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Heard hails Anderson win massive

KYLE ANDERSON'S victory in the Auckland Darts Masters, presented by TAB & Burger King, has been hailed as a breakthrough moment for the sport Down Under by PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.

Anderson defeated reigning World Youth Champion Corey Cadby in an all-Australian final at the third staging of the Auckland Darts Masters to open August's World Series of Darts treble-header.

Watched on by New Zealand's Prime Minister Bill English and the enthusiastic Kiwi crowd, Anderson's victory saw him claim glory for the first time in a televised event just four years after making his big-stage debut.

Anderson's success included a quarter-final victory over Australian number one Simon Whitlock - a former European Championship winner - and has been seen as a significant step for the sport in the Oceanic region following an event which also featured emerging New Zealanders Cody Harris and Darren Herewini.

PDC Chairman Barry Hearn has praised Anderson's achievement, which he believes can inspire the Perth-born star to further glory and boost darts in Australia and New Zealand.

Hearn said: "Simon was the first flag bearer for Australia, Paul Nicholson also had some success. Over the years we've watched local players come through the ranks, Kyle Anderson, Corey Cadby - this young, precocious talent - and who'd have thought that the final of the Auckland Masters would be between two unseeded players.

"This gives the game in Australia and New Zealand a massive push. The event showed that people can change their lives through darts, and here it was in the raw.

"All we can do is give them the opportunity and fund the change in lifestyle. Kyle Anderson has earned over £30,000 in the last couple of weeks, but what does it lead to? Whitlock became a Premier League player and one of the world's elite and he's still there.

"We're very excited and we're looking to the future, because who knows what's going to happen in Melbourne this week? Will we see more Australian success? The fans are in for a treat, the TV viewers at Fox are in for an extravaganza."

The introduction of the World Series in 2013 had the aim of spreading top-level professional darts around the globe.

With new events in Las Vegas, Melbourne and Dusseldorf this year alongside the tournaments in Dubai, Shanghai, Auckland and Perth ahead of the season-ending World Series Finals, Hearn is delighted with the growth of the concept.

"Five years ago now we had the idea that we were making such huge progress in the UK and Europe, but there's another world out there that we have to go to, because there's dart players everywhere," he added.

"We launched the World Series to go out and find local talent, to encourage them, to show them the opportunity they have in their career and also to take the world's best players out there to entertain a new legion of darts fans.
 
"I'm feeling pretty happy because it's working. We've got seven World Series events this year, we've just come back from the best tournament we've ever done in America at the U.S. Masters and we've got a massive event coming up in Germany in October."

The Unibet Melbourne Darts Masters will take place from August 18-20 at the Hisense Arena. For tickets, visit www.ticketek.com.au or call 132 849.

The TABtouch Perth Darts Masters will be held from August 25-27 at HBF Stadium. For tickets visit www.downunderevents.com.au and www.ticketmaster.com.au.

