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Runners up for Cadby

Michael van Gerwen secured a double win weekend at the Barnsley Metrodome by securing a 6-1 victory over Corey Cadby in the Final of Players Championship Two.

The World Number 1 set the tone early on during the final with an impressive 101 checkout in the second leg to take a 2-0 lead and never looked back.

The Dutchman asserted his dominance over the next two legs to storm in to a 4-0 lead, before the Australian got his only leg on the board with a 32 check out.

Cadby had a few more opportunities at the doubles but failed to convert and saw Van Gerwen march on to a 6-1 win, finishing with a 101.7 average to claim the 102nd PDC title of his career and take home the £10,000 winning cheque.

It sees Van Gerwen continue his imperious form in 2018, securing his fifth tournament win so far this year, however he still believes he can play better after surviving match darts earlier in the day against Luke Woodhouse and being taken to a deciding leg by Ryan Searle.

"I didn't have a good day, I player poorly, but I'm still really glad that I won to take tournament win number 102," said the Dutchman.

When asked about his performance in the Final, he commented: "Everytime I had a chance I took it and I didn't make a lot of mistakes."

"Corey is a very good player. I think he was trying too hard in the Final, but I'm sure he can do some really good things in the future. With his quality, he could easily become a top 10 player. He is a great talent and has a great throw."

Van Gerwen started the day with an impressive 6-1 win over Steve Lennon before going on to defeat Jamie Lewis 6-3.

His toughest tests came in the next two rounds when he was taken to a deciding leg by both Ryan Searle and Luke Woodhouse, surviving numerous match darts against the latter, but ultimately taking both games 6-5.

The World Number 1 was back to his best in the Quarter and Semi Finals with 6-2 victories over Adrian Lewis and Simon Stevenson to reach the final, hitting seven perfect darts in one leg against Lewis.

Cadby claimed some impressive wins on his route to the final, starting with a 6-1 win over Lee Bryant, before sneaking past Jonny Clayton in a 6-5 thriller.

The next two rounds saw wins of 6-3 over Davy van Baelen and 6-1 over Danny Noppert, before coming up against Gary Anderson in the Quarter Finals.

The Australian averaged 103.1 en route to a 6-4 win over the Scotsman, followed by a 6-3 win over Ian White to reach the Final.

Elsewhere, it was an impressive day for Simon Stevenson who reached the Semi Finals after most notably completing a 6-0 whitewash over Grand Prix Champion Daryl Gurney.

It was another disappointing day for World Number 2 Peter Wright who crashed out in the first round, along with Raymond van Barneveld, Dave Chisnall and James Wade.

The Players Championship action will continue live on PDCTV-HD with events three and four on Mar 10-11 at the Barnsley Metrodome.

Full results can be found here: Match Centre

Players Championship One
Saturday February 17, Barnsley Metrodome

Last 16

Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Luke Woodhouse

Adrian Lewis 6-4 Richie Burnett

Simon Stevenson 6-2 Kirk Shepherd

Ryan Joyce 6-3 Ricky Evans

Steve West 6-4 Ryan Meikle

Ian White 6-2 Kim Huybrechts

Corey Cadby 6-1 Danny Noppert

Gary Anderson 6-3 Robert Thortnton

Quarter Finals

Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Adrian Lewis

Simon Stevenson 6-5 Ryan Joyce

Ian White 6-4 Steve West

Corey Cadby 6-4 Gary Anderson

Semi Finals

Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Simon Stevenson

Corey Cadby 6-3 Ian White

Final

Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Corey Cadby

Back to Back wins for Bailey

On Sunday another 84 players took part in the third event of the Pro Tour Series. As well as points towards the Alexandra Palace the Sunday tournament results go towards representative honours towards the end of the year. James Bailey went head to head with Steve Macarthur for the second time in two days and the result was the same as he defeated him with the match going to a deciding leg before Bailey won out once more.
With so many players the round robin format was cut throat once more with only two coming off each of the 16 boards. It meant that there was no room for error from the start all the way to the end of the day. The first completed table saw Simon Black (1st) and Dayleo Heta (2nd) qualify through to the round of 32. Young Kiwi superstar Tahuna Irwin and Team Devil’s John Riley made it through. Pat Molloy had a 1001 play off to finish first in his group with Tim Pusey runners up.
Local Jerry Weyman won his group with Liam McClennan bettering some big names to also make it through. Craig Prizeman (1st) and Team Danger’s Matt Leahy (2nd) as well as Justin Thompson (1st) and Ryan Lynch (2nd) made it through their groups. GG Mathers and Rhys Mathewson went through as expected, with GG coming out on top undefeated. Raymond Smith continued his fine form over the weekend by topping his group with Riverina Dart’s Daniel Sim finishing runners up.
Youngster Kalani Hillman demonstrated his talent progressing through a tough group although Mark Colbongen finished in front of him. Kerry Allen and Ray O’Donnell progressed through their group. Shire’s own Dave Marland came through a 1001 play off to qualify in first with Lucas Cameron runners up in an extremely difficult group. Dennis Sario in second behind Zac Bartlett in his group after a three way play off. NSW’s Mike Bonser also won his group with Steve Powell just behind him.
Billy Aitken rolled back the years by winning his group with another veteran in Loz Ryder coming second. Steve Macarthur won the second last group to finish with Dave Hanel also qualifying through there. James Bailey won the final group with Western Australia’s Anton Soc also progressing to the next round.
GG Mathers, Loz Ryder, Steve Macarthur and Mark Colbangen progressed through the round of 32 with early whitewashes over Liam McLennon, Jerry Weyman, Anton Soc and Lucas Cameron respectively. Kerry Allen’s match was a little closer as he moved past Dave Hanel by defeating him four legs to two. Dave Marland defeated Bubba O’Donnell by the same scoreline and John Riley defeated Zac Bartlett 4-1. Ryan Lynch had to go to a deciding leg to overcome Bill Aitken in the last of the earlier games.
In the later games Raymond Smith, Denis Sario, James Bailey and Tahuna Irwin secured four nil wins over Steve Powell, Simon Black, Daniel Sim and Daleo Heta repectively. Justin Thompson bundled out Friday finalist Tim Pusey 4-1. Kalani Hillman won three consecutive legs at the end of his match to defeat Mike Bonser 4-3. Pat Molloy defeated Mat Leahy 4-2 and Rhys Mathewson won the final leg of seven to sneak past Craig Prizeman.
At the round of 16 stage the quality of the tournament shone through again with massive head to head battles at each board. GG Mathers defeated Loz Ryder 6-2 in a match up that had two former World Championship players face off against one another. In another big clash Raymond Smith defeated Australian team mate Justin Thompson 6-3. James Bailey continued his form of Saturday by defeating Rhys Mathewson 6-3 whilst the other finalist, Steve Macarthur, overcame an impressive Dave Marland 6-4. John Riley lost 6-2 to Ryan Lynch. Youngsters Kalani Hillman (6-2 over Pat Molloy) and Tahuna Irwin (6-2 over Dennis Sario) also went through to meet up in the next round. In the final match the deciding leg saw a 104 checkout from Kerry Allen take the last quarter final position.
The quarters were all high quality affairs. Killani Hillman overcame an early break of throw against him to take a lead mid match 5-2. Tahuna Irwin was not about to quit though and came from well behind to take the match into a deciding leg. He still had to break the throw of Hillman though but had first shot at a check out which he was unable to convert. Hillman then left eight on his own throw and Irwin left 4 on his next visit. Hillman then missed his check out and Irwin finally got the job done with the first dart of his next visit. GG Mathers went to an early lead but Ryan Lynch, newly signed to team Maximum, was able to turn the tide and took the match out 6-5. Ray Smith and James Bailey was a tight affair but in the end Bailey broke clear to win 6-3. Steve Macarthur broke Macarthur in the eighth game to go 5-3 up in what was a tight affair but Kerry Allen of Team Tups broke straight back and then held his throw to take the match into a cut throat leg. Macarthur was able to hold out under the pressure and took the match 6-5.
After three legs Steve Macarthur held a break of throw and consolidated with a confident fourth leg on throw. In the fifth leg Macca missed a double for another break and Ryan Lynch takes the leg with his next dart. Macarthur then missed another two chances at tops for the next leg but in this case seemed to go unpunished only for him to spurn another three opportunities. With his opponent unable to get over the line on his next visit Macca finally threw it on his next visit. It was all the momentum needed as he won the last two legs to take the match 6-2, although Lynch had darts at the seventh leg but failed to convert.
In the other semi final both players won their opening throw. James Bailey then moved well ahead in the next leg and tops gave him the break. With a 140 start in the next leg he was then able to consolidate his break by holding his own throw. Irwin then had multiple opportunities in the next leg, even though Bailey had started with yet another 140 but was unable to take them and Bailey was able to collect a second break. In the final leg Bailey finally had a poorer first visit and was punished by Irwin but Bailey was able to put scoring pressure through the middle of the leg and finally checked out 68 to win the leg, and the match 6-1.
The final was a repeat of the final the night before and it was James Bailey who won the throw. Both players started slowly but on his second visit Bailey scored 140 which was then matched by Steve Macarthur. A 137 from Bailey left him on 142 as the General moved from 176 to 131 with a 45 visit. Neither player was able to check out the big number (Macca missing tops) and then the Bull left 20. Macca then did not capitalise as Bailey held his throw with double 5.
A 66 start from Macarthur was punished with a 140 from Bailey. Macca then got a 140 of his own late in the leg and a pair of poorer scores from his opponent gave him the upper hand. Macarthur chased 152 and left 52 for the leg with Bailey well behind (although 140 put some pressure on.) Macca did not convert the required score but neither did Bailey and Macca took full advantage to draw the match level after two legs.
The next leg saw consistent early scoring from both players until a poor third visit from the bull handed the general the opportunity to take advantage, one that he did not really take. 65 left Bailey on 170 as Macarthur could only get 45 and left 141. Again neither player converted the big numbers and failed to do so again on their next visits. Requiring 20 to hold Bailey did so with his first dart at his next visit.
A 43 start from the General gave his opponent another chance to move away early but 60 was not enough from Bailey. A solid 125 gave momentum back to the player with the throw but Bailey almost matched it with a 121. Poor visits from both players over the next two visits left neither near a checkable score until at 188 Macca halved his target. With Bailey on 138 Macarthur took the fourth leg in two darts to once again hold his throw and tie the match up at 2-2.
The first 180 of the match opened up the leg for James Bailey in leg five and he followed it up with a solid hundred. 81 then left him on 140 with Macarthur well behind. He left himself 50 on the next visit but he failed to collect. A 134 left the general on 84 and Bailey could not convert yet again. Macarthur left 24 as Bailey got the fifth leg with a double ten. 3-2 on throw.
A poor start of 28 saw Bailey move a little ahead thanks to his own start of 85. A 140 visit and the Bull moved well ahead against the throw. A 140 from Macarthur and he was back in the match but a 135 from Bailey moved him to needing just 41. With Macca on a bogey score Bailey had six darts and he used all of them but left himself with 5. Now requiring 72 Macca was unable to pounce at his first visit. With double two at his last dart in hand Bailey took the break and led 4-2.
The next leg was critical as Bailey looked to consolidate his hard fought two leg lead and Macarthur aimed to bounce straight back. A 140 start helped the General in his cause but he could only follow it up with a 45. Mid leg and he still had a slight lead, but 100 left Bailey with a 160 big check out opportunity. 125 left Macarthur with amore achievable 110 check out and he had a shot at it as Bailey could only score 80 on his next visit. Macarthur scored the 110 required to break straight back and move the match score to 4-3, still in his opponent’s favour.
An early ton from Macarthur helped his cause in the next leg and although he fell behind slightly he had first shot at a check out score, albeit 170. He failed to convert but requiring 96 Bailey let his opponent in with a chance by leaving 40. 149 was not a score Macarthur could get, leaving 52 but Bailey hit the required double with his first dart on the next visit. 5-3.
Bailey had the throw and was one leg away from the title but there must have been thoughts of his previous attempt to hold throw as Macarthur opened with 140. Both players went through a malaise mid leg and it was the general who finally snapped out of it first as a 116 moved him to 86. His opponent was on 160 as Macarthur left tops to stay in the match. He left himself five after his next visit and got it with his last dart in hand.
With things back on throw Macarthur threw first and started with a solid 100 which was bettered by a 140 from Bailey. A couple of visits later and 100 moved the General to 260 as 58 left Bailey on 256. A 140 under pressure moved Macarthur to 120 as the same moved Bailey to 116. Macarthur then hit the 120 required to put the match into a final deciding leg.
Bailey started with 60, Macarthur 45. Bailey then got 45 of his own and his opponent 41. A 135 seemed to break the leg open for Bailey as Macca collected 60 to move to 355. Bailey moved from 261 to 161 with a century as Macarthur hit a great 140 to move to 215. Bailey missed Bull for the match but Macarthur could only then move to 175. Bailey then missed double two for the match as Macarthur scored 99 to leave 76. Requiring two Bailey hit the double one at his first attempt to win the match 6-5.
After the match Bailey was suitably ecstatic and exhausted all at the same time. “I learnt a lot at Q school this year and have got the passion and desire back. The competition is so strong this year it is an honour to have won again.”
Round of 32
GG Mathers 4 Liam McLennon 0
Jerry Weyman 0 Loz Ryder 4
Zac Bartlett 1 John Riley 4
Bill Aitken 3 Ryan Lynch 4
Kerry Allen 4 Dave Hanel 2
Mark Colbangen 4 Lucas Cameron 0
Steve Macarthur 4 Anton Soc 0
Dave Marland 4 Ray O’Donnell 2
Raymond Smith 4 Steve Powell 0
Justin Thompson 4 Tim Pusey 1
James Bailey 4 Daniel Sim 0
Craig Prizeman 3 Rhys Mathewson 4
Simon Black 0 Dennis Sario 4
Tahuna Irwin 4 Daleo Heta 0
Mike Bonser 3 Kalani Hillman 4
Pat Molloy 4 Matt Leahy 2

Round 16

GG Mathers 6 Loz Ryder 2
John Riley 2 Ryan Lynch 6
Kerry Allen 6 Mark Colbangen 5
Steve Macarthur 6 Dave Marland 4
Raymond Smith 6 Justin Thompson 2
James Bailey 6 Rhys Mathewson 3
Dennis Sario 2 Tahuna Irwin 6
Kalani Hillman 6 Pat Molloy 2

Quarter Finals

GG Mathers 5 Ryan Lynch 6
Kerry Allen 5 Steve Macarthur 6
Raymond Smith 3 James Bailey 6
Tahuna Irwin 6 Kalani Hillman 5

Semi Finals

Ryan Lynch 2 Steve Macarthur 6
James Bailey 6 Tahuna Irwin 1

Final

Steve Macarthur 5 James Bailey 6

Bailey takes out the General

A field of 92 players took the first step towards the PDC World Championships as the second event of the DPA Pro Tour got underway at the Blue Cattle Dog in St Marys on Saturday. With the launch of new teams such as Team ACC Demolishers, Team Devil and Team Danger over the weekend there was plenty of excitement as they went head to head against established teams in Team Rebel and Team Maximum and the multitude of independent players on the circuit. At the end of the day it came down to two Queenslanders, independent James Bailey and Team Rebel’s Steve Macarthur. In the end it was James Bailey who came out victorious on a day that demonstrated the fact that darts in Australia is on the rise in terms of both exposure and depth of talent.

With 16 boards going it was hard to get out of the group stage with only the top two progressing. Tim Pusey (runners up in the previous night’s final) and Ryan Lynch progressed early in the afternoon. Justin Thompson and Dave Charnock qualified from their group whilst Loz Ryder and Kerry Allen progressed through an extremely difficult group. Lucas Cameron missed out after a three way play off moved Ryder and Allen through.
Mark Colbangan and GG Mathers both progressed first from their groups with Marshall Allen and Ian Dargan runners up respectively. Local Jerry Weyman topped his group with Ash Britt runners up whilst another local, Kevin Luland progressed as runners up after a play off in his group with Steve Powell finishing ahead of him. Bill Aitken, on his return to the series after a long layoff, and Adrian McDevitt got through their very difficult section, seeing off the likes of young Kiwi starlet Tahuna Irwin.

