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Official invites for Smith and Heta

The PDC have confirmed overnight official invites for Damon Heta and Raymond Smith at the World Series finals in Vienna 3 days after the Oceanic Masters

The pair will depart Wednesday for Austria and play Friday evening local time

Congratulations to two of Australia's best on this great achievement

This event will be shown live here in Australia with our partners Fox Sports

More information on the upcoming World Series of Darts to follow shortly

2018 Unibet World Grand Prix Day One

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN, Gary Anderson, Raymond van Barneveld and Daryl Gurney all progressed to the second round of the Unibet World Grand Prix as the double-start tournament began in Dublin on Sunday.
Two-time runner-up Raymond van Barneveld came closest to a shock early exit at the Citywest Convention Centre, and had to pull out a vintage 164 finish on his way to a 2-1 win over debutant Ricky Evans.
With Evans poised on 32 to go 2-0 up in the deciding set, the five-time World Champion produced the breath-taking checkout to level the tie and never looked back as he began his charge for the £100,000 top prize
"Form is temporary, but class is permanent," said Van Barneveld, who reached the quarter-finals in 2017.
"Of course, Ricky is always a fast player, I've known him for many years and the way he came back in the second set was amazing.
"Before the match I practiced for three hours on double 16 but I just couldn't find it on the stage. Hopefully it will start going in in the next round and I can build from here."
Van Barneveld will take on Dave Chisnall in the second round, after the former finalist hit four maximums in his 2-0 triumph over German number one Max Hopp.
Three-time winner Van Gerwen was at his relentless best in his whitewash 2-0 win over emerging Irishman Steve Lennon.
The world number one famously crashed out to John Henderson at the first round stage last year, but avoided a repeat performance as he missed just one dart at a finishing double.
"At least I won my first round game this year!" said Van Gerwen, who enjoyed his first win in a televised ranking event since the World Championship.
"It was a strange game because my scoring wasn't great but my doubling was pretty good which is a good sign.
"I'm always doing my best but I'm only human. The performances are there and I'm sure the wins will come."
Van Gerwen - the 11/10 favourite with sponsors Unibet - will now take on Darren Webster, who tasted victory on the Citywest stage for the first time in his 2-0 demolition of Stephen Bunting.
Like the two-time World Champion, Webster also won every leg and produced an impressive 98.02 average, the highest of the opening night.
Reigning champion Gurney produced an authoritative performance to see off Henderson 2-0 in a repeat of last year's semi-final.
The Northern Irishman missed just three darts at a finishing double in a clinical display, and admitted it was a relief to get over the first hurdle.
"I'm very happy to get through because John is a top player," said Gurney.
"It was a relief to get through that game because I was nervous heading into the match but I managed to settle myself down and get the job done.
"No matter what tournament you play in, whether you're the reigning champion or not, you never want to go out in the first round so I'm pleased with how tonight went."
Former finalist Anderson began his quest for a fifth televised title of the year with a comfortable 2-0 win over Jonny Clayton.
The two-time World Champion never allowed Clayton into the contest, restricting the Welshman to just four darts at double, as he set up a last 16 tie with Jeffrey de Zwaan.
Exciting Dutch youngster De Zwaan continued the form that saw him reach the semi-finals of the World Matchplay in July with a convincing 2-0 win over Kim Huybrechts on his World Grand Prix debut.
The Dutch youngster averaged just under a ton, piling in four 180s and ending the match with a clinical 50% checkout success rate in the opening game of the evening.
De Zwaan's fellow Dutchman Ron Meulenkamp caused the first upset of this year's tournament with a 2-1 victory over hotly-tipped world number 15 Joe Cullen.
Meulenkamp whitewashed Cullen to go a set up before the Yorkshireman fought back to level.
Cullen missed two darts to take a 2-1 lead in the third set and was punished by the Dublin debutant as the left-hander moved through to take on Gurney.
The Unibet World Grand Prix continues on Monday with eight more first round games, which will be broadcast live on Sky Sports and worldwide through the PDC's series of international broadcast partners, as well as at PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers.
The remaining first round ties include the eagerly-awaited clashes between number seven seed Mensur Suljovic and two-time champion James Wade, and Michael Smith's contest with Adrian Lewis.
Following the opening night, Van Gerwen is Unibet's 11/10 favourite to claim the £100,000 title at the Citywest Convention Centre on Saturday night, ahead of 9/2 second favourite Anderson.
World number two Peter Wright (7/1), World Champion Rob Cross (9/1) and Mensur Suljovic (18/1) also feature strongly in the betting ahead of Gurney, who is rated at 25/1 to retain his title.
Unibet World Grand Prix
Sunday September 30
First Round
Jeffrey de Zwaan 2-0 Kim Huybrechts
Ron Meulenkamp 2-1 Joe Cullen
Darren Webster 2-0 Stephen Bunting
Raymond van Barneveld 2-1 Ricky Evans
Dave Chisnall 2-0 Max Hopp
Daryl Gurney 2-0 John Henderson
Michael van Gerwen 2-0 Steve Lennon
Gary Anderson 2-0 Jonny Clayton
Monday October 1 (7pm)
First Round
Jermaine Wattimena v Mervyn King
Josh Payne v Ian White
Danny Noppert v Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright v Steve West
Rob Cross v Steve Beaton
Mensur Suljovic v James Wade
Simon Whitlock v James Wilson
Michael Smith v Adrian Lewis
Unibet World Grand Prix Odds
Outright Winner
Michael Van Gerwen 11/10 (from 13/10)
Gary Anderson 9/2 (from 6/1)
Peter Wright 7/1
Rob Cross 9/1
Mensur Suljovic 18/1
Daryl Gurney 25/1 from 33s
Michael Smith 28/1
40/1 Bar
Unibet World Grand Prix - Day Two Matches
19/20 Jermaine Wattimena v Mervyn King 17/20
2/1 Josh Payne v Ian White 2/5
6/4 Danny Noppert v Gerwyn Price 1/2
3/10 Peter Wright v Steve West 11/5
3/10 Rob Cross v Steve Beaton 11/5
1/2 Mensur Suljovic v James Wade 6/4
1/2 Simon Whitlock v James Wilson 6/4
4/5 Michael Smith v Adrian Lewis Evens

2018 Dutch Darts Championship Day One

ARRON MONK, Kevin Painter and Kyle Anderson all claimed victories in round one of the Dutch Darts Championship, as the European Tour event began in Maastricht on Friday.

Former World Youth champion Monk struck two ton-plus checkouts to see off former World Grand Prix champion Robert Thornton and progress to the second round of the weekend's £135,000 event.

Monk, who was making his second European Tour appearance of the year, found himself 2-0 down before landing finishes of 118 and 122 to level the tie.

The pair exchanged legs to make it 3-3 before Monk rattled off the next three legs, pinning double ten to wrap up a vital win in the 28-year-old's career.
"I've always known I've had the ability, I just have to show it more often," said Monk, who won back his Tour Card at the start of the year.

"I always go into every game thinking 'you can't beat me' and today it turned out that way, it's been coming.

"If I put as much practice in as the other guys I know I can compete with them regularly like I did today."
Former Players Championship Finals winner Kevin Painter enjoyed a winning return to European Tour action as he battled to a 6-5 triumph over Vincent van der Voort, with the Dutchman missing two match darts.

Austria's Rowby-John Rodriguez produced the performance of the day, averaging 100.71 in his 6-3 victory over Robert Marijanovic, though brother Rusty-Jake Rodriguez went down 6-2 to Ross Smith, while Kyle Anderson recorded the only whitewash of the day with a 6-0 win over Christian Bunse.

Barrie Bates rolled back the years to defeat Dutch favourite Jelle Klaasen and claim a first ever European Tour win, while Ryan Searle also enjoyed his first victory on the continent, overcoming Andy Boulton 6-3.
Jeffrey de Graaf was the only Dutchman to book his place in Saturday's action thanks to a 6-5 win over Paul Nicholson.

Jan Dekker, Dirk van Duijvenbode and World Matchplay semi-finalist Jeffrey de Zwaan all suffered defeats on home soil at the hands of Ricky Evans, Josh Payne and Wayne Jones respectively.

Last weekend's German Darts Championship runner-up James Wilson lost 6-4 Cristo Reyes, though Reyes' fellow-Spaniard Toni Alcinas was defeated 6-3 by Lithuania's Darius Labanauskas.

European Matchplay finalist William O'Connor picked up a 6-2 victory over Karel Sedlacek, who became the first Czech player to compete on the European Tour.

Darren Johnson beat Kevin Munch 6-4 in the opening game of the day, while Ritchie Edhouse ground out his first European Tour win in over two years with a 6-4 success over Canada's Dawson Murschell.

