PDC World Championship Darts Final

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Published: 11:48 03/01/2011

The PDC will herald a new world champion after Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis contest the final of the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace on Monday night. The victor will become only the fifth holder of the title since its inception in 1994 which has been dominated by the great Phil Taylor who has won it 13 times. Dennis Priestley, John Part and Raymond van Barneveld are the only other players who have won the biggest tournament in world darts. Scotsman, Gary Anderson is the man-in-form and firm favourite with bookmakers after his overwhelming performance in the semi-final to win 6-2 against Terry Jenkins. Anderson ranked world number 11 will be appearing in his first major PDC tournament final after switching from the BDO in 2009 but has played brilliant darts throughout the tournament. On his way to the semi-finals, he conquered two former World Championship winners when beating Dennis Priestley 4-2 in the second round and dismissing Raymond van Barneveld 5-1 in the quarter-final. His opponent in Monday’s final is 25-year-old world number-five Adrian Lewis from Stoke-on-Trent who has been tipped for great things since making his breakthrough appearance in the World Series of Darts in 2006. Lewis practises with Phil Taylor and avenged the quarter-final of defeat of his mentor when overcoming Mark Webster 6-4 in the semi-final. Taylor is sure to be cheering-on his young protégé and hoping he can keep a lid on his fiery temperament which has led to a couple of controversial incidents during his brief career. In one incident he had an exchange with Anderson during the 2009 World Grand Prix who accused Lewis of encroaching into the exclusion zone on his throw. Match Odds: 3/5 Anderson with Unibet 28/17 Lewis with bwin