Pat Molloy won through in first place as the calibre of that group in a three way play off which included Manny Kato, Mick Lacey and Rhys Mathewson, which saw the latter progress. Big names Raymond Smith and Tic Bridge progressed through their group as expected whilst Ray O’Donnell continued his good form by winning his strong group. A three way play off in that group saw Beau McCann see off Kalani Hillman and Alex Evans. John Riley went through his group undefeated with Andrew Eagers second, having only lost to Riley. Craig Prizeman, Paul Lease, and Steve Macarthur had a three way play off for the top two positions in their group with Macarthur (1st) and Prizeman (2nd) progressing. Scott Johnson (top) and John Watkins progressed through. In the last groups NSW’s Mike Bonser and Team Danger’s Dave Williams and James Bailey and Tyler Fitch made it through to the draw for the round of 32.

The round of 32 saw Pat Molloy beat Kerry Allen 4-1 whilst John Riley clean swept Ash Britt. Loz Ryder set up with a round of 16 clash with Riley by defeating Ash Britt 4-0. Mark Colbangen defeated John Watkins by the same score line whilst James Bailey beat Craig Prizeman in five legs. Rhys Mathewson defeated Justin Thompson in a battle of the titans 4-2. GG Mathers also made it through by defeating Kevin Luland whilst Mike Bonser made it through against Marshall Allen (4 – 3.)

In the later matches of that round Tim Pusey won against Ryan Lynch (4 – 3), Steve Powell defeated Adrian McDevitt (4 – 2), Bill Aitken whitewashed Andrew Eagers, and Ray O’Donnell defeated Eagers team mate Dave Williams 4 – 1. Tyler Fitch took out Jerry Weyman 4-3 whilst Steve Macarthur eliminated Beau McCann 4-0. Scott Johnson continued his good form of the previous night with a tight 4-3 victory and in the final match of the round Raymond Smith beat Ian Dargan 4-0.

The round of 16 saw victories recorded for John Riley (6-1 over Ryder), Mike Bonser (6-3 over Mathewson), Tim Pusey (6-0 over Johnson), GG Mathers (6-4 over Colbangen), Steve Macarthur (6-5 over Smith), Tyler Fitch (6-2 over O’Donnell), James Bailey (6-3 over Molloy), and Steve Powell (6-5 over Aitken) Many of these would be considered upsets on paper but demonstrated the depth of quality player that will be a part of the tour this year.

The quarter finals looked like they would be tight affairs however two proved to be not so. Steve Macarthur defeated Tyler Fitch in his quarter comfortably with his opponent only able to win one leg of seven. Steve Powell overcame Tim Pusey by the same score line. In a closer match John Riley defeated Mike Bonser 6-4, the same score line as James Bailey defeated last year’s Pro Tour winner GG Mathers to set the four semi-finalists in places.

The Bailey v Riley semi-final looked one sided with a 6-0 score line but Riley had some chances throughout the match. With Bailey 3-0 up the Tasmanian missed tops for the leg that could have got him back into the match. With Riley on 73 in the fifth leg he could not convert over two visits and his opponent pounced once more. Even in the final leg Riley was on 68 and just missed a double for a check out only to watch as Bailey converted 60 with his next two darts to secure his position in the final.

The other semi-final saw Steve Macarthur move comfortably into a 5-1 lead. Some of the legs had been close but Macarthur had prevailed in all but one as he lined up to complete the match 6-1. However Steve Powell had other ideas and took out the next leg comfortably. With Macca on 56 Powell was able to check out 76 on his next visit and he threw his opponent under even more pressure when Macarthur missed tops for the match and Powell converted 68. He still needed to break against Macarthur’s throw though and the Team Rebel man moved to 82 to put pressure on his opponent. However Powell was good enough to get the 86 required on his next visit and lock the match up.

The final leg looked Powell’s throughout the leg as he moved to a comfortable lead. However he struggled to convert the 48 required and with both players throwing nervous darts at the end it was finally Macarthur who held his nerve enough to secure the leg and the match and move into the final against James Bailey.

So after a day filled with youngsters trying to upset the established stars it was two veterans that squared off in the second Pro Tour final of the year. James Bailey won the all-important bull for the first throw and he started strongly with a 140 followed up by 81. A 26 start from Macca was followed up with a more respectable 100 and the two moved closer together after visits of 81 and 140 respectively. Bailey got to the first conversion of the night but looking for 119 he had to leave 60. With Macarthur on 183 (he then moved to 142) Bailey missed two fat numbers and had to leave tops. Chasing the 142 Macarthur converted for a brilliant early steal.

In the second leg Macca had to consolidate but could only open with 60 but was left relatively unpunished by his opponent. The next time he was not so lucky as Bailey collected 120. With Bailey on 119 once more Macarthur moved from 185 to 145. Bailey could only collect 42 as Macarthur was unsuccessful at checking out the big number this time. Chasing 77 Bailey hit 19, 18 and 20 and once again Macca pounced in a leg he had been behind in.

Bailey started with consistent 100s in the third leg A 140 from Macarthur improved his lot a little to 260 but Bailey was on 178. Another 140 left Macca able to pounce and thus Bailey tried to check out 138, scoring 92. Macarthur once more hit the big check out (120) to take a second break and a three nil lead.

With memories of the comeback of Steve Powell in his semi-final still raw Macarthur would have known he needed to keep his foot down with the throw on the next leg, however Bailey moved 41 ahead after two visits each. Bailey could only leave 180 though and it left Macarthur with a shot at 160, which he failed to convert. 40 was required by James and he did so with his second dart to get a break back and finally collect a leg.
The next leg saw James Bailey open with a maximum as the momentum swung his way. He followed up with a 140 to leave 181. A 140 of his own put Macarthur on 261 in response. A poorer visit of 43 gave Macca an outside chance but he could only score 60 so Bailey stepped up at 138. Bailey did the professional thing and left tops with Macarthur not on a finish which he got with his next dart.

Macarthur tried to slow the momentum with a 100 opening in the next leg but this was matched by his opponent. A 60 visit was then left unpunished by Bailey (45). A 100 left Bailey slight ahead and with Macarthur on 181 Bailey tried to take full advantage but could only move from 256 to 175. Macarthur moved to 125 as Bailey moved to 80. 49 from Macarthur was not enough but neither was 40 from his opponent. Macarthur missed tops for the leg and a double ten with his last dart in hand put Bailey back on level terms at 3-3.

Bailey opened the next leg with an 80 (including an unfortunate bounce out.) Macca put the pressure on immediately with 140 which was then trounced by a 180 from Bailey. 41 left Macarthur on 320 whilst 85 left Bailey on a target of 156. With Macarthur well behind in the leg Bailey secured 85 to move to 71. A 140 from Macarthur put a little pressure on (80) but Bailey was able to overcome that and secured the leg to move to his first lead of the match.

With Macarthur now behind he opened with a confident 140. A 123 from Bailey later in the leg put him back in the leg but the Team Rebel man responded with a 125. On his own throw Macarthur moved to 131 as Bailey left the big fish, 170. Macarthur missed tops for the leg but Bailey could not get his second dart in the treble twenty. Macarthur converted to move the score to 4-4 in legs.
A 60 start from his opponent gave Macarthur a chance to punish early in the leg and he took it with a 125 visit first up. However a second poorer visit saw him fall back into the grasp of James Bailey. With Macarthur enjoying a slight lead Bailey only scored 60 and a 140 from Macca moved him to 123. With Bailey on 136 Macarthur missed the bull for the leg. With 96 from Bailey Macarthur took the chance to break for a third time and regain the lead at 5-4.

A leg away Macarthur showed no nerves by opening with a 140. However James Bailey showed he would not be rolling over and opened with the same score. Both players then exchanged the same score on their next visit before another 140 moved Macarthur to 161. Again it was replicated by Bailey. Macca scored 92 with his shot at the score as a 137 from Bailey certainly piled the pressure on. Macarthur missed tops for the match and Bailey took the leg on his next visit to get his third break of the match and tie it back up after ten legs.

Bailey opened up on his own throw with 45 but his opponent was unable to really punish it by scoring 62. 87 from Bailey moved him to 369 as Macarthur scored 83 to move to 356. 13 behind and Bailey could only collect 81 as his opponent scored the maximum 180 on his next visit to the oche. Bailey responded with exactly the same to leave 108. Macarthur moved from 176 to 76 with a century. James Bailey then secured the 105 for the victory, scoring a three figure finish of his own, as Macarthur had down so often earlier in the match.

Round of 32
Loz Ryder 4 Tic Bridge 3
John Riley 4 Ash Britt 0
Mike Bonser 4 Marshall Allen 3
Rhys Mathewson 4 Justin Thompson 2
Pat Molloy 4 Kerry Allen 1
James Bailey 4 Craig Prizeman 1
GG Mathers 4 Kevin Luland 2
Mat Colbangen 4 John Watkins 0
Tim Pusey 4 Ryan Lynch 3
Scott Johnson 4 Dave Charnock 3
Steve Powell 4 Adrian McDevitt 2
Bill Aitken 4 Andrew Eagers 0
Raymond Smith 4 Ian Dargan 0
Steve Macarthur 4 Beau McCann 0
Jerry Weyman 3 Tyler Fitch 4
Ray O’Donnell 4 Dave Williams 1

Round of 16
John Riley 6 Loz Ryder 1
Mike Bonser 6 Rhys Mathewson 3
James Bailey 6 Pat Molloy 3
GG Mathers 6 Mat Colbangen 4
Tim Pusey 6 Scott Johnson 0
Steve Powell 6 Bill Aitken 5
Steve Macarthur 6 Raymond Smith 5
Tyler Fitch 6 Ray O’Donnell 2

Quarter Finals
John Riley 6 Mike Bonser 4
James Bailey 6 GG Mathers 4
Steve Powell 6 Tim Pusey 1
Steve Macarthur 6 Tyler Fitch 1

Semi Finals
James Bailey 6 John Riley 0
Steve Macarthur 6 Steve Powell 5

Final
James Bailey 6 Steve Macarthur 5

DAY 2 DPA Pro Tour New South Wales

Day 2 of the DPA pro Tour will commence shortly at the Blue Cattle Dog Hotel , New South Wales
Stay tuned to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest News and Events

92 Players trying their luck in the Round Robin to Knockout

Top 2 off the sheet progresses to the Knockout

Board 1
Ray O’Donnell
Dennis Sario
Alex Evans
Beau Mccann
Kalani Hillman
Stuart Jackson

Board 2
Andrew Eagers
John Riley
Nathan Reed
Chris Donaghy
Gordon Ling
Clayton Collins

Board 3
Marshall Allen
Daniel Sim
Paul Hill
Bruce Stone
Tremaine Gallagher
Mark Colbongan

Board 4
Peter Primmer
Daniel Wilkinson
Neil McCreadie
Raymond Smith
Liv Hogg
Tic Bridge

Board 5
Ash Britt
Zinzan Culshaw
Graeme Parker
Robert Puckeridge
Jerry Weyman
Ron Robinson

Board 6
Ian Dargan
Jeff Lewis
Michael Mihok
Dean McGladdery
Mitchell Turner
Gordon Glen Mathers

Board 8
Nathan Walsh
Scott Johnson
John Watkins
Darren Oliver
Darren Wolter Gumley
Zac Bartlett

Board 9
Justin Thompson
Dave Charnock
Liam Mclennon
Simon Farrell
Cody Dewey

Board 10
Kerry Allen
Paul Emmerton
Matt Leahy
Loz Ryder
Lucas Cameron

Board 11
Matt O’Neil
Tahuna Irwin
Bill Aitken
Adrian McDevitt
Francis Khayad

Board 12
Pat Molloy
Manny Kato
Rod Withers
Mick Lacey
Daniel Copus
Rhys Mathewson

Board 13
Jon Pearson
Leigh Giblin
Jake Howie
Kevin Luland
Steve Powell
Simon Black

Board 14
Mike Bonser
Kim Anderson
Troy Rimamdo
Dave Williams
John Bunyard
Mark Taafe

Board 15
James Bailey
Peter Hinkley
Anton Soc
Graeme Lowe
Tyler Fitch
Paul Neighbour

Board 16
Craig Prizeman
Dave Henricks
Steve Macarthur
Jamie Budd
Paul Lease
Dave Hanel

Board 17
Ryan Lynch
Tim Pusey
Wayne Blair
Brendan Porter
Alex Carling

Players in Attendance – 89
Bruce Stone
Alex Evans
Raymond O’Donnell
Daniel Copus
Mitchell Turner
Craig Prizeman
Clayton Collins
Tremaine Gallagher
Graeme Lowe
Jeff Lewis
Mark Taafe
John Bunyard
Mike Bonser
Ron Robinson
Paul Lease
John Riley
Chris Donaghy
Paul Emmerton
John Watkins
Daniel Wilkinson
Peter Primmer
Simon Farrell
Darren Wolter Gumley
Ash Britt
Steve Powell
Kalani Hillman
Simon Black
Jamie Budd
Mick Lacey
Jake Howie
Kerry Allen
Marshall Allen
Michael Mihok
Rod Withers
Wayne Blair
Gordon Ling
Nathan Walsh
Nathan Reed
Manny Kato
Adrian McDevitt
Paul Hill
Tahuna Irwin
Andrew Eagers
Ryan Lynch
Ian Dargan
Jon Pearson
Scott Johnson
Leigh Giblin
Dave Williams
Lucas Cameron
Matt Leahy
Zinzan Culshaw
Rhys Mathewson
Tic Bridge
Matt O’Neil
James Bailey
Cody Dewey
Justin Thompson
Gordon Glen Mathers
Troy Rimando
Lavinia Hogg
Stuart Jackson
Mark Colbongan
Raymond Smith
Daniel Sim
Kim Anderson
Beau Mccann
Bill Aitken
Dean McGalddery
Dave Henricks
Alex Carling
Francis Khayad
Pat Molloy
Dave Charnock
Loz Ryder
Tim Pusey
Peter Hinkley
Steve MacArthur
LiamMclennon
Brendan Porter
Darren Oliver
Jerry Weyman
Kevin Luland
Tyler Fitch
Neil McCreadie
Robert Puckeridge
Anton Soc
Graeme Parker
Dennis Sario

