GARY ANDERSON completed a Speedy Hire UK Open double over Phil Taylor, claiming a 6-2 win when the pair met in the Qualifier Seven final at Wigan on Saturday.
Anderson had defeated Taylor to win Qualifier Five a fortnight ago, and repeated the feat with a fine display to take the £6,000 title, also avenging Thursday’s 888.com Premier League Darts loss to the Stoke legend at the same time.
The Scot enjoyed a strong day, defeating fellow countryman John Henderson in the first round before overcoming Mark Hylton, Ronnie Baxter and Arron Monk to reach the quarter-finals.
He then took out World Champion Adrian Lewis in a deciding leg in the last eight, and saw off Mervyn King 6-3 to reach the final, where an electric start saw him move 4-0 up against Taylor.
Anderson opened the match with a 98 finish before breaking throw twice with 13-dart legs and posting the bull for a 126 checkout in taking command.
Taylor got off the mark in the fifth with an 11-dart leg, and after Anderson missed the bull for a 130 checkout in the next he landed tops to cut the gap to 4-2.
Both players also missed the bull for 121 finishes in leg seven, with Anderson mopping up on double eight for a 14-dart leg to move a leg away from the win.
Taylor opened the eighth with a maximum and was resting on double top after 12 darts, but missed seven darts to take the leg as Anderson hit back and posted double ten for the win.
Taylor, who had bounced back to win Qualifier Six in Barnsley two weeks ago, began his day by whitewashing Jimmy Mann, and also defeated Justin Pipe, Magnus Caris, Matt Padgett, Andy Hamilton and Wayne Jones on his way to the final.
King’s run to the semis saw him reach the last four for the fourth time this year, and featured a high-quality win over in-form Wes Newton in the last 16.
Jones’ wins over Matt Jackson, Dennis Priestley, Michael van Gerwen, Alan Tabern and Vincent van der Voort saw him reach his first semi-final of the year, while Gary Welding knocked out James Wade and Robert Thornton on his way to the quarters.
PDC Unicorn Under-21 World Champion Arron Monk was amongst the last 16 losers, alongside Mark Webster, who missed double 12 for a 141 finish in the deciding leg of his clash with van der Voort.
Webster had also watched Dave Chisnall hit his second nine-dart finish of the year in their first round encounter, with the St Helens thrower earning an £800 bonus but going on to lose the game 6-4.
The final Speedy Hire UK Open Qualifier will be held on Sunday in Wigan, after which the leading 96 players (plus ties) in the UK Open Order of Merit qualify to compete in the televised finals at Bolton from June 2-5.
Speedy Hire UK Open Qualifier Seven
Shaun Griffiths 6-1 Geoff Whitworth
Mark Jones 6-5 Darren Whittingham
Richie Corner 6-4 David Coyne
Andy Hutchings 6-5 Reece Robinson
Mike Gillet 6-4 Ashley Holgate
Adam Smith-Neale 6-2 Adrian Bolitho
Wayne Atwood 6-1 Dave Honey
Mark Webster 6-4 Dave Chisnall – Dave Chisnall hits nine-dart finish
Mark Walsh 6-2 Adam Hunt
Kevin McDine 6-3 Paul Rowley
Shaun Griffiths 6-4 Roland Scholten
Vincent van der Voort 6-4 Sam Allen
Barrie Bates 6-2 Mark Stephenson
Darren Johnson 6-5 Rocco Maes
John MaGowan 6-3 Mark Jones
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Tony Blundell
Peter Wright 6-2 Brian Woods
Wayne Jones 6-4 Matt Jackson
Dennis Priestley 6-1 Gary Eastwood
Colin Osborne 6-2 Andy Pearson
Alan Tabern 6-1 Dave Ladley
Andy Jenkins 6-4 Stephen Hardy
Louis Blundell 6-2 Dylan Duo
Andy Hamilton 6-3 Ken MacNeil
James Richardson 6-0 Mick McGowan
Nick Fullwell 6-3 Dyson Parody
Richie Corner 6-4 Steve Maish
Michael Smith 6-3 Mick Todd
Denis Ovens 6-1 Ian Lever
Jyhan Artut 6-5 Lee Palfreyman
Steve Beaton 6-1 Andy Hutchings
Justin Pipe 6-1 Adrian Gray
Phil Taylor 6-0 Jimmy Mann
Magnus Caris 6-3 Kirk Shepherd
Colin Monk 6-2 Dave Smith
Mark Frost 6-2 Mark Tiller
Jelle Klaasen 6-3 Prakash Jiwa
Matt Padgett 6-3 Mark Lawrence
Scott Rand 6-5 Joe Cullen
Simon Whitlock 6-0 Jon Archer
John Part 6-3 Lee White
