DARTSROBERT THORNTON 7-2 Gary Anderson

Robert Thornton proved to be a maximum machine in Belfast, where he thrashed Gary Anderson to seal his first win of the 2014 Premier League Darts season.

Thornton hit an incredible eight 180s in a 7-2 demolition of his Scottish compatriot on Thursday evening, averaging over 105 in the process.

“I’m very happy with that,” said Thornton, who takes on Wes Newton in Glasgow next week.

“Gary beat me ten nil last time I played him so I’m over the moon to put that right.

“I haven’t been too far away from that kind of form but it didn’t come out in the first two weeks. It’s as if it has saved itself for this performance.

“I just hope I can continue it. I’ve made a start now and I’m off the mark but it is only one week and I need to repeat it.”

Thornton set the tone for the match when he scored 180 with his first visit, adding two more as he raced into a three leg lead.

His fourth maximum couldn’t prevent Anderson holding his throw and his opponent moved within a leg of Thornton with a fine 124 finish.

But the world number ten fired in his sixth 180 in as many legs, before taking out 84 on the bull to restore a two leg cushion.

That advantage became three again when another maximum helped ‘The Thorn’ make it 5-2.

And the former UK Open winner guaranteed himself at least a point when he followed his eighth 180 with another bull finish, this time completing an 86 checkout, before finishing the job on double one.