ALL AUSTRALIAN FINAL at the Auckland Masters

Kyle Anderson’s experience was utilised to the fullest as he overcame a magnificent Corey Cadby 11-10 in the all Australian final (only the second one in PDC history and the first on television) of the 2017 Auckland Darts Masters 2017.
Cadby started with a maximum 180 in his first visit to the oche and later in the leg, with Anderson on 266, he was able to convert 61 with double twenty and completed a 12 dart leg to lead one nil. Another maximum start in the second leg by Cadby, this time on Anderson’s throw, got a more effective response from Anderson as he hit two lots of 140 in response. With Cadby on 98 Anderson chased 140. He missed the check-out of double ten and Cadby doubled his lead with double twenty. 2-0 in 25 darts from Cadby. A 96 start from Cadby and 140 mid leg put him in a good position in leg three. Cadby hit the double ten to convert 56 as Anderson sat on 40 for the leg. 3-0 to Cadby.
Anderson opened the next game with his first maximum of the final. The Original later chased 90 for the leg but missed double twenty and ten, however Cadby was not on a finish this time. In his next visit Anderson used his first two darts as guides to put his third into the double ten bed for his first leg win of the final. 3-1 to Cadby. In the leg before the break a 137 start from Cadby was met by a 123 from Anderson. Mid leg both players reduced their scoring results but a 125 left 75 for Cadby. Anderson was unlucky with the wrong treble as he chased a 140 check out and Cadby converted on his next visit to lead 4-1 at the first break.
A 180 from Anderson put him in a good position for the leg after the break and double twenty at the end of it put him back within two legs of his opponent. (4-2 to Cadby.) Cadby then responded with a fourth 180 but could not shake Anderson throughout the seventh leg. He did leave himself a 96 check out and hit 20 and double 18 chasing it but missed the double twenty and Anderson hit treble 20 twice and a double 20 once for a 160 check out to put the match back on throw at 4-3 to Cadby. A 128 start from Cadby was more than his opponent had scored first up and another 180 from Cadby looked to have set him up but he missed the double for the check out and Anderson got the 80 required to hold his throw and draw the match level at four apiece.
Cadby was the first to a check out score in the next leg but it was only a 144. However Anderson was only on 206 at the time so Cadby missing the double 12 for the leg did not seem to matter too much. However a 140 put Anderson on 66 as Cadby missed three darts at double on his next visit. With one dart at double twenty Anderson converted to lead 5-4 and win four straight legs. At the start of the tenth leg a 140 to Anderson could not be matched by Cadby as he threw 100. Anderson scored 140 later in the leg to leave 121. Chasing that check-out Anderson missed the bull, however a 17 at the next visit looked to have set him up, only for him to miss the double four twice. On 52 Cadby took two darts to punish Anderson and tie things back up at 5-5. Anderson opened with a maximum after the break but at the end of the leg it was Cadby who hit the double twenty with his last dart at hand to hold his throw. 6-5 Cadby
A 127 from Cadby did not leave him a check out in the next leg but a 140 from Anderson only put him on 216. A 57 put Cadby on 140 but the same from Anderson left him on 76 as Cadby missed the 140 with his last dart. Anderson yet again did not miss with the double twenty to tie the match up at 6-6. A 140 start in leg 13 from Cadby was then contrasted with only 24 thrown by his adversary (which was further punished with a 137 follow up from Cadby.) Anderson did hit 140 at his next visit and Cadby only scored 60. Cadby left himself on 20 with Anderson on 80 and Cadby racked up another 3 missed darts on top of the one from his previous visit. Anderson, though, missed double twenty as Cadby came back to the oche and hit a double five with his next throw for the match to move to 7-6 to Cadby.
Anderson opened with 100 in the next leg but Cadby scored his sixth 180 only for Anderson to hit 140 in reply. Anderson then left himself 170 as a 134 saw Cadby only needing 94. Later in the leg Cadby missed double twenty for the leg and Anderson got the 70 required with the same check out to tie things back up at 7-7.
Another 180 from Anderson in the next leg and he backed it up with a second in a row. Cadby was on 290 as Anderson missed his seventh treble 20 (chasing the perfect nine darter) but with 57 he left 84. 140 from Cadby left him on 150. Anderson missed the bullseye for the checkout. It seemed Anderson had missed his chance as Cadby had the chance to score 100 but he could not do so on his next visit. Anderson then had double 4 to go ahead at such a critical stage and he got it with his last dart in hand, by the end of the night this would be a double that would become very special to him. The scoreboard now read 8-7 to Kyle Anderson and he was ahead for only the second time in the match. In the next leg a 134 start for Anderson looked even more impressive when Cadby could only get 57 in response. Anderson then scored another 140. Later in the leg Anderson just missed the double ten check-out as Cadby sat on 147. For the double five Anderson went straight at it but got the five and then busted. Cadby had left 47 to level things up and held his nerve to do so in two darts. 8-8.
A 140 start from Cadby and Anderson was chasing again in the next leg, which he did so well, scoring the same in reply. A 115 and Cadby looked to be feeling good but the wind was somewhat taken out of him by a 180 from Anderson. A 140 from Cadby then left him on 106 and Anderson could only move to 150. Cadby missed the double 18 for the leg. Anderson then missed the double 15 himself but Cadby faced the challenging double nine, only for him to hit it in one dart and return to the lead 9-8. A 96 start from Kyle Anderson and only 95 from Corey Cadby in the 18th leg saw Anderson move ahead. A 133 later in the leg left Cadby on 272 but a 140 left his opponent on 185. A maximum from Cadby then left 92 for him to get. With Anderson on 94 Cadby missed his leg darts. Anderson, though, missed double eight as well. Corey then missed out again on his next visit and with Anderson requiring the 16 he used two darts to get there. 9-9.
95 from Cadby and 140 from Anderson began the next leg. Then 140 from Cadby and only 45 from Anderson. 134 left Cadby on 132 as 58 left Anderson on 258. Sixty was not enough for Cadby but a century from Anderson did not seem enough. Cadby missed the bull on the next visit and Anderson threw a perfect first dart chasing 158 but could only leave himself on 74 after three were thrown. Cadby snuck in his last dart to check out a score that put him within a leg of the competition. A maximum start from Anderson was backed up with only a 60 and Cadby stepped up to hit his own maximum. 85 left 136 for Cadby. Anderson could not convert the 170 but left himself 74. Cadby could not convert either and needing 74 Anderson hit his trusty double twenty to move the match to ten all.
Cadby started the final leg with only 60. Anderson did not really punish him with a 95. However six darts without a big treble from Cadby gave Anderson the advantage and he threw a maximum to rub it in. A 57 left Cadby on 325. Anderson only collected 59 but did leave himself a shot at 167. 125 left Cadby well behind on 200. Anderson hit the treble 20 but left 68 after all three of his throws. A 140 from Cadby then left him on 60 and ready to pounce if called upon. However a treble 20 left 8 and Anderson hit a famous double four to break Cadby and win the Auckland Darts Masters 11 legs to 10.
Anderson was delighted with the win “I am wrapped with the way I am playing. I hit some scores in the final. I mean Corey started like a train and I thought it was going to be a one way road but after the break I started hitting my straps and after I got back to even I said to myself you have a good chance of winning this if you score like you can and I did, and I hit the doubles. It is all in the doubles and the doubles are going in.”
Cadby was still coming to turns with what had occurred over the weekend by the end of the match, “I am overwhelmed. Unfortunately you have to hit doubles to win the game but to make an Aussie final, it is brilliant.”

SEMI FINALS FOR COREY AND KYLE

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)
Quarter-Finals
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)
Semi Finals 

Kyle Anderson v James Wade
Corey Cadby v Phil Taylor

TOP SEEDS OUT IN AUCKLAND

TOP SEEDS Gary Anderson and Peter Wright crashed out of the 2017 Auckland Darts Masters, presented by TAB & Burger King, on the opening night as Australian pair Kyle Anderson and Corey Cadby showed their class at the Trusts Arena.

World number two Anderson had gone all the way to glory in Auckland last year and had been aiming to follow up his repeat success from the Dubai Darts Masters by retaining the title on his return to the Trusts Arena.

However, Australian star Anderson produced a brilliant display to average almost 103 and hit five 180s in a thrilling 6-4 win over the Scot as he ended his namesake's title defence at the first hurdle.

After the pair traded 180s in the opening leg, Gary Anderson took out 138 to lead, only to see the Australian power through the next three for a 3-1 advantage.

A 14-darter and a 100 finish for a 12-dart leg helped Gary Anderson to win three of the next five as he stayed in contention, but Kyle Anderson opened leg ten with his fifth 180 before pinning double eight for victory.

Having won his maiden PDC ranking title last week, where he also hit a nine-darter, Anderson admitted that his confidence is high as he bids for glory in Auckland.

"I'm delighted," said the 29-year-old. "I couldn't hit a thing in the practice room but as soon as I got on stage everything started to flow, which is a really good sign.

"It’s going well on the ProTour and it was just a case of hitting the doubles on stage, and today that happened for me. I'm taking everything seriously and things are starting to go my way."

Anderson's triumph was followed by another upset as number two seed Peter Wright, the reigning UK Open champion, was eliminated with a 6-4 defeat to inspired Corey Cadby.

Cadby had stunned Phil Taylor in the Perth Darts Masters in only his second televised appearance last year before losing out to Wright - but the World Youth Champion gained revenge with the aid of six 180s.

Each of those maximums came in the opening six legs, as Wright withstood a barrage of big scores to remain level at three-all - despite his own trouble hitting the treble 20 leading to a mid-game switch to the 19 bed instead.