Saturday's second round action sees the 16 seeded players enter the tournament, with coverage to be streamed from 1.15pm and 7.15pm local time.

The Dutch Darts Championship will be broadcast throughout the weekend for PDCTV-HD Subscribers, and through a series of bookmakers' websites worldwide.

2018 Dutch Darts Championship
Schedule of Play
Friday September 7
First Round
Afternoon Session (1pm local time, 12pm BST)
Darren Johnson 6-4 Kevin Munch
William O'Connor 6-2 Karel Sedlacek
Barrie Bates 6-3 Jelle Klaasen
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-3 Robert Marijanovic
Ryan Searle 6-3 Andy Boulton
Ricky Evans 6-3 Jan Dekker
Darius Labanauskas 6-3 Toni Alcinas
Josh Payne 6-3 Dirk van Duijvenbode

Evening Session (7.15pm local time, 6.15pm BST)
Wayne Jones 6-2 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Jeffrey de Graaf 6-5 Paul Nicholson
Ritchie Edhouse 6-4 Dawson Murschell
Kevin Painter 6-5 Vincent van der Voort
Ross Smith 6-2 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Arron Monk 6-3 Robert Thornton
Kyle Anderson 6-0 Christian Bunse
Cristo Reyes 6-4 James Wilson

Saturday September 8
Second Round
Afternoon Session (1pm local time, 12pm BST)
Steve West v Ricky Evans
Mervyn King v Darius Labanauskas
Dave Chisnall v Rowby-John Rodriguez
Joe Cullen v Barrie Bates
Darren Webster v Josh Payne
Gerwyn Price v Darren Johnson
Stephen Bunting v Jeffrey de Graaf
Adrian Lewis v Wayne Jones

Evening Session (7.15pm local time, 6.15pm BST)
Max Hopp v Ross Smith
Ian White v Arron Monk
James Wade v Ritchie Edhouse
Daryl Gurney v Ryan Searle
Peter Wright v Kevin Painter
Michael van Gerwen v William O'Connor
Jonny Clayton v Kyle Anderson
Simon Whitlock v Cristo Reyes

Sunday September 9
Afternoon Session (1pm local time, 12pm BST)
Third Round

Evening Session (7.15pm local time, 6.15pm BST)
Quarter-Finals
Semi-Finals
Final

Day 3 Harrows Pro Tour Book Hotel Brisbane

The final day of the Harrows Pro Tour concludes today at the Brook Hotel Brisbane
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Day 2 Harrows Pro Tour Book Hotel Brisbane

The Harrows Pro Tour continues this weekend at the Brook Hotel in brisbane Stay tuned to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest news and results

Smith Seals World Championship Spot

RAYMOND SMITH has secured a debut at the William Hill World Darts Championship from the DPA Australian Pro Tour rankings.

Smith, who impressed at the Brisbane Darts Masters last month, secured an unassailable lead at the top of the DPA Order of Merit by winning Friday's opening event of the season's final weekend.

Smith overcame fellow Queenslander Gordon Mathers 6-2 in Friday's final, having also seen off Rob Modra and Laurie Loch in the final stages.

The weekend at the Brook Hotel in Brisbane continues on Saturday and Sunday with Events 17 and 18 to complete the DPA's Harrows Pro Tour season.

DPA Harrows Pro Tour
Event 16, Brisbane
Quarter-Finals
Raymond Smith 6-3 Rob Modra
Laurie Loch 6-4 Bill Aitken
Gordon Mathers 6-2 Stuart Leach
Mike Bonser 6-5 Robbie King

Semi-Finals
Raymond Smith 6-5 Laurie Loch
Gordon Mathers 6-4 Mike Bonser

Final
Raymond Smith 6-2 Gordon Mathers

Harrows Pro Tour Brook hotel

The Harrows Pro Tour continues this weekend at the Brook Hotel in brisbane
Stay tuned to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest news and results

Brook Hotel Brisbane
Pro Tour #16
Friday 7th September 2018
Knockout

Board 1
Zinzan Culshaw/Declan Bailey v Jack Devries
Greg Walsh v Raymond Smith

Board 2
Corey Naumann/Rob Modra v Simon Black
Raymond Hannah v Alex Evans

Board 3
Steve McArthur/Laurie Loch v Mick Anderson
Mick Lacey v Jamie Suckling

Board 4
Bill Aitken v Jakim Dickson
Anton Soc v Tim Pusey

Board 5
Jen Lange v Willy Kimura
Gordon-Glen Mathers v Jordon Ford

Board 6
Brendan McCausland v James Bailey
Steve Duke Jnr v Stuart Leach

Board 7
Anthony Baker v Amanda Loch
Christopher Rowe v Robbie King

Board 8
Nathan Walsh v Andrew Eagers
Jamie Rea v Mike Bonser

Players in Attendance – 35
Corey Naumann
Simon Black
Jen Lange
Jamie Suckling
Jakim Dickson
Alex Evans
Christopher Rowe
Laurie Loch
Amanda Loch
Mike Bonser
Bill Aitken
Mick Anderson
Jordon Ford
Raymond Hannah
Brendan McCausland
Willy Kimura
Greg Walsh
Raymond Smith
Steve Duke Jnr.
Tim Pusey
Stuart Leach
James Bailey
Declan Bailey
Andrew Eagers
Jack Devries
Robbie King
Jamie Rea
Steve McArthur
Gordon-Glen Mathers
Anton Soc
Zinzan Culshaw
Mick Lacey
Rob Modra
Nathan Walsh

New Format & Prize Fund For Coral UK Open

Image courtesy Chris Dean/PDC

THE Coral UK Open will enjoy a huge change in format for 2019 and a prize fund boost to £450,000, with all PDC Tour Card Holders guaranteed a place in an expanded 160-player field for the event as they compete for a £100,000 first prize.

In the biggest move since the tournament was introduced in 2003, the PDC will be abolishing the UK Open Qualifiers for professional players which had previously been used to determine 96 qualifiers.

All 128 Tour Card Holders will now be invited straight into the UK Open from 2019 onwards, with the field complemented by 16 Rileys Amateur Qualifiers and 16 qualifiers from the 2018 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour Order of Merit.

The UK Open's unique open draw format will remain in place, with the Tour Card Holders being exempt from the early rounds based on their PDC ranking.
Play will again be across eight stages simultaneously at the Butlin's Minehead Resort from March 1-3, with the action culminating with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final on the main stage on Sunday.

The UK Open's top prize will increase to tournament record £100,000 in 2019, with a total prize fund of £450,000 on offer and being paid down to the last 96.

"We're always looking at ways to enhance the value of securing a PDC Tour Card, and this is both an important and exciting development for players," said PDC Chief Executive Matthew Porter.

"The UK Open is a real favourite with both players, fans and television viewers and will still retain the unique combination of amateur qualifiers and professional stars.

"The change will be accompanied by an increased prize fund of £450,000 and also allows the expansion of the ProTour circuit to include more Players Championship events for professionals to compete in.

"Following the recent expansion of the William Hill World Darts Championship, this is another positive development for players ahead of our forthcoming 2019 PDC calendar announcement."

PDPA Chief Executive Alan Warriner-Little said: "The PDC circuit continues to improve and The PDPA gives its full support to these innovative and exiting changes to the UK Open, which can only be of benefit to our players and the game as a whole.

"This 17th year of the UK Open now gives all of our Tour Card Holders and top Associate Members a new challenge and opportunity whilst continuing to give amateur players the chance the fulfil their ambitions in ‘The FA Cup of Darts’."
Eight events remain to be played across two weekends on the 2018 Challenge Tour circuit on September 8-9 and November 10-11, with the top two players from the final Order of Merit claiming a PDC Tour Card.

Following the 2019 PDC Qualifying School, the next 16 ranked non-Tour Card Holders from the final 2018 Challenge Tour Order of Merit will be invited to compete in the UK Open.

Two Players Championship weekends will replace the UK Open Qualifiers on the 2019 PDC calendar ahead of the cut-off for professional players' exemptions for the UK Open draw.

Butlin's Weekend Break Packages, which include tickets for all six sessions of darts plus accommodation at the Butlin's Minehead Resort can be booked through bigweekends.com.

Van Gerwen Wins German Darts Championship

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN claimed his seventh European Tour title of the year as he defeated James Wilson 8-6 in the final of the German Darts Championship in Hildesheim on Sunday.

The world number one lost just seven legs over the course of the weekend, backing up July's European Darts Matchplay with another crown to continue his dominance on the European Tour in 2018.

The £135,000 tournament at Halle 39 saw runner-up Wilson reach his first ever European Tour final, but Van Gerwen proved just too strong in the final, landing ton-plus checkouts of 154 and 118 to clinch the £25,000 prize.

