Cowboy guns down Lowe – Bob Anderson displayed why he is favourite for the Betfred.com League of Legends title with a convincing 7-2 success against John Lowe on the second night of action at King George’s Hall, Blackburn.

The ‘Limestone Cowboy’ had only drawn with Peter Evison on the opening night in Purfleet but made amends by crushing the man he had beaten to claim the world title in 1988.
Lowe’s fate was already sealed when he took out a 92 finish to reduce his arrears to 6-2, sparking a huge cheer from the Lancashire crowd.
But one leg later it was all over as Anderson’s renowned accuracy on double top was evident and he put his rival to the sword.
“John let me in and I took my chances,” said the West Country thrower. “I actually consider myself very fortunate to have won so comfortably.
“I didn’t want to head to Birmingham next week with fewer points than Eric Bristow and now I won’t do that! This result will help me to grow in confidence.”
Lowe, who has now lost both his matches by sizeable margins, said: “I’m not playing bad darts but I’m letting people bully me. “I’ve not said who I am so far and I’m being too nice. I just need to find something to get me going.”

Tiger bares his teeth – Peter Evison proved he will be a major force in the Betfred.com League of Legends by gaining his first success, 7-5 against Keith Deller.
The ‘Fen Tiger’, who had drawn with Bob Anderson at the Circus Tavern, got the better of a match that featured some crisp finishing.
On paper there looked little to choose between the duo and that was the case in the first half of the contest as they divided equally the opening six legs.
But from that point on Evison was never behind and a 69 checkout put him 4-3 ahead and a 97 again gave him the advantage at 5-4.
It then became 6-4 but Deller responded with a superb 105 before Evison secured his triumph on double top.
“That was a great relief,” said the man from Middlesex. “I’ve had to play Bob Anderson and Keith Deller in the first two weeks of the event and they were my two hardest matches.
“There’s always a bit of bite between Keith and I so I’m delighted to have beaten him. It was a game of two halves, to coin a cliché, and you know you have to battle in every leg against Keith.
“The other guys have to watch out now because I’m nearly back to full fitness. I still have a few twinges in my shoulder and I can only get better from here.”

Cliff surges to victory – Cliff Lazarenko produced a second-half surge to open his Betfred.com League of Legends account with a 7-3 win against Eric Bristow.
‘Big Cliff’ had opened with a defeat to Keith Deller while Bristow had beaten Bobby George, but this time the roles were reversed.
It was nip and tuck in the early stages as the first six legs were shared equally, but then Lazarenko turned on the style.
After going 4-3 up, a 52 finish made it 5-3 and when the Wellingborough man put himself one leg from victory, it sparked a typically exuberant ‘Big Cliff’ celebration.
By this stage it was looking one-way traffic and despite a few jitters on the doubles in leg 10, Lazarenko closed it out on double two.
“It wasn’t the most fantastic game,” admitted Lazarenko. “The first half was a bit ugly and Eric commanded it a bit, but I’m chuffed to get the win.
“I didn’t want to go to Birmingham next week without a win on the board. But I know I have to buck my ideas up.
“I definitely want to be in the top four at the end of August and I’m looking forward to playing Bob Anderson next week.”

Whitcombe wins again – Dave Whitcombe made it two wins out of two in the Betfred.com League of Legends with a commanding 7-4 victory over Bobby George.
The Kent publican had opened the tournament when upsetting the odds on John Lowe and again showed he will be a real force to reckon with for the rest of the event.
The two-time former World Championship runner-up raced into a 3-0 lead thanks to some impressive scoring, including a 150 that set up a one-dart 32 finish in the opener and a 140 that left 95 in leg two.
Back-to-back tons boosted Whitcombe in leg three and although he lost the next despite hitting his first 180, he regained his cushion of three just before the interval.

A 61 finish made it 5-1 before a brief rally from ‘Bobby Dazzler’. But a second maximum from Whitcombe helped to make it 6-3 and a fluent 51 checkout in two darts wrapped up the win.
“It’s been a great start to the event for me,” said Whitcombe. “Now I’m looking forward to playing Eric on my birthday next Friday.
“But there’s a long way to go yet. Someone has to be top of the table and someone has to be bottom, so it can all change round in a couple of weeks.
“I think we are all thinking the same – we all want to qualify for the finals night but that’s a long way off yet.”

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