That paid off as Wright hit a 13-darter in leg seven to lead 4-3, but Cadby levelled, took out a superb 112 finish to regain the lead and then finished double 16 for a memorable triumph.

"I wanted revenge against Peter and I got it," said Tasmania-born Cadby. "My dad told me to never let someone beat you twice in a row and I managed to stop Peter doing that tonight.

"I'm not here to lose and I know I can beat the best on my day. We'll see what happens but I don't plan on losing."

Simon Whitlock completed a trio of Australians to progress to the quarter-finals on the opening night despite being given a stern test by New Zealand's Cody Harris, who eventually fell to a 6-4 defeat.

Whitlock hit back from a leg down to lead 2-1 before Harris showed his class with a 12-darter as a 76 finish levelled - but he crucially missed seven darts to lead as the Australian regained the edge.

A 122 finish from Harris saw him respond once more, with Whitlock firing in a stunning ten-darter only to then miss seven doubles of his own as the Kiwi claimed leg eight.

However, double 16 edged Whitlock back ahead, before he took out 60 to seal the win, after Harris missed two darts at tops to force a decider.

"I'm really happy to win," said Whitlock, who now meets Anderson in the quarter-finals. "He played well and every time I gave him a chance he seemed to take it, but there's a lot more to come from me.

"I'm really confident at the moment, my darts feel great and I feel like my performance levels are really good at the moment.

"I feel like I can win here. Whether I do or not is another thing, but the belief is there."

The other three New Zealanders in the PDC World Series of Darts event joined Harris in being eliminated on the opening night, although debutant Darren Herewini and veteran star Warren Parry both gave their World Champion opponents a scare.

Herewini, a 25-year-old from Porirua who won through last weekend's DPNZ Qualifiers, pushed the legendary Phil Taylor all the way on his first TV appearance before the 56-year-old edged through with a 6-4 win.

Taylor had looked set to pull away when, after sharing the opening two legs, he took out 101 and an 11-darter to move into a 3-1 lead.

Herewini, though, finished 68 in leg five and then punished five missed doubles from Taylor to level in the sixth and threaten an almighty upset.

The New Zealander then opened leg seven with a 180, but crucially missed two darts at doubles to lead as Taylor took out double 16 to regain the edge.

A 69 finish moved Taylor 5-3 up, before Herewini landed two 180s to his rival's one in the ninth as a 12-darter kept the match alive - but the 56-year-old sealed victory in style with another double 16.

Taylor now takes on great rival Van Barneveld in the quarter-finals, after the Dutchman also emerged with a 6-4 win from his tussle with Invercargill's Parry.

Parry - who knocked out Michael van Gerwen in the Sydney Darts Masters three years ago - shared the opening six legs with the Dutchman as he chased another upset win, twice capitalising on missed doubles from Van Barneveld as well as finishing 107.

The former Auckland finalist - who had hit an earlier 116 checkout of his own - claimed a crucial break of throw in leg eight to move 5-3 up, only for Parry to hit back immediately by taking out 80 when his rival missed one match dart.

However, Van Barneveld was first to a finish in the next, and took out 56 seal his quarter-final spot.

"On the practice board things are going well but I'm not sure why it's not quite there on stage yet," admitted Van Barneveld. "I struggled a bit tonight."

Michael Smith impressed on his World Series of Darts debut with a 6-0 whitewash of Rob Szabo, with the former World Youth Champion averaging 103.66 and hitting four 180s as he set up a mouth-watering tie with Cadby.

A bright start settled any nerves as Smith landed maximums in legs of 13 and 11 darts to take control, and he hit two further 180s as he moved 4-0 up before closing out victory without Szabo having a dart at a double.

James Wade battled his way to a 6-2 win as he overcame New Zealand's Mark Cleaver, who lost out in the first round for the second time in three years.

The left-hander took the opening three legs, including a 74 to break throw in leg two, before the qualifier capitalised on Wade's misses to hit back in the fourth.

A 120 finish saw Wade regain his advantage before Cleaver's misses at double 14 and seven allowed him to move 5-1 up, and though a 66 finish kept the home favourite's hopes alive, the former World Series finalist hit double ten to seal the win.

Having lost in the first round at the U.S. Darts Masters and World Matchplay, Wade is hoping that he can bounce back in style during the World Series treble-header in New Zealand and Australia.

"The results haven't been there for six or seven months but I know it's still there," said Wade. "It wasn't great tonight but when I needed it then it was there.
"The crazy thing is that I'm still 100 percent confident whenever I play, despite the results I've been getting. I believe I can win against anyone and from any position."

Wade now takes on Daryl Gurney, who ended the hopes of Australian qualifier Rob Modra with a 6-2 victory in their clash.

Gurney's opening 103 checkout was levelled by Modra's 102 finish, before the Northern Irish ace took the next three to open up a 4-1 cushion.

Modra hit back on double eight, but U.S. Darts Masters finalist Gurney took out 96 to regain his advantage before sealing the win on double eight.

The Auckland Darts Masters, presented by TAB & Burger King, continues on Saturday (7pm) with the quarter-finals at the Trusts Arena, before concluding with the semi-finals and final on Sunday (6pm).

Koha Clicks In

In the final qualifier for the PDC Melbourne Darts Masters Koha Kokiri staved off the challenge of Rob Modra as he won 6-5 at the festival of darts at Warilla Bowling and Entertainment Club.

 Kokiri had finished top of the board before defeating Team Rebel’s Aaron Petty 6-0, Mark Taafe 6-2, and the living legend that is Russell Stewart by the same score in the quarter finals. In the semifinals he took on Robbie King and was just as comprehensive in that match as he had been all day, not conceding a leg.

 Modra had qualified fourth off a tough board and had a much tougher time progressing through, defeating Steve MacArthur 6-5, Kalani Hillman (who continues to impress) 6-3, and Sean Hekfenschen 6-5 before taking on the double finalist of the weekend, Tic Bridge, in the semifinal. In that match it was Modra who came out on top 6-4.

 In the final it was Modra who skipped away to an early 2-0 lead after breaking his opponent in the first leg. His opponent from the West Coast of Australia drew the game back to 2-2 and the players then stayed within one leg of each other. Thus it came down to the final leg which Kokiri had first visit. It looked like he had the match wrapped up but could not convert his first chances at a finish and Modra got one shot at bull which he put just the other side of the wire. Kokiri then converted on his next visit and secure his position at the Melbourne Darts Masters to compliment his appearance at his local event in Perth.

