Scotland’s Gary Anderson claimed his first ranking victory for over two years with a thrilling 6-5 defeat of Justin Pipe in the German Darts Championship final on Sunday night.

German Dart Championship

The Finalists – Carsten Arlt, PDC Europe

The 43 year old, whose last title came in a Players Championship in Holland in September 2011, made an ideal start to 2014 by taking the £20,000 European Tour title at Halle 39 in Hildesheim.

Anderson had kicked off his challenge in the 48-player tournament with a brilliant second round whitewash of Irish debutant Glenn Spearing, where he averaged 108.65, before he enjoyed 6-4 wins over Wayne Jones, Ian White and Ronnie Baxter in reaching the final.

There, he enjoyed a see-saw contest with Pipe, who led 1-0 before hitting back from 2-1 down to win three successive legs as a 135 finish put him 4-2 up.

Anderson replied with a 14-dart leg, only for Pipe to take out a 13-darter as he moved to the brink of victory at 5-3 – but Anderson landed a 180 in the ninth as a 12-darter kept his hopes alive.

The tenth leg saw the tension hit both players as Pipe missed the bull for a 164 finish for the title and was also off-target with two darts at double eight as Anderson hit double one to force a deciding leg.

Pipe kicked off the final leg with a 180, but paid for three more missed match darts – with one at double 12 and two at double six going begging – to allow Anderson in to finish double ten for glory.

“It’s been a long time coming but I’m delighted,” said Anderson. “I’ve put a lot of hard work in since the World Championship and it’s paying off for me.

“My first game was really good and I had some other great moments during the weekend. Maybe I got a bit lucky in the final and rode my luck a little bit, but it’s great to win.

“It’s a good start to the year and I’m determined to do well this year. I’ve dropped out of the top 16 and I want to get back in there and keep climing back into the top eight again.”

German Darts Championship
Pipe was forced to settle for the £8,000 runner-up prize as he was denied a second European Tour victory, having taken the Austrian Darts Open title in 2012, but the world number 12 kicked off his bid to return to the world’s top ten this year in style.

Having overcome Richie Burnett, Brendan Dolan, Paul Nicholson and John Part to reach the semi-finals, he claimed a dramatic 6-5 win over Jelle Klaasen with a thrilling 134 checkout.

Klaasen had claimed his spot in the last four, for the first time in a European Tour event, in equally dramatic style as he knocked out World Champion Michael van Gerwen in the quarter-finals after picking up a 6-4 win over Wes Newton earlier on Sunday.

Five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld had knocked out world number four Adrian Lewis in the third round, but was defeated 6-2 by Ronnie Baxter in the quarter-finals as the Blackpool ace enjoyed his best finish in a European Tour event.

The PDC’s second European Tour event of 2014 will take place in a fortnight as the NH Hotel Koningshof in Veldhoven hosts the Dutch Darts Masters, where 48 players will compete for the £100,000 prize fund from February 14-16.

German Darts Championship Results

2014 European Tour Event 1
Sunday February 2
Michael van Gerwen 5-6 Jelle Klaasen
John Part 3-6 Justin Pipe
Raymond van Barneveld 2-6 Ronnie Baxter
Ian White 4-6 Gary Anderson

Jelle Klaasen 5-6 Justin Pipe
Ronnie Baxter 4-6 Gary Anderson

Justin Pipe 5-6 Gary Anderson

Match Information
Jelle Klaasen won through to his first European Tour semi-final with a dramatic 6-5 victory over World Champion Michael van Gerwen in their German Darts Championship quarter-final. Van Gerwen opened the game with a 180 and took the opening leg before adding a maximum and a 121 finish as he broke with a 12-darter to double his lead. Klaasen, though, stepped in to take the third, finished 122 to level and double ten to break in leg five after van Gerwen’s missed doubles. A 14-darter put the former Lakeside Champion 4-2 up, only for the world number one to finish 120 and a 14-darter to level, before a 13-dart finish put van Gerwen a leg away from victory. Klaasen, though, punished a missed match dart at tops from van Gerwen to send the game into a decider, and then landed a 180 to be first to a finish in the final leg. Klaasen missed the bull for a 164 finish, but van Gerwen was unable to finish tops for a 112 checkout as he wasted another match dart, allowing his rival in the ! finish double six and move into the last four.

Justin Pipe remains on course for his second European Tour victory, following a high-quality 6-3 win over John Part in the German Darts Championship quarter-finals. The 2012 Austrian Darts Open winner kicked off the game with a 14-darter as he shared the opening four legs with the Canadian, who took out 117 as he broke to lead 3-2. Pipe, though, hit a 180 to leave double 15 as he levelled, before landing double three to move back ahead, tops for a 5-3 lead and a 130 finish on the bull to set up a semi-final with Jelle Klaasen.

