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Final day Harrows Grand Prix

On Sunday the final event of season 2019 was held at the Canberra Labor Club as event 30, and the final Grand Masters event was won, appropriately by season champion Damon Heta who defeated the runner up for the season, James Bailey 6-3 in the final.
The quarter final between Damon Heta and Brandon Weening saw none of the drama from their round of 16 match the day before, this time Heta winning 5-0 instead of relying on a last leg decider. The second quarter saw a rematch of the previous two finals, with GG Mathers again getting the better of Mal Cuming, this time 5-1.
The bottom of the draw saw James Bailey eliminate Team Rebel’s other representative in the last eight, Mick Lacey, by five legs to nil. In an all Team Misfits quarter final Brendon McCausland edged out Robbie King 5-4.
The first semi final saw Heta and Mathers hold throw in the first three legs, with the latter holding his throw thanks to a 144 check out. Second time around Mathers could not replicate the result on throw though as he failed in six darts to convert 77 and despite missing 24 Heta was able to revisit the oche and hit the required number for the first break of throw in the match. Heta then held throw to go 4-1 up in the match before Mathers checked out 154 to hold for his second leg. It was too little too late though as Heta secured the match by holding throw with an 82 visit to check out the final leg and win 5-2.
The second semi final saw Brendon McCausland take an early two nil lead after he held his own throw and then broke James Bailey at the first attempt. Bailey struck back immediately though and in 15 darts, thanks in main to a 115 check out, the match was back on level terms. Bailey then threw a 12 dart leg to move a break of throw ahead, only to better that in the next leg, completing his throw in 11 darts. Two maximum visits had him attempting a nine darter but he left tops and instead secured the leg with his 11th dart. With his opponent standing behind him requiring 32 McCausland showed his never give up attitude by scoring the 16 required to move the match back to 4-3. It meant he would have to break Bailey in the next leg to push the match into a decider where he would be on throw but it was a bridge too far as Bailey did the job after scoring 86 just after McCausland had been unable to convert 96 for the leg. Bailey averaged 97.9 in the match.
The final saw Heta hold his throw comfortably before Bailey missed the bull for a 107 check out. Heta failed at tops for a 73 check out and allowing Bailey back to the oche was opportunity enough for the Queenslander to take the leg. Heta then held throw in 15 darts before an unusually poor leg of throwing from Bailey meant Heta punished him in full to move 3-1 ahead. Bailey returned to form in the next leg against the Heta throw but he failed to convert a 121 check out and Heta moved the scoreline to 4-1 on his next visit to the oche.
Bailey then held throw with a 13 dart leg and knew he faced having to break the Heta throw twice to win the match. He failed to do so in the next leg and thus had to hold throw in the next leg just to stay in the match. It was a leg to forget from both players but Bailey was good enough to hold on and take the leg to move to within two legs of his opponent at 5-3. He was then presented with a chance to break in the next leg but missed out on the 20 required from what would be his last visit to the oche as Heta stepped up and collected the 40 needed in two darts to win the final event of the year.
Heta was pleased to finish off the year in Australia so well as he heads off overseas shortly to attempt to build on his success this year. “I am delighted to cap off the season with a win and having won on Friday but missed out yesterday it was great to win today. James has pushed me all season so much respect goes to him. For me at has been a great year and I look forward to the next few weeks and the start of my next darting journey.”

Day 3 Harrows Grand Masters

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Harrows Grand Masters Evening Event

The second DPA Grand Masters event of the Saturday at Canberra Labor Club was won by after GG Mathers defeated Mal Cuming in the final by six legs to four.
The closeness of the competition was well evidenced in the round of 16 as three matches went to eliminating legs with Damon Heta surviving three match darts from Brandon Weening, Mick Lacey missed the bull fro a 124 checkout only to watch Brody Klinge eliminate him with a 109 check out whilst visits of 177, 100 and 100 from Robbie King was not enough as Mal Cuming checked out 121 to win his deciding leg.
Brody Klinge went 3-0 up against GG Mathers as did Mal Cuming against Time Pusey. Mathers then pulled three legs back as Cuming moved 5-1 clear in his match before winning the match 6-2. Klinge and Mathers then took their match to a deciding leg and it was Mathers took the match. James Bailey took an early 3-1 lead against Brendon McCausland and finished off the match by taking three of the last four legs, including a final 112 check out. The other match started more closely with Damon Heta and Steve McArthur all square after four legs before Heta moved two legs clear, eventually winning 6-3.
At 5-2 up GG Mathers secured a maximum to open his throw and completed the match with a 116 check out. Meanwhile Mal Cuming missed his check out to go 4-2 up and instead James Bailey moved the match back to parity at 3-3. Cuming then jumped to a two leg lead before Bailey broke back to put the match back on throw and then held to put the match into a deciding leg. Cuming threw first and hit a ton on his second visit to the oche and followed it up with a 140, 48 eventually seeing him secure his second final of the day against Mathers.
The opening leg of the final saw both players hit maximum but on throw Mal Cuming had the first chance at a check out and despite not converting 81 he was able to put away the remaining 48 on his next visit to the oche with last dart in hand. Mathers then opened his throw with a 180 and whilst he did not convert 32 when so close to home he was far enough ahead to have two visits to the oche to collect the required eight. Cuming opened leg three with a 140 before following it up with the same, twice. Three darts later and he was ahead in the match for the second time, although it was still on throw. Cuming hit another 140 on his second visit to the oche in leg four but Mathers stayed ahead in the leg and a 118 visit left him needing 96 to tie the match back up. He left 18 as Cuming stepped up but could not convert 141. Mathers then busted 18 as Cumings checked out 84 in two darts to take the first break in the match.
A solid ton set Cumings on his way to holding throw and moving three legs clear but he failed to follow it up with a triple figure score on his second visit. A third consecutive leg scoring 140 moved Cuming to 201 with another ton leaving him 101 away. He left tops as Mathers chased 139 but could only leave the same and two darts later Cuming had moved to a 4-1 lead.
Mathers opened his next throw with a 135 visit. Well ahead in the leg Mathers left 32 after 12 darts and with his 13th he had won his second leg of the match. He then jumped ahead early against the Cuming throw before a couple of 140 visits from Cuming drew them closer together. Cuming had a shot at the bull for 161 but failed to convert and with Mathers leaving 28 Cuming missed two leg darts Mathers then stepped up to grab the break back and leave the scoreboard reading 4-3 to Cuming.
Mathers then comfortably moved ahead on his throw and a 140 visit left him needing just 42. Cumings then hit the same but Mathers won the leg on his next visit. The next level was critical with Mathers edging slightly ahead against the throw. Mathers faced off 87 for the break and got it with his opponent standing behind him needing 56. Having won the last four legs in succession Mathers opened up with 140 which was matched by Cumings at the first attempt. Another ton was not matched by his opponent and a visit of 100 left Mathers needing a 161 check out for the match. Mathers left 101 as Cumings moved from 220 to 139. Mathers then left 32 as Cuming left 50. With last dart in hand Mathers collected his second event of the day.
Mathers was happy with his added success of the day “It is better than what happened last round with three losing finals. I secured my check outs tonight and am really happy with securing my second win of the day in a very difficult field.”