Van Gerwen was at his unstoppable best, hitting a 103.56 tournament average across the weekend which began with a 6-0 rout of Cristo Reyes in round two.

The two-time World Champion made it back-to-back whitewashes against German crowd favourite Martin Schindler in the last 16 before dropping his one and only leg en route to the final in his 6-1 win over Dave Chisnall.

Van Gerwen then made it a hat-trick of whitewashes with a 7-0 triumph over Joe Cullen to reach the final.

"It's hard to perform at a high standard every week but I'm happy with how I played this weekend," said Van Gerwen.

"I didn't make too many mistakes which is always pleasing and I loved playing in front of this great crowd.

"I think 17 tournament wins so far this year isn't bad!

"There are so many tournaments coming ahead and I want to win every one of them. I'm going to be at it non-stop until the end of the year."

The Dutch ace raced out of the blocks into a 3-0 lead before Wilson tidied up 44 to notch his first leg on the board.

Wilson wired double 16 for a break of throw before clinical Van Gerwen stepped up to land magnificent 118 and 154 checkouts in back-to-back legs to open up a commanding 5-1 lead.

However, the Yorkshireman never gave up and clawed his way back into contention at 3-5 down, only for Van Gerwen to reassert his dominance and move within a leg of the title at 7-3.

Once again, Wilson refused to go down without a fight and found himself dreaming of the impossible after rattling off three successive legs thanks to some brilliant finishing under pressure.

Van Gerwen ended Wilson's hopes with an outstanding 11-dart leg to lift the German Darts Championship for a second time.

Wilson's impressive run to his third PDC ranking final saw the Huddersfield thrower record impressive victories over Jermaine Wattimena, Jonny Clayton, Robert Thornton, Ron Meulenkamp and Mensur Suljovic.

The Hildesheim event was also a significant one for Meulenkamp, who continued his progress to reach a second quarter-final on the continent this year.

2018 German Darts Championship
Friday August 31
First Round
Afternoon Session
Josh Payne 6-3 Andy Boulton
Mark Webster 6-5 Ted Evetts
Kyle Anderson 6-4 Lee Bryant
Darren Johnson 6-0 Christopher Hänsch
Jan Dekker 6-3 Darius Labanauskas
Ron Meulenkamp 6-2 Richard North
Andrew Gilding 6-2 Max Hopp
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-4 Vincent van der Voort

Evening Session
Martin Schindler 6-4 Justin Pipe
Michael Rasztovits 6-4 David Pallett
James Wilson 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Adrian Lewis 6-5 Toni Alcinas
Terry Jenkins 6-3 Ross Smith
Robert Thornton 6-5 Robert Marijanovic
Ricky Evans 6-3 Danny Noppert
Cristo Reyes 6-3 Nico Blum

Saturday September 1
Second Round
Afternoon Session
Dave Chisnall 6-0 Mark Webster
Jan Dekker 6-4 Gerwyn Price
Ron Meulenkamp 6-5 Stephen Bunting
Joe Cullen 6-4 Josh Payne
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Darren Johnson
Michael Smith 6-1 Krzysztof Ratajski
Martin Schindler 6-2 Steve Beaton
Michael Rasztovits 6-3 Simon Whitlock

Evening Session
Darren Webster 6-2 Ricky Evans
James Wilson 6-5 Jonny Clayton
Robert Thornton 6-3 James Wade
Rob Cross 6-5 Kyle Anderson
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Andrew Gilding
Adrian Lewis 6-5 Mervyn King
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Cristo Reyes
Terry Jenkins 6-5 Ian White

Sunday September 2
Third Round
Afternoon Session
Rob Cross 6-4 Michael Rasztovits
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Darren Webster
James Wilson 6-3 Robert Thornton
Ron Meulenkamp 6-4 Michael Smith
Adrian Lewis 6-5 Daryl Gurney
Joe Cullen 6-5 Jan Dekker
Dave Chisnall 6-4 Terry Jenkins
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Martin Schindler

Evening Session
Quarter-Finals
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Rob Cross
James Wilson 6-2 Ron Meulenkamp
Joe Cullen 6-1 Adrian Lewis
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Dave Chisnall

Semi-Finals
James Wilson 7-4 Mensur Suljovic
Michael van Gerwen 7-0 Joe Cullen

Final

2018 German Darts Championship Day Two

DAVE CHISNALL smashed the record European Tour average in his emphatic 6-0 whitewash win over Mark Webster in round two of the German Darts Championship in Hildesheim on Saturday.
The St Helens ace posted a magnificent 118.66 average, firing in five 180s and missing just five attempts at double as he began his quest to win the £135,000 event.
Chisnall surpassed the previous record European Tour average of 117.94 which was hit by Michael van Gerwen against Gary Anderson in the final of the 2015 German Darts Championship, and he will now face Terry Jenkins in the last 16 on Sunday afternoon.
"Sometimes, you have days where everything goes how you want it to," said Chisnall.
"Today was one of those days for me where everything was flowing nicely, even though the first leg wasn't great!
"Now I can go into Sunday with a lot of confidence and if I play like that again I will take some beating."
Meanwhile, Jenkins continued his renaissance with a tense 6-5 win over Ian White.
World Champion Rob Cross survived two match darts to beat Kyle Anderson 6-5 in a pulsating encounter.
Cross posted a 108.13 average, the second highest of the weekend so far, and he will continue his quest for a first European Tour title against Michael Rasztovits.
The Austrian dumped Simon Whitlock out with an impressive 6-3 victory, while there was also disappointment for seventh seed Jonny Clayton.
Austrian Darts Open champion Clayton was defeated 6-5 by James Wilson, who came agonisingly close to a nine-dart finish in the tenth leg.
The Yorkshireman hit eight perfect darts before winning the leg to take the tie all the way, and then held his nerve to set up a tie with Robert Thornton, who continued his resurgence with a 6-3 triumph over James Wade.
World number one Van Gerwen laid down a statement of intent with a 109.98 average in his 6-0 whitewash of Spain's Cristo Reyes.
The Dutchman will now face Martin Schindler after the exciting German youngster raised the roof at Halle 39 with a 164 checkout to seal a memorable 6-2 victory over Steve Beaton.
It was business as usual for number five seed Joe Cullen who staved off a spirited comeback from Josh Payne to win 6-4 and reach the final day of action for the ninth time this year.
Cullen will now meet Jan Dekker, who won through to the final day of European Tour action for the first time this year thanks to his 6-4 triumph over Gerwyn Price, who was sporting a supportive boot following surgery on his Achilles.
Number two seed Michael Smith powered through to the last 16 with a 6-1 rout of Poland's Krzysztof Ratajski and he will now play Friday's top performer Ron Meulenkamp who continued his impressive form with a 6-5 win over Stephen Bunting.
Daryl Gurney also enjoyed a successful return to the big stage, beating Darren Johnson 6-3 to set up a tie with Adrian Lewis.
The two-time World Champion found his way over the line in a tight battle with Mervyn King, while crowd favourite Mensur Suljovic will meet Darren Webster after the pair both recorded comfortable 6-2 wins over Andrew Gilding and Ricky Evans respectively.
2018 German Darts Championship
Saturday September 1
Second Round
Afternoon Session (1pm local time, 12pm BST)
Dave Chisnall 6-0 Mark Webster
Jan Dekker 6-4 Gerwyn Price
Ron Meulenkamp 6-5 Stephen Bunting
Joe Cullen 6-4 Josh Payne
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Darren Johnson
Michael Smith 6-1 Krzysztof Ratajski
Martin Schindler 6-2 Steve Beaton
Michael Rasztovits 6-3 Simon Whitlock

Evening Session (7.15pm local time, 6.15pm BST)
Darren Webster 6-2 Ricky Evans
James Wilson 6-5 Jonny Clayton
Robert Thornton 6-3 James Wade
Rob Cross 6-5 Kyle Anderson
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Andrew Gilding
Adrian Lewis 6-5 Mervyn King
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Cristo Reyes
Terry Jenkins 6-5 Ian White
Sunday September 2
Third Round
Afternoon Session (1pm local time, 12pm BST)
Rob Cross v Michael Rasztovits
Mensur Suljovic v Darren Webster
James Wilson v Robert Thornton
Michael Smith v Ron Meulenkamp
Daryl Gurney v Adrian Lewis
Joe Cullen v Jan Dekker
Terry Jenkins v Dave Chisnall
Michael van Gerwen v Martin Schindler
Evening Session (7.15pm local time, 6.15pm BST)
Quarter-Finals
Cross/Rasztovits v Suljovic/Webster
Wilson/Thornton v Smith/Meulenkamp
Gurney/Lewis v Cullen/Dekker
Jenkins/Chisnall v Van Gerwen/Schindler

Semi-Finals
Final
Sunday’s games played in Draw Bracket order

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Kyle Anderson triumph over Lee Bryant.

