The world No 1 produced another blistering display of high-scoring in a dominant victory over two-time defending champion Anderson, whose hopes of a famous hat-trick were crushed by Van Gerwen.Both men shared a total of 42 180s, which was a record for maximums hit in any match, and Van Gerwen would end with an average of 107.79 after securing the Sid Waddell Trophy.The Dutchman reeled off the opening set in a blur of green, pinning the bullseye for a 122 finish in the very first leg, and would open an early lead with a composed 36 checkout.But Anderson had expertly held his nerve in the previous two finals and applied the brakes to ‘The Green Machine’ by finding double 20 to level the match.The first break would come in the following set, with Anderson hitting tops again with arrow-like accuracy, and he pinched the third set on double 12 after more stray darts from Van Gerwen.There would be a furious response from Van Gerwen in the following set as he traded more legs with the Scotsman before levelling the match 2-2 on a decisive 86 checkout.Both players were scoring freely in a high quality contest, but Van Gerwen’s deadly accuracy at the doubles was keeping Anderson at arm’s length and he opened a 4-2 lead with a succession of legs.Anderson’s crown was slipping from his grasp while he lost 12 of 13 legs and Van Gerwen pulled 5-2 ahead following a 125 finish. There would be no respite for the Scot in the next set, with Van Gerwen firing out a 100 checkout to leave himself within touching distance of the trophy.The interference of an intruder on stage briefly seemed to break Van Gerwen’s concentration in the ninth set and Anderson extended his reign a little longer.But Van Gerwen would end his three-year wait for another world title by hitting the bull to seal a superb victory.
Express’ Stephen Luswata shields the ball from onduparaka’s Simba Sibir. Courtesy photo.FOOTBALL–Express FC’s run of two consecutive wins came to an end as Onduparaka defeated the Red Eagles 2-1 at Wankulukuku.Express who had defeated Maroons and URA coming into the fixture where high on confidence but did not have answers to whatever Onduparaka threw at the in the second half.The Caterpillars required a late Ceaser OKhuti stunner to win it and move top of the table for at least 24 hours as Police who are only three points behind them and with a better goal difference can leap frog them with a win away to Mbarara city.Onduparaka took a while to get started with Express dominating proceedings in the first half despite not creating any clear openings.The only chances Onduparaka created in the first half where wasted by Viane Ssekajugo and Gadafi Gadinho as Express continued to assert their dominance on the game.In the second half, Onduparaka took the initiative immediately as Vipers reject Alfred Leku tapped in from close range after the ball was layed off brilliantly by the pacey Ssekajugo with only one minute after the re-start.Express top scorer Daniel Sserunkuma restored purity for the Red Eagles with only 14 minutes to play, expertly converting a Jingo Sula cross past Nicholas Ssebwato in the Onduparaka goal.This was Sserunkuma’s third goal of the season since he rejoined the Red Eagles in the off season.After the reverse fixture ended 1-1, it was thought that even this one would tak the same out come but only for Ceaser Ochuti who had other ideas.The former Express and KCCA striker who started the game on the bench pounced onto indecisive defending by the Express defenders and scored with an over head beauty deep into stoppage time to ensure that the Catapillers grab thier first three points at Wankulukuku and move on top of the league standings.“As a striker, it feels good that i am scoring but if i find the back of the net and my team does not win, it is another issue. Said Express striker Daniel Sserunkuma after the game.“We still have some issues to sort and hopefully we can do this as soon as possible so as we can get back to winning ways in our next game.Onduparaka are now on 13 points for the season, two ahead of both Vipers and Kirinya JSS all having played six games this season. Express remain 1oth on the table.Azam Uganda Premier LeagueExpress 1-2 OnduparakaMutessa II war memorial stadium, WamkulukukuComments