Day 2 harrow grand masters

Day two of the Harrows Grand Masters continues Saturday. Stay tuned to Dartplayersaustralia.com for all the latest news and results

HARROWS DPA GRAND MASTERS

The Harrows DPA Grand Masters at the Canberra Labor Club Canberra ACT commences this Friday through to Sunday, Stay tuned to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest news and results

JDC prospects set for Gibraltar festival

Leading junior players from around the world have descended on Gibraltar for the Junior Darts Corporation's festival of darts.

The new Europa Point Arena in Gibraltar will host the three one-day tournaments as players from as far afield as Australia, New Zealand, India, USA, Canada and Iceland do battle on the oche.

The PDPA Junior World Cup will see the action begin on Tuesday September 24, with 26 teams representing the 16 nations doing battle in a team event.

The focus will then switch to individual action on Wednesday September 25 for the DartConnect Junior International Open, which will be a knockout event played to a winner on the day.

Thursday September 26 will then see the early rounds of the annual Scott Farms International Junior World Darts Championship take place, as the players begin their challenge to win the newly-named Tommy Cox Trophy.

Play in Gibraltar will be up to, and including, the semi-finals, with the final of the Junior World Darts Championship taking place on Saturday December 21 at Alexandra Palace during the William Hill World Darts Championship.

Dutch youngster Jurjen van der Velde will be defending the Junior World Darts Championship title which he won in 2018, while the Irish challengers will include Keane Barry - who is set to compete in the Tom Kirby Memorial Irish Matchplay final in Dublin next month.

Live stats from all events will be available through DartConnect throughout the week, along with streaming via Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

The week's activities in Gibraltar will also include a welcome meeting on Monday September 23 which will include a shirt presentation, as well as an international accreditation evening for worldwide JDC Academy affiliation and education sessions in local schools.

The events come in advance of the PDC European Tour's annual visit to the country, with the Gibraltar Darts Trophy being staged from September 27-29 at the Victoria Stadium. For tickets, visit BuyTickets.gi.

Event Schedule
Tuesday September 24
PDPA Junior World Cup
25 teams competing from 16 nations. Group Stage before knockout from Last 16 onwards.

Wednesday September 25
DartConnect Junior International Open

Thursday September 26
Scott Farms International Junior World Darts Championship
International players + JDC Tour Qualifiers + JDC Academy OOM Qualifiers compete down to the final. The final will be held at Alexandra Palace on Saturday December 21 during William Hill World Darts Championship, with the Junior World Darts Champion winning the Tommy Cox Trophy.

Competing Nations & Players
Australia: Ky Smith, Mitchell Beswick, Hayden Scott, Lachie Gleason, Cody Dewey, Erin Logan, Tyson Stow, Faith Kainuku
Canada: Zach van Vliet, Devin Gross, Hayden Brown, Nathan Sherk
China: Jiacheng Song, Jiale Dong, Zhengan Gu, Tao Jiang, Yile Liu, Xunxu Kuang, Yanxu Shi, Sheyuan Xue
Czech Republic: Tomas Houdeck, Vilem Sedivy, Adam Gawlas, David Zaruba
Denmark: Sebastian Bech, Robin Stegler, Sune Poulsen, Marius Bo Nielsen, Nikolaj Jorgensen, Lukas Jensen, Mads Salomonsen, Laurits Laurenborg
England: Nathan Care, Harry Gregory, Keelan Kay, James Beeton, Henry Coates, Sean Craig, Joe Pitchford Morris, Mitchell McCarthy
Gibraltar: Justin Hewitt, Craig Galliano, Jerome Chipol, Sean Negrette, Dylon Duo Jnr, Casey Dyer, Joseph Borge, Elton Victory
Iceland: Tomas Orri, Tomas Breki, Alex Mani, Alexander Veigar Thorvaldsson
India: Nihar Baldha, Sankalp Salunkhe, Anadh Suhagiya, Akshat Andhariya, Thavish Vivek, Hasti Savaliya, Aman Lathiya, Devam Jasani
Ireland: Keane Barry, Sean Cummins, Killian Heffernan, Katie Sheldon, Pearse Mackle, Ethan Willis, Sean McKeon, Dylon Dowling, Jamie Lee Cummins
Netherlands: Jurjen van der Velde, Daan Bastiaansen, Owen Roelofs, Luke van der Kwast, Danny Jansen, Marcel Bus, Kevin Lasker, Pim van Bijnen
New Zealand: Lachy Rountree, Sam Harman, Tumihitai Te Whero, Renata Leach, Dominic Clements, Jack Sheppard, Irie Eyles, Cory Horne
Scotland: Nathan Girvan, Kyle Walker, Connor Mitchell, John Gallazzi
Spain: Isaac Munoz Sevillano, Roger Boronat, Pedro Fernandez Rubio, David Rodriquez Garcia
USA: Jamison Merritt, Kaden Anderson, PJ Stewart Jr, Buster Graves
Wales: Taylor Smolden, Cole Davey, Ieuan Halsall, Brynmor Thomas, Ben Carr, Nathan Hanrahan, Zaidley Evans, Liam Butler, Ethan Haymes, Tomos Jones

Heta Continues Dominant DPA Form

Damon Heta has taken a further step towards qualifying for the William Hill World Darts Championship following the latest DPA ProTour weekend in Melbourne.

Brisbane Darts Masters champion Heta is on course to make his World Championship debut in December, having extended his lead over James Bailey at the top of the DPA Order of Merit.

Heta was victorious in two of the four events held at the Seaford Hotel, defeating Gordon Mathers in both finals, and reached one other semi-final as he continued his superb year.

He is now holding an almost unassailable advantage going into the year's final four ProTour events in Canberra from October 11-13.

Mathers' strong weekend saw him reach a third final as he was edged out by Tim Pusey, with Raymond O'Donnell being the other event winner in Melbourne.

