Corey Cadby sealed a spot in the semi-finals of the Auckland Darts Masters, presented by TAB & Burger King, beating Michael Smith on a night that also saw Phil Taylor progress into the last four.
Cadby, appearing in his third World Series event, averaged 100.17 as he comfortably defeated Michael Smith 10-5 at The Trusts Arena in Auckland.
The match started with Cadby setting an early marker as he raced in to a 5-1 lead.
Five consecutive breaks of throw then followed as Smith eventually closed the gap on his opponent to just two legs, with the score at 7-5.
Smith was then unable to put any significant pressure on his opponent as the young Australian claimed the next three legs to set up a semi-final clash with Phil Taylor.
Cadby, who ended Phil Taylor’s unbeaten run in Australia at the Perth Darts Masters last year, spoke of his admiration for ‘The Power’ after the match.
“He’s one of the best the game has ever seen. He’s beaten me before and I’ve beaten him, so this should be one hell of a game.
“I need to prepare properly but I’m really excited and can’t wait to get going tomorrow. I came to win so let’s see what we can do.”
Earlier, Phil Taylor had to survive three match darts and needed a last leg decider to beat Raymond van Barneveld and progress to the 2017 Auckland Darts Masters semi-finals.
The early stages of the clash saw Van Barneveld take out finishes of116 and 121 in the opening five legs of the match as he took a 3-2 lead in to the first break.
Taylor then responded to level the score at 3-3 with a break of throw on double eight before the Dutchman found tops in the subsequent two legs to move two clear of Taylor.
Three consecutive legs followed for the Englishman as he took a 6-5 advantage and took the lead for the first time since the third leg.
Van Barneveld responded, winning four of the next five legs to move within one of a place in the semi-finals.
A hold of throw followed for Taylor to put the pressure on Van Barneveld, who was unable to respond as he missed the first of three-match darts, with Taylor then pinning double ten to take the match to a deciding leg.
Two more match-darts came and went for the Dutchman in the decider as Taylor then took out 91 on double 16 to move in to the last four.
“We’ve had some great clashes over the years, me and Barney,” Said Taylor.
“I still love this sport, I know it’s coming to an end for me but it still means a lot to win matches like that.
“I feel so relaxed and am just trying to enjoy as much of it as I can before I call it a day.” Added the 16-time World Champion.
James Wade progressed in to the semi-final of the 2017 Auckland Darts Masters by beating Daryl Gurney 10-7.
The pair traded holds of throw until the seventh leg of the encounter where Gurney made the first breakthrough, taking out 100 on double ten.
With Gurney seemingly in control, Wade then strung together a sequence of five consecutive legs, including a 124 finish to move 8-4 clear of his opponent.
Gurney then battled back and closed the gap to a single leg once again before Wade put in a 14-dart break of throw to move within a leg of the win.
Another 14-dart leg followed for ‘The Machine’ as he sealed the victory with an average of 100.75.
“That was a bit of the old James Wade magic, important checkouts and some solid scoring,” said Wade.
“He’s disappointed with how he played there but he’s got a massive future and has loads of chances to win tournaments in the future.” Added the 34-year-old.
Wade will face Kyle Anderson in Sunday’s final day of action at the Auckland Darts Masters as he came from 4-1 down to beat Simon Whitlock in a last leg decider.
The Australian number one raced in to a commanding position as his fellow countryman struggled to find consistency on his double attempts.
With the score at 4-1 coming out of the first break, Anderson began his fightback taking four of the next five legs to level the score at 5-5.
A hold of throw followed by a 91 checkout on double nine for another break to move Whitlock clear again.
The 13th leg saw Whitlock miss a dart to go 8-5 ahead before Anderson pinned double four to break back and eventually level the score again on tops in the next leg.
Anderson, who won his first PDC title a week earlier then took the lead of the first time in the match, breaking the throw on double six for an 8-7 lead.
The man from Perth was unable to double the advantage though, missing six darts in the next leg to hold throw, allowing Whitlock to break again and level the score.
Two holds of throw followed to take the match to a decider, where a 14-dart leg was enough for Anderson to break the throw and move in to the last four.
“The pressure was on there and I’m glad I was able to get over the line.
“Simon was too good for me at the Matchplay so it was really important to show everyone what I can do tonight.
“It wasn’t perfect but I got the job done.” Said Anderson after his victory.
Auckland Darts Masters, presented by TAB & Burger King
Saturday August 12 (7pm local time)
James Wade 10-7 Daryl Gurney
Kyle Anderson 10-9 Simon Whitlock
Phil Taylor 10-9 Raymond van Barneveld
Corey Cadby 10-5 Michael Smith
All games best of 19 legs
Sunday August 13 (6pm local time)
Kyle Anderson v James Wade
Corey Cadby v Phil Taylor