The hometown hero brought 10,000 fans to their feet at the SECC in Glasgow on Thursday night.

Team Unicorn star Gary Anderson came up with a virtuoso performance to beat Simon Whitlock 7-4. It was his fifth straight Premier League win in Glasgow.

“It is always a thrill for me to play here. Of course there is pressure to perform in front of such a passionate crowd, but I was really up for it and I am delighted with the way I played” Anderson said.

And so he should be!

He is now looking up rather than down as he steps up his Premier League bid. The Scot raced into a 4-1 lead courtesy of back-to-back 12 dart legs, taking out 101 and then 81 on D13.

The Aussie wasn’t playing badly, but Anderson was too good. Four more 180s in four legs, a 102 finish and then a clinical 74 two dart check-out to wrap it up.

Anderson averaged nearly 103 and the man for the big occasion came good when it really mattered. He has to keep it going now.

But there was defeat for Michael Smith in the top of the table clash with Michael van Gerwen.

After winning the opening two legs, the Unicorn ace didn’t really get a look in as the defending PL Champion found his form.

Smith just couldn’t get out of second gear. The Dutchman reeled off seven straight legs with finishes of 148, 116 and 107 to clinch the win. Smith averaged only 92 and he was hugely disappointed with his display, but he stays second in the table ahead of World Champion Rob Cross on leg difference.

Elsewhere, Daryl Gurney picked up a first win, Gerwyn Price is still looking for that first victory and an out of form Peter Wright lost heavily again.

Glasgow PL results:

Daryl Gurney 7-3 Mensur Suljovic

Michael van Gerwen 7-2 Michael Smith

Gary Anderson 7-4 Simon Whitlock

Peter Wright 1-7 Raymond van Barneveld

Rob Cross 7-1 Gerwyn Price

Premier League table:

1 - Michael van Gerwen 12pts

2 - Michael Smith 10pts

3 - Rob Cross 10pts

4 - Raymond van Barneveld 8pts

5 - Gary Anderson 7pts

6 - Simon Whitlock 7pts

7 - Daryl Gurney 6pts

8 - Mensur Suljovic 4pts

9 - Peter Wright 4pts

10 - Gerwyn Price 2pts

Belfast schedule:

Mensur Suljovic v Gary Anderson

Michael Smith v Gerwyn Price

Raymond van Barneveld v Michael van Gerwen

Daryl Gurney v Rob Cross

Simon Whitlock v Peter Wright

By STUART PYKE in Glasgow

Photo courtesy Steve Welsh / PDC