DAY ONE of the Brisbane Darts Masters in association with Pirate Life saw Kyle Anderson upset the odds to set up an all Australian quarter final with Simon Whitlock, after he survived five match darts to beat Peter Wright.
The night also saw Damon Heta defeat James Wade and Gary Anderson cruise past Corey Cadby.
Kyle Anderson raced in to a 3-0 lead taking out 110, and 156 as Wright struggled to find his form.
The Scot then fought back winning five of the next six legs to move within a leg of the match as the night drew to a close in Brisbane.
Wright would go on to miss five match-darts before Anderson pinned double 16 to claim a huge victory and set up another World Series clash with Simon Whitlock, who secured a comfortable 6-1 victory over Brendan McCausland earlier in the night.
“That’s a great win for me tonight. I started really well and nearly let it slip away but I kept focused and got the job done.
“Everyone knows what goes on between me and Simon and we will both be ready to put on another good game,” said Anderson after the match.
Damon Heta also caused a shock on day one of the 2019 Brisbane Darts Masters, after knocking out the 2018 World Series Finals winner James Wade in a last leg decider.
A massive 164 finish in leg ten with Wade throwing for the match and left on tops was the turning point of a game that could have gone either way.
The pair were level after four legs but Heta could easily have been 4-0 up. However, after missing a total of 15 darts at doubles the Australian found himself at 2-2.
Wade then broke the throw before eventually opening up a 5-3 lead and looked set to book himself a place in the quarter-final
Heta put the pressure back on his opponent with a solid hold of throw, before a remarkable 164 finish levelled the match at 5-5 and gave the 31-year-old from Perth the chance to throw for the match.
Despite missing a total of 27 darts at a double Heta eventually got over the line but the Australian doesn’t believe he is done just yet.
“I have put the hours in and I think the world is my oyster and I am just going to go for it.
There’s no two ways about it, I consider myself a chance against anyone.
“At the moment I feel like I am playing well and I think there’s more to come,” said a confident Heta.
Defending champions Rob Cross had to survive a huge scare as he came from 4-2 down to defeat James Bailey in a last leg decider, taking out 110 to seal the win.
Cross, who paid the price for missing 21 darts at a double throughout the match could have been home a lot earlier but every time he missed Bailey moved in to punish the former World Champion.
A dramatic final leg saw the Englishman take out 110 on double 16 to progress.
Despite those misses Cross still averaged over 101 for the match and will face Raymond van Barneveld in the last eight, after the five-time World Champion began his final competitive trip to Australia with a 6-2 win over New Zealand World Cup star Haupai Puha.
The Dutch legend averaged 90, mainly due to a poor start to the game where he found doubles hard to find but eventually got over the line and secured his place in the last eight.
“It’s been a whilst since I’ve been on stage and I started a bit slowly but for me I’m happy with the win and I’m really happy to be here in Australia,” said Van Barneveld after the win.
Gary Anderson put Corey Cadby to the sword, beating the young Australian 6-1 in Brisbane and set up a quarter final match with Heta in the process.
Cadby opened the game by holding throw but that was as good as it got for the 24-year-old as Anderson kicked in to gear and won the following six legs.
The Scot averaged 101.68 during an impressive performance against a man many tipped to cause the two-time World Champion problems.
“The back feels good, the arm feels good and I’m practicing really well.
“The first leg was poor from me which was strange because I was hitting 180’s for fun in the practice room, but I managed to find the form in the end,” concluded Anderson.
World number one, Michael van Gerwen made light work of Ben Robb, running out a 6-0 winner.
The World Champion was in control of the match from the start and dictated the flow of the match throughout.
Van Gerwen will be looking to put the disappointment of last month’s early exit from the World Matchplay by claiming yet another World Series title.
“I made a few mistakes but to be fair I can’t really complain because I won 6-0 and that’s all you can do.
“I played with confidence and that is good so now I have to get ready for tomorrow against Daryl,” offered the 30-year-old after his whitewash win.
Daryl Gurney will be looking to stop the Dutchman after survived a late mini comeback from Koha Kokiri, to confirm his place in the quarter-finals of the 2019 Brisbane Darts Masters with a 6-4 victory.
With Gurney leading the encounter 5-2, the Northern Irishman missed four match-darts to give Kokiri hope.
The Australian then won back-to-back legs to put the pressure on his opponent but Gurney managed to hold throw and progress.
“I started really well but got a bit nervous and let him back in so I’m just pleased to get over the line,” offered Gurney after his victory.
The 2019 Brisbane Darts Masters will conclude on Saturday as the remaining eight players will do battle before a winner is eventually crowned.
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.
Friday, August 9
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
Best of 11 legs
Schedule of Play
Saturday, August 10
Kyle Anderson v Simon Whitlock
Damon Heta v Gary Anderson
Rob Cross v Raymond van Barneveld
Daryl Gurney v Michael van Gerwen
All best of 15 legs