the brink of falling another set behind, but the crowd were off their feet, bowing down to the man from Stoke, as he check-out 131, levelling the match once again.
By now both challengers were in full flow, hitting 180’s for fun. It was Adrian Lewis who would complete the turnaround taking a nail biting set following four missed darts at double. Fortunately for Lewis, Anderson’s usually tremendous scoring had deserted him in the crucial leg, leaving the door wide open for a 3-2 Lewis lead.
Lewis failed to capitalize of the boost of confidence received from the fifth set and the opening leg break he worked his socks of for in set six. Lewis seemed to momentarily loose concentration, which was enough for Anderson to pounce and equalise once again in this epic tussle.
Jackpot’s double percentage was tumbling, now down to a lowly 32%. This would cost him yet another set as Anderson. The Scot was much improved on the doubles, rarely wasting the opportunity to take a leg of Lewis.
Gary Anderson created the first real cushion of the match, opening up a set advantage as the finish line appeared from the clouds ahead. Despite miscounting in the second leg, he was able to whitewash the out of sorts Lewis and become a clear favourite to join some darting greats and retain his world title.
Lewis responded magnificently, stopping the rot with a whitewash set. An exhilarating 121 wrapped up the 31-year-old’s best set of the match as he moved within one of Anderson.
But Lewis refused to lay down. The forth 3-0 set in a row put him back in contention. Anderson was nowhere to be found as the big man steamrolled through the set and heart-stopping fashion.
If there is any way to settle a World Championship final 170 is the way to go. With the match firmly poised at one leg all, Anderson reeled in the bug fish to go within one leg. There would be no grand stand finish as the Flying Scotsman left double Championship winning double twelve to successfully defend his title.