DPA PRO TOUR 1. Smith takes title

A record Friday field of 84 played the ALH Blue Cattle Dog Harrows World Series of Darts Qualifier 1. With a spot in the PDC limelight on offer through the whole series there was plenty of competitive matches Raymond Smith came out on top eventually, having defeated Tim Pusey 6-4 in the final.
Earlier in the night at the round of 32 stage Tahuna Irwin continued his good form in the Prodarts series with a 6-4 win over Mike Bonser. Loz Ryder showed that he still has it by comfortably getting past Dave Chrenock six nil. It was the same scoreline for Mick Lacey, who has recently returned from NZ and is playing the DPA circuit full time this year, over Jake Howie. The Shire’s Dave Marland defeated John Riley 6-2 whilst Perth’s Tim Pusey defeated local Kevin Luland 6-2. Brendan Porter defeated Brisbane Pro Darts Series representative Lewis Kirk 6 - 5 as another player from that event, Raymond Smith defeated Dennis Sario 6-0. Raymond O’Donnell continued to make waves at the oche as he defeated Alan Hunter 6-0. Youngster Tremaine Gallagher defeated Dave Hanel 6-4 whilst top four players from last season, GG Mathers, Rhys Mathewson and Lucas Cameron, all won through (over Graeme Lowe 6 – 5, Matthew Leahy 6 – 2 and Mark Colbongan 6 – 5 respectively.) Justin Thompson, back from his efforts at Lakeside, defeated Ryan Lynch 6-2, whilst Annan McDevitt closed that quarter of the draw with a 6-3 win over Steve Powell. Another highlight match of this round saw James Bailey, back from trying his hand at Q school in England, beat Mark Taafe 6 – 4. Scott Johnson defeated Paul Hill 6-3 in the other match for this round.
In the round of 16 two of the four players who had won 6-0 lost out, as both Loz Ryder and Mick Lacey were tumbled out, by Tahuna Irwin and Scott Johnson respectively. The closest match of the round saw Dave Marland get edged out by young WA superstar Tim Pusey 6-5. There were more comprehensive wins for Raymond Smith and Justin Thompson (both 6-1 over Brendan Porter and Annan McDevitt respectively.) James Bailey won 6-2 over Raymond O’Donnell in one of the big match ups of the round. Tremaine Gallagher continued his momentum with a ferociously fought win over Rhys Mathewson 6-4. The big clash of the round saw GG Mathers take out Lucas Cameron 6-3.
The quarters demonstrated the quality of the field with a field of exciting youth and experienced players left. Tim Pusey represented the young brigade by defeating fellow youngster Tremaine Gallagher 6-0 whilst Scott Johnson slowed the walk of the youngsters through the tournament by defeating Tahuna Irwin 6-4. Justin Thompson defeated GG Mathers 6-4 and Raymond Smith beat James Bailey 6-3 in two big head to heads. Pusey then got revenge for the youngsters as he laid Scott Johnson low 6-2 in the first semi final. In the second semi final Raymond Smith defeated another Australian team mate (as he had in the previous round) this time in Justin Thompson, 6 – 3.
The final was therefore set between Raymond Smith and Tim Pusey.
A 140 start from Smith was not matched by his opponent as Smith hit another 100 on his second visit. He then improved on it on his next visit with 118. With 142 needed Smith threw 60 to leave 82 which he collected on his next visit.
Having held throw Smith opened up with a maximum in the next leg and it was he who first chased a check out, of 115. He only got 43 and his opponent chased 65 which he collected in two darts.
A poorer opening visit from Smith was punished by Pusey with a 140 start in leg three but it was Smith who had first go at a check out. Requiring 78, Smith got the leg with last dart in hand.
A 60 opening from Pusey was then punished by Smith in the next leg with a century opening visit. Neither player could make the most of their next visit but a 134 from Pusey then put him in the box seat although his next visit of 28 threw the leg wide open once more. Pusey had 108 for a check out but missed the double for the leg. Smith then missed a double for a check out of his own but Pusey gave him a shot at ten, which he took, after the WA player left five chasing 20. Smith was now up a break and leading 3-1.
With a break in his pocket Smith opened up with 98 only to be out thrown by Pusey with 140. A consistent 100 at his next visit was bettered by a 139 from his opponent. 140 from Smith kept the pressure on but Pusey matched it exactly on his next visit. Requiring 82 Pusey only scored 62. With 98 needed Smith scored 74. This time requiring twenty Pusey did it with his second dart to immediately grab the break back. 3-2
A 41 start was corrected with a 140 on Pusey’s next visit. His opponent continued to be more consistent on his visits. A maximum put Pusey well ahead and requiring 114 on his next visit he left 14 which he was able to get with his last dart in hand. 3-3
The next leg needed Smith to stop the momentum of his opponent and he got to a check out first, requiring 160. He left 60 but was unable to get it on his next visit. His opponent needed the same and did it with his second dart to go a break up at 4-3.
Trying to tie things up Pusey opened with a poor 40 but Smith could not make the most of it, scoring 85 of his own. A visit of 26 second time around was again not punished by his opponent. A 60 visit from Pusey was followed up by 100 from his opponent. Pusey could not convert 116 but was well enough in front to chase the 56 next visit, which he did with two darts. 4-4
The match was back on throw and Smith opened with 97 and then 100. Another 140 helped Smith take a good lead. Smith collected 24 for the leg. 5-4
On throw Pusey required 89 for the next leg but only collected 39. Smith then required 100 for the leg himself and secured it for a 6-4 win.
Smith was ecstatic with the win “It is great to secure the first event of the season. Tim is a quality opponent and challenged me through the middle but I was pleased to be able to turn the match around back in my favour. It came as a great relief to throw that final 100.”

Tahuna Irwin 6-4 Mike Bonser
Loz Ryder 6-0 Dave Chernock
Dave Marland 6 – 2 John Riley
Tim Pusey 6 – 2 Kevin Luland
Scott Johnson 6-3 Paul Hill
Mick Lacey 6-0 Jake Howie
Brendan Porter 6-5 Lewis Kirk
Ray Smith 6-0 Dennis Sario
Tremaine Gallagher 6-4 Dave Hanel
Rhys Mathewson 6-2 Matthew Leahy
Lucas Cameron 6 – 5 Mark Colbongan
GG Mathers 6 – 5 Graeme Lowe
Justin Thompson 6-2 Ryan Lynch
Annan McDevitt 6-3 Steve Powell
James Bailey 6 – 4 Mark Taafe
Raymond O’Donnell 6 – 0 Alan Hunter

Tahuna Irwin 6 -3 Loz Ryder
Tim Pusey 6 - 5 Dave Marland
Scott Johnson 6 – 5 Mick Lacey
Raymond Smith 6 - 1 Brendan Porter
Tremaine Gallagher 6 - 4 Rhys Mathewson
GG Mathers 6 - 3 Lucas Cameron
Justin Thompson 6 – 1 Annan McDevitt
James Bailey 6 – 2 Ray O’Donnell

Tim Pusey 6-0 Tremaine Gallagher
Scott Johnson 6-4 Tahuna Irwin
Justin Thompson 6 – 4 GG Mathers
Raymond Smith 6 – 3 James Bailey

Tim Pusey 6 -2 Scott Johnson
Raymond Smith 6 – 3 Justin Thompson

Raymond Smith 6 – 4 Tim Pusey

2018 Pro Tour Commences

The 2018 Pro Tour kicks of today at the Blue Cattle Dog Hotel in Sydney NSW
Stay tuned throughout the weekend here for all the up to date draws and results

Final
Tim Pusey v Raymond Smith

Final 4
Tim Pusey 6-2 Scott Johnson
Justin Thompson 3-6 Raymond Smith

Final 8
Tremaine Gallagher 0-6 Tim Pusey
Scott Johnson 6-4 Tahuna Irwin
Justin Thompson 6-4 Gordon Glen Mathers
Raymond Smith 6-3 James Bailey

Final 16
Tremaine Gallagher 6-4 Rhys Mathewson
Dave Marland 5-6 Tim Pusey
Mick Lacey 5-6 Scott Johnson
Tahuna Irwin 6-3 Loz Ryder
Justin Thompson 6-1 Adrian McDevitt
Lucas Cameron 3-6 Gordon Glen Mathers
Brendan Porter 1-6 Raymond Smith
James Bailey 6-2 Raymond O’Donnell

Final 32
Dave Hanel 4-6 Tremaine Gallagher
Rhys Mathewson 6-2 Matt Leahy
Dave Marland 6-2 John Riley
Tim Pusey 6-2 Kevin Luland
Mick Lacey 6-0 Jake Howie
Scott Johnson 6-3 Paul Hill
Tahuna Irwin 6-4 Mike Bonser
Loz Ryder 6- Dave Charnock
Justin Thompson 6-2 Ryan Lynch
Adrian McDevitt 6-3 Steve Powell
Lucas Cameron 6-5 Mark Colbongen
Gordon Glen Mathers 6-5 Graeme Lowe
Brendan Porter 6-5 Lewis Kirk
Dennis Sario 0-6 Raymond Smith

Final 64
Alex Evans 4-6 Dave Hanel
Paul Lease 3-6 Tremaine Gallagher
Paul Neighbour 1-6 Rhys Mathewson
Matt Leahy 6-2 Simon Farrell
Peter Primmer 0-6 Dave Marland
John Riley 6-1 Manny Kato
Tim Pusey 6-4 Craig Prizeman
Kevin Luland 6-5 Pat Molloy
Josephine Nobbs 1-6 Mick Lacey
Jake Howie 6-1 Jeff Lewis
Daniel Copus 1-6 Scott Johnson
Darren Wolter Gumley 4-6 Paul Hill
Nick Chapman 0-6 Tahuna Irwin
Zinzan Culshaw 3-6 Mike Bonser
Chris Donaghy 0-6 Loz Ryder
Dave Chernock 6-0 Con Genares
Justin Thompson 6-3 Kalani Hillman
Ryan Lynch 6-0 Zac Bartlett
Adrian McDevitt 6-0 Col Champan
Steve Powell 6-2 Robert Puckeridge
Neil McCreadie 0-6 Lucas Cameron
Bill Aitken 1-6 Mark Colbongen
Gordon Glen Mathers 6-4 Liam Mclennon
Graeme Lowe 6-4 Troy Rimandan
Dave Williams 3-6 Brendan Porter
Cody Dewey 5-6 Lewis Kirk
Dennis Sario 6-2 Matt Clarke
Raymond Smith 6-5 Steve MacArthur

84
BYE v Alex Evans
Dave Hanel v BYE
Paul Lease v BYE
Mitchell Turner v Tremaine Gallagher
BYE v Paul Neighbour
Rhys Mathewson v Tyler Fitch
BYE v Matt Leahy
Simon Farrell v BYE
BYE v Peter Primmer
Dave Marland v BYE
John Riley v BYE
Manny Kato v Clayton Collins
BYE v Tim Pusey
Ian Dargan v Craig Prizeman
BYE v Kevin Luland
Pat Molloy v BYE
BYE v Josephine Nobbs
Mick Lacey v BYE
Jake Howie v BYE
Darren Oliver v Jeff Lewis
BYE v Daniel Copus
Kim Anderson v Scott Johnson
BYE v Darren Wolter Gumley
Paul Hill v BYE
BYE v Nick Chapman
Tahuna Irwin v BYE
Zinzan Culshaw v BYE
Simon Black 3-6 Mike Bonser
BYE v Chris Donaghy
John Bunyard 2-6 Loz Ryder
BYE v Dave Charnock
Con Genares v BYE
Justin Thompson v BYE
Matthew O’Neil v Kalani Hillman
BYE v Ryan Lynch
Anton Soc v Zac Bartlett
BYE v Adrian McDevitt
Col Chapman v BYE
Daniel Sim v Steve Powell
BYE v Robert Puckeridge
Neil McCreadie v BYE
Leigh Giblin v Lucas Camerson
BYE v Bill Aitken
Mark Colbongen v Jerry Weyman
BYE v Gordon Glen Mathers
Liam Mclennon v BYE
Beau Mccann v Greame Lowe
BYE v Troy Rimando
Dave Williams v BYE
Brendan Porter v Jon Pearson
BYE v Cody Dewey
Lewis Kirk v Dean McGladdery
BYE v Dennis Sario
Matt Clarke v BYE
Raymond Smith v Ash Britt
BYE v Steve MacArthur
Andrew Eagers v BYE
Graeme Parker v Mark Taafe
BYE v James Bailey
Dave Henricks v Tic Bridge
BYE v John Watkins
Alan Hunter v BYE
Raymond O’Donnell v Lenny Bateup
BYE v Paul Emmerton

Players in Attendance – 84
Craig Prizeman
Beau Mccann
Paul Emerton
Tyler Fitch
Con Genares
Neil McCreadie
Mike Bonser
Simon Farrell
Daniel Copus
Anton Soc
Bill Aitken
Manny Kato
Codey Dewey
Ryan Lynch
Dean McGladdery
Lucas Cameron
Zac Bartlett
Daniel Sim
Tic Bridge
Pat Molloy
Kim Anderson
David Hanel
Matthew Clarke
Mark Taafe
Brendan Porter
Darren Wolter Gumley
Jeff Lewis
Dannis Sario
Steve MacArthur
Rhys Mathewson
Greame Lowe
Alex Evans
Clayton Collins
Mitchell Turner
Chris Donaghy
John Watkins
Josephine Nobbs
John Riley
Alan Hunter
Graeme Parker
Darren Oliver
Jon Pearson
Matthew O’Neil
Tahuna Irwin
Liam McLennon
Scott Johnson
Jake Howie
Leigh Giblin
Raymond Smith
Loz Ryder
Kalani Hillman
Tim Pusey
Adrian McDevitt
Dave Charnock
Mick Lacey
Robert Puckeridge
Justin Thompson
Col Champam
Lewis Kirk
David Marland
Dave Henricks
John Bunyard
Kevin Luland
Jerry Weyman
Peter Primmer
Lenny Bateup
Nicholas Chapman
Paul Hill
Paul Neighbour
Andrew Eagers
David Williams
Matthew Leahy
Tremaine Gallagher
Zinzan Culshaw
Simon Black
Ian Dargan
Troy Rimando
Ash Britt
Steve Powell
James Bailey
Raymond Smith
Mark Colbongan
Paul Lease
Gordon Glen Mathers

2018 Pro Tour Commences

The 2018 Pro Tour kicks of today at the Blue Cattle Dog Hotel in Sydney NSW
Stay tuned throughout the weekend here for all the up to date draws and results

BYE v Alex Evans
Dave Hanel v BYE
Paul Lease v BYE
Mitchell Turner v Tremaine Gallagher
BYE v Paul Neighbour
Rhys Mathewson v Tyler Fitch
BYE v Matt Leahy
Simon Farrell v BYE

BYE v Peter Primmer
Dave Marland v BYE
John Riley v BYE
Manny Kato v Clayton Collins
BYE v Tim Pusey
Ian Dargan v Craig Prizeman
BYE v Kevin Luland
Pat Molloy v BYE

BYE v Josephine Nobbs
Mick Lacey v BYE
Jake Howie v BYE
Darren Oliver v Jeff Lewis
BYE v Daniel Copus
Kim Anderson v Scott Johnson
BYE v Darren Wolter Gumley
Paul Hill v BYE

BYE v Nick Chapman
Tahuna Irwin v BYE
Zinzan Culshaw v BYE
Simon Black v Mike Bonser
BYE v Chris Donaghy
John Bunyard v Loz Ryder
BYE v Dave Charnock
Con Genares v BYE

Justin Thompson v BYE
Matthew O’Neil v Kalani Hillman
BYE v Ryan Lynch
Anton Soc v Zac Bartlett
BYE v Adrian McDevitt
Col Chapman v BYE
Daniel Sim v Steve Powell
BYE v Robert Puckeridge

Neil McCreadie v BYE
Leigh Giblin v Lucas Camerson
BYE v Bill Aitken
Mark Colbongen v Jerry Weyman
BYE v Gordon Glen Mathers
Liam Mclennon v BYE
Beau Mccann v Greame Lowe
BYE v Troy Rimando

Dave Williams v BYE
Brendan Porter v Jon Pearson
BYE v Cody Dewey
Lewis Kirk v Dean McGladdery
BYE v Dennis Sario
Matt Clarke v BYE
Raymond Smith v Ash Britt
BYE v Steve MacArthur

Andrew Eagers v BYE
Graeme Parker v Mark Taafe
BYE v James Bailey
Dave Henricks v Tic Bridge
BYE v John Watkins
Alan Hunter v BYE
Raymond O’Donnell v Lenny Bateup
BYE v Paul Emmerton

Players in Attendance – 84
Craig Prizeman
Beau Mccann
Paul Emerton
Tyler Fitch
Con Genares
Neil McCreadie
Mike Bonser
Simon Farrell
Daniel Copus
Anton Soc
Bill Aitken
Manny Kato
Codey Dewey
Ryan Lynch
Dean McGladdery
Lucas Cameron
Zac Bartlett
Daniel Sim
Tic Bridge
Pat Molloy
Kim Anderson
David Hanel
Matthew Clarke
Mark Taafe
Brendan Porter
Darren Wolter Gumley
Jeff Lewis
Dannis Sario
Steve MacArthur
Rhys Mathewson
Greame Lowe
Alex Evans
Clayton Collins
Mitchell Turner
Chris Donaghy
John Watkins
Josephine Nobbs
John Riley
Alan Hunter
Graeme Parker
Darren Oliver
Jon Pearson
Matthew O’Neil
Tahuna Irwin
Liam McLennon
Scott Johnson
Jake Howie
Leigh Giblin
Raymond Smith
Loz Ryder
Kalani Hillman
Tim Pusey
Adrian McDevitt
Dave Charnock
Mick Lacey
Robert Puckeridge
Justin Thompson
Col Champam
Lewis Kirk
David Marland
Dave Henricks
John Bunyard
Kevin Luland
Jerry Weyman
Peter Primmer
Lenny Bateup
Nicholas Chapman
Paul Hill
Paul Neighbour
Andrew Eagers
David Williams
Matthew Leahy
Tremaine Gallagher
Zinzan Culshaw
Simon Black
Ian Dargan
Troy Rimando
Ash Britt
Steve Powell
James Bailey
Raymond Smith
Mark Colbongan
Paul Lease
Gordon Glen Mathers