World Series of Darts ace Kyle Anderson came agonisingly close to a nine-dart finish in his his 6-4 triumph over Lee Bryant.

The Australian number two struck eight perfect darts in leg eight before going on to secure a much-needed win after a slow start and he will now face World Champion Rob Cross.

Home crowd favourite and German Open champion Max Hopp was dumped out by Andrew Gilding who recorded an convincing 6-2 win on his first European Tour appearance of the year.

By contrast, Hopp's World Cup of Darts partner Martin Schindler delighted the crowd with a first German victory of the weekend thanks to his 6-4 triumph over Justin Pipe.

World number one Michael van Gerwen will meet Cristo Reyes on the second day of action after the Spaniard secured a much-needed 6-3 win over 17-year-old German Nico Blum.

Dutch star Ron Meulenkamp produced the highest average of the day, 102.31, in his 6-2 victory over Richard North to avenge his quarter-final defeat at the European Darts Open in Leverkusen in March.

It was a winning return for Welsh ace Mark Webster in his first European Tour appearance of the year with a nail-biting 6-5 success over Unicorn Development Tour Order of Merit leader Ted Evetts.

The clash between James Wilson and Jermaine Wattimena was another nip-and-tuck affair which saw the lead change hands five times before Wilson found a way to win 6-5.

ADRIAN LEWIS survived three match darts to edge past Toni Alcinas 6-5 and progress to round two of the German Darts Championship, as the European Tour event began in Hildesheim on Friday.

The two-time World Champion regained his composure at the end of a tense battle to pin double ten and progress to the second round of the weekend's £135,000 event.

Lewis, who has reached a semi-final and a final on his last two European Tour appearances, raced into a comfortable 4-1 lead before Spanish star Alcinas fought back to 4-4.

The Stoke thrower regained the lead before Alcinas once again pegged him back to take the tie to a crucial deciding leg which Lewis eventually won at the second time of asking.

"I'll take the win but I got a bit lucky there," Lewis admitted.

"I started well and when I went 4-1 up I thought it was game over. Then I let him back in at 4-2 and after that I thought he was the better player.

"I knew I was going to be rusty after my break from the big stage so it was always going to be a tough game against Toni - he's a great player.

"It's been a good year so far, I've been very consistent in my form but I keep losing when I average over 100 and losing when I average under 100!"

Robert Thornton showed his battling qualities to come back from 5-3 down to claim a tense 6-5 victory over Germany's Robert Marijanovic, while resilient veteran Terry Jenkins picked up a second European Tour win of the year with a 6-3 success over Ross Smith.

ProTour winner Josh Payne recorded a 6-3 victory over European Darts Matchplay semi-finalist Andy Boulton, while a clinical finshing display from Darren Johnson saw him miss just two doubles as the Yorkshireman whitewashed German European Tour debutant Christopher Hänsch.

Jan Dekker reeled off six of the last seven legs to see off Darius Labanauskas 6-3 and progress to day two of a European Tour event for the third time in sueecssion.

Krzysztof Ratajski fought back from 4-1 down to defeat former Austrian Darts Open winner Vincent van der Voort 6-4, while Austria's Michael Rasztovits also claimed a 6-4 success over David Pallett for a first European Tour win of the year and Ricky Evans raced through to round two with a 6-3 win over Danny Noppert.

Saturday's second round action sees the 16 seeded players enter the tournament, with coverage to be streamed from 1.15pm and 7.15pm local time

2018 German Darts Championship
Schedule of Play
Friday August 31
First Round
Afternoon Session (1pm local time, 12pm BST)
Josh Payne 6-3 Andy Boulton
Mark Webster 6-5 Ted Evetts
Kyle Anderson 6-4 Lee Bryant
Darren Johnson 6-0 Christopher Hänsch
Jan Dekker 6-3 Darius Labanauskas
Ron Meulenkamp 6-2 Richard North
Andrew Gilding 6-2 Max Hopp
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-4 Vincent van der Voort

Evening Session (7.15pm local time, 6.15pm BST)
Martin Schindler 6-4 Justin Pipe
Michael Rasztovits 6-4 David Pallett
James Wilson 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Adrian Lewis 6-5 Toni Alcinas
Terry Jenkins 6-3 Ross Smith
Robert Thornton 6-5 Robert Marijanovic
Ricky Evans 6-3 Danny Noppert
Cristo Reyes 6-3 Nico Blum

Saturday September 1
Second Round
Afternoon Session (1pm local time, 12pm BST)
Dave Chisnall v Mark Webster
Gerwyn Price v Jan Dekker
Stephen Bunting v Ron Meulenkamp
Joe Cullen v Josh Payne
Daryl Gurney v Darren Johnson
Michael Smith v Krzysztof Ratajski
Steve Beaton v Martin Schindler
Simon Whitlock v Michael Rasztovits

Evening Session (7.15pm local time, 6.15pm BST)
Darren Webster v Ricky Evans
Jonny Clayton v James Wilson
James Wade v Robert Thornton
Rob Cross v Kyle Anderson
Mensur Suljovic v Andrew Gilding
Mervyn King v Adrian Lewis
Michael van Gerwen v Cristo Reyes
Ian White v Terry Jenkins

Sunday September 2
Afternoon Session (1pm local time, 12pm BST)
Third Round

Evening Session (7.15pm local time, 6.15pm BST)
Quarter-Finals
Semi-Finals
Final

Sunday’s games played in Draw Bracket order

2018 German Darts Championship Schedule

THE German Darts Championship begins on Friday, with Terry Jenkins set to face Ross Smith in the first round in Hildesheim.

The £135,000 tournament is the tenth European Tour event of the year and will see 48 players compete at Halle 39 in Hildesheim across the weekend.

Friday's first round will see 32 qualifiers competing, as nine-time televised finalist Jenkins takes on Smith, whose five-year run as the last player to hit a nine-dart finish on the European Tour was ended by Michael van Gerwen in June.

Round one will also see Unicorn Development Tour Order of Merit leader Ted Evetts meet former Players Championship Finals runner-up Mark Webster, who is starring in his first European Tour event of the year.

The seeded players, led by world number one Van Gerwen, Shanghai Darts Master Michael Smith and World Champion Rob Cross, enter at the second round stage on Saturday.

From the original field of entries, Peter Wright has withdrawn. He is replaced by Steve Beaton as a seeded player, with a fifth Host Nation Qualifier to being found on Thursday night.

German star Max Hopp headlined the field of Host Nation Qualifiers, alongside World Cup team-mate Martin Schindler and teenager Nico Blum.

Five Dutch stars, including former European Tour event winner Vincent van der Voort, came through the European Qualifier alongside Spanish pair Cristo Reyes and Toni Alcinas.

The German Darts Championship will take place from August 31-September 2, with streaming available for all PDCTV-HD Subscribers worldwide as well as through a series of bookmakers' websites.

2018 German Darts Championship
Draw Bracket
Rob Cross (3) v Lee Bryant/Kyle Anderson
Simon Whitlock (14) v Michael Rasztovits/David Pallett
Mensur Suljovic (6) v Andrew Gilding/Max Hopp
Darren Webster (11) v Ricky Evans/Danny Noppert
Jonny Clayton (7) v Jermaine Wattimena/James Wilson
James Wade (10) v Robert Thornton/Robert Marijanovic
Michael Smith (2) v Krzysztof Ratajski/Vincent van der Voort
Stephen Bunting (15) v Richard North/Ron Meulenkamp
Daryl Gurney (4) v Darren Johnson/Christopher Hänsch
Mervyn King (13) v Adrian Lewis/Toni Alcinas
Joe Cullen (5) v Andy Boulton/Josh Payne
Gerwyn Price (12) v Darius Labanauskas/Jan Dekker
Ian White (8) v Terry Jenkins/Ross Smith
Dave Chisnall (9) v Ted Evetts/Mark Webster
Michael van Gerwen (1) v Cristo Reyes/Nico Blum
Steve Beaton (16) v Martin Schindler/Justin Pipe

Schedule of Play
Friday August 31
First Round
Afternoon Session (1pm local time, 12pm BST)
Andy Boulton v Josh Payne
Ted Evetts v Mark Webster
Lee Bryant v Kyle Anderson
Darren Johnson v Christopher Hänsch
Darius Labanauskas v Jan Dekker
Richard North v Ron Meulenkamp
Andrew Gilding v Max Hopp
Krzysztof Ratajski v Vincent van der Voort

