Gary Anderson claimed his first televised PDC title with a glorious 10-4 victory over Adrian Lewis in the 888.com Premier League Darts, as Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld suffered Wembley heartbreak
Anderson followed up an 8-6 semi-final victory over van Barneveld with a sensational display in the decider, taking leads of 4-0 and 9-1 before walking off with the £125,000 first prize.
Lewis had won through to his first Premier League final with a stunning 8-3 defeat of reigning champion Phil Taylor in the semis, but failed to recapture the form as Anderson prevailed.
As Lewis struggled to find his range in the opening legs of the final, Anderson made a brilliant start by breaking throw with a 13-darter in the opening leg, finishing 121 on the bull for the second and hitting a part of 14-dart legs in moving 4-0 up.
Lewis hit back with double eight in the fifth, but Anderson took out a 101 finish in the next and then Scot then posted a 13-darter on double top for a 6-1 lead, after his opponent missed the bull for a 164 finish.
Anderson hit a 180 in winning his seventh leg, and then added finishes of double 12 and double four in taking the next two to move to the brink of glory at 9-1.
Lewis took out double six for a 14-darter to win his second leg of the game, and then punished four missed match darts from Anderson to pull back to 9-3.
He also won a fourth leg, this time on double two, to increase hopes of an unlikely comeback, but Anderson finally nailed the winning shot with double ten to raise the trophy.
"This is a wonderful feeling," said Anderson. "I came across to the PDC two years ago with nothing, and now I've picked up one of the biggest titles in the game.
"I've had an amazing three months in the tournament and I'll have a good rest now, but I'm delighted.
"I was great for the first eight legs but slipped off a little towards the end and for a while I thought the double ten might never come!
"The trebles went well but my doubles can still be improved on - although I have the trophy and that's all that matters.
"It's been a hard 15 weeks and I was pleased to reach the last four, with the players who have been in this tournament, but I pipped Barney and have done Adrian.
"The semi-final helped me and playing a couple of games on the night suits my game. I don't always practice as much as the other players, but to walk away with the 888.com Premier League Darts title is a proud moment."
Lewis said: "I started too slowly in the final and Gary got off to a good start. I was awful in the final but fair play to him, he did a job.
"I'm disappointed after beating Phil to go up there and lose it like that, because he was the best player in the tournament. I knew I still had to play Gary or Raymond but I didn't get myself as psyched up as I did for Phil.
"That's another learning curve for me, and I'll stay confident, prepare for Bolton and try to win the UK Open now.
"Winning the World Championship and then finishing runner-up in the Premier League is a not a bad start to the year for me, especially with the UK Open and World Matchplay to come."
Taylor had enjoyed arguably the greatest night of his career at the Wembley Arena a year ago when he hit two nine-dart finishes in the final against James Wade, a day after a power cut had meant the Play-Offs were delayed by 24 hours.
This time it was Taylor himself who suffered a power cut, as he paid for an under-par showing against Lewis.
"My first dart was hitting the wire," said Taylor. "Upstairs in practice I was brilliant and I hit about 45 180s in practice, but that's not downstairs on stage and I'm very disappointed with my performance.
"My preparation wasn't right and I feel like I've got a lot to prove. I've got to knuckle down, as I normally do, and put things right over the next few months.
"I'll get ready now for the UK Open, prepare for Blackpool for the World Matchplay and the World Championship. Adrian's my target now, my inspiration to put it right."
Van Barneveld suffered disappointment in the semi-finals for the fifth time in six Premier League campaigns, and he said: "I'm so disappointed. From the first dart I didn't feel right on stage and my best game didn't come out.
"Maybe the travelling from Holland to the UK for the last three months caught up with me, but I gave it my all."
888.com Premier League Darts Play-Offs - May 19 - Wembley Arena, London
Adrian Lewis 8-3 Phil Taylor
Gary Anderson 8-6 Raymond van Barneveld
Phil Taylor 8-6 Raymond van Barneveld
Gary Anderson 10-4 Adrian Lewis