King Cadby Conquers Wigan

COREY CADBY won his first senior PDC title with a brilliant comeback as he defeated Rob Cross in the final of Saturday's Coral UK Open Qualifier Five in Wigan.
The Australian burst onto the scene by winning the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship title in 2016, and has also tasted victory on the Development Tour circuit before he moved to the UK last month and won a Tour Card.
Competing in only his fifth PDC ProTour event since Qualifying School, Cadby went all the way to claim the £10,000 top prize as he secured his Coral UK Open debut in Minehead next month.
Cadby's performance in the final was one to savour as he soaked up some outstanding darts from World Champion Cross before reeling off five straight legs for victory.
Cross broke by taking out 88 in the opening leg, doubles his lead and added an 11-darter as he opened up a 4-1 cushion over the youngster.
Cadby, though, replied with an 11-darter in leg six and then took out double ten before a stunning 161 checkout saw him draw level at four-all, after Cross missed the bull to complete a 125 combination.
Double ten gave Cadby a fourth straight leg as he hit the front at 5-4, before he opened leg ten with a 180 and took out 134 to complete a fine performance.
Cadby had begun his day with a whitewash of three-time World Champion John Part, before surviving missed match darts against Benito van de Pas.
He then enjoyed 6-3 wins over Jason Lowe - a semi-finalist on Friday - and Darren Johnson before enjoying a 6-2 win over fellow Australian Simon Whitlock in the last 16.
A 6-4 win over Premier League star Michael Smith moved Cadby into the semi-finals, where he swept past Kim Huybrechts with a 6-1 win before claiming the title against Cross with an average of almost 109.
"Last week I didn't really perform as well as I know I should, but today I played really well," said Cadby.
"I was 5-1 down against Benito and managed to come back and win 6-5 so I was pretty rapt with that win, and it was onwards and upwards from there.
"I shouldn't have won that, and from the next games onwards I was a free man and I just played my own game. I know what I'm capable of and it's just whether you put the darts in the board and perform."
Cadby has moved from Melbourne to be based in the UK this year as he bids to emulate Cross, who capped his remarkable debut year on the circuit by becoming World Champion.
"Everyone wants to be World Champion and Rob doing what he did last year goes to show that if you win your Tour Card, anyone has a chance," added the 22-year-old.
"He's done it and I'm looking to do it as well, but you've got to let your darts do the talking."
Cross was outstanding as he continued his revival, following up Friday's semi-final appearance by reaching the final 24 hours later - only to be denied his fifth PDC ProTour win.
He opened the day with a 118 average as he overcame Jan Dekker 6-2, and he then battled past Nicholas Bell, Stefan Nilles, Chris Dobey and Steve West to reach the semi-finals.
Cross then hit back from 4-3 down to claim a 6-4 victory over world number two Peter Wright in a high-quality last four clash, sealing his spot in the decider with a sublime 156 checkout.
Reigning UK Open champion Wright reached the semi-finals for the third time in five UK Open Qualifiers as he continued his strong form, defeating Michael Barnard, Simon Stevenson, Ian White, Justin Pipe and Jelle Klaasen.
Belgian ace Huybrechts enjoyed his best finish of 2018 so far as he overcame John Goldie, Boris Koltsov, Jamie Lewis, Mervyn King and Vincent Kamphuis.
Qualifier Three winner Smith went out in the last eight in his bid to add another ProTour title, and he was joined in the quarter-finals by West, Kamphuis and Klaasen.
The final Coral UK Open Qualifier will be held on Sunday, after which the leading 96 players from the UK Open Order of Merit will progress to compete in the Coral UK Open TV Finals at the Butlin's Minehead Resort from March 2-4.
Coral UK Open Qualifier Six will be streamed live online in PDCTV-HD at www.pdc.tv, with two boards being streamed simultaneously for subscribers worldwide.
See full results in the Match Centre.
Coral UK Open Qualifier Five
Saturday February 10, Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan
Last 16
Corey Cadby 6-2 Simon Whitlock
Michael Smith 6-0 John Henderson
Vincent Kamphuis 6-2 Martin Schindler
Kim Huybrechts 6-4 Mervyn King
Jelle Klaasen 6-3 David Evans
Peter Wright 6-1 Justin Pipe
Rob Cross 6-3 Chris Dobey
Steve West 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Quarter-Finals
Corey Cadby 6-4 Michael Smith
Kim Huybrechts 6-4 Vincent Kamphuis
Peter Wright 6-2 Jelle Klaasen
Rob Cross 6-4 Steve West
Semi-Finals
Corey Cadby 6-1 Kim Huybrechts
Rob Cross 6-4 Peter Wright
Final
Corey Cadby 6-4 Rob Cross

Wizard continues his winning form

Whitlock's perfect start to the season continued as he pounced on eight missed doubles from Rob Cross on his way to a heavy 7-1 win over the World Champion.

Three misses from Cross in leg one allowed Whitlock in for an immediate break of throw, before the Australian was fiven a let-off for misses in two visits before he doubled his lead on double two.

Cross finished 72 on double six to claim leg three, but paid for three further misses in leg five and two missed doubles in the seven as Whitlock moved 6-1 up, before the former European Champion took out 106 to seal the win.

Smith, meanwhile, continued his winning start to the Unibet Premier League season with a 7-4 defeat of Daryl Gurney, following up last week's comeback victory over Gary Anderson with another strong display.

The former World Youth Champion raced into a 3-0 lead, finishing 70 and 72 either side of a superb 124 bull finish for a 12-darter to break throw in leg two.

Gurney hit back to level with three in a row of his own, and was locked at four-all before Smith followed up tops by punishing four missed doubles from the World Grand Prix champion to break and move 6-4 up.

Gurney landed another 180 in leg 11, but missed the bull to force a decider and Smith took out 64 to claim another two points.

"Last week was a struggle against Gary but I'm over the moon with this win," said Smith, who also won a UK Open Qualifier on Sunday.

"To get two wins out of two is unbelievable and to be on four points after two weeks is great.

"After playing so well at the weekend I wanted to come here and play well too. I could have made it a bit easier but I could have lost too, so I'm happy to win

PETER WRIGHT claimed his first Unibet Premier League win over Michael van Gerwen with a 7-5 win over the reigning champion in Cardiff on Thursday, as Simon Whitlock and Michael Smith claimed their second wins of the season.

World number two Wright had missed six darts to defeat Van Gerwen in last year's Premier League final, but this time held his nerve to close out victory and pick up his first win of the season.

After double 12 gave Van Gerwen the opener, Wright claimed the next three - twice punishing missed doubles from the Dutchman - to take command before the reigning champion took out 76 and 65 to level after six legs.

Wright took out 116 to regain the lead before a 13-darter moved him 5-3 up, with Van Gerwen responding with a magnificent 170 checkout only to see a 96 finish featuring two doubles to put the UK Open champion 6-4 up.

A missed match dart from Wright allowed Van Gerwen back in to force a deciding leg, but a 180 came in vain as the Scot took out tops for another 13-darter to complete the win.

PREMIER LEAGUE NIGHT ONE

Simon Whitlock made a winning return to the Premier League stage following a three-year break as he edged out debutant Mensur Suljovic 7-5 in a thriller.

Suljovic took out 121 and 110 as he opened up an early 3-1 lead, only for Whitlock to claim the next four as he took the advantage, following up legs of 12, 13 and 11 darts with a stunning 160 checkout.

Suljovic finished 138 and double 18 to level, but another 12-darter from Whitlock moved him 6-5 up before he sealed victory in the deciding leg on tops for a 13-dart finish.

Whitlock ended the game with seven doubles from eight attempts as he averaged 106.49, as the Austrian averaged a high-quality contest with a 103.71 average and five doubles from nine attempts.

"I enjoyed it and it's great to be back in the Premier League," said Whitlock. "I feel this is where I belong, I've practised hard and believed in myself.

"Mensur's a really tough opponent and I'd have been happy to get a draw but once I got the chance for the win I took it, so I'm really happy."

Michael Smith reeled off six straight legs from 5-1 down against Gary Anderson to claim a 7-5 win on his return to the Premier League stage.

Anderson made the early running as he defied an early 11-darter from the former World Youth Champion by firing in a 108 finish and checkouts of 86 and 85 to move to the brink of gaining at least a point.

A 114 checkout from Smith fired his challenge, and he then punished ten missed doubles from the Scot in leg nine before a brace of tops checkouts moved him 6-5 up, and double ten completed a remarkable fightback.

"When I was in the Premier League last time, two years ago, it took me until the fifth week to get a point on the board but I've got two points straight away this time so I'm happy," said Smith.

"I can relax a little bit now and to get two points is good and it takes some pressure off me.

"I let Gary in early on and he went 5-1 up but then he let me in. It's always a struggle playing Gary because we're close friends and I know how great he is. I could see his was struggling with his back but I did my job."

Raymond van Barneveld fought back from 6-3 down to claim a draw against Daryl Gurney as the Premier League debutant paid for missing three match darts to share the spoils in Dublin.

Gurney had won the World Grand Prix on his most recent appearance in Dublin last October, and made a strong start by finishing 95 on the bull and a 14-darter to break as he led 2-0.

Van Barneveld won the next three, only for Gurney to take four in a row, culminating in an 11-dart finish as he moved 6-3 up.

The 2014 champion hit back in leg ten, and punished Gurney's missed darts for the match - one at double ten and two at double five - in the next as he forced a decider, which he claimed by finishing 79 on tops.

"It was a hard-fought point for me tonight and I'm happy," said Van Barneveld. "Daryl probably should have won but I kept on fighting and believing and won the last three legs to get the draw.

"I got in front and lost concentration, had a couple of sloppy legs and he played well. When I was 6-3 down it was going to be tough, and then he had a sloppy leg and missed three match darts.

"In the last leg I played well and that double top was massive, very important. He's a fantastic player, not number five in the world for nothing, and he's hard to beat."

Gurney admitted: "It feels like a loss. I played well and got 2-0 up, and to have darts to win the game and then draw was disappointing.

"It could have been worse - I still got a point and it will stand me in good stead. I'm always learning against these top players.

"I played well but it's still a missed opportunity and right now it probably feels like a loss but there's not many people who play Raymond in the Premier League and get a draw so you've got take every point you can get.

"I'm proud to be a part of the Premier League and hopefully I can move on to next week now and get a win."

Debutant Gerwyn Price hit back from 5-1 down to claim a draw with 2017 finalist Peter Wright, who missed four darts for the victory in their repeat of last year's UK Open final.

Wright capitalised on a slow start from the Welshman to claim five of the opening six legs, before a 116 checkout from Price ignited his display.

Wright edged to the brink of victory at 6-3, but Price finished 96 to stay in the game, punished a missed bull from his rival to force a decider before capitalising on a further three wasted chances to land double ten for a point.

"It means the world to me to be in the Premier League and I enjoyed the experience," said Price.

"I think I bombed a few chances early on and I was up against it when I was 5-1 down. At the end of the day I've got a point, but I'm not happy."

The Unibet Premier League continues on Thursday February 8 with the second league night, at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena, which includes a repeat of the 2017 final as Van Gerwen faces Wright and Welshman Price's home tie against Anderson.

Unibet Premier League
Night One - February 1
3Arena Dublin
Mensur Suljovic 5-7 Simon Whitlock
Gary Anderson 5-7 Michael Smith
Daryl Gurney 6-6 Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen 7-2 Rob Cross
Peter Wright 6-6 Gerwyn Price

All games are the best of 12 legs - first to seven or six-all draw

Kyle Anderson and Phil Taylor share the spoils in Queensland

Kyle Anderson and Phil Taylor share the spoils in Mackay Queensland as they finish the DPA pro series event on equal points

Kyle Anderson defeated Raymond Smith to take out the final day of the DPA International Pro Darts Series in Mackay Queensland

Raymond Smith won the bull and threw first with both players scoring early 140s. Kyle Anderson missed the 170 required and could not convert the remainder at his next visit. Chasing 24 Smith could not convert either and Anderson came back to break the throw. 1-0 to Anderson.
A 180 start from Anderson on his throw put him well ahead in the next leg. Anderson moved from 179 to 40 with a 139 visit and then got the second leg at his next visit. 2-0 to Anderson. The next leg saw Smith stay ahead and with Anderson well behind he chased 78, albeit unsuccessfully. With Anderson sitting on tops Smith hit the double 6 required with his second dart. 2-1.
A poor 28 start from Kyle Anderson was somewhat punished by Raymond Smith with 95 before 140 put Anderson back in more positive territory. A century saw Anderson move to 148 as 78 moved Smith to 144. With Anderson on 70 Smith scored 94 and left 50. Anderson left 16 after his next visit and to break throw Smith hit 18 but missed two at double 16. Double four eventually gave Anderson the leg. 3-1.
In the next leg inconsistent scoring hampered both players but it was Smith who was able to collect a check out and move to within a leg of his opponent, 3-2. A 140 in the next leg moved Kyle Anderson to 68 as Raymond Smith sat on 116. With two darts Anderson was able to hold throw and move 4-2 ahead.
Against the throw Anderson hit his second maximum and followed it up with a 134 to leave 187. 97 at his next visit left Anderson on 90 and he left tops for his next visit which he hit on his first dart. A 120 start in the next leg helped Anderson move ahead yet again and another 140 put him on 141. With his opponent well behind Anderson left 46 for a check out on his next visit to the oche. A ten and double 18 saw Anderson complete a 14 dart leg put Anderson 6-2 ahead.
Smith started with a 140 in the next leg which was not quite matched by his opponent. Another 100 from Smith was this time matched by his opponent. A 131 moved Smith to 130 as 88 moved Anderson to 194. Smith could only get 58 to leave 72 as a 121 left Anderson on 73. Smith could not convert his lead as Anderson hit tops for the match. 7-2.
Kyle Anderson 7 Raymond Smith 2
Phil Taylor and Kyle Anderson finish equal on 60 points overall for the series as a whole.