Evening Session (7.15pm local time, 6.15pm BST)
Martin Schindler v Justin Pipe
Michael Rasztovits v David Pallett
Jermaine Wattimena v James Wilson
Adrian Lewis v Toni Alcinas
Terry Jenkins v Ross Smith
Robert Thornton v Robert Marijanovic
Ricky Evans v Danny Noppert
Cristo Reyes v Nico Blum

Saturday September 1
Second Round
Afternoon Session (1pm local time, 12pm BST)
Dave Chisnall v Evetts/M Webster
Gerwyn Price v Labanauskas/Dekker
Stephen Bunting v North/Meulenkamp
Joe Cullen v Boulton/Payne
Daryl Gurney v Johnson/Hänsch
Michael Smith v Ratajski/Van der Voort
Steve Beaton v Schindler/Pipe
Simon Whitlock v Rasztovits/Pallett

Evening Session (7.15pm local time, 6.15pm BST)
Darren Webster v Evans/Noppert
Jonny Clayton v Wattimena/Wilson
James Wade v Thornton/Marijanovic
Rob Cross v Bryant/Anderson
Mensur Suljovic v Gilding/Hopp
Mervyn King v Lewis/Alcinas
Michael van Gerwen v Reyes/Blum
Ian White v Jenkins/R Smith

Sunday September 2
Afternoon Session (1pm local time, 12pm BST)
Third Round

Evening Session (7.15pm local time, 6.15pm BST)
Quarter-Finals
Semi-Finals
Final

Sunday’s games played in Draw Bracket order.

Cross Claims Inaugural Brisbane Crown

ROB CROSS became the sixth winner in as many World Series events in 2018 as he defeated Michael van Gerwen 11-6 in the final of the Brisbane Darts Masters.

The World Champion faced the world number one in a repeat of their epic World Championship semi-final and once again the pair didn’t disappoint in the final event of the PDC’s tour Down Under.

It was Cross’ first televised title since his victory at Alexandra Palace in January and his first ever World Series Crown.

The decider began with Cross missing two darts to hold throw in the opening leg allowing Van Gerwen to step in and break.

A 114 finish from the Dutchman in the next leg extended the world number one’s lead to two.

Cross then put together a run of four consecutive legs including a superb 130 finish to gain the initiative.

Van Gerwen then stopped the rot in style taking out 170 for a 12 dart break before going on to lead 6-4 with a 130 finish of his own.

This string of poor legs seemed to spark the Englishman who hit six maximums after that point to regain control.

Seven legs on the spin highlighted an impressive performance from the World Champion who dominated Van Gerwen from the mid-point of the match to win the title at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Cross finished with an average of 106, one of his highest ever televised scores and rounded off the three week trip with his first World Series victory.

“It’s been fantastic this week, I started a bit slow but I knew what I had to do and that was take my chances,” said Cross.

“Everything will fall in place and I am a big believer in that but I am still learning I am still progressing and to get another win tonight is massive.

“To win anything these days is special because the field’s so strong,” added the world number three.

“This is a kickstart for the rest of the year and we will look to September and promising things there.”

Cross also spoke of his respect for his opponent after their clash.

“He’s the best player in the world, we all chase him. I still believe I’m a beginner, so he will be the one I am chasing anyway.”

Michael van Gerwen who is the most successful player in the history of the World Series was aiming to win his second crown on the world tour this year after his success in Auckland but came unstuck in the decider and spoke of his disappointment after the match.

“I can only blame myself tonight, I had chances to get further in front and didn’t take them.

“You can’t do that against players like Rob and I’m disappointed tonight but it’s been another amazing trip and I thank everyone who supported me.”

Earlier in the night Van Gerwen had defeated fellow Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld 11-9 to reach the final.

The world number one looked in control through the initial phases of the match, taking a 6-4 lead before a stunning 170 finish brought Van Barneveld back in to the contest.

Despite that moment of magic from the Dutchman it was Van Gerwen who went on to seal the victory and move in to the final.

Cross secured his spot in the final with a 11-8 win over Peter Wright.

The pair of aces were facing off 12th time with Cross leading the head-to-head stats, and continued his success against the Scot hitting 73% of his attempts at doubles including seven out of eight at double 16 to secure the win.

The final was another classic battle between Cross and Van Gerwen with both averaging over 100 but this time it was 27-year-old Englishman’s night in Brisbane.

The World Series will conclude in Vienna in November with the Finals taking place over three days where Michael van Gerwen will be hoping to claim his fourth consecutive victory.

Sunday August 19
Semi-Finals
Peter Wright 8-11 Rob Cross
Michael van Gerwen 11-9 Raymond van Barneveld
Best of 21 legs

Final
Rob Cross 11-6 Michael van Gerwen
Best of 21 legs

2018 Brisbane Darts Masters Day Two

RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD recovered from 5-1 down to beat Gary Anderson 10-8 and set up a semi-final showdown with Michael van Gerwen on day two of the Brisbane Darts Masters.

Rob Cross and Peter Wright will contest the other semi-final at the BCEC after the pair defeated Corey Cadby and Raymond Smith respectively.

The first match of the night saw Dutch legend Van Barneveld began the game in style, taking out 161 on the bull to win the opening leg of the encounter.

A run of five straight legs then put Anderson firmly in control of the contest and seemingly on his way to the last four.

The five-time World Champion had other ideas though, stringing together six consecutive legs to lead 7-5.

A crucial moment came in leg 14 when Van Barneveld took out 111 on tops with Anderson sat on 40 waiting to break back and level.

The Dutchman, who is still aiming to win his first ever World Series event, then went on to seal the win hitting six maximums in the process and book a place in the semi-finals.

“Maybe now we have seen the natural throw of Raymond van Barneveld and you can see what I can do.

I think in the last seven or eight legs I hit maybe five or six 180s. I’ve struggled with my set-up a little but it’s starting to come together now.

“I am pretty confident now and happy with the win against the world matchplay champion,” said the 51-year-old after his victory.

The victory for Van Barneveld means he sets up a semi-final with fellow Dutchman Michael van Gerwen after the world number one hammered Kyle Anderson 10-3.

Finishes of 140 and 136 were the highlights of a game that Van Gerwen was dominant in.

The Dutch ace raced in to a 5-0 lead and from that point Anderson had no answer.

The Australian did manage to close the gap to two legs but after that Van Gerwen barely gave his opponent a shot as he bulldozed his way in to the last four.

“I started well and once I was 5-0 up the damage was already done, he wasn’t able to do anything special in the game and it was a very comfortable win for me,” said the two-time World Champion after the victory.

“He didn’t really give me a game tonight so it’s hard to take much from the match. I know I need to be much better against Raymond tomorrow but if I play my best game I will have the trophy at the end of the night,” summed up a bullish MVG.

Rob Cross will be back for Sunday’s final day of action after a classy 10-4 win over Australian sensation Corey Cadby.

The World Champion averaged 101 and struck six 180s in a match he dominated as he booked his spot in the semi-finals.

The pair traded holds of throw until the first television break, with Cross leading 4-3.

After that stoppage it was all one way traffic with the number four seed winning six of the next seven legs to progress.

“The break was really important for me. I saw I was averaging low 90’s and that gave me a kick up the backside.

“After that I started to find my rhythm and didn’t waste many darts,” said Cross.

“Corey is an incredible talent but if you give him and inch, he will take a mile so it was important that once I got in front I stayed in control.

“I want to win one of these before the end of the year and I’m still going strong and I know if I play as well as I can I will go very close,” concluded the world number three.

Peter Wright will be the Cross’ opponent in the last four after the number one seed defeated Raymond Smith 10-4.

Smith had beaten his namesake Michael in the shock of the previous night but was unable to find the same form that helped him beat the former World Youth Champion.

The Australian started well taking out 107 to hold in the opening leg and stuck with the Scot until the seventh leg where Wright struck the first break of throw.

After that the Melbourne Darts Masters Champion took control winning six of the next seven legs to seal victory with an average of 101.91.

“I have changed the way I am approaching my games, there’s no point worrying about how tired you are, you just have to get on with it and play darts.

“When the Aussie and New Zealand guys come over for the world championships we don’t want to hear them complaining, so let’s just play as well as we can and enjoy it,” said a pragmatic Wright after his win.

“I have got to play more solid (against Rob Cross) but I believe I can up my game if I’m pushed.

“I’ve taken the points out all the other darts I’ve brought with me so I haven’t got temptation to change them because it will take me ages to put all the points back in,” joked a happy Wright after his win.