2019 Harrows DPA Australian ProTour
Event 23
Quarter-Finals
Damon Heta 6-4 Rhys Mathewson
Robbie King 6-1 Mick Lacey
Raymond O'Donnell 6-5 James Bailey
Steve Fitzpatrick 6-1 Gordon Mathers

Semi-Finals
Robbie King 6-5 Damon Heta
Raymond O'Donnell 6-5 Steve Fitzpatrick

Final
Raymond O'Donnell 6-1 Robbie King

Event 24
Quarter-Finals
Tim Pusey 6-0 Michael Cassar
Mick Lacey 6-2 Rob Modra
Raymond O'Donnell 6-5 James Bailey
Gordon Mathers 6-0 Paul Cotton

Semi-Finals
Tim Pusey 6-2 Mick Lacey
Gordon Mathers 6-0 Raymond O'Donnell

Final
Tim Pusey 6-5 Gordon Mathers

Event 25
Quarter-Finals
Damon Heta 6-3 Tim Pusey
Brandon Weening 6-3 Mike Bonser
Raymond Smith 6-1 James Bailey
Gordon Mathers 6-5 Steve Fitzpatrick

Semi-Finals
Damon Heta 6-2 Brandon Weeding
Gordon Mathers 6-4 Raymond Smith

Final
Damon Heta 6-4 Gordon Mathers

Event 26
Quarter-Finals
Damon Heta 5-1 Tim Pusey
Brody Klinge 5-2 Brendon McCausland
Gordon Mathers 5-3 Mick Lacey
Raymond Smith 5-1 Rob Modra

Semi-Finals
Damon Heta 5-4 Brody Klinge
Gordon Mathers 5-3 Raymond Smith

Final
Damon Heta 6-1 Gordon Mathers

Harrows Pro Tour Seaford Hotel Round Up

This weekend in Melbourne at the Seaford Hotel the DPA Harrows Australian Pro Tour continued with Team Misfit players stealing the headlines.
The opening event saw Team Misfits take down to leading Team Rebel players, with Damon Heta eliminating Rhys Matthewson and Robbie King beating Mick Lacey. Another misfit in Ray O’Donnell took out James Bailey, representing Team DPA DPNZ Kiwi, as he set up another Misfit v Rebel clash after Steve Fitzpatrick defeated GG Mathers in an all Team Rebel affair. In the all misfit first semi-final Robbie King upset Heta, winning the last deciding leg. The other semi-final saw O’Donnell defeat Fitzpatrick by the same scoreline. O’Donnell then did a job on King in the final with a 6-1 win over his stable mate.
Tim Pusey set up a Misfits v Rebel clash as he defeated Michael Cassar in the quarter final stage as Mick Lacey won an all Team Rebel quarter final against Rob Modra. O’Donnell kept up his good form with a 6-5 win over James Bailey and GG Mathers won 6-0 against Paul Cotton to make the fourth member of the semi final representatives for this event. Both semis were clear cut affairs with Mathers winning 6-0 and Pusey winning 6-2 over Lacey. The final saw Pusey win the event in a final deciding leg, 6-5 the final score.
The third event of the weekend saw a second successive Misfits v Rebel final as GG Mathers made his second final of the weekend and Damon Heta charged his way through the field to make it to the final dance. Heta had made it past team mate and fellow West Aussie Tim Pusey in the quarter final to set up a clash with rising star Brandon Weening, who had seen off Mike Bonser in his quarter. In the bottom half of the draw Mathers just got past team mate Steve Fitzpatrick 6-5 and Misfit original Raymond Smith defeated old foe James Bailey in his quarter final. Mathers won his semi over Smith 6-4 whilst Heta defeated Weening 6-2. The final was a close affair but in the end Heta won 6-4.
The final event was held on the Sunday and Damon Heta made it past Pusey in the quarters once more. He would face Brody Klinge, star of the challenge tour and other darting events around Australia recently. Klinge had overcome Brendon McCausland 5-2 in his quarter. Four huge names in Australian darts made up the bottom of the draw, with GG Mathers and Raymond Smith getting past Mick Lacey and Rob Modra (both of Team Rebel) respectively. In the first semi Damon Heta overcame Klinge 5-4 in a close affair whilst Mathers qualified for his third final of the weekend with victory over Smith.
The repeated final from the previous event went the same way as Heta won in comprehensive style 6-1. It meant that Team Misfits had won all four events and Team Rebel players were the only others to make up finals across the weekend. It also moved Damon Heta within touching distance of the PDC World Championship stage at the end of the year.
This year’s tour concludes at Canberra next month, although this result and Canberran results also go toward the following years pro-tour table.
The Challenge tour across NSW this weekend saw the conclusion of two more second tier events, in Young and Mollymook NSW, with eight more tour cards secured.
On Saturday Manny Kato produced an undefeated display and picked up both event wins. He defeated Matt Craig 5-1 in the opening event and Jamie Watson 5-0 in the second final of the day. Kato took out David Boyle in the semi finals of the third event before defeating Matt Craig once again, this time 5-0 in his third final of the weekend. In the last Final of the competition Kato defeated Russell Northey 5-2, having seen off Bruce Bailey in the semi finals. Thus Kato clean swept the weekend at Mollymook. That final win moved Kato past Shane Wolter into top spot with both picking up tour cards alongside David Boyle and Russell Northey. Despite solid weekends neither David Watson nor Matt Craig were able to move into the top four and thus just missed out on a tour card through the challenge tour process.
Winners in Young over the weekend were Greg L’Estrange, Mick Lean, Josh Townsend and Adam Faulkner. All but Lean finished in the top four for tour cards with Rod Crawford picking up the fourth card, Daniel Sim only 12 points behind, and Lean four points back from him. With only an event in Victoria to go Townsend and L’Estrange actually hold the overall lead in the challenge tour events.

Day 3 Harrows DPA Australian Pro Tour Event

The Harrows DPA Australian Pro Tour Event at the Seaford Hotel Frankston concludes Sunday.
Stay tuned to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest news and results

Day 2 Harrows DPA Australian Pro Tour Event

Day 2 of the Harrows DPA Australian Pro Tour Event continues saturday at the Seaford Hotel , Seaford Victoria
Stay tuned to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest news and results

Harrows DPA Australian Pro Tour Event

The Harrows DPA Pro tour event continues this friday through to Sunday at the Seaford Hotel , Seaford Victoria
Stay tuned to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest News and results

