DOUBLE world darts champion Gary Anderson finished as runner-up in a unique competition on Friday evening.

The Musselburgh-born sportsman had reached the final group of the televised Low6 Home Tour Championship alongside Jonny Clayton, Jelle Klaasen and Nathan Aspinall.

However, it was Englishman Aspinall who took the glory with an unbeaten run in the final group.

The tournament, which saw competitors play from the comfort of their own homes with the action filmed on mobile phones, tablets or other similar devices to ensure social distancing was being observed, has been running since April.

Initially, it looked like Anderson, who claimed the PDC World Championships in 2015 and 2016 to become the first-ever Scotsman to win the event, would miss the whole competition due to a slow internet connection.

However, with the speed at his rural home in Somerset improved, he decided to play in the competition and made it all the way to the final group stage.

Aspinall opened the final round of the competition with a 6-3 win over Klaasen while Anderson defeated Clayton 6-2.

Forty-nine-year-old Anderson and Aspinall then fought out an 11-leg thriller but victory went to Aspinall, who then defeated Clayton 6-4 to ensure that Anderson’s 6-3 win over 2006 BDO World Champion Klaasen was only good enough for second place.

Spanning across 43 nights, the Home Tour began with a 32-group first phase, with live darts broadcast from the homes of 101 PDC Tour Card Holders.

Aspinall said: “I hope all the fans have enjoyed it in these tough times for everyone.”

“Thank you to the PDC and Low6 for putting on a brilliant tournament.

“I think a lot of us were sceptical at the start but we’ve all loved it.

“I’ve fully enjoyed taking part and I’ve also won it, so happy days!”