Mark Dudbridge 6-3 Ian Jopling
Nigel Heydon 6-2 Mike Gillet
Paul Nicholson 6-4 Michael Barnard
Kevin Painter 6-0 Andy Relf
Adrian Lewis 6-4 Steve Grubb
Steve Brown 6-3 Adam Smith-Neale
Ronnie Baxter 6-1 Andy Hodges
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Andy Pearce
Mark Hylton 6-0 Ryan Harrington
Gary Anderson 6-2 John Henderson
Dennis Smith 6-1 Mareno Michels
Matthew Edgar 6-1 Co Stompe
Arron Monk 6-3 Steve Hine
Tony Ayres 6-3 Harry Robinson
Nicky Bache 6-4 Alex Roy
Terry Temple 6-1 Jamie Caven
Tony Eccles 6-1 Andy Brown
Mervyn King 6-3 Wayne Atwood
Peter Hudson 6-3 Colin Lloyd
Wes Newton 6-5 Michael Mansell
Richie Burnett 6-1 Nigel Birch
Terry Jenkins 6-2 Andrew Hibbert
Chris Aubrey 6-2 Chris Thompson
Jason Crawley 6-4 Steve Evans
Robert Thornton 6-0 Ian White
Andy Smith 6-3 Kevin Dowling
Gary Welding 6-5 Steve Farmer
James Wade 6-4 Steven Pearson
Michael Rosenauer 6-4 Mensur Suljovic
Martyn Turner 6-4 Gary Mawson
Mark Webster 6-4 Mark Walsh
Shaun Griffiths 6-3 Kevin McDine
Vincent van der Voort 6-5 Barrie Bates
Darren Johnson 6-4 John MaGowan
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Peter Wright
Wayne Jones 6-3 Dennis Priestley
Alan Tabern 6-2 Colin Osborne
Andy Jenkins 6-0 Louis Blundell
Andy Hamilton 6-4 James Richardson
Nick Fullwell 6-5 Richie Corner
Denis Ovens 6-2 Michael Smith
Steve Beaton 6-2 Jyhan Artut
Phil Taylor 6-2 Justin Pipe
Magnus Caris 6-2 Colin Monk
Mark Frost 6-5 Jelle Klaasen
Matt Padgett 6-4 Scott Rand
John Part 6-3 Simon Whitlock
Nigel Heydon 6-3 Mark Dudbridge
Paul Nicholson 6-2 Kevin Painter
Adrian Lewis 6-4 Steve Brown
Ronnie Baxter 6-5 Brendan Dolan
Gary Anderson 6-3 Mark Hylton
Dennis Smith 6-1 Matthew Edgar
Arron Monk 6-3 Tony Ayres
Nick Bache 6-5 Terry Temple
Mervyn King 6-3 Tony Eccles
Wes Newton 6-3 Peter Hudson
Terry Jenkins 6-5 Richie Burnett
Chris Aubrey 6-5 Jason Crawley
Robert Thornton 6-4 Andy Smith
Gary Welding 6-4 Jame s Wade
Martyn Turner 6-5 Michael Rosenauer
Mark Webster 6-4 Shaun Griffiths
Vincent van der Voort 6-5 Darren Johnson
Wayne Jones 6-5 Michael van Gerwen
Alan Tabern 6-4 Andy Jenkins
Andy Hamilton 6-1 Nick Fullwell
Denis Ovens 6-2 Steve Beaton
Phil Taylor 6-1 Magnus Caris
Matt Padgett 6-0 Mark Frost
Nigel Heydon 6-5 John Part
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Paul Nicholson
Gary Anderson 6-5 Ronnie Baxter
Arron Monk 6-5 Dennis Smith
Mervyn King 6-4 Nicky Bache
Wes Newton 6-2 Terry Jenkins
Robert Thornton 6-2 Chris Aubrey
Gary Welding 6-3 Martyn Turner
Vincent van der Voort 6-5 Mark Webster
Wayne Jones 6-1 Alan Tabern
Andy Hamilton 6-4 Denis Ovens
Phil Taylor 6-3 Matt Padgett
Adrian Lewis 6-5 Nigel Heydon
Gary Anderson 6-1 Arron Monk
Mervyn King 6-3 Wes Newton
Gary Welding 6-4 Robert Thornton
Wayne Jones 6-3 Vincent van der Voort
Phil Taylor 6-3 Andy Hamilton
Gary Anderson 6-5 Adrian Lewis
Mervyn King 6-2 Gary Welding
Phil Taylor 6-3 Wayne Jones
Gary Anderson 6-3 Mervyn King
Gary Anderson 6-2 Phil Taylor
Final – leg-by-leg
Phil Taylor v Gary Anderson
0-0 – Gary Anderson wins the bullseye and will throw first.
0-1 – Anderson finishes 98 in two darts for a 14-dart opening leg.
0-2 – Anderson opens with a 177 against the throw but Taylor replies with scores of 139 and 140 only to then miss three darts at doubles, and the Scot breaks with tops for a 13-darter.
0-3 – Taylor hits scores of 140, 135 and 180 to leave 42, but Anderson finishes 126 on the bull for a 12-dart leg.
0-4 – Anderson breaks again, hitting two 140s and double 16 for a 13-darter.
1-4 – The pair trade 180s before Taylor breaks back with an 11-darter to get off the mark on double top.
2-4 – Anderson hits a 180 to leave a finish, but misses the bull for a 130 checkout as Taylor posts tops again, this time for a 13-dart leg.
2-5 – Both players leave 121 after nine darts – Taylor hitting a 180 – but miss the bullseye for the leg before Anderson hits double eight to move one away from victory.
2-6 – Taylor opens with a 180 but misses seven darts for the leg before Anderson hits double ten for the win