Challenge Tour Update Sydney and Queensland

The challenge tour continued, and indeed concluded in two venues over the weekend.
In Sydney, at the ALH’s Mount Pritchards Hotel, Kerry Allen took out the first event on the Saturday after overcoming James Doherty in the semi final he defeated Mark Lennard in the final 5-2. That afternoon he progressed to another final in the straight knock out but lost out in the final, 5-4 in the deciding leg, to Liam McLennan.
On Sunday McLennan continued his success as he knocked out Alex Clarke 4-3 in the semi final and then overcame Mark Wortley five legs to two in the final. Wortley got his revenge in the quarter finals over McLennan and went on to make the final where he took on Kerry Allen. Allen top and tailed the weekend by winning the final 5-3.
After the conclusion of the 24th and final event Kerry Allen, James Doherty, Craig Hussey and Liam McLennan had finished in the top four to qualify for a pro tour card from Sydney.
The Queensland event was held at the ever popular Pine Rivers venue. Peter Willmott won the final 5-3 over Dave Evans in the first event before Jimmy Raroa won the second final of the day in the deciding leg (5-4) over Mark Dutton. Dutton had been the only player to make both sets of semi finals on the day.
On the Sunday Evans made his second final of the weekend and this time he finished the happier player, winning the final 5-1 over Rob Cameron. In the final event in Queensland Peter Willmott took on Jimmy Raroa with the winner becoming the first dual winner on one weekend of the Queensland legs of the challenge tour since event one. Willmott would be the person to take that title as he replicated what happened in Sydney by winning the first and last event of the weekend, winning the final 5-2.
Jimmy Raroa won a very tight race at Pine Rivers overall, with David Evans second, Rob Cameron third and Tony Davy fourth. Dual weekend winner Peter Willmott came fifth overall, missing out on a tour card by twenty points.
The challenge tour still have events in ACT, the south coast of NSW at Mollymook and Victoria to go.

Van Gerwen Victorious in Hamilton

Michael van Gerwen went back-to-back on the World Series as he defeated Raymond van Barneveld 8-1 in the final of the 2019 NZ Darts Masters, presented by Burger King and TAB.
The current World Champion, who won the corresponding event in Auckland in 2018 and also a World Series title in Melbourne last week, was too good for his fellow Dutchman in the final and went on to claim the inaugural NZ Darts Masters crown in front of a 4000-strong crowd at the Claudelands Arena in Hamilton.
It was a third final in five years in New Zealand for Van Barneveld, but in a repeat of the 2018 decider, Van Gerwen once again proved too strong for his retiring compatriot.
The final began with Van Barneveld missing three darts at doubles in the opening two legs with Van Gerwen punishing his opponent to take a 2-0 lead.
The pain didn’t stop for Van Barneveld there, as his fellow countryman piled on the pressure and broke again with a 100 checkout in the fourth leg, before going five-nil ahead.
The 52-year old eventually did get a leg on the board as he pinned double ten in the sixth leg of the match to stop the rot and stall Van Gerwen’s relentless surge to the title.
That brief moment of joy was short-lived for Van Barneveld though as the world number one went on to win the next three legs and walk away with the title.
“I am so happy to win this title in Hamilton, it has been a phenomenal tournament and the crowd has been amazing,” said Van Gerwen after the final.
“I told my wife before I left three weeks ago, I am going to win two of the three events whilst I’m away and I’m so happy to have done that.
“To play a final against Raymond is always an honour. Raymond has been good for darts, like Maradona was good for football but now Messi has taken over. It’s the same in darts now."
Van Gerwen, who came within a dart of being knocked out by Kyle Anderson in round one, also discussed his ability to put bad performances behind him after the decider.

“Mentally I am the strongest player, I know how good I am and no bad game will ever change that," he added.
“I can never be perfect all the time, I am not a robot but I know how strong I am and I know I am the best right now.”
The 32-year-old began his final day surge to a 14th World Series title with a scintillating 8-5 win over his big rival Gary Anderson in a repeat of their last eight clash in Melbourne a week earlier.
The Scot, who had to have two teeth removed on the day of the game after suffering with toothache, still managed to put up a worthy fight against his opponent.
The Premier League champion punished Anderson for some early misses to take control of the quarter-final and went on to finish the match with an average of over 106.
The semi-final was a far more straightforward affair as Van Gerwen put former world champion Rob Cross to the sword in an 8-3 victory and set up the all-Dutch clash with van Barneveld.
The five-time World Champion’s route to his first World Series final of 2019 saw him first take on Daryl Gurney in the last eight, where almost 60% on his double attempts proved the crucial statistic with Van Barneveld running out a 8-6 winner.
James Wade was the Dutchman’s semi-final opponent, with the current World Series of Darts Finals champion aiming to win a first televised title of 2019.
Like in his quarter-final encounter, greater finishing accuracy proved to be the telling point of the semi-final with Van Barneveld hitting almost 50 percent of his attempts, compared to Wade’s 30 percent.
The 2014 Premier League champion would eventually seal a 8-5 win and secure a place in the final in Hamilton.
Despite the loss, Van Barneveld spoke of his pride after the final.

“How can you be sad when the crowd is so amazing?" said Van Barneveld. "I am so thankful for this crowd and I’m sorry I couldn’t say goodbye with the title.
“I have had an amazing week and I just want to say thank you to the PDC and all the staff for making this a fantastic trip.
“There is a lot left to play for this year so it is time to go home, rest and get ready for the rest of the year.”
The 2019 World Series of Darts will conclude in November with the Finals taking place in Amsterdam for the first time between November 1-3 with Michael van Gerwen taking his place as the number one seed.
Tickets for the 2019 World Series of Darts Finals are still available at this link.
2019 NZ Darts Masters, presented by Burger King & TAB
Draw Bracket
(1) Peter Wright v Damon Heta
James Wade v Craig Caldwell
(4) Daryl Gurney v David Platt
Raymond van Barneveld v Cody Harris
(2) Michael van Gerwen v Kyle Anderson
Gary Anderson v Haupai Puha
(3) Rob Cross v Warren Parry
Simon Whitlock v Ben Robb

Schedule of Play
Friday, August 23 (1800 local time)
James Wade 6-5 Craig Caldwell
Ben Robb 6-4 Simon Whitlock
Daryl Gurney 6-2 David Platt
Rob Cross 6-2 Warren Parry
Gary Anderson 6-3 Haupai Puha
Peter Wright 6-1 Damon Heta
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Kyle Anderson
Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 Cody Harris
Best of 11 legs

Saturday, August 24 (1800 local time)
Quarter-Finals
James Wade 8-4 Peter Wright
Raymond van Barneveld 8-6 Daryl Gurney
Michael van Gerwen 8-5 Gary Anderson
Rob Cross 8-3 Ben Robb

Semi-Finals
Raymond van Barneveld 8-5 James Wade
Michael van Gerwen 8-3 Rob Cross

Final
Michael van Gerwen 8-1 Raymond van Barneveld

2019 NZ Darts Masters - Day One

Michael van Gerwen had to survive a scare and four match-darts against Kyle Anderson on day one of the New Zealand Darts Masters presented by Burger King and TAB, setting up another quarter-final clash with Gary Anderson in the process.