MATCH REPORTS

QF 1: GG Mathers v Raymond Smith
GG threw first and both players scored 140s in their second visit. Mathers had first go at a check out with 136 but only secured 78 as Smith attempted 130 but he missed the bull for the leg. Two darts at double 20 were well over the top for Mathers but Smith failed to secure the 30 he required and Mathers got tops with his first dart on the next visit. 1-0 to Mathers on throw.
With Smith’s opening throw he got first shot at a check out score with 96 whilst Mathers moved to 108. Triple 20, 18 and a double 9 tied the game back up for Smith. The next leg was tight as Mathers moved to 122 and had six darts at it. Smith moving from 180 to 40 put the pressure on Mathers and he buckled, leaving 40 for himself. Smith scored the break with last dart in hand. 2-1 to Smith.
A century opening from Smith and a follow up of the same looked to have put him well ahead until Mathers scored 180, although 135 helped Smith as it put him on 170. He required 86 from his next visit and got it with two darts to move him 3-1 ahead.
Mathers opened poorly in the next leg and Smith punished him but the leg tightened through the middle. Smith left himself on another 170 checkout as Mathers sat on 126. Smith got the two treble 20s and then 25 attempting the maximum check out but failed to convert the remaining 25 on his next visit. Mathers was missing some fat numbers to set up the appropriate check out and this led Smith to have another shot at the leg but he left himself two. Mathers missed three at tops as Smith failed to get the two on his next visit. Mathers got the leg with double 5 to hold his throw. 3-2.
Smith took a considerable lead on his next throw as 140 left him on 64. Mathers was on 140 as Smith missed tops for the leg. Mathers scored 100 on his return to the oche but then Smith hit double ten with his next dart to win the leg and move the score to 4-2.
A 132 start helped Mathers in the next leg and he moved well ahead, requiring just 90 on his fourth visit. He secured 21, leaving 69 but with Smith well behind he had another shot at it and collected it for the leg. 4-3.
A 140 helped Smith in the next leg on throw and a 135 left him on 170 again. A 131 left 102 for Mathers as Smith could not collect Shanghai which he had left himself after only getting 50 on his previous visit. Mathers left 54 as Smith failed to convert his check out. Both players missed the double ten for the leg as Smith finally got a check out with the double 5 at his next visit. 5-3.
A 140 for Smith left him on 161 in leg nine. Next visit a 135 left Mathers on 115 and he secured it when required to hold throw. 5-4.
Smith scored a 140 with his next start which was almost matched by Mathers (119). A poor next visit from Smith was not punished by Mathers. However a few lesser visits still left Smith on 144 and with Mathers well behind he did not have to chase it and left himself requiring 50 which he collected with last dart in hand on his next visit. 6-4.
A Mathers 65 start in the opening of the next leg was punished by Smith with 131, followed up by a 140 visit. Another 140 left him needing 90 for the match after just nine darts. Triple 18 and double 18 from Raymond Smith put the match away, 7-4.
Raymond Smith 7 GG Mathers 4

QF 2 Andy Hamilton v Phil Taylor
This match could have been played in a pub in Talke, near Stoke, called the Skylark but it was played in Mackay Queensland. It was Taylor on throw showing all the experience to win the first leg with great accuracy. A 180 on his second visit against the throw moved Taylor ahead in the second leg as well. A 140 left Taylor on 121. With a double 14 Taylor checked out for the break and a 209 lead.
A poor opening from Taylor in the next leg was not punished by Hamilton. He had another shot at it after Taylor only scored 84 in two visits and scored 93. 99 left Taylor on 138 as Hamilton moved from 214 to 76. Taylor missed the double 9 for the leg as Hamilton secured tops for the leg on his last dart at hand. It was a break of throw and the score read 2-1 to Taylor.
A 120 start from Hamilton was beaten by Taylor (132) and he then put the foot down with a 137. A 140 then pushed Hamilton even further back. His 13th dart secured double 16 for Taylor and he got the break straight back, the score going to 3-1 to Taylor. He then started with a 140 in the next leg and quickly moved ahead, soon leaving himself on 99. A 59 visit left Taylor on tops and he secured the leg with a double ten on his 15th dart. 4-1 to Taylor.
Hamilton moved well ahead in the next leg until Taylor secured a maximum, the second of the match for him. A follow up 81 was enough to put pressure on his opponent but Hamilton did score 117 to leave 141. Taylor moved to 80 as Hamilton left himself on 100. Taylor missed tops for the leg and with two double 20s Hammer was able to secure the 100 needed to hold throw. 4-2 to Taylor.
The next leg started 140 for Taylor and Hamilton could not match it this time around. Taylor moved well ahead but with Hamilton needing 140 Taylor chased 108 unsuccessfully, missing the double 16 required. Hamilton left 40 but Taylor made no mistake with his double 16 at his next throw. 5-2 to Taylor.
Hamilton needed to win the next leg on throw but soon lost the advantage. Hamilton hit a 135 finish with great bull work (25, treble 20, bull), securing a 12 dart leg with Taylor ready to pounce if he failed to convert. 5-3 to Taylor.
Hamilton then started with 180 on Taylor’s throw and moved ahead, leaving 132 with Taylor on 164. Hamilton then secured 88 to leave 44, as 124 left Taylor on 44. Two misses at double 16 were Hamilton’s chances to break throw but instead Taylor took the chance the misses provided him to move 6-3 ahead.
A 140 start from Hamilton in the tenth leg was backed up with the same on his next visit. 89 left Hamilton on 132 as Taylor moved to 241. Hammer just missed the bull as he went 25, treble 19 and 25 for the leg but scored the checkout with his second dart on his next visit. 6-4 to Taylor.
The next leg saw Taylor take a good lead early but 134 from Hamilton tied things up after two visits each. 140 from Taylor moved him to 166 and a further 59 left him on 107 for the match. Hamilton moved from 248 to 125 with a 123 as Taylor missed double 16 for the match at his next visit. Hamilton then extraordinarily hit two bulls in a row (he needed 25 as the second dart) and had to suffice with a further 9. With two darts Taylor was able to take out the match 7-4.
Phil Taylor 7 Andy Hamilton 4

QF 3 Dimitri Van Den Bergh v John Kuczynski
Van Den Bergh threw first in the third quarter final and scored a double 16 with his 16th dart for the leg. The second leg was tight as Johnny K moved from 225 to 95 with a 130. His Belgian opponent moved from 180 to 55. The American missed his chance at the leg and Van Den Bergh took full advantage to go two legs up.
The next leg was not high scoring from either player until Van Den Bergh hit 180 to move to 103. He missed the double 18 for the leg and it took a further six darts for him to take the third leg. A 140 in the next leg from the Belgian was matched by his American opponent. Van Den Bergh just missed the double 18 for the leg but got it with the first dart of his next visit. 4-0 to Van Den Bergh.
A 140 from Van Den Bergh moved him to 178 and a follow up 162 left him needing double 8 for the leg. He secured it with his second shot at that double. The next leg was Kuczynski’s throw and he scored 100 which was bettered by his opponent (131). A 135 second visit verses 60 put the American ahead. Another 140 left Kuczynski on 126. However 180 put him under pressure with the Belgian now needing 130. The American missed the bull for the leg as his opponent did the same on his next visit. With last dart in hand Johnny Kuczynski won the leg. 5-1 to Van Den Bergh.
Van Den Bergh took a good lead in the next leg as 133 moved him to only needing 32 for the leg. It took him two darts on his next visit to move 6-1 ahead.
A 180 start against the throw put Van Den Bergh well ahead in the eighth leg and he followed it up with a 75. He moved to 170 after nine darts but could only collect 100 on his next visit. With a double 16 Van Den Bergh made light work of the last leg to win the match 7-1.
Dimitri Van Den Bergh 7 John Kuczynski 1
QF 4 Kyle Anderson v Dave Littleboy
Kyle Anderson started well on Dave Littleboy’s throw as a 140 left him on 50. A 135 response from his opponent left 70 and Anderson could not convert his chances. Littleboy missed bull for the leg and Anderson made him pay with his second dart and a double five for the break. 1-0 to Anderson.
A 180 in the next leg moved Anderson to 230 but 60 the visit after left him on 170. With Littleboy so far behind the 40 ‘The Original’ threw did not seem problematic at the time but a follow up 24 was more troublesome. With 164 required Littleboy scored 85 to leave 79. 88 from Anderson then left 18 as Littleboy then left 8. A double 9 with his first dart next visit put Anderson 2-0 up.
A 140 from Littleboy put him back in the next leg after Anderson had etched out a small lead. 100 put Anderson on 96 as Littleboy secured a maximum to leave 4. 74 from Anderson was not enough for the leg but the double 2 eluded Littleboy and Anderson stepped back up to the oche to break his opponent again. 3-0.
Another maximum from Littleboy in the next leg was well received by the crowd. With Littleboy on 96 a 140 left Anderson on 43. Littleboy left tops as Anderson missed two darts at tops for the leg. Littleboy did not convert with his next three darts and Anderson made him pay at his next visit to lead 4-0.
Littleboy fell behind again in the fifth leg and a 180 helped Anderson move to 94 after 12 darts. 123 was useful for his opponent as he moved to 109. Both players could not convert on their next visit but another double 5 from Anderson with his last dart in hand gave him another leg. 5-0.
On his own throw a 135 moved Anderson to 180. 41 then moved him to 139 and 99 left tops. Littleboy put a little pressure on with 100 leaving 81 and sure enough Anderson did not get the required double. However Littleboy then missed tops for the leg and Anderson took full advantage of the miss, hitting yet another double 5 with his last dart in hand (the third time he has done this in the match) for a 6-0 lead.
140 from Anderson left 79 in the seventh leg. A century left his opponent on 110. 19 and double tops left the same dart needed for the match but Anderson hit 20 instead. Littleboy could not finish with his next visit after a wayward first throw and Anderson hit the double 10 required for the match. 7-0 was the final score to Kyle Anderson.
Kyle Anderson 7 Dave Littleboy 0
SF 1 Phil Taylor v Raymond Smith
Taylor’s first visit of the match was a 180 and his second a 140 against the throw and with 76 he moved to 105. Smith moved to 101 but a century plus check out and 12 darter, Taylor went a leg ahead. In the second leg the players went blow for blow early until a 60 from Smith could not match Taylor’s 100. Taylor then just missed a 141 for the leg. With Smith on 58 Taylor left six and Smith took full advantage to break Taylor’s throw straight away.
The third leg saw Smith move from 164 to 124 as Taylor left 188. Smith then left 82 as Taylor scored a 140, leaving Taylor on 48. Smith then missed tops for the leg and Taylor missed two double 16s for his own finish and with the checkout on his next visit Smith went a leg ahead.
A 177 start in the next leg for Smith was only followed up by a 41 and Taylor managed to get back ahead. However with 60 needed Smith scored a double 5 to go 3-1 ahead. A 100 start from Smith was bettered by a 140 on Taylor’s second visit to the oche. Another 140 left Taylor on 161. He could not convert but Smith was not on a finish so he had another visit, although under pressure as Smith moved to 81. Taylor could not convert and left 58 as a double 12 gave Smith a 4-1 lead.
A 140 helped Taylor on his own throw in the next leg and he moved a long way ahead in that leg. A 134 visit left Taylor needing 50 and he converted at the next visit. 4-2 to Smith.
In leg seven a 134 from Taylor left himself on 32 with Smith was well behind on 131. The double 16 put the match back on throw at 4-3. The next leg on Taylor’s throw saw the man from Stoke dominate, although Smith did secure a 180 to move to 105. Taylor scored the 24 required though to move the match to 4-4.
A 140 start from Taylor put the pressure on his opponent and he followed it up with a maximum to move to 181 after six darts. 99 then left 82 for Taylor with his opponent well behind (at 198) and the 16 time world champion did the business on his next visit. 5-4 to Taylor.
He then celebrated a maximum start in the next leg and got 101 to move to 220 on his next visit. Another 100 left Shanghai for Taylor but he could not secure it. With Smith on 198 Taylor got the treble 20 and double 8 required for a 14 dart leg and a 6-4 lead.
Smith started the next leg with a 140 and looked to take maximum advantage with 100 second time around. 92 left the Queenslander on 112 and another 80 left him needing 32. Taylor could not get 160 but left 20 which he was not able to return to the oche to chase as Smith checked out. 6-5.
Smith took a small lead after the first visit on the next leg. A 125 from Taylor on his third visit put pressure on Smith but he was up to it with a 100 visit. Taylor could only then secure 45 as Smith moved from 218 to 38 with a maximum visit. Taylor scored 83 to move to 65. A double 19 with last dart in hand broke Taylor to move the match back to parity at 6-6.
A 43 start was not great for Smith as Taylor scored 80 at his first visit in the final leg. A 140 helped Smith move to 318 as Taylor hit 136 to go to 285. A great last dart moved Smith to 218 before Taylor hit 100 to leave 185. Another 100 left Smith on 118. Taylor could only throw 65 to leave 120. Smith then missed one dart at tops for the match. Then Taylor missed the same for the match (after taking the first two parts of Shanghai.) Smith then hit double 20 for a historic victory, 7-6.
Raymond Smith 7 Phil Taylor 6
SF 2 Dimitri Van Den Bergh v Kyle Anderson
Dimitri Van Den Bergh started poorly with a 41 but Kyle Anderson could not punish it properly. A few bounce outs for both players did not help either through the leg. Van Den Bergh chased 144 with Anderson on 170 but could only get 52. Anderson then checked out the 170 required for an early break.
Two 57 starts from each player was followed by a big visit from Anderson and then a 123 to leave 181. 95 left Anderson on 86 and well ahead of his opponent. He got the 86 required for another leg. 2-0 to Anderson.
A useful 140 for Van Den Bergh in the next leg moved him to 208 and he then left himself needing 152. Anderson was on 130 when Van Den Bergh scored 64 to leave 88. Anderson just missed the double 5 for the leg after scoring two treble 20s and his opponent got the 88 to get his first leg of the match and move the score to 2-1.
Heavy scoring early from both players in the next leg. Anderson needed another 170 check out as Van Den Bergh just missed 135, however the Aussie could not convert at his next visit. Amazingly the Belgian then missed the 25 he required and instead Anderson collected 72 to take a 3-1 lead.
More high scoring in the next leg as a 140 left Anderson on 140 and the same left Van Den Bergh on 60. Anderson missed the double ten for the leg and Van Den Bergh invited him back to the oche after missing two of his own checkouts. Anderson took full advantage to lead 4-1.
Anderson then opened the next leg on his throw with a 180. With Anderson on 196 he could only get sixty but Van Den Bergh was on a bogey score of 178. Anderson needed tops and with his 13th dart he took another leg. 5-1.
A poor start from the Belgian was only punished a little by Anderson. 59 left Anderson on yet another 170 as Van Den Bergh scored 84 to leave Shanghai. 82 left 88 with a good last dart from Anderson. Dimitri then went 20, bull, and bull for the leg. 5-2 to Anderson.
Van Den Bergh then scored 177 before Anderson hit 180 in response in the eighth leg. 75 left Anderson on 146 with 140 leaving Van Den Bergh on 124. With Anderson on 90 the Belgian could not make the 124. Anderson left double ten for the leg as his opponent could not convert on his next visit. Anderson missed all three darts at double ten and Van Den Bergh got the double 16 required to move within two legs.
Another good start from Van Den Bergh and he took a good lead in the ninth leg. He needed 152 but missed the double 16 required. However with Anderson well behind (187) Van Den Bergh returned to the oche and got the 32 required. 5-4 to Anderson.
A 180 start in the 10th leg from Anderson was followed up by a visit of 134. Anderson then moved from 187 to 88 with Van Den Bergh way back on 261. Anderson scored 78 and left ten which he got with his second dart on his next visit to move the score to 6-4 to Anderson.
A 57 start from the Belgian was not punished by his opponent and indeed Anderson quickly fell well behind. 164 played 291 after a bounce out for Anderson. 106 then played 166 in the favour of Van Den Bergh, as he left 18 for the leg. A 130 left 36 for Anderson but Van Den Bergh hit the double nine required with the second dart on his next visit. 6-5 to Anderson.
A 60 start from Anderson in the next leg was not fully punished by his opponent. Poor throwing by both players through the middle slowed the leg down until Van Den Bergh secured a 140. A 180 moved the Belgian to 58. With Anderson on 107 his opponent took the leg in two darts and the match was on level terms.
Van Den Bergh started with 77 on throw in the final leg of the match. A 125 from Anderson was a helpful start. 83 on his next visit left Van Den Bergh behind as his opponent then scored 100. Sixty from Van Den Bergh and 48 from Anderson kept the crowd quiet. One hundred left Van Den Bergh on 181 but a maximum at just the right time from the local moved Anderson to 48. 65 seemed not enough for Van Den Bergh but Anderson then missed two at tops. Van Den Bergh then had a go at 116 but the double 18 required for the win hit the wire just above the target bed. Kyle Anderson revisited the oche and hit double tops for the match. 7-6.
Kyle Anderson 7 Dimitri Van Den Bergh 6
Final: Kyle Anderson v Raymond Smith
Raymond Smith won the bull and threw first with both players scoring early 140s. Kyle Anderson missed the 170 required and could not convert the remainder at his next visit. Chasing 24 Smith could not convert either and Anderson came back to break the throw. 1-0 to Anderson.
A 180 start from Anderson on his throw put him well ahead in the next leg. Anderson moved from 179 to 40 with a 139 visit and then got the second leg at his next visit. 2-0 to Anderson. The next leg saw Smith stay ahead and with Anderson well behind he chased 78, albeit unsuccessfully. With Anderson sitting on tops Smith hit the double 6 required with his second dart. 2-1.
A poor 28 start from Kyle Anderson was somewhat punished by Raymond Smith with 95 before 140 put Anderson back in more positive territory. A century saw Anderson move to 148 as 78 moved Smith to 144. With Anderson on 70 Smith scored 94 and left 50. Anderson left 16 after his next visit and to break throw Smith hit 18 but missed two at double 16. Double four eventually gave Anderson the leg. 3-1.
In the next leg inconsistent scoring hampered both players but it was Smith who was able to collect a check out and move to within a leg of his opponent, 3-2. A 140 in the next leg moved Kyle Anderson to 68 as Raymond Smith sat on 116. With two darts Anderson was able to hold throw and move 4-2 ahead.
Against the throw Anderson hit his second maximum and followed it up with a 134 to leave 187. 97 at his next visit left Anderson on 90 and he left tops for his next visit which he hit on his first dart. A 120 start in the next leg helped Anderson move ahead yet again and another 140 put him on 141. With his opponent well behind Anderson left 46 for a check out on his next visit to the oche. A ten and double 18 saw Anderson complete a 14 dart leg put Anderson 6-2 ahead.
Smith started with a 140 in the next leg which was not quite matched by his opponent. Another 100 from Smith was this time matched by his opponent. A 131 moved Smith to 130 as 88 moved Anderson to 194. Smith could only get 58 to leave 72 as a 121 left Anderson on 73. Smith could not convert his lead as Anderson hit tops for the match. 7-2.
Kyle Anderson 7 Raymond Smith 2
Phil Taylor and Kyle Anderson finish equal on 60 points overall for the series as a whole.