The Brisbane Darts Masters will conclude on Sunday with the semi-finals and final being played at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The Brisbane Darts Masters will conclude on Sunday with the semi-finals and final from 7pm local time. For tickets, visit ticketek.com.au.
The Brisbane 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 on Saturday and Sunday.
2018 Brisbane Darts Masters
Saturday August 18 (7pm)
Quarter-Finals
Gary Anderson 8-10 Raymond van Barneveld
Rob Cross 10-4 Corey Cadby
Michael van Gerwen 10-3 Kyle Anderson
Peter Wright 10-4 Raymond Smith
Best of 19 legs
Sunday August 19 (7pm)
Semi-Finals
Best of 21 legs
Final
Best of 21 legs

2018 Brisbane Darts Masters Day One

Corey Cadby gained revenge for his defeat in Melbourne a week earlier as he beat his fellow countryman Simon Whitlock 6-5 on the opening day of the inaugural Brisbane Darts Masters.

The night also saw Raymond Smith cause a shock as he defeated Michael Smith 6-1 and the remaining PDC players qualify for the quarter-finals.

The night belonged to Corey Cadby though as he secured a vital win against Australia’s number one player.

The week before, Whitlock had been victorious over the Tasmanian but spoke of his admiration for the young ace, stating he believed he was the most talented darts player to ever come out of Australia.

This time round it was Cadby who secured the victory in a last leg decider.

Whitlock started the brighter of the pair taking a 2-0 lead before being clawed back by Cadby who levelled.

The former European Champion then opened up another two leg lead to take a 4-2 advantage but this seemed to fire up the young Australian.

A run of three legs on the spin gave the UK Open finalist the chance to throw for the match but a clutch double ten saw Whitlock level and take the match to a decider.

scores of 140 and 137 in the final leg gave Cadby the advantage and he eventually sealed the win on double ten.

“It’s great to be back in the winners circle, it’s been too long.

“My dad always taught me to never getting beaten twice and learn from you mistakes,” said Cadby after the match.

“I needed to get angry to get my game going and when I missed a few chances that got me fired up.”

Cadby also spoke of his admiration for his opponent after their match.

“Simon is still the daddy of Australian darts, we owe him so much, the sport wouldn’t be the way it is over here if it wasn’t for him.

“He said some lovely things about me last week and hopefully I prove him right but for now he is still the boss.”

Cadby will now face Rob Cross in the last eight after the World Champion defeated Tim Pusey 6-2 on night one of the Brisbane Darts Masters.

Pusey, who has impressed during the World Series tour of New Zealand and Australia wasn’t able to contend with the world number three who believes he needs to up his level to win in Brisbane.

“That was a bit lazy from me tonight, I broke in the first leg and in typical Rob Cross style at the moment I let him back in.

“I need to find that consistency again and get the 100 averages back, I’ll need to improve but one thing I’ve learned in the last few weeks is that I hate losing,” stated a determined Cross after the match.

Raymond Smith caused a shock as the Australian defeated Michael Smith 6-1 to book his place in the quarter-finals.

The 38-year-old averaged almost 100 to comfortably beat the Melbourne Darts Masters runner-up and set up a last eight encounter with Peter Wright.

The Australian began the match in style taking out 125 on tops to set the tone for the match.

Smith, who is likely to make his debut at the World Championship in December courtesy of leading the DPA Order of Merit raced in to a 5-0 before Smith managed to register his only leg.

Smith, who is based in Brisbane then delighted the crowd by pinning double ten to seal the win.

“For me that’s massive. To be the first Queenslander to walk out on that stage and play as well as I did, I am happy as I can be.

“Michael missed doubles, I got lucky but at the same time I played the darts and put myself in that position. When I got the shot I took it,” concluded Smith after the match.

Peter Wright will be the Australian’s quarter-final opponent after the Melbourne Darts Master overcame Justin Thompson in a 6-2 victory.

The scot average 100, hit three 180s and struck over 50% of his attempts at doubles but still wasn’t overly happy with his performance.

“I felt so nervous tonight, I don’t know why but I didn’t feel right all day.

“It’s a new venue, a new stage and a new place and I just didn’t wake up right today,” said Wright after his win.

“I’m still in the tournament and still have a chance, so that’s all that matters.”

World number one Michael van Gerwen produced a solid performance as he defeated Mark Cleaver 6-2 with an average of 99.15.

The two-time World Champion who suffered a semi-final defeat at the hands of Peter Wright the week before in Melbourne looked comfortable throughout as he cruised in to the last eight.

Cleaver, who was making his third appearance on the World Series gave a good amount of himself but ultimately couldn’t contest with Van Gerwen, who pinned finishes of 112 and 121 on his way to the win.

“Tonight was about getting the win and I didn’t make too many mistakes.

“It’s not a perfect performance but I am still in and my goal is to win the tournament,” said the World Series most successful ever player.

Van Gerwen set up a quarter-final contest with Kyle Anderson who returned to form in style, beating Barry Gardner 6-2 with an average of almost 100 and hitting six maximums along the way.

Gardner, who was making his World Series debut did manage to stick with Anderson during the opening exchanges but an 11-dart break in the fifth saw the 2017 Auckland Darts Master take control of the game.

Anderson then strung together a further three consecutive legs to seal the win, including another 11-darter in the final leg.

“I was told before the game by my mates, just go up there and enjoy it. You could see that in my last couple of events I have been struggling and it’s been getting to me,” said the 30-year-old.

“I just wanted to go up there and enjoy the game and start to relax again, I felt good tonight and it showed.”

Raymond van Barneveld will return for the quarter-final stages in Brisbane after a comfortable 6-1 win over Gordon Mathers.

The Dutchman needed an average of just 92 to see off his opponent and will play Gary Anderson in the last eight after the Scot secured a scrappy 6-5 win over Damon Heta.

In a repeat of their Melbourne quarter-final clash a week earlier, Anderson was pushed all the way by his Australian opponent but eventually came out on top.

Anderson did lead 3-0 before being pegged back, with Heta getting within one.

A 121 finish gave Anderson a two leg lead once more but a stunning 152 finish saw Heta close the gap again.

The match eventually made its way to a deciding leg but it took the Australian 13-dart to register a big treble giving Anderson clear darts to claim the win, which he did on double 16.

The Brisbane Darts Masters continues on Saturday at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre with four the quarter-finals taking place.

2018 Brisbane Darts Masters
Friday August 17 (7pm)
First Round
Raymond Smith 6-1 Michael Smith
Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Gordon Mathers
Kyle Anderson 6-2 Barry Gardner
Peter Wright 6-2 Justin Thompson
Rob Cross 6-2 Tim Pusey
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Mark Cleaver
Simon Whitlock 5-6 Corey Cadby
Gary Anderson 6-5 Damon Heta
Best of 11 legs

Saturday August 18 (7pm)
Quarter-Finals
Best of 19 legs

Sunday August 19 (7pm)
Semi-Finals
Best of 21 legs

Final
Best of 21 legs

AUSTRALIAN DUO CLASH AGAIN AT BRISBANE DARTS MASTERS

SIMON WHITLOCK and Corey Cadby will lock horns again when they clash in the first round of the inaugural Brisbane Darts Masters on Friday.
The PDC World Series of Darts' first visit to Brisbane will see 16 players compete from August 17-19 at the BCEC in the sixth international event of the year.
Top Australian pair Whitlock and Cadby will headline Friday's opening night as they meet for a second successive week on the World Series circuit.
Whitlock, the former European Championship winner and World Championship finalist who previously lived in Queensland, took a 6-4 win when the pair met at the Melbourne Darts Masters.
Former World Youth Champion Cadby, though, will be aiming for revenge as the World Series of Darts event begins in Brisbane.
Peter Wright, last week's Melbourne Darts Masters champion, begins his challenge to claim back-to-back titles against Australian qualifier Justin Thompson.
World number one Michael van Gerwen has drawn New Zealand's Mark Cleaver, who has previously competed twice in the Auckland Darts Masters.
World Champion Rob Cross plays Tim Pusey, while recent World Matchplay winner Gary Anderson has drawn Perth's Damon Heta, who was a quarter-finalist in Melbourne.
Shanghai Darts Masters winner Michael Smith drew Brisbane's Raymond Smith, while Queenslander Gordon Mathers will take on five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld.
2017 Auckland Darts Masters winner Kyle Anderson, another former Queensland resident, will play fellow West Australian Barry Gardner, who is making his World Series of Darts debut.
Friday's first round at the BCEC will be followed by the quarter-finals on Saturday and the semi-finals and final on Sunday. For tickets, visit www.ticketek.com.au.
The Brisbane 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 on each night.