The PDC’s first trip to the Claudelands Arena in Hamilton also saw New Zealander Ben Robb defeat Simon Whitlock to progress to the last eight.

The story of the night came from the penultimate game of the session though, as Anderson missed four opportunities to defeat world number one van Gerwen.

Anderson, who won the corresponding event in Auckland in 2017, started the better of the two in what was a sloppy beginning to the match but missed darts to go 3-0 up and was punished by Van Gerwen who tied it up at 2-2.

The pair then traded holds of throw, with the Dutchman taking out 164 in the ninth leg to take the game to a decider.

The drama then came in the eleventh with Anderson missing four darts to end a nine-match losing streak to the World Champion who progressed on double ten.

“I’m not proud of anything I did today. I feel sorry for everyone who is watching because I let myself down tonight and I always want to put on a show for everyone in the crowd and watching at home.

“I made so many mistakes tonight but I will be back tomorrow and play much better than this.”

The Premier League champion will now face Gary Anderson in a repeat of their quarter-final encounter a week earlier in Melbourne, which saw Van Gerwen come out the victor.

Anderson booked his spot in the last eight having to battle through toothache to overcome Haupai Puha.

The Scot who had been suffering during the day still managed to see off his New Zealand opponent in a 6-3 win.

Ben Robb became only the second man from New Zealand to win on his home stage on the World Series after beating Simon Whitlock 6-4.

Mark McGrath was the first in 2018, when he defeated Michael Smith in Auckland and Robb repeated the feat a year later.

Whitlock began the stronger of the pair, breaking in the second leg for a 2-0 lead, but a run of four consecutive legs put Robb firmly in control.

Whitlock did manage to draw level again though, courtesy of a 127 finish before the Kiwi took out 16 and 80 to seal the win.

“Two weeks ago I didn’t play my game at all,” Robb said.

“It feels like all that hard work has paid off. All that practice that no one sees, when everyone else is in bed and I am working hard. am just glad to have done it in front of my friends and family.”

Robb will now face Rob Cross in the quarter-finals after the former World Champion averaged 99.84 in his 6-2 victory over Warren Parry.

Dutch legend Raymond van Barneveld began his final competitive tournament in New Zealand with a 6-5 victory over home favourite Cody Harris, surviving a match-dart at the bull to progress.

Poor finishing was the story in the first half of the match but two moments of quality took the game all the way to the deciding leg.

First Van Barneveld took out 161 to move 5-4 up and seemingly on his way to the last eight but Harris then produced a moment of magic of his own, checking out 150 to level at 5-5.

The New Zealander began the deciding leg with a 180 but wasn’t able to capitalise as he missed a dart at the bullseye before Van Barneveld pinned double 16 for a dramatic win.

“Wow, that was tough,” said Van Barneveld after the game.

“After going up 3-1 I just kept missing and missing and gave him a chance.

“After the 161 I felt good and thought I had the match but he hit the amazing 150 finish. I am just very happy to get the win and come back tomorrow.

I want to give the crowd a lot more against Daryl on Saturday, they have been amazing to me this year.”

The Dutch ace will now take on Daryl Gurney after the world number three raced in to a 5-0 lead against former World Championship qualifier David Platt before eventually getting over the line in a 6-2 win.

James Wade produced a superb comeback to recover from 5-3 down and beat Craig Caldwell to claim a spot in the quarter-finals in Hamilton.

Caldwell, who was beaten by Wade in the 2015 Sydney Darts Masters, set the early pace and took out 142 in the second leg to delight the Hamilton crowd.

The first break came in the fifth leg with Caldwell punishing Wade for some poor scoring and missing a dart at double.

However, at 5-3 and with the New Zealander sat on 96, Wade took out 116 on double 18 to hold throw.

A break followed in the next leg with the Englishman pinning double ten for a 140 finish to level the match, before going on to find tops to move in to a quarter-final match with Peter Wright who convincingly defeated Brisbane champion Damon Heta 6-1.

“I’ve got to be better tomorrow against Peter but I feel like I’ve been a little unlucky with the qualifiers this trip. They keep hitting big checkouts against me at the right times,” joked Wade after the win.

“Fair play to Damon over the last couple of weeks he deserved to win and today I had to dig deep to get the win. The guys over here are improving every year.”

Wright though, despite the convincing 6-1 scoreline against Heta, was unhappy with his performance.

“I struggled, I wasn’t playing Damon, I was playing myself.

“I was trying a new set of darts out but I felt confident taking a new set of darts up on stage but for some reason the trebles looked really small.

“I probably need to play someone who is hitting lots of 180s and doubles to get the best out of me. I just kept saying to myself why are you playing this bad?”

The 2019 NZ Darts Masters will take place at the Claudelands Arena in Hamilton on August 23-24 with a limited number of tickets still available via this link.

The event will be broadcast worldwide through the PDC's international broadcast partners, as well as via PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers (outside of the UK, Ireland & Netherlands).

UK TV coverage on ITV4 will be from 1900 BST on Friday and from 1800 BST on Saturday.

2019 NZ Darts Masters, presented by Burger King & TAB
Draw Bracket
(1) Peter Wright v Damon Heta
James Wade v Craig Caldwell
(4) Daryl Gurney v David Platt
Raymond van Barneveld v Cody Harris
(2) Michael van Gerwen v Kyle Anderson
Gary Anderson v Haupai Puha
(3) Rob Cross v Warren Parry
Simon Whitlock v Ben Robb

Schedule of Play
Friday, August 23 (1800 local time)
James Wade 6-5 Craig Caldwell
Ben Robb 6-4 Simon Whitlock
Daryl Gurney 6-2 David Platt
Rob Cross 6-2 Warren Parry
Gary Anderson 6-3 Haupai Puha
Peter Wright 6-1 Damon Heta
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Kyle Anderson
Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 Cody Harris
Best of 11 legs

Saturday, August 24 (1800 local time)
Quarter-Finals
Peter Wright v James Wade
Daryl Gurney v Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen v Gary Anderson
Rob Cross v Ben Robb

2019 New Zealand Darts Masters Draw

Raymond van Barneveld’s final competitive tournament in New Zealand will begin with a clash with home favourite Cody Harris, after the draw for the 2019 New Zealand Darts Master, presented by Burger King and TAB was made.

Van Barneveld, a former finalist on two occasions in Auckland will hope to go one better this time as the World Series visits Hamilton for the first time.

Michael van Gerwen, the winner in Melbourne the week before will look to go back-to-back on the World Series when he begins his run with a match against former Auckland Darts Masters champion Kyle Anderson.