Ronnie Baxter won through to his first European Championship semi-final with an impressive 6-2 win over Raymond van Barneveld – only his third career victory against the Dutch star. Baxter hit a 14-darter to draw first blood, before van Barneveld landed a 180 and double ten to level only to then miss three darts – at double 18 and nine – to move ahead as Baxter scrambled in double ten for a 2-1 lead. Double five saw van Barneveld level, but Baxter took the fifth on tops before traded 180s with the Dutchman as he broke with a 14-darter to lead 4-2. Baxter then followed another 180 from van Barneveld with a 177 of his own to set up a 62 finish, before finishing 80 on double five to complete the win.

Gary Anderson won through to his first European Tour semi-final at the German Darts Championship with a 6-4 comeback win over Ian White. White made a sensational start, winning the opening leg in 14 darts before breaking throw with a 144 finish for a 12-darter, and he added a 180 in taking the third leg for a 3-0 advantage. Anderson edged the fourth on double five to get off the mark, before following a 14-darter of his own with a 110 finish to level the match. White opened leg seven with a 177 score as double four put him back ahead, but Anderson hit tops in the next and then finished 112 to regain the lead, before hitting his first maximum of the game as tops completed the fightback.

Justin Pipe won through to the German Darts Championship final with a dramatic 6-5 semi-final victory over Jelle Klaasen in Hildesheim. The Taunton ace, bidding to win his second European Tour event after previously being victorious in the 2012 Austrian Darts Open, finished 96 to win the opening leg and then broke with a 13-darter to move 2-0 up. Klaasen hit two 180s in a 13-dart leg as he broke back but Pipe stole the fourth on double eight before finishing a superb 11-dart leg to move his average up to 106. Klaasen, though, hit back to win a scrappy sixth on double two, before finishing double ten and double nine to level. Klaasen then hit a 180 in the ninth, but missed double ten with two darts as Pipe hit the same bed for a 5-4 lead, only to see the Dutch ace level by landing another maximum and double 18. Pipe, though, was first to a finish in the decider, and took out 134 on double 16 to win through to the final.

Gary Anderson produced another fine display as he won through to the German Darts Championship final by defeating Ronnie Baxter 6-4, averaging 101.01 in a superb performance. The game saw the opening seven legs go with the throw as Baxter held a 4-3 advantage, with the Blackpool ace taking the opener on double four before Anderson finished 96 to level, only for Baxter to win the third with a brilliant ten-dart leg, which he had opened with two 180s. Anderson levelled with a 12-darter, and after his opponent hit double ten to lead 3-2, a 13-dart finish kept the Scot in touch at three-all. Baxter landed double ten again to move 4-3, but paid for missing doubles in the next two legs as Anderson twice missed the bull for 121 finishes but returned to hit double 12 as he broke and then held to move 5-4 up, before taking out 122 on double seven to seal victory and his first European Tour final.

Final – Leg-By-Leg
Justin Pipe v Gary Anderson
0-0 – Justin Pipe wins the bull and throws first.
1-0 – Pipe finishes 41 on double 16 to win the final’s opening leg.
1-1 – Anderson initially misses his chance to level, but Pipe misses two darts at double eight for a 76 finish and the Scot returns to pin double four to level.
1-2 – Anderson takes out 80 on double ten to break in 15 darts.
2-2 – Pipe breaks back immediately to level, finishing 89 for a 14-darter.
3-2 – Pipe bursts his score needing 70, hitting double 16 instead of double eight, and then misses double 16 on his return only to be handed a reprieve by Anderson, who misses double 12 to finish 68 in allowing the Taunton ace in on double eight.
4-2 – Pipe takes out 135 on the bull, with Anderson waiting on double ten, to break throw again and move two legs clear.
4-3 – Anderson finishes tops for a 14-darter as he breaks back to reduce the gap to one leg.
5-3 – Anderson misses tops to finish 70 and level, and Pipe completes a 13-darter on double 18 to move to the brink of glory.
5-4 – Anderson scores 180, 123 and 138 before finishing 60 to again pull back to within a leg by pinning tops for a 12-darter to break.
5-5 – The nerves show as both players struggle to find the treble before Anderson fires in a 140 to leave 88, but he wires double seven to give Pipe a shot at 164 for the match – only for the Taunton ace to miss the bull to claim the title. Anderson, though, misses double seven and double two to force a decider, but Pipe misses two match darts at double eight and the Scot finally forces an 11th leg on double one.
5-6 – Pipe opens with a 180, with Anderson replying with a 140, with the Scot first to get a shot for the match, only to miss two darts at tops – but Pipe misses double 12 and two darts at double six to allow Anderson back in to claim the title on double ten.



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