 “Hopefully I can calm down this time on the big stage and just play my darts on the big stage. It is always going to be about your doubles, you always get chances and you just have to take them.”  

The Big Fish Catches His Prey

David Marland has defeated Tic Bridge 6-3 to win a spot in the World Series of Darts for the first time at the 2017 Melbourne Darts Masters. Marland, a four time finalist and now two time winner of DPA events, was the outsider in the final but managed to hold his nerve to win his way through. For Tic Bridge it was the second night of disappointment in the final.

 Marland, a former back to back NSW State Champion, had progressed through the day having come third off his board. He defeated good friend “the Guvnor” John Bunyard 6-3 in a high quality match in the round of 32 before surviving a last leg decider in the last 16 against Mark Anderson. His second dual with Steve Powell over the weekend saw him come out 6-2 winner, setting up a semi-final against Rob Modra who had thrown well throughout the weekend. This match also went to a final leg and it was Marland who was able to take his opportunity first to progress through to the final.

  For Bridge he entered the elimination legs having finished fourth on his board. He then turned a 1-5 deficit into a 6-5 win against previous semi-finalist Kalani Hillman before making a better grasp of things by defeating Tony Chapman 6-0 in the round of 16. He also moved past another player who had thrown well across the weekend in Steve MacArthur 6-2 in the quarter finals. For the second night in a row he had to play at 100% to be able to get past Koha Kokiri in the semi-final.

 The competition had been whittled down from 64 to 2 combatants and it was Bridge who took the early break in the final only for Marland to break back immediately. Games then went with throw until the eighth game when Marland broke for what would turn out to be the crucial leg, thus taking a 5-3 lead. A maximum had helped Marland early and he closed out the leg effectively to set himself up to win the match on his throw and .despite a nervy finish to the match, Marland was able to compose himself and take out the leg and the match, 6-3 being the final score.

 Marland, who was actually born in Victoria but left as a six month old baby, was blown away by the result and the chance to play in the Melbourne Darts Masters. Like all players in Australia he has had to balance his work commitments as the business owner of Marland Real Estate, a small business in the Sutherland Shire, his family responsibilities, as he and his wife Heidi bring up their two daughters, Hannah, 15, and Brooke, 11 and his desire to play darts, playing around his beloved Shire at places like Miranda and Heathcote (as well as Revesby just outside) and events all over Australia across the year.

 “I have put some really hard yards in on the practice board in the last six weeks so I am very happy. I can’t believe it, I am wrapped, I fought hard all day.”

 Whilst his name may not be on the top of any favourites list to take out a qualifier he fought against those odds all day to make it through against some big names of Australian darts and as results fell his way he was able to take out crucial matches in pressure situations. He is well-respected amongst his peers and now can look to stepping up on the big stage at Hisense Arena Melbourne in a few short weeks.

 

Platty Ties Up His Place

On the first night of qualifications David Platt qualified for his ninth PDC Darts World Series event with a 6-3 victory over Tic Bridge in the Russell Stewart Classic Final at the Warilla Darts and Entertainment Club.

 A field of 80 players lined up chasing not only the prestigious title but also a chance to be on stage at the Melbourne Darts Masters event in the PDC World Series of Darts.

 Both players, having got off their boards, progressed past quality players in the knock out stages with Platt defeating Mark Taafe, Steve Macarthur and Australian vice-captain Daniel Sim and Bridge winning against Tremaine Gallagher, Dave Marland and Robbie King to qualify for the last four.

 In the semi-finals both matches went to 4-4, with Platt skipping away from youngster Kalani Hillman in the last two legs and the other match going to the last leg where Bridge checking out a 145 to get past Koha Kokiri (who has previously qualified for the Perth Darts Masters.)

 In the final Platt skipped out to an early lead only for Bridge to fight back to equality after 6 legs. Platt then stepped up another gear to win three games and take out the final 6-3, taking out the Russell Stewart Classic for a second time, and at the same stage a position on stage at the PDC Melbourne Darts Masters.

 After injury put pay to Platt’s hopes of repeating his success on the local tour from 2016 he was delighted to be back in the winners circle. “It is an honour to win the trophy named after such an icon of Australian sport for a second time. Obviously getting back on stage at the World Series is amazing, having been out injured for most of the year. I am looking forward to putting my best game on yet in Melbourne.”

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Russell Stewart and David Platt win the Australian Doubles

Russell Stewart and David Platt win the Australian Doubles defeating Rob Modra and Steve MacArthur 4 -1
The Festival of Darts weekend takes place this weekend at the Home of Dartplayers Australia; Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club on the South Coast of NSW. Friday Night is the Harrows DPA Australian Doubles, Saturday is the Russell Stewart Classic (which doubles as Melbourne Darts Masters Qualifier #1), Sunday is Melbourne Darts Masters Qualifier #2 and Monday will be the final spot for the Melbourne Darts Masters

FINAL
Dave Platt & Russell Stewart 4-1 Rob Modra & Steve MacArthur

LAST 4
Dave Platt & Russell Stewart 3-0 Daniel Brown & Steve Stewart
Rob Modra & Steve MacArthur 3-1 Mick King & RJ Ramskill

LAST 8
Dave Platt & Russell Stewart 3-1 Dave Marland & Paul Cotton
Daniel Brown & Steve Stewart 3-1 Daniel Sim & Pat Molloy
Rob Modra & Steve MacArthur 3-0 Clayton Collins & Peter Primmer
Mick King & RJ Ramskill 3-1 Sonny Turner & Anton Soc

LAST 16
Jerry Weyman & Kevin Luland 2-3 Dave Platt & Russell Stewart
Dave Marland & Paul Cotton 3-0 Matt Edgers & Ian Sobey
Tony Welland & Kevin Warhurst 2-3 Daniel Brown & Steve Stewart
Joel Hynd & Mark Anderson 0-3 Daniel Sim & Pat Molloy
Robbie King & Dean McGladdery 0-3 Rob Modra & Steve MacArthur
Tic Bridge & Lucas Cameron 2-3 Clayton Collins & Peter Primmer
Mick King & RJ Ramskill 3-2 Tony Birtwhistle & Niven Naraynen
Alex Evans & John Griffiths 1-3 Sonny Turner & Anton Soc