Top seed Peter Wright begins his campaign against the surprise Brisbane champion Damon Heta, whilst Gary Anderson takes on New Zealand World Cup representative Haupai Puha.

Brisbane runner-up Rob Cross will take on Warren Parry, who has appeared at the World Championship on four occasions and James Wade faces Craig Caldwell.

Parry was brought into the tournament as a late replacement following the withdrawal of Corey Cadby for personal reasons.

Daryl Gurney, who made the final of the Melbourne Darts Masters last week will open his account against David Platt and Simon Whitlock faces Ben Robb.

The 2019 NZ Darts Masters will take place at the Claudelands Arena in Hamilton on August 23-24 with a limited number of tickets still available at https://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=DARTS2019

The event will be broadcast worldwide through the PDC's international broadcast partners, as well as via PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers (outside of the UK, Ireland & Netherlands).

UK TV coverage on ITV4 will be from 7pm BST.

2019 New Zealand Darts Masters

Draw Bracket
(1) Peter Wright v Damon Heta
James Wade v Craig Caldwell
(4) Daryl Gurney v David Platt
Raymond van Barneveld v Cody Harris
(2) Michael van Gerwen v Kyle Anderson
Gary Anderson v Haupai Puha
(3) Rob Cross v Warren Parry
Simon Whitlock v Ben Robb

Schedule of Play
Friday, August 23
James Wade v Craig Caldwell
Simon Whitlock v Ben Robb
Daryl Gurney v David Platt
Rob Cross v Warren Parry
Gary Anderson v Haupai Puha
Peter Wright v Damon Heta
Michael van Gerwen v Kyle Anderson
Raymond van Barneveld v Cody Harris
Best of 11 legs

Saturday, August 24
Quarter-Finals
Semi-Finals
Final
All best of 15 legs

Mighty Mike Masters Melbourne

Michael van Gerwen was crowned the 2019 Melbourne Darts Masters champion as he beat Daryl Gurney 8-3 in front of a packed crowd at Melbourne Arena.

Claiming his second title in Australia, and first since 2016 - Van Gerwen also sealed his first televised title since the Premier League back in May in the process.

It was normal service resumed for the world number one, as he powered his way to 13th World Series title with expert finishing and dominant displays.

Gurney, looking for his first World Series title, proved a tough test early on in the final and had Van Gerwen worried with stronger scoring - but his accuracy on the doubles proved his downfall.

Van Gerwen also started brightly, and sunk a 110 checkout in the third leg - the highest of the final - to move 2-1 ahead.

He then broke throw for the first time in the game to move two clear, but Gurney responded strongly to break back and level at 3-3 at the interval.

But that was as good as it got for the former World Grand Prix champion, as Van Gerwen rattled off five straight legs to clinch the title.

“It is good to be back and winning titles again. People have been talking a little bit because they are used to seeing me win all the time.

“Form is temporary and class is permanent, nobody should doubt my talent,” said a buoyant Van Gerwen after his win.

“To beat Gary Anderson, Peter Wright and then Daryl in the final it shows that I am still the man to beat and I want to make it two out of three when we go to Hamilton next week.”

The Dutchman, who has been struggling for form in recent weeks, came through a tough final day which started with an impressive 8-6 victory over Gary Anderson.

This also saw Van Gerwen average over 100 for the first time in 15 matches.

In the Semi-Finals he was at his most dominant, whitewashing reigning champion Peter Wright 8-0 to reach the final.

Gurney’s run to the final started with a convincing 8-4 over home favourite Simon Whitlock, in which he landed a stunning 132 checkout on the bull.

This was then followed by a tense 8-5 victory over World Matchplay champion Rob Cross.

Trading the first ten legs, Gurney again was the stronger scorer and finisher and proved as such as he clinched four straight legs to seal the victory and reach the final.

It was the Northern Irishman’s second World Series final after he lost to the same opponent in the US Darts Masters in 2017, with Van Gerwen running out an 8-6 winner on that occasion. The run to the decider this week is something the world number five is hoping could kick start his year.

“I had my chances and if I had managed to hit my double I might have been able to win tonight.

“I’m playing well and giving myself good opportunities so to make it to another final shows I am still competing at the highest level.

“There are a lot of big events coming up in the rest of the year and I hope to be lifting at least one of the big ones.”

The World Series of Darts will continue from August 23-24 as the PDC stars head to Hamilton for the first time at the Claudelands Arena with bumper crowds expected.

A limited number of tickets are still available at https://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=DARTS2019

The New Zealand Darts Masters will be broadcast live on Fox Sports across Australia and worldwide through the PDC's international broadcast partners, as well as through PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers (outside of the UK, Ireland & Netherlands).

UK TV coverage on ITV4 will be from 7pm BST.

2019 Melbourne Darts Masters
Draw Bracket
(1) Peter Wright v Corey Cadby
Raymond van Barneveld v Haupai Puha
(4) Michael van Gerwen v Tim Pusey
Gary Anderson v James Bailey
(2) Rob Cross v Robbie King
James Wade v Damon Heta
(3) Daryl Gurney v Kyle Anderson
Simon Whitlock v Mick Lacey

Friday, August 16
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Mick Lacey
Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Haupai Puha
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Kyle Anderson
Gary Anderson 6-0 James Bailey
Peter Wright 6-4 Corey Cadby
Damon Heta 6-1 James Wade
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Tim Pusey
Rob Cross 6-2 Robbie King
Best of 11 legs

Saturday, August 17
Quarter-Finals
Peter Wright 8-6 Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen 8-6 Gary Anderson
Rob Cross 8-3 Damon Heta
Daryl Gurney 8-4 Simon Whitlock

Semi-Finals
Michael van Gerwen 8-0 Peter Wright
Daryl Gurney 8-5 Rob Cross

Final
Michael van Gerwen 8-3 Daryl Gurney
All best of 15 legs

HETA WINS AGAIN , GERWEN TO FACE ANDERSON

Damon Heta continued his run in the world series of darts with a comprehensive win over James Wade 6 - 1
Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson will face off in the quarter-finals of the 2019 Melbourne Darts Masters after the pair comfortably came through their first round matches at Melbourne Arena.

The opening night of action also saw Brisbane Darts Masters Champion Damon Heta produce another superb performance to beat James Wade for the second time in a week.

Meanwhile, Raymond van Barneveld produced the performance of the day with a 106 average and 75% on his doubles as he brushed aside Haupai Puha.

Anderson booked his place in the last eight with a 6-0 whitewash win over James Bailey with the Scot averaging 96.97 on his way to the win.