Pro Darts Tour Mackay Day 1

Russell Stewart v Gordon Mathers
In the first match of the night Australia’s domestic number one player from 2017 took on the legend of Aussie darts in Rusty Stewart. Early up Mathers took a 2-0 lead before Stewart broke back with a double five. The next leg saw Stewart miss tops for a 116 check out and then both players missed chances before a double 8 gave Mathers a critical 3-1 lead.
The next leg saw a 32 finish from Mathers before Stewart checked out 25 in the next leg through a 9, 8, double 4 route. The next leg was all Mathers as he moved within one leg of the match.
Having left tops the next leg looked to be Mathers but he missed three darts at it. He then missed all three and double 10 and gave Stewart a chance. It was not to be though as Stewart missed all three shots at his check out score and on his next visit Mathers put his second dart into the right double for the match.
GG Mathers 6 Russell Stewart 2
Match 2
Jamie Harvey v Raymond Smith
With some heavy scoring Raymond Smith started his match against Jamie Harvey well, breaking the Scotsman in the first leg with a double eight check out. However Harvey hit back as Smith missed chances to double his lead and instead a double 16 put Harvey back on level terms. The next leg saw contrasting openings of 26 and 180. Smith looked to take full advantage but he missed three at tops for the leg as Harvey drew closer. However with his first dart of the next visit Smith moved ahead and his lead was consolidated with a solid next leg on his own throw.
The next leg saw Harvey broken again and the game looked all Smith until Harvey hit tops to break back after Smith had busted chasing the check out. At 4-2 Harvey needed to hold throw, something he had failed to do so far. With Jamie Harvey on 88 Smith hit the required 32 to bust any revival Harvey seemed to have going.
However the Scotsman was not done yet as a 125 moved him to 76. The Aussie had a shot at 82 by hitting the bull with his first dart but he missed the next two darts at double 16 and Harvey threw tops to complete the 76 required to break Smith again. Yet again it was down to the Harvey throw and yet again Smith would break. With Harvey on 97 Smith secured the required check out with his second dart, the match finishing 6-3 in his favour.
Raymond Smith 6 Jamie Harvey 3
Match 3
Andy Hamilton v John Bunyard
A 180 start from Hamilton indicated things to come and despite missing many darts at check out in the first leg he was able to throw the first check out dart to take a 1-0 lead. In the second leg he got the check out with his second attempt and in the third leg he converted 77 with just two darts.
The fourth leg saw Bunyard finally punish Hamilton for his misses of check out throws with a double ten giving him his first leg. 3-1. JB then could not get the 42 required on the next leg and with a 10 and double 5 Hammer took a three leg lead. More missed darts at check out in the next leg from Hamilton but with his opponent so far behind and needing 40 he hit it with his last dart in hand to take a 5-1 lead.
The last leg saw Hamilton miss the bull for the match but Bunyard could not check out the big number required (throwing 91 to leave 36 instead) and Hamilton won the match with a double 4.
Andy Hamilton 6 John Bunyard 1
Match 4
Phil Taylor v Kevin McCarthy
The fourth match saw Phil Taylor secure another whitewash, this time against Kevin McCarthy. After slicing through the first two legs a 140 start from Taylor was capped off by a double 16 at the end to go three up. The same double takes him four legs up with a double break.
The fifth leg saw McCarthy collect his first 180 but scores of 140 and 125 from Taylor around it still gave him the lead. Taylor got a double ten with his second shot at it to take the leg. Two 140 visits from Taylor in the sixth leg puts him well ahead and he went for bull, 25, bull for a 125 finish only for his last dart to bounce out of the bull bed. An 18 and double 16 on his next visit gave Taylor the match 6-0.
Phil Taylor 6 Kevin McCarthy 0
Match 5
Johnny Kuzynski v Tic Bridge
The first leg of the next match went to Tic Bridge as he got double 12 to check out at his second attempt. With Bridge well ahead in the next leg he was not able to convert 160 with the six darts he had and after two shots at it the Johnny K finally threw the required double 11 to tie the match up.
The next leg saw Bridge miss two darts at tops as his opponent moved to 106. Bridge then busts with the wrong double on his next visit and his opponent steps up to secure the 106 check out to take the lead with a break of throw. Bridge broke straight back, though, as Kuzynski missed another 106 finish at the double 20.
With Bridge on 183 the American moved from 146 to 46. Two darts on his next visit put Kuzynski 3-2 up with the break once more. The next leg saw Kuzynski go well ahead and despite missing tops for the leg was able to come back to the oche and secure the leg with his next throw.
The next leg saw Bridge hold throw and his opponent did the same in the 8th leg to retake a two leg lead, 5-3. Bridge had to win the next leg but was well behind for most of it. However his opponent failed to secure one hundred in six darts and Bridge was able to steal the leg with a double ten at the second attempt.
In the next leg both players missed multiple attempts at check out before a double 18 gave Kuzynski the leg and the match, 6-4.
Johnny Kuzynski 6 Tic Bridge 4
Match 6
Dimitri Van Den Bergh v Lucas Cameron
The first leg was a story of missed doubles for Lucas Cameron as he missed six darts for the leg and his opponent scored a double eight for the first leg. The same double gave Van Den Bergh a two leg lead (scoring a bull and double 16 for the 82 check out.)
Cameron scored two maximums in the next leg and his opponent missed double 12 three times but still it was not to be as Cameron missed his own check outs and a double six gave Van Den Bergh a three leg lead.
The next leg saw Van Den Bergh take the darts but he missed his doubles as Cameron put away double ten for the leg. It was a resumption of service in the next leg though as Van Den Bergh takes advantage of Cameron’s missed check outs to secure double 18 with his second attempt at it and move out to a 4-1 lead. He then just missed a 145 check out with Cameron missing check out darts around that attempt. At his next throw the Belgian went 5-1 up.
A 74 finish gave Cameron the next leg and with his doubles now working again, the Aussie was able to get his second shot into the double 20 bed and move the match back to 5-3.
Having already missed one match dart Van Den Bergh then had to stand back and watch to see if Cameron could convert 118. He could not and Van Den Bergh came back to throw the double and secure the match 6-3.
Dimitri Van Den Bergh 6 Lucas Cameron 3
Match 7
Devon Peterson v Dave Littleboy
In what was the best match of the night it was the Aussie veteran who took an early lead with an 84 check out thanks to a double 18. With the break Littleboy was then able to take advantage of his opponent missing critical doubles to hold his throw and go two nil up.
With a 180 start Petersen was able to relatively comfortably hold his throw and secure his first leg of the night. However with Petersen well behind Littleboy almost checked out 147 and was able to come back and throw the leftover double 9 on his next visit to go 3-1 up.
Another comfortable leg on throw for the South African saw him go within a leg before Littleboy checked out 103 to take the score to 4-2 in legs. Another comfortable leg on throw for Petersen saw him move to within one with a double four.
The next leg was one of missed chances for both players but Petersen finally threw a double 5 to break back and draw the match level after eight legs. He then threw a 14 dart leg to take the lead for the first time in the match, albeit on throw. Peterson missed one double 16 for the match in the next leg before his opponent missed the bull. The South African then burst 32 and a 17 and double 4 gave the Australian the leg on his throw.
So to a final leg with Peterson throwing first and openings of 100 and 125 were followed by heavy scoring that left Peterson on 120. Peterson scored 80 to leave tops and assumed he would be back only for his opponent to throw treble 20, 16 and double tops for the required 116 to give Littleboy the match, 6-5.
Dave Littleboy 6 Devon Peterson 5
Match 8
Kyle Anderson v Rhys Mathewson
In the final match of the night a 140 start from Kyle Anderson helped him take a good lead against the throw of Rhys Mathewson. He went on to take the break and lead one nil but Mathewson came back and broke Anderson’s first throw. Anderson then broke Mathewson again before Rhys tied things back up by winning against the throw for a second time.
After Anderson broke for a third time he finally held on to his own throw to take a 4-2 lead. He took the next leg against the throw - as he has done on every other throw of his opponent and held on once more to win the match 6-2.
Kyle Anderson 6 Rhys Mathewson 1

Dimitri takes Townsville by storm

DIMITRI Van den Bergh proved why he is the rising star of world darts by winning the Townsville leg of News Corp's International Pro Darts Showdown Series on Thursday night.

In front of a packed crowd, which included North Queensland Cowboys stars and former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds, the reigning world youth champion defeated 16-time world champion Phil Taylor in the final 7-5 to cap off a brilliant night of darts.

At one point in the final both Taylor and the 23-year-old Belgian were on a three-dart average of about 111, such was the quality of darts shown.

Van den Bergh ended with an average of 108 with Taylor also impressive with 102.

Taylor had earlier whitewashed both Townsville player Jeremy Fagg and Geelong's Lucas Cameron 7-0 in the quarter-finals and semi-finals.

Van den Bergh, who came on the month-long tour for the last two legs in place of Simon Whitlock who had PDC commitments in the UK, was the other form player, defeating Andy Hamilton in the last eight 7-2 before beating Kyle Anderson 7-3 in the semi.

Anderson had earlier been involved in a thrilling 7-6 win over Rhys Mathewson.

In the quarter-final Van den Bergh produced some magic darts as the Townsville crowd warmed to the youngster from Antwerp.

He threw five maximum 180s and had finishes of 121 and 122 before hitting the bullseye with a 127 checkout for an average of 110.

Van den Bergh also hit the bull to defeat Taylor in the final, his second 10-darter of the night as the raucous crowd chanted his name.

While Van den Bergh picked up 20 points for the win, it will not be enough for him to take the series trophy, which looks to be heading Taylor's way.

The 16 points he picked up for second place on Thursday night puts him on 48 with Anderson on second with 32.

The Townsville leg of the inaugural series, which had previously been to Brisbane and the Gold Coast, was deemed a big hit not only by the big crowd but by News Corp which organised the North Queensland leg of the tour at the Townsville Stadium.

The International Pro Darts Series finishes off in Mackay on Saturday and Sunday.

Jamie 'Bravedart' Harvey shows great courage

JAMIE Harvey could have had it all when it came to darts.

The Scot, nicknamed Bravedart, was one of the pioneering 16 professionals - along with Phil "The Power" Taylor - who split from the British Darts Organisation in 1993 to form what was then the World Darts Council and became the Professional Darts Corporation.

Harvey was at one point No.4 in the world and played in every world championship between 1994 and 2006, reaching two quarter-finals and a semi-final.

Then in 2009, just as the PDC was taking off worldwide to become the phenomenon it is now, the now 62-year-old's world fell apart.

He did not feel well on a trip to Las Vegas for his son Steven's honeymoon in the September of that year and when the family returned both Steven and Harvey's wife Marie took him to hospital in Glasgow.

The Scot was diagnosed with throat cancer, had a 10-hour op to save his life, then underwent chemo and radiotherapy. He also had his voicebox removed and had a permanent laryngectomy stoma fitted so he could talk.
"We went in at 1pm and I was having surgery at 4.30pm," Harvey recalled.

Harvey, who loved his karaoke and was a heavy smoker and drinker, said he wished he had taken the plunge and sorted his health out earlier.

"I knew that from about four years before the operation there was a problem," he said.

"When I was talking I was losing my voice, it was breaking up and I was scared to go to the doctor.

"Everybody kept telling me 'go to the doctor' and I used to tell them to go away I am not interested but I knew there was something wrong and I had a feeling I had cancer.

"I wish I had gone earlier because it would have only been polyps and I wouldn't be sticking my finger here (in his voicebox) all the time."

Harvey was given the all clear five years after the life-saving surgery and is now enjoying a second lease on life.
I spoke to him on the seventh-floor balcony of his Gold Coast hotel room where he was relaxing before playing his second game of News Corp's International Pro Darts Series.

Harvey was genuinely thankful that chairman of Dartplayers Australia, Kevin Berlyn, had backed up a promise to get him back Down Under after playing in some exhibitions a few years ago.

"For me having the cancer, I don't get invited to a lot of things, so it was good when Kevin phoned me," Harvey said.
"I was supposed to come two or three years ago but they cancelled it and he said they would give me another shot if they came back.

"He phoned me about five months ago and said "you're coming over" which was a brilliant feeling, it was great to be invited.

"This place is beautiful, especially the Gold Coast."

Harvey said the cancer had almost taken his life but he was determined to enjoy his new beginning.

"This (the Pro Darts Series) has brought me back to my old days," he said.

"It actually has taken me back to my first TV appearance and I was crapping myself.

"I was nervous as anything but I got through it and won my game for Scotland against Wales.

"It's like the old times, especially with Phil Taylor here as well.

"Phil's an old mate, Russell Stewart is also a pal.

"I came through with Phil at the start on the circuit, so we went all over the place together.

"We had a bit of fun and according to Phil now they don't have the fun we did. The players keep themselves to themselves because there is big money.

"Back then the money wasn't as big but we were trying to make it big, that's why we left and broke away.

"We tried to get what they've got now.

"I would like to have started (playing professionally) now but I couldn't do kit at my age with the amount of practice I put in then (8-9 hours)."

While having no regrets about his lifestyle which contributed largely to his illness, Harvey said there were a couple of changes after the cancer which he was not so happy about.

"The cancer was cancer and there was nothing I could do about that," he said philosophically.

"The thing that really got me was some of the players and their reactions.

"Some would totally ignore me - one (I won't mention his name) who was a very good friend of mine used to phone me every day after the operation and after that he has hardly spoken .. he doesn't want to know.

"The other thing that got to me … I was in the top 16 at the time .. then darts started getting really big and all these players were earning big money and I would go home and I would sign on (for dole money)."

Now Harvey is just living life to the full and enjoying his time in the beautiful country.

The series heads off to Townsville on January 24-25 before finishing in Mackay on January 27-28.

Harvey said he would love an invite back on any future tour but he wasn't sure whether he would get one.

"I would love to come back it would be brilliant," he said.

"Getting an invitation would be the hard thing, so maybe if I win one of the tournaments they would have to bring me back."

CROSS SCOOPS AWARDS QUARTET

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN was named as the PDC Player of the Year at the PDC Annual Awards Dinner on Monday night, as new World Champion Rob Cross scooped four trophies at The Dorchester in London.