Board 1
Sonny Tunner & Anton Soc
Aaron Petty & Ian Dargan
Darren Wolter-Gumley & Paul Hill
John Bunyard & Mark Taafe
Joel Hynd & Mark Anderson
1st – Joel Hynd & Mark Anderson
2nd – Sonny Turner & Anton Soc

Board 2
Sean H & Craig
Alex Evans & John Griffiths
David Platt & Russell Stewart
Steve Fitzpatrick & James Fitzpatrick
Judith Bell & Lynn Kaletta
1st – Alex Evans & John Griffiths
2nd – Dave Platt & Russell Stewart

Board 3
Matt Leahy & Kalani Hillman
Tremaine Gallagher & Steve TePaki
Dave Marland & Paul Cotton
Rob Modra & Steve MacArthur
Deb Wallace & Peter Wallace
1st – Dave Marland & Paul Cotton
2nd – Rob Modra & Steve MacArthur

Board 4
Leanne Shooter & Karen Neve
Tic Bridge & Lucas Cameron
Kevin McCarthy & Aaron Brown
Daniel Sim & Pat Molloy
1st - Tic Bridge & Lucas Cameron
2nd - Daniel Sim & Pat Molloy

Board 5
Jordon Gallagher & Judy Neaves
Clayton Collins & Peter Primmer
Tony Wellend & Kevin Warhurst
Mick Cohen & Dave Muller
1st - Tony Wellend & Kevin Warhurst
2nd - Clayton Collins & Peter Primmer

Board 6
Sue Phillips & Alex Hamilton
Paul Lease & Dave Pike
Daniel Brown & Steve Stewart
Jerry Weyman & Kevin Luland
1st - Jerry Weyman & Kevin Luland
2nd - Daniel Brown & Steve Stewart

Board 7
Brian Fordham & Kurt Ratjz
Matt Edgers & Ian Sobey
Robbie King & Dean McGladdery
Jamie-Lee Casson & Jamie Budd
1st - Robbie King & Dean McGladdery
2nd - Matt Edgers & Ian Sobey

Board 8
Tony Birtwhistle & Niven Naraynen
Mick King & RJ Ramskill
Dave W & Andrew Eagers
Nathan Walsh & Dave Henricks
1st - Mick King & RJ Ramskill
2nd - Tony Birtwhistle & Niven Naraynen

Weekend at Warilla

Warilla Bowls Club will be hosting 4 days of Darts starting Friday the 28th August with the Warilla Bowls Doubles
With over $10,000.00 in prize money thus is one Darts event not to be missed,.

Stay tuned to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest news and results

28th July Warilla Bowls Doubles $ 2,500.00
29th July Warilla Bowls Russell Stewart Classic WSoD Qualifiers Day 1 $2,500.00
30th July Warilla Bowls World Series of Darts Qualifiers Day 2 $2,500.00
31st July Warilla Bowls World Series of Darts Qualifiers Day 3 $2,500.00

Koha Kokiri wins final Pro Tour event for 2017

At the end of todays final round of the Harrows Australia Pro Tour, Will we have a returning Champion or will we have a new Australian No.1.
With only 16 points separating Gordon(GG) Mathers and Corey Cadby, it will be a battle of the titans today.
GG only needs to make the last 8 seal the deal. For Corey to shoot to the top of the table he needs to win todays round and hope that GG doesn't earn any points from todays event

Play will get underway 9am Local time

48 players in attendance
Board 1
Mitchel Beswick
Barry Gardner
Aaron Petty
Peter Sutton
Matt Clune
Tic Bridge
1.Tic Bridge
2.Peter Sutton
3.Aaron Petty
4.Barry Gardner

Board 2
Denise Silver
Adam Rowe
Mick Zdun
Bill Aitken
Tim Pusey
Jakim Dickson
1.Bill Aitken
2.Adam Rowe
3.Tim Pusey
4.Mick Zdun

Board 3
Brad Beswick
Lucas Cameron
Kerry Long
Robbie King
Loz Ryder
Matt Dorotich
1.Loz Ryder
2.Robbie King
3.Matt Dorotich
4.Lucas Cameron

Board 4
Harley Murphy
James McKenna
Anton Soc
Kim Lewis
Daryl Curley
Koha Kokiri
1.Koha Kokiri
2.Harley Murphy
3.Kim Lewis
4.James McKenna

Board 5
Rhys Mathewson
Kalani Hillman
Alec McAvoy
Brad Austen
Dave Butcher
Grant Dobson
1.Rhys Mathewson
2.Brad Austen
3.Kalani Hillman
4.Grant Dobson

Board 6
Jacquie Quine
Scott Kennedy
Renee Beswick
John Kiley
Mark McAuslin
Steph Hood
1.John Kiley
2.Scott Kennedy
3.Renee Beswick
4.Mark McAuslin

Board 7
Richard Booker
Justin Thompson
Ray Moore
Peter Howell
GG Mathers
Stewart Neilson
1.GG Mathers
2.Justin Thompson
3.Ray Moore
4.Peter Howell

Board 8
Graham Hunt
James Bunce
Mark Rollins
Corey Cadby
Daniel Waterhouse
Mathew Francois
1.Corey Cadby
2.Graham Hunt
3.Mark Rollins
4.Daniel Waterhouse

Last 32
Loz Ryder 4 def 2 Mick Zdun
Scott Kennedy 4 def 2 Ray Moore
Tic Bridge 4 def 0 Mark McAuslin
Graham Hunt 2 lost 4 Aaron Petty
Koha Kokiri 4 def 1 Daniel Waterhouse
Adam Rowe 4 def 3 Tim Pusey
Bill Aitken 4 def 0 James McKenna
Harley Murphy 1 lost 4 Kim Lewis
GG Mathers 1 lost 4 Lucas Cameron
Robbie King 4 def 1 Mark Rollings
Rhys Mathewson 4 def 0 Peter Howell
Justin Thompson 4 def 0 Renee Beswick
Corey Cadby 4 def 1 Grant Dobson
Brad Austen 4 def 0 Matt Dorotich
John Kiley 0 lost 4 Barry Gardner
Peter Sutton 2 lost 4 Kalani Hillman