2018 Brisbane Darts Masters
Draw Bracket
Peter Wright (1) v Justin Thompson
Michael Smith v Raymond Smith
Rob Cross (4) v Tim Pusey
Simon Whitlock v Corey Cadby
Michael van Gerwen (2) v Mark Cleaver
Kyle Anderson v Barry Gardner
Gary Anderson (3) v Damon Heta
Raymond van Barneveld v Gordon Mathers

Schedule of Play
Friday August 17 (7pm)
First Round
Michael Smith v Raymond Smith
Raymond van Barneveld v Gordon Mathers
Kyle Anderson v Barry Gardner
Peter Wright v Justin Thompson
Rob Cross v Tim Pusey
Michael van Gerwen v Mark Cleaver
Simon Whitlock v Corey Cadby
Gary Anderson v Damon Heta
Best of 11 legs

Saturday August 18 (7pm)
Quarter-Finals
Best of 19 legs

Sunday August 19 (7pm)
Semi-Finals
Best of 21 legs

Final
Best of 21 legs

Wright's Night At Melbourne Darts Masters

PETER WRIGHT claimed a second World Series of Darts title after beating Michael Smith 11-8 in the final of the Melbourne Darts Masters at the Hisense Arena.

Wright became the fifth winner from five World Series events in 2018 and secured his second title on the PDC’s world tour after victory in the German Darts Masters in 2017.

The Scot, who was beaten in the final by Phil Taylor in Melbourne a year earlier, first defeated Michael van Gerwen in the last four before going on to claim victory over Shanghai Darts Masters Champion Smith in a hard fought final.

The decider began with the pair trading holds of throw, with neither player able to make too much of a mark when their opponent threw first.

A 120 checkout to level in the sixth leg from Smith with Wright sat on tops to break, was the highlight of the opening exchanges.

The 2017 UK Open Champion squandered three darts at a double in the eighth leg to break the throw and take a 5-3 lead, allowing Smith to step in and level once more.

The holds of throw continued until late in the contest when in the 14th leg with Smith waiting on 60, Wright took out 130 on double five to break and lead 8-6.

Smith came straight back at Wright though, hitting a 180 before pinning tops to break straight back.

The crucial moment in the match came in leg 16 when another magical finish from Wright, this time a 131, broke the throw and handed control of the contest to the Scot.

The 48-year-old eventually sealed an 11-8 win and spoke of his delight to be back on the winners podium.

“It wasn’t the best final ever in terms of averages and scores but it was a battle and I’m so happy to prove winning on the World Series in Germany last year wasn’t a fluke,” said Wright after the final.

“I lost a bit of my confidence over the last few months and felt like I was getting smashed up by a lot of players and was really struggling with my game.

“Winning here feels great, I got to the final last year but couldn’t beat Phil so to go one better this year is a sign that I can start to turn things around,” concluded the Premier League ace.

It was Smith’s second final on the World Series in 2018 but unlike in Shanghai the former World Youth Champion was unable to claim the title with a final victory.

“Fair play to Peter he deserved that tonight, It was a tough match and he got the job done,” said Smith.

“It’s another final for me though and more proof that I’m getting to where I want to be, things are starting to improve and I’m happy.”

The pair of Smith and Wright faced daunting challenges in their respective semi-finals with match-ups against Gary Anderson and Michael van Gerwen.

Like in the semi-final of the 2018 Premier League, Smith got one over on his mentor and friend Anderson, running out an 11-5 winner.

The 27-year-old averaged 100 and hit eight maximums on his way to victory in a match he controlled throughout.

Peter Wrght’s passage to the final was a sealed with a 11-7 win over world number one Michael van Gerwen.

The Scot punished Van Gerwen for missing 14 darts at doubles and averaged 103.47 as he secured his place in the decider.

The final saw ‘Snakebite’ average 97, two points less than his opponent but the statistic that mattered read 11-8 in Wright’s favour as he claimed the title in Melbourne.

The World Series of Darts continues in Brisbane on August 17-19 as the final of three events Down Under takes place.

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Schedule of Play
Semi-Finals
Michael Smith 11-5 Gary Anderson
Michael van Gerwen 7-11 Peter Wright

Final
Michael Smith 8-11 Peter Wright
All best of 21

2018 Melbourne Darts Masters Day Two

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN had to survive a scare on day two of the Melbourne Darts Masters, beating Simon Whitlock 10-8 to book his place in the semi-finals.

Michael Smith, Gary Anderson and Peter Wright also progressed in front of a packed Hisense Arena to set up an intriguing last day in Melbourne.

The match of the night saw world number one Van Gerwen take on Australian favourite Whitlock with the Dutch ace winning through despite trailing 8-4 at one point.

The match began with Van Gerwen looking the better of the two taking a 2-0 lead before Whitlock broke back to level.

At the break Van Gerwen lead 4-3 but the best was yet to come.

After returning to the stage Whitlock seemed rejuvenated winning five legs in a row including finishes of 120 and then 170 to take a 8-4 lead.

The Van Gerwen comeback then began as he clawed his way back to an 8-7 deficit and it was in the 16th leg where the real drama took place.

Whitlock began the leg with six perfect darts and looked poised to go a leg away from the win but five missed darts allowed the Dutchman to step in to break back and level the match.

Whitlock then missed a further three darts at a double in the 17th leg to once again go within a leg of the win as Van Gerwen pinned double one to lead 9-8.

The final leg of the match saw Whitlock miss a chance yet again and was punished by the two-time World Champion who booked his place in the semi-finals.

“I missed too many shots at doubles early on in the match and gave him the chance to take control,” said Van Gerwen who finished the match with a 37% success rate on the doubles.

“The crowd were with him tonight and I have to take that on the chin but it’s annoying when they don’t support me,” joked the 29-year-old.

“Tonight was tough and I need to be better tomorrow and not make as many mistakes but I will be ready”

Van Gerwen will now face Peter Wright in the last four after the Scot made it to the semi-finals in Melbourne for the second time in as many years after beating Raymond van Barneveld 10-4.

Wright, who made it to the final of the inaugural Melbourne Darts Masters in 2017 where he lost out in the decider to Phil Taylor got out of the gate quickly against Van Barneveld, taking a 3-1 lead.

Barneveld fought back to level at 3-3 with a 119 checkout on the bull but would go on to lose seven of the next eight legs as he bowed out of the tournament.

An average of 101.91, including six maximums rounded off a solid night at work for world number two Wright.

“I made it to the final here last year and lost to Phil but hopefully this time it will be my year in Melbourne,” said Wright after the victory.

The 48-year-old, notorious for regularly changing his darts joked that he may use another new set up tomorrow.

“It depends how I feel when I wake up. If I sleep funny on my arm I might decide to use a completely different set of darts, it’s all about how I feel at the time.”

Michael Smith won four legs on the spin to recover from 9-6 down to beat Rob Cross in the quarter-finals in Melbourne.

The pair shared yet another classic encounter, reminiscent of their clash at the World Championship in December, this time with Smith coming out on top.

The start of a game was a story of hit and miss, Cross hitting his doubles and Smith missing his, with the World Champion taking an early 4-1 lead courtesy of a 150 finish.

Smith then pulled a leg back with a special finish of his own, taking out 132 on the bullseye to close the gap to two.

A strange passage of play followed with six consecutive breaks of throw with cross eventually then going on to lead 9-6 and look set to take his place in the last four.

Smith had other ideas though, taking out 120, 107, 99 and then 122 to claim a hugely impressive win.

“The last four legs were great, I couldn’t really ask for a better finish to a match.

“I always believe, so I wasn’t too worried when I was behind but my finishes weren’t good enough at the start.

“I kept missing chances to level the match and putting in bad scores when it mattered but in the end it all came good,” said Smith.

The former World Youth Champion will now face Gary Anderson in the last four after the World Matchplay Champion overcame Damon Heta 10-7 at the Hisense Arena.

Heta had produced a shock of sorts the night before in beating best friend Kyle Anderson but was unable to repeat the performance against the Australian namesake.

Heta did manage to hold his own in the opening stages of the match, going in to the break trailing 4-3.

However, Anderson came out after the stoppage with the bit between his teeth racing in to an 8-3 lead and taking firm control of the match.

The Australian did manage to produce a comeback though, winning four of the next five legs to close the gap to two and give himself hope.

Anderson did then seal the deal in the next leg but spoke of his disappointment after the match.

“That wasn’t anywhere near as good as last night and I got away with it a bit,” said an honest Anderson.

“Damon will be disappointed because he didn’t score as well as he did against Kyle last night but the boy can play.

“I just need to get some rest and come back tomorrow and see how we go, Michael and I obviously know each other very well but if I play as well as I can I win, if I don’t then it’s an early night for me.”