World number one Van Gerwen enjoyed another extraordinary year during 2017, following up his World Championship triumph with a further 18 tournament victories.

The Dutchman won a fourth successive European Championship title during the year, as well as his third wins in the Premier League, Masters and Grand Slam of Darts and a second World Cup of Darts.

The 28-year-old's success saw him named as the PDC Player of the Year for a third successive year, having shared the award with Gary Anderson in 2016 and secured the prestigious honour alone 12 months ago.

"I had a fabulous year," reflected Van Gerwen. "Rob Cross did phenomenally last year but I still had a good year and I won 18 tournaments and I'm happy to win this award.

"I will keep believing in myself this year and I'm still in good form. I know I can do a little bit better but I will celebrate this award first and then prepare for the tournaments coming up."

The glittering awards ceremony also saw new World Champion Rob Cross' amazing rise rewarded with four trophies as the Hastings star celebrated his fantastic debut year on the professional circuit.

Cross was named as the PDC Best Newcomer, having only joined the PDC ProTour at the start of 2017 before winning four Players Championship events, reaching the European Championship final and then claiming World Championship glory.

He was also voted by his peers as the PDPA Players' Player of the Year and was a runaway winner in the PDC Fans' Player of the Year category from an online poll at the PDC's official website.

Cross' quartet of awards was completed when he was recognised for the Televised Performance of the Year for his brilliant World Championship semi-final defeat of reigning champion Van Gerwen, in a thrilling 11-set clash which went to a sudden-death leg.

"It's amazing to get four awards," said Cross. "This time I was practising and I knew I had a big year coming up but I progressed nicely and you couldn't have scripted it.

"I've still got to get used to being World Champion, but in my eyes I'm still learning and I feel I can get better.

"To get the Players' Player of the Year award is unreal, and to get this reaction from the fans too is fantastic."

Peter Wright's success on the PDC circuit saw him named as the PDC ProTour Player of the year, having won five European Tour events, three UK Open Qualifiers and a Players Championship during 2017.

New World Youth Champion Dimitri Van den Bergh, the 23-year-old Belgian who also reached the World Championship quarter-finals, was named as the PDC Young Player of the Year.

The night also saw Sky Sports presenter Dave Clark inducted into the PDC Hall of Fame, recognising his ongoing contribution to the sport after over 15 years presenting coverage of televised tournaments, alongside his remarkable work raising awareness and funds for Parkinson's UK.

"I'm absolutely touched and it's amazing," said Clark. "I'm very emotional and it's been fantastic so far - and I hope to be around for a long time yet!"

The players who achieved a perfect leg in PDC tournaments during 2017 were recognised with places in the PDC Nine-Dart Club, with Adrian Lewis and Kyle Anderson's televised nine-darters earning a commemorative gold pin badge and silver pin badges being presented to recognise 25 nine-darters away from the TV cameras on the PDC circuit.

2018 PDC Annual Awards Dinner

PDC Hall of Fame

Dave Clark

PDC Nine-Dart Club

Gold Pins: Adrian Lewis, Kyle Anderson

Silver Pins: Robert Allenstein, Kyle Anderson, Steve Beaton, Dave Chisnall, Joe Cullen, Mike De Decker, Mark Dudbridge, Ted Evetts, Rob Hewson, Kim Huybrechts, Ronny Huybrechts, Christian Kist, Adrian Lewis, Jamie Lewis, Mickey Mansell, Ryan Meikle, Kenny Neyens, Mensur Suljovic, Michael van Gerwen, Darren Webster, Ricky Williams, Peter Wright

ProTour Player of the Year

Winner: Peter Wright

Nominated:

Michael van Gerwen

Rob Cross

Michael Smith

PDC Best Newcomer

Winner: Rob Cross

Nominated:

Richard North

Steve Lennon

Luke Humphries

Televised Performance of the Year

Winner: Rob Cross, World Championship semi-finals v Michael van Gerwen

Nominated:

Peter Wright, Premier League (Exeter) v Adrian Lewis

Phil Taylor, World Matchplay quarter-finals v Michael van Gerwen

Michael van Gerwen, World Championship second round v James Wilson

PDC Fans' Player of the Year

Winner: Rob Cross

PDPA Players' Player of the Year

Winner: Rob Cross

PDC Young Player of the Year

Winner: Dimitri Van den Bergh

Nominated:

Steve Lennon

Martin Schindler

Ted Evetts

PDC Player of the Year

Winner: Michael van Gerwen

Nominated:

Peter Wright

Rob Cross

Daryl Gurney

PDC Qualifying Schools Day Two

MARIO ROBBE, Robert Owen and Alan Tabern all secured PDC Tour Cards on Day Two of the 2018 PDC Qualifying Schools in Hildesheim and Wigan on Friday.
Tabern, a former UK Open semi-finalist, was a name many expected to recapture a Tour Card during the four days in Wigan, and the 51-year-old managed to get over the line at the second attempt.
The left-hander began the day with a comfortable 5-0 win over Craig Reeves before needing a deciding final leg to overcome Darren Place.
Tabern then defeated Gary Eastwood 5-3 to move in to the last 32 where he beat Jamie Hughes 5-2.
A 5-3 win over Terry Temple followed before another deciding-leg victory, this time over Philip Borthwick, moved Tabern in to the deciding match against Steven Kirkby, a game he won comfortably with a 5-1 to reclaim his Tour Card.

“I’m happy but I think of myself as someone who shouldn’t have to be qualifying to play the game,” said Tabern, the winner of four PDC ProTour events and a quartet of Challenge Tour titles.
“I’ve not been putting the hours in and now is the time to apply myself more. I’ve been on the fringes for a while now and you can relax a little more on the Challenge Tour, but hopefully this makes me try harder and practice more."
Welshman Robert Owen was the other man to walk away from Wigan on Day Two having won back his Tour Card with a 5-3 victory over Mike Norton in their decider.
Owen, who qualified for the Players Championship Finals in 2017 and reached a European Tour quarter-final, beat Robert Smith 5-4 to get his day underway, before then going on to record back-to-back 5-0 wins against Lee Evans and then Paul Harvey.
The 33-year-old then swept aside George Gardner in a 5-1 victory to move in to the last 32, where Tony Martin put up a test before the Welshman came out a 5-4 winner.
Another 5-0 win followed, this time against Simon Stevenson, to set up a clash with Nathan Aspinall, who narrowly missed out on a Tour Card on Day One.
Aspinall again suffered disappointment as Owen ran out a 5-2 winner, before going on to secure his Tour Card by defeating Mike Norton 5-3, ensuring his status on the PDC ProTour for a fifth straight year.
There were also good runs for Luke Woodhouse and Dave Prins, who also reached the last eight in Wigan alongside Aspinall and Borthwick.
Dutchman Mario Robbe followed up Thursday's success for fellow countryman Jeffrey de Zwaan in the European Qualifying School by going all the way to secure his Tour Card in Hildesheim.
The 44-year-old had to work hard as he secured his place on the PDC ProTour, recovering from 3-1 down in the final to secure his Tour Card with a dramatic 5-4 victory over Czech Republic hopeful Frantisek Humpula.
A two-time Lakeside Championship qualifier, Robbe opened day two with a 5-2 victory over Hannes Schnier, a former World Championship qualifier
Comfortable wins against Till Meischner, Nico Bloom and Jose Antonio Justicia Perales followed, before the 44-year-old needed a last leg decider to overcome Gabrielle Rollo.
Michele Turetta fell 5-0 to Robbe in the quarter-finals before a 5-1 win over Tytus Kanik saw him claim his spot in the final.
Robbe got across the line with a 15-dart leg in the decider, with Humpula sat on 39 waiting to claim the victory for himself.

"It has been a good day," said Robbe. "Sometimes I was a little lucky and sometimes a little good.

“The 121 [in the final] to make it 3-3 gave me confidence and helped me play better. It’s a great day.”
Play in the PDC Qualifying Schools continues on Saturday, with a further two automatic PDC Tour Cards on offer in the UK Qualifying School and one Tour Card on offer at the European Qualifying School, alongside ranking points for the Q School Orders of Merit.
See full results at this link.
UK Qualifying School Day Two
Last 16
Steven Kirkby 5-4 Darren Beveridge
Luke Woodhouse 5-4 Ryan Murray
Philip Borthwick 5-3 Rhys Griffin
Alan Tabern 5-3 Terry Temple
Dave Prins 5-3 Bradley Brooks
Mike Norton 5-3 Ian Jones
Robert Owen 5-0 Simon Stevenson
Nathan Aspinall 5-4 Ryan Joyce
Last Eight
Steven Kirkby 5-4 Luke Woodhouse
Alan Tabern 5-4 Philip Borthwick
Mike Norton 5-3 Dave Prins
Robert Owen 5-2 Nathan Aspinall
Last Four
Alan Tabern 5-1 Steven Kirkby
Robert Owen 5-3 Mike Norton
PDC Tour Card Winners
Alan Tabern
Robert Owen
European Qualifying School
Last Eight
Tytus Kanik 5-4 Robert Marijanovic
Mario Robbe 5-0 Michele Turetta
Frantisek Humpula 5-1 Brian Raman
Mike Holz 5-3 Ulf Ceder
Last Four
Mario Robbe 5-1 Tytus Kanik
Frantisek Humpula 5-2 Mike Holz
Last Two
Mario Robbe 5-4 Frantisek Humpula
PDC Tour Card Winner
Mario Robbe

International Prodarts Series Gold Coast Night 2

Simon Whitlock prepared for his return to the Premier League in the best way possible on the Gold Coast version of the Prodarts Series. He defeated Kyle Anderson in a battle of the top two ranked Australian players, and World Cup teammates.
In the opening semi-final of the night local Robbie King took on Geelong player Lucas Cameron and it was close at the start. Cameron took the lead twice early on only for King to peg him back on both occasions.
In the fifth leg Cameron missed the bull but King was well behind and at his next visit Cameron secured the lead for the third time. The next leg was critical as King was broken by his opponent. It was a high scoring affair early as King’s 140 was met by a maximum by Cameron. With Cameron on 129 and King on 182 Cameron set up to leave 140 with his 13th dart. King had his chance to convert with 124 but left 56. Having missed all three check out chances on his previous visit, Cameron came back and secured the required double ten. He consolidated the next leg on throw to grab a three leg lead.
King threw to open the next leg and thoughts of his previous night’s comeback came to mind. At his first shot at tops King had drawn back within two legs, albeit on throw. 5-3. In the next leg Cameron hit the wire twice on the wrong side to miss his chance of taking the leg and King pounces to grab the break back and move the score to within one.
With century starts on their next visits it looked tight but mid leg Cameron sneaked ahead. He missed a double 8 to give King the chance to tie things up but he missed the same checkout. Cameron then scored the double eight to stop his opponent’s momentum. King had a chance in the next leg to win it but missed two darts and Cameron was able to come back to the oche to secure the match 7-4.
In the second match two of the big guns of darts face off as Simon Whitlock took on Andy Hamilton. Whitlock opened the first leg with a bullseyes finish before a triple 20 double 16 finish in two darts doubled his lead. The third leg saw Andy Hamilton secure the first 180 of the match to move himself to 181 with Whitlock on 224. However a poor visit from the Englishman left him on 126 as a maximum moved the Wizard to 44. King missed the bull for 126 check out and Whitlock checks out to take a three nil lead.
The next leg saw Hamilton take a lead and keep it this time as a double 16 moved the score to 3-1. However Whitlock was not finished. Two big starts from both players actually sees Hammer take the darts but was unable to collect the required double 16 and despite nearly busting, Wizard secured a 4-1 lead. The whole match was coming done to conversions of doubles.
In the next leg it seemed to be the local players only for him to not convert 58. However Hamilton could not convert his own leg darts and at his next visit Whitlock went 5-1 clear.
Hamilton is anything but a quitter though and in the next leg, with the Wizard on 16, Hamilton gets double tops for the leg with last dart in hand. A 15 dart leg then saw Hamilton reduce the gap to two legs before Whitlock seemed to grab the impetus in the next leg with a 180 moving him to 38. However Hamilton did not feel the pressure and scored the double 8 required to move the match with one leg difference, 5-4.
Hamilton had the throw on the next leg but it was Whitlock who took a big lead until Hamilton moved from 221 to 87 in one visit. Whitlock had something special in mind as he hit the bull once more in a crunch leg, in this case checking out a 164 finish. This was a hammer blow and in the last leg it looked like Whitlock would do the business until he missed the bull for the match. It gave Hamilton a chance but he missed two at double16 (his nemesis for this match) and Whitlock scored9 and double 8 for the leg and the match, 7-4.
The third match saw Phil Taylor secure another win with a 7-2 victory over Steve Macarthur. Macarthur had gone to a large lead at the beginning of the match, including Taylor scoring a 158 finish with Macarthur sitting on 32 to secure his first break. Macarthur took a couple of legs further in to the match but Taylor was not going to be denied, securing the ninth leg of the match to win 7-2.
The last quarter final looked very competitive throughout with Tasmanian Brad Thorp going toe to toe with Kyle Anderson. Thorp took the first leg and despite missing two at tops Anderson was able to secure a 1-1 scoreline after the second leg. With Thorp not on a finish Anderson moved from 132 to 40 and on the next leg secures an early break, 2-1.
Thorp started better in the next leg and moves to 155 before Kyle gets to 136. A loose dart and Thorp leaves 77 but watches just behind Anderson as he missed double eight for 136. A 77 check out meant Thorp broke straight back. 2-2.
A 180 opening for Anderson was not enough as he missed the bull for the leg and Thorp gets the double 16 to move 3-2 ahead, now back on throw. The two combatants matched score for score in the next leg but it was Anderson who snuck the vital double first to tie the match up after six legs.
With Anderson on 123 the Tasmanian secured 60 to retake the lad, 4-3. The next leg went to Anderson, before he took a strong lead in the next leg against the throw and
Anderson 265 Thorp 344 Anderson leaves 170 and thorp only 244 leave six darts. Anderson leaves 72as Thorp moves to 126. Treble 16, 16 and tops for Anderson ties the game up after 8. 4-4.
Two 100 starts in the next leg but Thorp then can only go to 356 , Anderson moves to 261. 180 from Anderson moves him to 81 with Thorp on 222. Anderson breaks the Tasmanian to 5-4. Anderson hits Thorp again in the next leg with a double two finish. The Australian number two then takes the lead on Thorp’s next throw but misses his check out darts. Thorp misses two check outs of his own for Anderson to come up and finish with a double 3 to win the match 7 games to 4.
The first semi-final started with an 11 darter from the Wizard before he checks out 52 to take a two leg lead. An 80 finish and then a 20 (after throwing a 180 and 140) finish in the next two legs saw Whitlock double his lead.
In the fifth leg Cameron got his first 180 of the match but even this was not enough as he missed the bull for the steal. Whitlock then steps up and gets a leg he had no right to. 5-0.
Finally in the sixth leg Cameron was able to slow the onslaught as he converts 24 with his last dart in hand and his opponent sitting on 80. 5-1.
It was to be his last joy as the final two legs went empathically Whitlock’s way and the score finished 7-1.
The second semi-final saw Phil Taylor take the first leg against Kyle Anderson but it was not emphatic as the Aussie missed two chances at tops. Despite missing double eight and double 4 Taylor was able to double that lead with a double two.
Things seemed to be going to script in the third leg as he hits a double 8 to leave Anderson on 78 and three legs behind.
The next leg saw Taylor only open with 41 and Anderson took his chance by moving to 270 after six darts. A maximum and with Taylor well behind his opponent was able to leave 16. Taylor score 140 to leave 120 and then Anderson missed all three on his next visit. The next visit would be one of those points in a match that changed things. Chasing Shanghai Taylor missed tops and left 20. Anderson checked out on his next visit and the momentum had change. 3-1 to Taylor.
In the next leg Taylor left tops when chasing 100 and Anderson was able to take full advantage to draw back within a leg thanks to the break of throw. On his next throw Anderson was able to convert 119 with a bull finish and tie things up. An opening maximum from the Aussie in the next leg and a follow up 140 pushed Anderson well ahead in the leg. A double ten gave Anderson a second break in a row for a 4-3 lead.
Consistent throwing from Anderson saw him leave 87 with Taylor one hundred behind. The Original threw his double clinically to take a 5-3 lead.
A 167 from Phil Taylor in the next leg left him a check out which he took to slow his opponent’s push temporarily but in the tenth leg it was power scoring from both players at the start that gave each opportunities. Anderson missed his chance before Taylor missed the chance to square things up again. Anderson took his second opportunity to move to 6-4 and be just a leg away from the match.
The next leg saw the 16 time world champion take full control and at 6-5 it came down to Anderson on his throw keeping a level head. With a 140 start he showed he could do just that and was able to keep his throw consistent throughout this pressure leg to take out the match 7-5 and inflict Phil Taylor’s first defeat on the east coast of Australia since 2012, when he lost to the man Anderson would now face in the final, Simon Whitlock.
The final itself saw Simon Whitlock get off to a confident start but Anderson was able to stay with him and after three legs it was 2-1 to the Wizard. An early critical leg was the fourth as both players had decent shots at a check out but Whitlock was the first to convert and thus took the first considerable lead of the match, 3-1.
He consolidated in the next leg with power hitting and then opened with a maximum to move ahead in the next leg. Chasing 110 for the check-out Whitlock seemed to have screwed it up by hitting treble 3 but a treble 17 and the bull gave him the leg anyway, and a four leg lead.
It was time for a comeback and Anderson provided just that by checking out 108 in the next leg and then, aided by his third maximum in four legs, he was able to secure his second double tops check out in a row to move the score back to 5-3.
Another break was critical for Anderson and with Whitlock on 18 a 122 check out on the bull gave The Original just that.
With the score at 5-4 Anderson threw first to tie the match back up. He started with 100 and the Wizard pounced with a 180. Anderson moved to 267 as Whitlock got to 224. A poor visit of 60 was pounced upon by his opponent who moved to 126. With Anderson on 114 Wizard hit the bull once more, it seemed to be the largest segment on the board for Whitlock tonight, as he converted the 126, broke Anderson, and took a 6-4 lead.
It would prove to be too much for Anderson to fight back once more as consistent throwing from Whitlock moved him to 162. Another good visit left the Wizard needing just 24 and a single 12 and double six at his next turn at the oche was enough to give him the match 7-4.
For Whitlock it was just the kind of preparation to help him moving forward, “I have loved my time out here and to win in front of my family again is awesome. Kyle was great tonight and together we are going to win the World Cup this year. I am really looking forward to what the next few months hold for my darts now.”
QF1 Lucas Cameron 7 Robbie King 4
QF2 Simon Whitlock 7 Andy Hamilton 4
QF3 Phil Taylor 7 Steve Macarthur 2
QF4 Kyle Anderson 7 Brad Thorp 4
SF1 Simon Whitlock 7 Lucas Cameron 1
SF2 Kyle Anderson 7 Phil Taylor 5
F Simon Whitlock 7 Kyle Anderson 4

