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SUPER SHOW; Anderson shines at Motherwell exhibition.

Byline: ROSS THOMSON

Scottish darting hero Gary Anderson motored into Motherwell last week - but insisted he gets more nervous playing here than in massive arenas around the world.

The former two-time world champion, nicknamed The Flying Scotsman, has been out of action since the start of the year but wowed the capacity crowd at the Motherwell Concert Hall.

'Well darts fans also got the chance to marvel at the talents of Aussie ace Simon Whitlock, former world championship semi-finalist, and current Sky Sports pundit Wayne Mardle on Friday night, and take a trip down memory lane with darts' own "King of Bling" Bobby George.

Speaking exclusively to the Wishaw Press, Anderson said: "It's good to be back.

"These are the nights that we enjoy. I played darts with a lot of the boys who play in the leagues around here. I get to meet up with old faces.

"I get more nervous playing here then I do playing in front of the 11 or 12,000 crowds.

"People want you to play well in these exhibitions. People want you to play well but sometimes it doesn't happen - and I ain't been playing well.

"My back's okay but I've got tennis elbow. I've never played tennis in my life!

"I've had five months off. It's been good to spend time with the kids but at the end of the day it's my job.

"It's great to catch up with the boys. I haven't seen Simon, Wayne and Bobby for months."

As well as marvelling at the skill of the darting superstars, some fans even got the chance to play their heroes on stage with their matches being called by professional darts referee George Noble.

They also enjoyed their own walk-on with Sky Sports announcer John McDonald.

There was also a best-of-five legs contest between Scottish female darts stars Lynne Cowan and Susanna McGimpsey.

Mardle, nicknamed Hawaii 501, proved he was still the great entertainer by attempting to hit the bullseye with a dart thrown from his mouth.

He said: "I still play a lot. I practice a bit but I'm seen as someone who talks about darts rather than plays it so when I hit a couple of 180s people think 'what on earth, he can still play'.

"Without Jocky Wilson starting it and now Gary darts in Scotland wouldn't be as big.

"Gary has grown the game here to a level that we couldn't believe."

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Publication:Wishaw Press (Lanarkshire, Scotland)
Date:May 22, 2019
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