Last 16
Loz Ryder 6 def 3 Scott Kennedy
Tic Bridge 6 def 0 Aaron Petty
Koha Kokiri 6 def 2 Adam Rowe
Bill Aitken 3 lost 6 Kim Lewis
Lucas Cameron 3 lost 6 Robbie King
Rhys Mathewson v Justin Thompson
Corey Cadby 3 lost 6 Brad Austen
Barry Gardner 6 def 3 Kalani Hillman

Last 8
Loz Ryder v Tic Bridge
Koha Kokiri v Kim Lewis
Robbie King v Rhys Mathewson
Brad Austen v Barry Gardner

Semi Finals
Loz Ryder 0 lost 6 Koha Kokiri

Rhys Mathewson 6 def 1 Brad Austen

Final

Koha Kokiri 6 def 2 Rhys Mathewson

Cadby back on winning track

Corey Cadby returned to the winner circle in force without dropping a leg against Barry Gardner in tonight's final. Cadby is still a chance of topping the Pro Tour Rankings if he can hold his nerve and have another successful day on the board tomorrow

DPA Harrows Darts Pro Tour Event 15

Board 1
Barry Gardner
Mick Zdun
Grant Dobson
Lucas Cameron
Warre Cambell
Harvey Mayall
Bailey Marsh
Justin Thompson

1.Barry Garner
2.Justin Thompson
3.Lucas Cameron
4.Harvey Mayall

Board 2
Renee Beswick
Graham Hunt
Koha Kokiri
Alan Aird
Aaron Petty
Matthew Clune
Denise Silver

1.Koha Kokiri
2.Aaron Petty
3.Alan Aird
4.Graham Hunt

Board 3
Anton Soc
Paul Wilson
Mitch Beswick
Brad Beswick
Lewis Kirk
Bill Aitken
Peter Sutton

1.Lewis Kirk
2.Bill Aitken
3.Peter Sutton
4.Brad Beswick

Board 4
Tyson Marsden
Robbie King
Jacquine Quine
Tic Bridge
James Bunce
Dave Platt
Harley Murphy

1.Tic Bridge
2.Dave Platt
3.Robbie King
4.Tyson Marsden

Board 5
Adam Rowe
GG Mathers
Mark Rollins
Loz Ryder
James Mckenna
Tim Wills
Daniel Waterhouse

1.Adam Rowe
2.James McKenna
3.GG Mathers
4.Loz Ryder

Board 6
Roz Watkins
Mike Gould
Gordon Penny
John Kiley
Kalani Hillman
Corey Cadby
Kim Lewis

1.Corey Cadby
2.Kalani Hillman
3.Kim Lewis
4.Mike Gould

Board 7
Matt Dorotich
Rhys Mathewson
Glen Harper
Stewart Neilson
Shane Kennewell
Ian Dargan
Maree Whitehouse

1.Rhys Mathewson
2.Glen Harper
3.Matt Dorotich
4.Ian Dargan

Board 8
Mark McAuslin
Dave Hall
Steph Hood
Kerry Long
Jakim Dickson
Tim Pusey
Brad Austin

1.Brad Austin
2.Tim Pusey
3.Jakin Dickson
4.Mark McAuslin

Last 32
Lewis Kirk 4 def 3 Tyson Marsdern
Daver Platt 4 def 1 Kim Lewis
Rhys Mathewson 4 def 0 Mark McAuslin
James McKenna 0 lost 4 GG Mathers
Adam Rowe 4 def 0 Mike Gould
Tim Pusey 4 def 0 Jakim Dickson
Corey Cadby 4 def 0 Graham Hunt
Bill Aitken 0 lost 4 Peter Sutton
Tic Bridge 4 def 1Brad Beswick
Glen Harper 3 lost 4 Alan Aird
Koha Kokiri 4 def 2 Ian Dargan
Kalani Hillman 4 def 3 Matt Dorotich
Brad Austen 4 def 3 Los Ryder
Justin Thompson 2 lost 4 Robbie King
Barry Gardner 4 def 1 Harvey Mayall
Aaron Petty 0 lost 4 Lucas Cameron

Last 16
Lewis Kirk 1 lost 6 Dave Platt
Rhys Mathewson 6 def 4 GG Mathers
Adam Rowe 6 def 1 Tim Pusey
Corey Cadby 6 def 2 Peter Sutton
Tic Bridge 5 lost 6 Alan Aird
Koha Kokiri 6 def 2 Kalani Hillman
Brad Austen 5 lost 6 Robbie King
Barry Gardner 6 def 1 Lucas Cameron