PDC Qualifying Schools Day One

COREY CADBY, Eddie Dootson and Jeffrey de Zwaan were the three PDC Tour Card winners as the 2018 PDC Qualifying Schools began on Thursday in Wigan and Hildesheim.

The expansion of Qualifying School to venues in the UK and German saw a combined field of over 600 players competing as they bid to secure coveted spots on the PDC circuit.

Melbourne's Cadby, the 2016 PDC Unicorn World Youth Champion, headlined the success stories on the opening day as the 22-year-old secured his status as a professional to join the PDC ProTour on a full-time basis.

Cadby had opted not to enter Qualifying School 12 months ago in a bid to continue his development on the DartPlayers Australia circuit, while he also competed on the World Series of Darts circuit and in the bwin Grand Slam of Darts in 2017.

He put that experience to good use as he came through 435 players in Wigan to join St Helens' Dootson in being the two players to secure PDC Tour Cards on Day One in the UK Qualifying School.

Cadby produced some superb darts as he swept past Dave Prins, Jack Todd, Gavin James, Tom Gregory, John O'Shea, John Mann, Nathan Rafferty and Callan Rydz without being taken to a deciding ninth leg in any of his eight matches on the day

"I'm absolutely over the moon," said Cadby. "Everyone expected I would be here, but I wasn't ready. I'm here this year and I've done my job on day one.

"My manager believed in me and so did my partner, and that gave me the boost to push on. I can't wait to come up against bigger things and better things, but it's been a hard fight today.

"No game was easy but it's mission accomplished. My focus is really good, and I hit the doubles which is what wins you games.

"It gives me a bit more confidence knowing what I'm capable of. I've been throwing with new darts for a couple of weeks and to manage to get through Q School means a lot."

2018 PDC Qualifying Schools Entries

A RECORD field will compete in the 2018 PDC Qualifying Schools, with over 600 players set to challenge four PDC Tour Cards in Wigan and Hildesheim from January 18-21.
A total of 33 PDC Tour Cards will be on offer across the two Qualifying Schools, with simultaneous events being held in the UK and Germany this year to reflect the ongoing growth of the sport.
The final two players at the UK Qualifying School on each of the four days will win an automatic PDC Tour Card, alongside the winner of the European Qualifying School on each day.
In addition, players will earn ranking points per victory in each full round of the event (which does not include Byes), which will be used to form the Q School Orders of Merit.
The entries for the UK Qualifying School include former World Matchplay and World Grand Prix champion Colin Lloyd, the ex-world number one who is bidding to make his return to the circuit following a two-year break.
Fellow former World Matchplay winner Peter Evison and former TV finalists Wes Newton, Colin Osborne, Barrie Bates, Shayne Burgess will also be in action in Wigan.
Recent World Youth Champions Corey Cadby, Arron Monk and James Hubbard will also be competing, while experienced stars including Andy Smith Andy Jenkins, Dennis Smith, Alan Tabern and Dean Winstanley - following a year's break - are also in action.
Former Lakeside Championship finalists Tony O'Shea and Jeff Smith - previously a Tour Card Holder in 2012-2013 - are joined by former BDO World Trophy winner Darryl Fitton in Wigan.
Cameron Menzies and Jamie Hughes both followed up their 2017 Grand Slam of Darts appearances by competing recently in the Lakeside Championship, while former World Masters semi-finalist Martin Atkins is also taking part in Qualifying School for the first time.
International hopefuls in action in Wigan include Canadian youngster Dawson Murschell and former World Championship qualifiers David Fatum (USA), Nolan Arendse and Warrick Scheffer (South Africa), Cody Harris (New Zealand), Ken MacNeil (Canada), Haruki Muramatsu and Keita Ono (Japan).
Another former Lakeside Championship finalist, Dutchman Danny Noppert, is amongst the hopefuls in action at the European Qualifying School in Germany, while Sweden's Dennis Nilsson also recently competed in the Lakeside Championship.
Teenager Nico Blum - who became the youngest competitor on the European Tour circuit aged just 16 last year - is bidding to follow fellow countryman Martin Schindler in winning a Tour Card, after the Berlin ace's 2017 success.
Belgium's Mike De Decker is a four-time PDC Unicorn Development Tour event winner, while Austrian teenager Rusty-Jake Rodriguez - who won the 2017 JDC Junior World Championship final last month - joins elder brother Roxy-James in bidding to join Rowby-John on the professional circuit.
Brazil's Diogo Portela, who competed in both the World Cup of Darts and World Championship last year, has opted to compete in the European Qualifying School.
Germany's Kevin Munch, Poland's Krzysztof Ratajski, Belgium's Kenny Neyens and Croatia's Alan Ljubic also recently competed in the World Championship alongside Finland's Kim Viljanen, who topped the PDCNB rankings in 2017.
Russia's Boris Koltsov, Hungary's Nandor Bezzeg, Czech Republic ace Frantisek Humpula are amongst the players with World Cup of Darts experience, while Bernd Roith, Tomas Seyler and Michael Rosenauer are veterans of the German circuit.
Follow www.pdc.tv from January 18-21 for live results from the UK and European Qualifying Schools, which start at 12pm local time for each venue.
All games are the best of nine legs.
UK Qualifying School Entries
Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan
Ben Adams
Lance Adams
Robert Adnams
Kenichi Ajiki
Nolan Arendse
Nathan Aspinall
Martin Atkins (Leeds)
Martin Atkins (Wigan)
Daniel Ayres
Curtis Bagley
James Bailey
Leon Bailey
Richard Baillie
Kevin Bambrick
Mark Barilli
Michael Barnard
Chas Barstow
James Barton
Daniel Batchelor
Barrie Bates
Max Baulcomb
Greg Beard
Michael Beard
Aaron Beeney
Andrew Beeton
Nicholas Bell
Sean Bell
Andrew Belton
Christopher Bent
Darren Beveridge
Gary Blackwood
Sam Booth
Philip Borthwick
Andy Boulton
John Bowles
Adam Bowman
Jordan Boyce
Martin Bradbury
Kenneth Bramall
Peter Bramley
Derek Brand
Bradley Brooks
Rachel Brooks
Gary Broomhead
Justin Broton
Anthony Brown
John Brown
Steve Brown
Dean Buckland
Lee Budgen
Shayne Burgess
Peter Burgoyne
Trevor Burkhill
Kevin Burness
Ben Burton
Corey Cadby
Ray Campbell
Keith Robert Carter
Simon Cassidy
Lee Chambers
Matt Clark
Matthew Clarke
Brett Claydon
Joshua Clements
Daniel Cole
Jarred Cole
Tony Cole
Declan Coles
Robert Collins
Stuart Comerford
Karl Corcoran
Richie Corner
Andy Cornwall
John Court
Simon Craven
John Crossley
Bobby Crozier
Jason Cullen
Niall Culleton
Andrew Cummins
Steven Cupitt
Christopher Dale
Scott Dale
Antony Darlow
John Davey
Ben Davies
Shaun Davies
Gary Davison
Paul Dawkins
Michael Dawson
Peter Day
Jason Delahunty
Matthew Dennant
Nathan Derry
Lorenzo Deveaux
Matthew Dicken
Jack Dickinson
Paul Dinning
Eddie Dootson
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An Aussie Affair

Night one of the Prodarts Series on the Gold Coast was really the night of the Australians with some notable exclusions.
Simon Whitlock nearly capped off the night with an incredible nine darter as his eighth dart was well off the treble 15 he was aiming for so he could check out with a double 18. It was a rare miss for him on the night as he defeated Stuart Leach 6-1.
Earlier in the night Steve McArthur reminded us all of how he made the world championships a decade ago as he comfortably defeated Jamie Harvey 6-1 in the first match of the night.
The second match was much more competitive as Hall of Famer Russell Stewart took on Tasmanian Brad Thorp. The match had been tight throughout but Thorp had looked to break it open when he went 5-2 up. However Stewart struck back, first with an unlikely double 3 check out in leg 8 and then with some power scoring and good finishing he secured the next two legs as well. Thorp had won the bull but it was Stewart who got to the more likely check out of 116 first. However, he could only score 60 and with Thorp needing 72 he went the 16, 16 and double 20 route for the leg and the match, winning 6-5.
The third match was also extra competitive as Johnny K showed glimpses of times gone past as he took on local Gold Coast resident Robbie King. It was Johnny K who took a two leg lead as he was able to take his chances but King was able to break back in the third leg. A 52 check out in leg four puts the match back on par and over the next couple of legs it is the local player who takes his own two leg lead.
Johnny K was not done though and he hit a double ten with his last dart in hand to make the score 3-4. King was able to return the favour in the next leg to move back into a two leg lead. The match was not down though as Kuczynski moved well ahead in the next leg and despite King putting some pressure on by leaving 100 the American put his third dart into the corner of the double bed to move the score to 4-5.
The next leg demonstrated Kuczynski at his best. He seemed out of it and King even had a shot at double 16 for the match but was unable to convert. Kuczynski then stepped up to the oche and converted a 116 to bring the match back to equilibrium. The final leg was King’s chance to return serve and so he did with a 114 check out for the match, 6-5.
The fourth match saw Lucas Cameron overcome Devon Petersen. Early on it was leg for leg as the scoreboard moved to 2-2. There were glimpses of brilliance from both players but often let down by bounce outs or poor visits in between. A 140 saw Cameron move to just that score in the next leg and despite not securing that check out he did get 95 on his next visit to go three up. However it was leg six that would prove critical. Petersen had moved to 49 with relative ease but then manages to miss the big number and then hits double 8 and not double 16. Both players then busted when opportunities for the leg were presented to them until Cameron was able to secure the break with a double 8.
Cameron was able to move to a further leg in front after the next leg when he secured the check out just after Petersen had hit a 180 to leave just 6 remaining. Then Cameron opens with a 180 and secures maximums with darts 4 and 5 but missed his next treble to leave 182. With Petersen on 299 Cameron moved from 182 to 87 and by leaving 159 Petersen could not put pressure on Cameron as it was a bogey score. Cameron sets it up to leave 40 and on his next visit uses all the six darts Petersen presented to him to finally get the win, 6 legs to 2.
The other Aussie win on the night was Kyle Anderson over Rhys Mathewson. It was a tough affair as both players broke each other early, Mathewson with a 107 check out. After three breaks of throw Anderson held his own to lead 3-1. The next few legs went with throw and Anderson moved to a 4—2 lead.
In the next leg Mathewson scored 95 but Anderson was able to better it by 40. Through the leg Mathewson left a 170 check out. Mathewson could only get to 143 though but his opponent does not take full toll and leaves 58. Again Mathewson misses double 16 but Anderson then fails to secure the match and with a double four Mathewson was back in the match at 3-4.
Anderson then had a comfortable leg to move to win one leg of the match, with the last five legs staying on throw. In the next leg Anderson has a shot at double tops for the match but could not convert and despite missing a check out of his own, a double six finally gave Mathewson another leg. The same check out then drew the match level as Anderson missed numerous match darts in that leg as well.
In the last leg both players had a shot at the bull and missed for the match. It was to be a big miss for Mathewson as Anderson got the first chance at 25 and got it with a double 5 for the match, another final leg decider on the night, this time going 6-5 to Kyle Anderson.
The two overseas players who did progress on the night were the finalists from the Brisbane leg of the event.
Andy Hamilton had a great tussle with GG Mathers, fresh back from the World Championships. At 2-0 down GG secured check outs of 158 and then 150 to draw level. After being level after six legs Hammer was able to move 5-3 before Mathers put a scare into things by securing another leg. Unlike the rest of the night though this was not to go to a deciding leg as Hamilton demonstrated all his experience in taking it out and winning the match 6-4.
Phil Taylor was also challenged, but came away victorious, against another DPA order of merit player in Tic Bridge. Taylor went one up but Bridge equalised with a 121 check out. Taylor then bounced straight back and not only secured his own throw but broke Bridge in the fourth leg. Taylor then gave Bridge a chance at the bull in the next leg but after his opponent missed it he made him pay by securing double 16.
The next leg saw Bridge get one back on his own throw. The following leg was critical as Bridge was well ahead throughout it but missed the double 8 to get the break back and Taylor made him pay by stealing a leg he really had not been in. At 5 – 2 it seemed that the match would soon be over but Bridge had other plans as he checks out double 5 to move the score to 5 – 3 to Taylor.
The next leg saw Bridge hit a maximum to move to 181 with his opponent scoring 140 to leave 176. Bridge could only score 96 as Taylor hit 136 to leave 40. Bridge left 68 but Taylor missed three at double tops for the match. Bridge missed the bull for the leg and Taylor finally finished the match off with a double ten. The final score was 6 – 3 to Phil Taylor.

Steve MacArthur 6 Jamie Harvey 1
Brad Thorp 6 Russell Stewart 5
Robbie King 6 Johnny Kuczynski 5
Lucas Cameron 6 Devon Petersen 2
Phil Taylor 6 Tic Bridge 3
Andy Hamilton 6 GG Mathers 4
Kyle Anderson 6 Rhys Mathewson 5
Simon Whitlock 6 Stuart Leach 1

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