The 48-year-old, who had to take time away from the sport earlier in the year with a back injury, is looking for his first individual title of 2019 and believes the form is starting to come back.

“It’s getting there. I had six months off and in the past I could just get right back into it.

"It has not turned out that way and it has been a hell of a difference.

"It’s going to be hard work I think, I need to get back into it. I know what I need to do.”

The win sets up a mouthwatering clash with world number one Van Gerwen after the World Champion overcame Tim Pusey 6-2.

The Dutchman has now gone seven PDC events without winning a title but will be hoping to end that run on Saturday night in front of a capacity crowd.

Premier League Champion Van Gerwen, who hit four maximum scores in the match, dominated the game for the majority and is relishing the prospect of another encounter with his old rival Anderson.

“Gary and I always have great games and I can’t afford to make any mistakes against him.

“I have not played my best but I just have to keep giving myself chances and doing the right things at the right moments.

“I am happy to get the win toady but now I have to focus on playing Gary.”

Defending Melbourne Darts Masters Champion Peter Wright will continue his quest to retain his title at the Melbourne Arena on Saturday after knocking out Corey Cadby in a 6-4 win.

Both players struggled to find form but it was Wright who took his chances early in the encounter.

Home-favourite Cadby battled back in to the match and missed a dart at tops to level at 5-5 and send it to a deciding leg before Wright pinned the same target to progress in to the last eight.

“Tonight was diabolical, I’m sorry and I don’t know what happened up there tonight but sometimes it just doesn’t go," said a frustrated Wright.

“I have to play Barney tomorrow and if I play anything like that then I won’t be the champion anymore.”

The Scot will resume his title defence against Van Barneveld, who began his final competitive tournament in Australia in style as he defeated Puha 6-1 with an average of 106.13 - the highest of the night.

“I felt really relaxed up there. I took a few days off after Brisbane to get my mind in the right place and it seemed to have worked.

“I have been doing it on the practice board and I always feel confident there but it’s nice to finally do it out on the stage."

The Dutch legend missed just two darts at doubles throughout the night and threw three 180s in his victory.

New Aussie sensation Heta picked up where he left off in Brisbane in emphatic style as he defeated James Wade 6-1 in their first round tie.

The pair met the week before where the eventual Champion Heta edged out Wade in a last leg decider, however this victory was far more comprehensive.

The 2019 Brisbane Darts Master averaged almost 100 as he put his English opponent to the sword to book his place in the quarter finals.

“Things just feel so good right now, I’m just in the moment and absolutely loving it,” said Heta after his win.

The 32-year-old ace will take on Rob Cross in the quarter-finals after the former World Champion beat Robbie King 6-2.

Home hero Simon Whitlock opened the evening’s play with a comprehensive 6-3 win over Mick Lacey.

A 97 average and three maximums were more than enough for the former World Championship finalist to book himself a spot in the last eight.

The Australian will face Daryl Gurney in the quarter-finals after he beat Kyle Anderson 6-3.

Gurney flew out of the blocks taking a 3-0 lead, averaging almost 120 before a fightback saw Anderson miss a dart to level at 4-4.

The former Grand Prix champion eventually made it over the line and was happy with the victory.

“I was pleased with the way I started so I was happy with that but it was my own fault that I let Kyle back in.

“I’m been working really hard at home and whilst i’ve been away so beating quality players shows the hard work is paying off.”

The 2019 Melbourne Darts Masters will conclude on Saturday as the remaining eight players battle it out for the title.

The final night of action will be broadcast live on Fox Sports across Australia and worldwide through the PDC's international broadcast partners, as well as through PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers (outside of the UK, Ireland & Netherlands).

UK TV coverage on ITV4 will be from 7pm BST.

2019 Melbourne Darts Masters
Draw Bracket
(1) Peter Wright v Corey Cadby
Raymond van Barneveld v Haupai Puha
(4) Michael van Gerwen v Tim Pusey
Gary Anderson v James Bailey
(2) Rob Cross v Robbie King
James Wade v Damon Heta
(3) Daryl Gurney v Kyle Anderson
Simon Whitlock v Mick Lacey

Schedule of Play
Friday, August 16
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Mick Lacey
Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Haupai Puha
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Kyle Anderson
Gary Anderson 6-0 James Bailey
Peter Wright 6-4 Corey Cadby
Damon Heta 6-1 James Wade
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Tim Pusey
Rob Cross 6-2 Robbie King
Best of 11 legs

Saturday, August 17
Quarter-Finals
Peter Wright v Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen v Gary Anderson
Rob Cross v Damon Heta
Daryl Gurney v Simon Whitlock

Semi-Finals
Final
All best of 15 legs

Melb Darts masters Draw

Peter Wright will begin the defence of his title against Corey Cadby after the draw was made for the 2019 Melbourne Darts Masters.
The PDC World Series of Darts' third visit to Melbourne will see 16 players in action from August 16-17 at the Melbourne Arena, with the clash between Wright and Cadby headlining Friday's opening night.
The pair have met twice before on the World Series stage, claiming a win each, while Wright got the better of the young Australian in their latest meeting at the 2017 Grand Slam of Darts.
Both players will be looking to put disappointing displays in Brisbane behind them, after Wright was knocked out in the first round by Kyle Anderson and Cadby also fell at the first hurdle against Gary Anderson.
New sensation Damon Heta will face James Wade in a replay of last weekend's first round encounter which Heta won 6-5 to kick-start an incredible run to the Brisbane title.
World number one Michael van Gerwen begins his quest for a first PDC title since May against Tim Pusey, while Gary Anderson will take on James Bailey.
Legendary Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld, competing in his penultimate World Series of Darts event, will be hoping for a second victory in as many weeks against New Zealander Haupai Puha.
Brisbane runner-up Rob Cross will take on TV debutant Robbie King, third seed Daryl Gurney meets Kyle Anderson and Simon Whitlock plays Mick Lacey in an all-Australian clash.
Friday's first round at the will be followed by the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final on Saturday.

For tickets, visit www.ticketek.com.au.

The Melbourne Darts Masters will be broadcast live on Fox Sports across Australia and worldwide through the PDC's international broadcast partners, as well as through PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers (outside of the UK, Ireland & Netherlands).

Coverage in the UK will be on ITV4 from 1900 BST on each night.

