Day 2 event 28 harrow grand masters

Event 28 was held on Saturday at the Canberra Labor Club with GG Mathers of Team Rebel defeating Mal Cuming in the final to break a streak of three losing finals.
The depth of Australian darts was again demonstrated by the names in the quarter final of event 28 with five of them former World Series of Darts players, and six of them former DPA Pro Tour event winners. The quarter final matches saw Damon Heta defeat John Bunyard 6-1, GG Mathers defeat Brody Klinge 6-4, Rhys Mathewson victorious, 6-3 over James Bailey, and Mal Cuming win 6-5 over Robbie King.
Mal Cuming broke Mathewson in the second leg of his semi final and then hit 140, 180 and 131 to leave 50 to hold throw and got it on his next visit to go three legs up. Cuming then converted 52 to go 4-0 up. He then checked out his own throw with a 101 finish to go 5-0 up. Mathewson then held throw before two visits over 100 gave Cuming the upper hand in the seventh leg, a 177 leaving 24 which he failed to convert on his next visit. Both players failed to convert their chances until Mathewson grabbed a break back. It was to be his last leg though as Cuming broke the throw of his opponent at the next attempt to win 6-2.
Throwing a 168 to leave 20 GG Mathers was able to break Damon Heta in the second leg of his semi final match to move two legs up. Three 140 visit in a row set up Heta to break straight back and despite a 49 visit he hit double 16 the visit after that to draw within a leg of his opponent, and move the match back to on throw. He then held throw to move the match back into parity. Mathers then averaged 107 for the next leg to hold throw and move to a 3-2 lead. Mathers then broke the throw of Heta once more to go 4-2 and a maximum on his second visit of the next leg gave him a great chance to hold throw and he eventually made the most of it to lead 5-2. Visits of 140 and 121 then gave Mathers the darts in the eighth leg and a 150 visit left him requiring 32 and two darts later he was into final, winning 6-2 as well.
Cuming missed the chance to take an early break and a double 18 gave Mathers the opening leg. Visits of 137 and 136 gave Mathers the upper hand in the next leg but a 177 left Cuming requiring 100 to hold throw, with a 115 leaving Mathers on 72. Cuming left tops at his next visit but did not get another shot at it as Mathers converted when he hit the oche to take the break and lead 2-0.
Leg three saw a 171 move Cuming to 170 and with Mathers on 120 he hit the first two but missed the bull for the leg. With Mathers leaving 72 Cuming hit the required 25 with last dart in hand to break straight back. Mathers then opened with a maximum on the Cuming throw but three consecutive ton plus visits from Cuming left him needing 161. 118 left him on 42 as Mathers left tops. Cuming missed out at his next visit but Mathers did not punish him and Cuming collected the required score to move the match all square after four legs. The next leg saw Cuming with an outside chance after Mathers missed tops but he could only leave the same as Mathers finally held his throw.
A 137 from Mathers was then responded to with a maximum from Cuming. Mathers had first shot at a check out with a 167 and had a minimum of six darts to take the break. He could not get it inside the six darts and a 136 check out from Cuming was a big blow to the Queenslander. Even so the match was still on throw but he started slowly on throw in the next leg, although a 134 at the third visit helped. Cuming was unable to convert 141 but requiring 74 Mathers left 20 and with an 84 check out Cuming broke again to lead 4-3.
Both players hit 140’s in the next leg before a maximum from Mathers left him needing 81 and despite not converting at the first attempt was so far ahead he had another shot at it. He then missed again, leaving five, but he finally put the match back to parity in two darts. On throw Mathers moved well ahead and a double ten gave him the ninth leg, although he had plenty of missed chances to put the leg away earlier. A 49 opening form Cuming was punished by Mathers with a 139 visit and a maximum visit at his next time at the oche moved Mathers close to a 6-4 victory. Mathers could not convert over the next two legs the required 48, leaving Cummins a chance at 88. He missed and finally Mathers converted to win the match 6-4.
Mathers was pleased that despite some poor finishing he was able to take out the win. “It was good to finally win as I have made four finals over the last two tour weekends but I know that if I get back on top of my check outs, especially tops, then I can win even more regularly.”