Last 8
Dave Platt 6 def 4 Rhys Mathewson

Adam Rowe 2 lost 6 Corey Cadby

Alan Aird 6 def 4 Koha Kokiri

Robbie King 3 lost 6 Barry Gardner

Semi Finals

Dave Platt 1 lost 6 Corey Cadby

Alan Aird 3 lost 6 Barry Gardner

Final

Corey Cadby 6-0 Barry Gardner

GG Mathers heads to Ally Pally

The DPA Harrows Darts Pro Tour climaxed this weekend in Perth, Western Australia with events 15 and 16 (the final two of the year) held at the Vasto Club Balcatta.
As a taster to these events the final World Series Darts Qualifier was played out on the Friday night with a familiar face winning as David Platt returned from injury to take out the knockout event. With around 200 participants through the 8 qualifiers it is Corey Cadby who qualifies for the World Series events in Auckland, Melbourne and Perth.
Event 15 on the Saturday saw one potential winner of the Pro Tour go by the way whilst another came through to put the nerves into the leader prior to the weekend, GG Mathers. Mathers was defeated by the man who at the time was holding down second in the tour, Rhys Mathewson, in the last 16 of the day. However, it was Mathewson who fell out of contention when beaten by David Platt in the next round (the gap had been so great between the two the Tasmanian really needed to win the tournament to put the heat on.) Thus it left only Corey Cadby (who had been third) with a chance of catching Mathers and he defeated WA’s own Adam Rowe 6-2 in his quarter final.
Cadby wanted to win this event to heap the pressure on Mathers and defeated the ever consistent Aaron Petty in the last 8. Also progressing to the semi-finals, along with Platt and Cadby, were Alan Aird and Barry Gardner. Cadby comprehensively beat his old foe from last season 6-1 with Gardner, only doing the WA events this season but proving he still has it, defeating Alan Aird 6-3.
The final was all Cadby and his 6-0 victory put the current PDC World Youth Champion in with a shot (albeit long) of taking out the season should Mathers falter again in event 16. Thus the season would be determined on the Sunday, going to the last event of the season, as it had in 2016, between Platt and Cadby.
In the round of 32 Cadby was drawn against Grant Dobson, and easily progressed. In the meantime Mathers (who had topped his board) was drawn against friend, team mate and great player Lucas Cameron (who had finished fourth on a star studded board.) Cameron gave no quarter and defeated Mathers, meaning that the steal looked to be on for Cadby. He was throwing well but his section of the draw had names like Mathewson and Justin Thompson, Robbie King (all of Top Shot Promotions) and Cameron (from his own Team Rebel stable) to not be taken lightly.
As it was he did not have to worry about any of these threats as he lost to former DA Australian representative Brad Austen in the round of 16 and Cadby’s late title surge was over, Mathers would be crowned the champion of the DPA Harrows Darts Pro Tour 2017.
The quality of the day, and of darts in Australia, was demonstrated by the names in the final 8; Austen, Loz Ryder, Tic Bridge, Koha Kokiri, Kim Lewis, King, Mathewson, and Gardner. Austen, Ryder, Kokiri and Mathewson all progressed but both semi finals were one way affairs, with Mathewson winning 6-1 over Austen, and Kokiri taking out his match with an even bigger margin, 6-0, over Ryder.
The final saw Mathewson miss his chances early in the match and once Kokiri got a 3-1 advantage he made sure there was little way for his Top Shot Darts Promotion opponent to come back. In the end it finished 6-2 as Kokiri took out the final event of the Pro Tour for 2017.
There is still a lot of darts remaining this year, with the PDC World Series of Darts coming up in August (and qualifiers before then), as well as the DPA / DPNZ Australasian championships in Dubbo this October / November (including the Test Match v NZ and Oceanic Masters.)
As winner of the DPA Harrows Darts Pro Tour 2017 Gordon Glenn Mathers has won his way into the World Championship of Darts draw at the Alexandra Palace London in December. The 36 year old was the first man to take on MVG in full competition in Australia when he faced him in Round One of the inaugural Sydney Darts Masters at the Big Top Luna Park. He has been playing in the DPA Australian team since 2012/13 and has represented his beloved Queensland for much of his darting career. Away from the board he is a leader in the Team Rebel stable and is well respected amongst his peers. Mathers will be looking to emulate, or even better, the success of last year’s DPA Harrows Darts Pro Tour champion, Corey Cadby, at the World Championships.

HARROWS AUSTRALIAN PRO TOUR SET FOR PERTH FINALE

Queenslands Gordon Glen Mathers will secure a spot at the PDC World Championships , Alexandra Palace London by the end of the weekend holding a big lead heading into the second last event here in Perth Today

GG Holds a 28 point lead over Rhys Mathewson and a 32 point lead over Corey Cadby ...Cadby and Mathewson would be a possibility of still taking the series with 2 wins today and tomorrow but would have to rely on Mathers not progressing from his board on both days however with the field in Perth looking to be set following last nights last World Series Qualifier here at the Vasto Club Mathers after a hard year of work on the board , darts and travel Mathers does look set to make his Alexandra Palace Debut in December ..

Play begins at 10am Local Midday Eastern with Updates throughout the day on our social media and here at www.dartplayersaustralia.com

DPA WORLD SERIES QUALIFIER 8

The Australian DPA Harrows World Series table will be finalised at the conclusion of event 8 here in Perth at the Vasto Club Balcatta this evening

Play will begin at 5pm this evening (7pm eastern)

Entries are $30 per player or free if producing a Western Australian Average card of 54.99 or under

After 7 events throughout Australia Corey Cadby holds an unassailable lead in the table meaning he will appear at the Auckland / Melbourne / Perth Events by right however pending any wildcards by the PDC after finalising their lineup to these events further spots may be offered down the table at PDC at their discretion and will be announced in due course

This weekends events are bought to you by DOSH

Machin Set For bwin Grand Slam Debut

PETER MACHIN is to make his bwin Grand Slam of Darts debut in 2017 after being confirmed alongside Glen Durrant and Danny Noppert as three of the eight BDO Qualifiers for November's event.

Australia ace Machin won the recent BDO World Trophy in Wales to secure his first big title, having lost out to Darryl Fitton in the final 12 months earlier.

The Adelaide ace will make his first Grand Slam of Darts appearance in November's 32-player event at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall.

Lakeside Champion Durrant and runner-up Noppert - who both impressed on their Grand Slam of Darts debuts in 2016 - have also secured automatic places in this year's tournament.

With Durrant having also won the 2016 World Masters title, the remaining five places will go to the top five non-qualified players from the BDO Rankings at the end of September 2017.

A further two PDC qualifiers for the Grand Slam of Darts came from the World Cup of Darts, with Netherlands' Raymond van Barneveld securing his place as champion alongside Michael van Gerwen.

Mark Webster, who partnered UK Open finalist Gerwyn Price, put himself into one of the provisional qualifying places, with a total of 16 PDC players set to win spots based on televised events.

However, the World Matchplay, World Grand Prix, European Championship, Champions League of Darts and World Series of Darts Finals are all still to be played ahead of the cut-off for qualification in November, meaning that a further ten qualifying places are still available.

Tickets for the bwin Grand Slam of Darts are available now and can be purchased online through www.theticketfactory.com/PDC or from the Wolves Civic Box Office by calling 0870 320 7000.

2017 bwin Grand Slam of Darts
Qualifying Players:
(invited in the following order up to a maximum of 16 players)
2016/17 PDC World Champion - MICHAEL VAN GERWEN
2016 Grand Slam Champion - (Michael van Gerwen)
2017 Premier League Champion - (Michael van Gerwen)
2017 World Matchplay Champion -
2017 World Grand Prix Champion -
2016 World Youth Champion - COREY CADBY
2017 Masters Champion - (Michael van Gerwen)
2017 UK Open Champion - PETER WRIGHT
2017 European Champion -
2016 Players Champion - (Michael van Gerwen)
2017 Champions League Champion -
2017 World Series of Darts Finals Champion -
2017 World Cup winners (2 players with highest individual taking preference if only one spot available) – (Michael van Gerwen), RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD
2016/17 PDC World Championship runner-up - GARY ANDERSON
2016 Grand Slam runner-up - JAMES WADE
2017 Premier League runner-up - (Peter Wright)
2017 World Matchplay runner-up -
2017 World Grand Prix runner-up -
2016 World Youth Championship runner-up - BERRY VAN PEER
2017 Masters runner-up - (Gary Anderson)
2017 UK Open runner-up - GERWYN PRICE
2017 European Championship runner-up -
2016 Players Championship runner-up - DAVE CHISNALL
2017 Champions League runner-up -
2017 World Series of Darts Finals runner-up -
2017 World Cup runners-up (2 players with highest individual taking preference if only one spot available) – (Gerwyn Price), MARK WEBSTER

This list can produce a maximum of 28 players. If it produces more than 16 players, they shall be taken in order as listed above and no further players shall qualify automatically.