Written by Josh Phillips

2019 Melbourne Darts Masters
Draw Bracket
(1) Peter Wright v Corey Cadby
Raymond van Barneveld v Haupai Puha
(4) Michael van Gerwen v Tim Pusey
Gary Anderson v James Bailey
(2) Rob Cross v Robbie King
James Wade v Damon Heta
(3) Daryl Gurney v Kyle Anderson
Simon Whitlock v Mick Lacey

Schedule of Play
Friday, August 16
Simon Whitlock v Mick Lacey
Raymond van Barneveld v Haupai Puha
Daryl Gurney v Kyle Anderson
Gary Anderson v James Bailey
Peter Wright v Corey Cadby
James Wade v Damon Heta
Michael van Gerwen v Tim Pusey
Rob Cross v Robbie King
Best of 11 legs

Saturday, August 17
Quarter-Finals
Semi-Finals
Final
All best of 15 legs

'People better watch out'

Damon Heta is plotting an assault on the PDC tour after lifting his first televised title in Brisbane on Saturday.
Despite being a huge outsider at the start of the tournament, Heta sensationally swept through a star-studded field to become the first Australian to lift a World Series title in his home country on his 32nd birthday.
The Dart Players Australia number one is now looking ahead to a potential move over to the UK to attempt to win a Tour Card at Q-School with the ultimate aim of competing on the PDC ProTour.
"Hopefully I’ll be able to come over to the UK soon and when I do people better watch out,” said Heta, who has competed in six televised PDC events since his debut in Sydney in 2014.
"I know what I can do and how good I can be and in Brisbane I showed the world.
“I had to pinch myself just to make sure it was really happening. To do that in front of an Australian crowd was just unexplainable, it was amazing.
"I just grew throughout the whole tournament. I have been worked hard for that moment and it’s paid off in the end and I am just super stoked."
Heta will return to the big stage in the second of the trio of World Series events Down Under at the Melbourne Arena for the third staging of the Melbourne Darts Masters on August 16-17.

Limited tickets for the Melbourne Darts Masters are available at ticketek.com.au

The event will be broadcast live on Fox Sports across Australia and worldwide through the PDC's international broadcast partners, as well as through PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers (outside of the UK, Ireland & Netherlands).

Heta Shocks Cross to Claim Brisbane Title

The 2019 Brisbane Darts Masters in Association with Pirate Life came to a dramatic conclusion on Saturday night with Damon Heta defying the odds to claim a first PDC title, beating Rob Cross in a last leg decider at the BCEC.

Heta, who was celebrating his 32nd birthday, became the first Australian to make a final of a World Series event since Kyle Anderson and Corey Cadby contested the 2017 Auckland Darts Masters, and the first to do so in his home country.

Cross who had beaten World number one Michael van Gerwen in the previous year’s final improved his unbeaten record in Brisbane until clashing with the unfancied Heta in the decider.

The final began with Cross opening up a 3-1 lead including an 11-dart break of throw in the fourth for a two leg advantage.

Heta, then punished Cross for missing six darts at a double to break straight back before taking out his second 164 finish of the tournament to draw level.

The pair then traded throw until what seemed a crucial break came in the tenth leg with Cross taking out 90 on double 18 to go 6-4 ahead and within two legs of the title.

Heta, who tops the DPA’s Order of Merit, wasn’t done there though as he immediately broke back and held throw to level, to put the pressure back on Cross.

The former World Champion stood up to the test initially though as he held to go one leg closer to retaining his title but once again the Australian fought back to take it to a decider, despite facing a match-dart from Cross.

The final leg saw Heta eventually pin double 16 to claim what seemed an unlikely title and delight the crowd in Brisbane.

“It’s unexplainable. I have just grown throughout this whole tournament. I have worked hard for this and it’s paid off in the end and I am just super stoked,” said Heta after the final.

“I have got to pinch myself just to make sure it’s happening, I am lost for words. I know what I can do and how good I can be and today I showed the world.

“To do that in front of an Australian crowd was amazing and hopefully I’ll be able to come over to the UK soon and when I do people better watch out.”

The work began for Heta as he took on Gary Anderson, who had demolished fellow Australian Corey Cadby the night before.

Heta didn’t let reputation stand in his way though as he punished the Scot for missing a staggering 24 darts at doubles throughout the match to seal a 8-6 win and move in to the last four.

Another Australian waited in the semi’s after Simon Whitlock whitewashed Kyle Anderson in the opening match of the night to confirm his place in the last four.

Whitlock began the game by racing in to a 3-0 lead and looked most likely to make his first televised final since the 2018 European Championships. However, Heta fought back to secure the win and move in to the final with Rob Cross.

Earlier in the day Cross began his charge for a second consecutive title in Brisbane with an 8-4 win over Raymond van Barneveld in the quarter-final, averaging 95.

Cross’ semi-final opponent was Daryl Gurney, the man he beat at the same stage in the World Matchplay just two weeks before and the outcome was the same, with Cross running out an 8-3 winner on this occasion.

The semi-final clash saw Cross average 105 and hit 50% of his attempt at doubles, including a 170 finish to progress to the final against Heta.

Gurney had earlier defeated world number one Michael van Gerwen 8-5 to set up the semi-final encounter with eventual champion Cross.

Despite the loss Cross yet again showed his class and backed up his victory at the World Matchplay with a run to the final in Australia.

“I’ve played well this week and been feeling good since Blackpool but fair play to Damon he deserved it tonight.

“I had my chances but that means nothing if you don’t take them so I just have to say well done to Damon and prepare myself for Melbourne.”

The day belonged to Damon Heta though as the man from Perth secured his first televised PDC title in style and with that putting Australian darts firmly on the map.

The fourth World Series event of 2019 and the second of the tour Down Under will see some of the world’s best players head to the Melbourne arena for the third staging of the Melbourne Darts Masters on August 16-17.

Limited tickets for the Melbourne Darts Masters are available at Ticketek.com.au.

The event will be broadcast live on Fox Sports across Australia and worldwide through the PDC's international broadcast partners, as well as through PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers (outside of the UK, Ireland & Netherlands).

UK TV coverage on ITV4 will be from 7pm BST.

2019 Brisbane Darts Masters, in association with Pirate Life
Friday August 9
First Round
Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 Haupai Puha
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Koha Kokiri
Damon Heta 6-5 James Wade
Simon Whitlock 6-1 Brendon McCausland
Rob Cross 6-5 James Bailey
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Ben Robb
Gary Anderson 6-1 Corey Cadby
Kyle Anderson 6-5 Peter Wright

Saturday August 10 (1900 local time)
Quarter-Finals
Simon Whitlock 8-0 Kyle Anderson
Damon Heta 8-6 Gary Anderson
Rob Cross 8-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Daryl Gurney 8-5 Michael van Gerwen

Semi-Finals
Damon Heta 8-6 Simon Whitlock
Rob Cross 8-3 Daryl Gurney

Final
Damon Heta 8-7 Rob Cross
All best of 15 legs

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