The Melbourne Darts Masters concludes on Sunday with the semi-finals taking place at the Hisense Arena before the decider is played out to crown a champion.
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Saturday August 11 (7pm)
Schedule of Play
Quarter-Finals
Rob Cross 9-10 Michael Smith
Peter Wright 10-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Gary Anderson v Damon Heta
Michael van Gerwen 10-8 Simon Whitlock
Best of 19 legs

Sunday August 12 (7pm)
Semi-Finals
Michael Smith v Gary Anderson
Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright

MELBOURNE DAY 1

Simon Whitlock ended Corey Cadby’s return to PDC Darts as the first round of the Melbourne Darts Masters got underway, on a night that saw also saw Damon Heta upset Kyle Anderson to claim an unexpected win on his birthday at the Hisense arena.

In the all Australian clash it was the more experienced Whitlock who overcame his young rival to claim a 6-4 win and set up a quarter-final match with Michael van Gerwen who also secured victory on day one.

The big moment in the early stages of the match saw Whitlock take out 137 going 57, tops, tops to level at 2-2 and wrestle the initiative away from Cadby.

Whitlock then moved in to a 4-2 lead and looked set to record a more comfortable win.

Cadby, who was playing in his first televised PDC event since making the final of the UK Open in March then battled back to level the game at 4-4.

The younger Australian left 30 to take the lead and go one leg from the quarter-finals but decided to split the score and went on to miss his two shots at a double, allowing Whitlock to move in and break the throw for a 5-4 advantage.

The former European Championship winner then sealed the deal in the next leg but spoke of his respect for Cadby after the match.

“I honestly believe Corey is the most talented player to ever come out of Australia, the kid is phenomenal.

“It’s really good to get another win against him and that gives me confidence for my match against Michael tomorrow,” said Whitlock after his victory.

Michael van Gerwen averaged 112.61 and hit six maximums on his way to booking a spot in the last eight of the Melbourne Darts Masters as he beat Raymond Smith 6-1.

The world number one was imperious throughout and put an abrupt halt to Smith’s PDC televised debut winning five of the last six legs to seal the win.

Smith, who will make his debut at the World Championship in December, did miss a dart to level at 2-2 early in the match but Van Gerwen was far too strong for his opponent on the opening day of action at the Hisense arena.

“The scoring was great but 180s don’t win you matches so my finishing pleased me as well tonight,” said Van Gerwen.

“I didn’t really know what to expect from Raymond so I made sure I didn’t make many mistakes and now we move on to tomorrow.”

Kyle Anderson was the only PDC player representative not to make the last eight in Melbourne as his best friend and old school mate Damon Heta beat him 6-5.

The pair who had played darts as juniors together as well as sharing time at school played out a scrappy encounter with Heta surviving a match-dart to book a day two tussle with Gary Anderson.

“It’s a great present to share the stage with one of my best friends and to beat him was great,” said Heta who celebrated his 31st birthday with a win.

“Kyle and I have known each other for ages and used to spend so much time with each other playing darts and having fun.

“We’ve always talked about playing each other on the big stage and today that dream came true.”

Heta will now face Gary Anderson after the World Matchplay Champion averaged 109 on his way to a 6-2 first round win against James Bailey in the fourth game of the evening at the Hisense Arena.

The two-time World Champion also hit 50% of his shots at doubles to round off an incredibly impressive performance.

Anderson had looked like getting close to breaking the highest World Series average of 118.21, set by Michael van Gerwen in 2014 as he raced in to a 5-0 lead. However some sloppy visits cost the Scot a shot at the record.

“That felt good today. I was getting shots for 12 and 13-dart legs most of the time so I knew the average was good for most of the game,” offered the 47-year-old.

“James was obviously a bit nervous today and I understand that but the quality of these guys is getting better each year and it’s really great to see.

“We saw in Auckland how close the qualifiers are coming so you have to concentrate and play well,” concluded Anderson.

In the first game of the evening 2018 Auckland Darts Masters finalist Raymond van Barneveld overcame Ray O’Donnell 6-4.

The five-time World Champion stared slowly, trailing the Australian 3-1 before winning five of the next six legs to secure the win.

Van Barneveld will face Peter Wright next after the 2017 UK Open Champion hit all six of his attempts at doubles in whitewashing Mike Bosner.

The Scot hit two maximums during the match but spoke of his disappointment with his scoring after the win.

“The finishing was obviously perfect but I couldn’t find the scoring as well as I would have liked.

“I need to hit more 180s against Raymond tomorrow but if I finish like that again I reckon I should be ok,” joked Wright.

“Raymond is a great player and it will be good to play him tomorrow.”

Michael Smith will return for the second day of action at the Melbourne Darts Masters after a convincing 6-2 win over Tim Pusey, in which the former World Youth Champion hit 60% of his attempts at doubles.

Smith who was beaten in the opening round in Auckland a week earlier was keen to make amends for the poor performance that cost him in New Zealand.

“My preparation killed me last week but that’s no excuse. I’m not the sort to try and come up with reasons as to why I lost. He hit six doubles and I hit four so he deserved to win last week.

This time I felt a lot better and although it wasn’t my best performance I got the job done this time and I’m really looking forward to tomorrow,” said Smith who will now face World Champion Rob Cross in the quarter-finals.

Cross progressed in Melbourne after a 6-2 win over Haupai Puha.

The world number three who has made the final of two World Series events this year averaged 92.17 mainly due to some trouble on doubles but says there is plenty more to come as the tournament progresses.

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow, I still think I have plenty of gears to go through, that’s for sure,” said Cross.

“I will have to put a show on and play better against Michael, I missed a lot of darts at doubles today when it probably didn’t matter because he wasn’t on a finish, so maybe a little bit more pressure might help me.

“I am happy to be through, get a good night’s sleep tonight and make sure I am ready for tomorrow,” concluded the 27-year-old.

The Melbourne Darts Masters continues on Saturday with the quarter-finals taking place at the Hisense Arena.

2018 Melbourne Darts Masters
Friday August 10 (7pm)
First Round
Raymond van Barneveld 6-4 Ray O’Donnell
Michael Smith 6-2 Tim Pusey
Rob Cross 6-2 Haupai Puha
Gary Anderson 6-2 James Bailey
Peter Wright 6-0 Mike Bonser
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Raymond Smith
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Corey Cadby
Kyle Anderson 5-6 Damon Heta
Best of 11 legs

Saturday August 11
Schedule of Play
Rob Cross v Michael Smith
Peter Wright v Raymond van Barneveld
Gary Anderson v Damon Heta
Michael van Gerwen v Simon Whitlock
Best of 19 legs

2018 Melbourne Darts Masters Draw

AUSTRALIAN rivals Simon Whitlock and Corey Cadby will clash in the Melbourne Darts Masters first round on Friday, as Michael van Gerwen meets debutant Raymond Smith at the Hisense Arena.

The PDC World Series of Darts returns to Australia following last week's Auckland Darts Masters as 16 players compete in Melbourne from August 10-12.

The first round's stand-out tie will see the most successful Australian star in darting history, former European Championship winner Whitlock, taking on former World Youth Champion Cadby.

Melbourne-based Cadby, the UK Open runner-up in March, reached the 2017 Auckland Darts Masters final and is returning to action on the big stage for the first time in five months.

The tournament's other seeded Australian, former Auckland Darts Masters champion Kyle Anderson, has drawn his former schoolmate in Perth, Damon Heta.

Michael van Gerwen, whose win in the Auckland Darts Masters last weekend earned him the top seeding in Melbourne, has drawn Brisbane's Raymond Smith, who is making his TV debut.

World Champion Rob Cross takes on DartPlayers New Zealand qualifier Haupai Puha, who make his big-stage debut in Auckland alongside Tim Pusey, who has drawn Michael Smith.

2018 UK Open and World Matchplay winner Gary Anderson comes up against Brisbane-based qualifier James Bailey, while fellow World Series debutants Mike Bonser and Raymond O'Donnell draw Peter Wright and Raymond van Barneveld respectively.

Following Friday's first round of the Melbourne Darts Masters, the tournament continues across the weekend at the Hisense Arena, with the quarter-finals on Saturday followed by the semi-finals and final on Sunday.

With 2017 champion Phil Taylor - who won the inaugural title in Melbourne with a defeat of Wright in the final - having retired, a new name will be on the trophy on Sunday night.

Following the Melbourne Darts Masters, the Australian double-header sees the World Series of Darts head to Queensland for the first Brisbane Darts Masters from August 17-19.

Tickets for the Melbourne Darts Masters and Brisbane Darts Masters are available from ticketek.com.au.

2018 Melbourne Darts Masters
Draw Bracket
(1) Michael van Gerwen v Raymond Smith
Simon Whitlock v Corey Cadby
(4) Peter Wright v Mike Bonser
Raymond van Barneveld v Raymond O'Donnell
(2) Rob Cross v Haupai Puha
Michael Smith v Tim Pusey
(3) Gary Anderson v James Bailey
Kyle Anderson v Damon Heta

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