If it produces fewer than 16 places then additional places shall be filled from the reserve list in the following order:
2017 European Tour winners (in Order of Merit order at Nov 6)
2017 Players Championship winners (in Order of Merit order at Nov 6)
2017 UK Open Qualifier winners (in Order of Merit order at Nov 6)

Once 16 players are reached from the above criteria then the remaining 16 places shall be filled with eight players from a PDC Tour Card holder qualifier and eight BDO Qualifiers.

BDO Qualifiers
2017 Lakeside Champion - GLEN DURRANT
2017 Lakeside Championship runner-up - DANNY NOPPERT
2016 World Masters Champion - (Glen Durrant)
2017 BDO World Trophy Champion - PETER MACHIN
Plus top five players from BDO Rankings at September 30 2017

AUSTRALIA OUT TO RUSSIA

Russia put an end to Australia's bid at the 2017 World Cup of Darts in Germany yesterday. Australia need to come through the doubles to knock out Russia. However Boris Koltsov and Aleksandr Oreshkin were near-flawless in the two-on-two format as a disappointing Whitlock and Anderson could not match the power of Russia

Singles One: Kyle Anderson 2-4 Aleksandr Oreshkin
Singles Two: Simon Whitlock 4-1 Boris Koltsov
Doubles: Anderson/Whitlock 0-4 Oreshkin/Koltsov
Final Result: Australia 1-2 Russia

Russia will now meet Wales in the last eight after Webster and Price overcame the Republic of Ireland. The Welsh won both singles meetings, with Webster needing to force a decider against William O'Connor

Australia through and Scotland beaten by Singapore at World Cup

Scotland's Gary Anderson and Peter 'Snakebite' Wright were shockingly eliminated by Singapore on the opening night of the World Cup of Darts on Thursday.

The top seeds were shocked 5-2 in the first round by Paul Lim and Harith Lim to blow the competition wide open.

"When we drew Scotland we knew it would be tough, regardless," Lim said afterwards. "But I always say in any tournament, if you beat the No 1 seed, you become the No 1 seed. I always felt the pressure was on them."
The surprise result was secured by a nerveless 100 checkout from Lim, who struck a nine-darter at the World Darts Championship 27 years ago.

Singapore struck the first two 180s before Anderson and Wright, the world No 2 and 3 respectively, had got into their groove.

Lim hit double 20 for a 3-1 lead before missing the same shot twice in the next leg, allowing Anderson to reduce the deficit.

But Lim took advantage of Wright's profligacy to hit double eight to move within a leg of victory. When Anderson then landed in the wrong bed altogether, Lim took his chance to check out from 100.

"I told myself: give me the shot, and I've got to make use of it," Lim said. "When he gave me a chance I had to take it, and I was lucky."

Earlier in the night, Australia's Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson, the fifth seeds, withstood a promising performance from Denmark to eventually win 5-4.

Belgium, comprised of the Huybrechts brothers, beat New Zealand 5-2 to tee up a tie against Greece.

Betway World Cup of Darts Teams Confirmed

DAVE CHISNALL is to make his Betway World Cup of Darts debut for reigning champions England at next month's tournament in Frankfurt as he partners Adrian Lewis, with Scotland to be the number one seeds for the Pairs tournament.

The £300,000 tournament will be held from June 1-4 at the Eissporthalle in Frankfurt, Germany and broadcast live on Sky Sports as 32 two-player nations compete for the title.

Reigning champions England, who have won the title in four of the past five years, will be represented for a sixth time by Adrian Lewis, who will this year be partnered by world number five Dave Chisnall.

Chisnall recently edged above James Wade on the PDC Order of Merit, and was unbeaten in his final seven games of the Betway Premier League as he narrowly missed out on the Play-Offs.

2015 finalists Scotland will be represented for a second time by Gary Anderson and Peter Wright, who reached the decider two years ago before losing out to England, and the pair - ranked second and third in the world - will be the top seeds.

Two-time winners Netherlands will be the number three seeds as World Champion Michael van Gerwen teams up once again with Raymond van Barneveld to continue the partnership which saw them claim the 2014 title and reach last year's final.

Welsh pair Gerwyn Price and Mark Webster team up for the second successive year as the number four seeds, with Australia's Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson to be the number five seeds.

Both Northern Ireland - represented by Daryl Gurney and Brendan Dolan - and Belgium, who see brothers Kim and Ronny Huybrechts team up, retain the same pairings which reached the 2016 semi-finals, while Austria's Mensur Suljovic and Rowby-John Rodriguez complete the seeded nations.

Brazil will make their World Cup of Darts debuts as Diogo Portela, the London-based player who competes on the PDC circuit, teams up with Alexandre Sattin, who won a qualifier in his homeland to secure a place in the event.

In a change to the original field of nations, Latvia have been withdrawn and will be replaced by debutants Switzerland, for whom Patrick Rey and Philipp Ruckstuhl will compete.

2016 quarter-finalists Canada will be represented by three-time World Champion John Part and newcomer John Norman Jnr, who has joined the PDC circuit this year.

Long-standing American partnership Darin Young and Larry Butler - the former World Matchplay champion - team up once more, while New Zealand are represented by emerging talent Cody Harris and experienced Rob Szabo.

Emerging youngster Martin Schindler makes his World Cup of Darts debut alongside former World Youth Champion Max Hopp as the hosts unveil a new-look pairing for this year's tournament.

Spain see Cristo Reyes and Antonio Alcinas in action once again, while Mick McGowan and William O'Connor team up for the Republic of Ireland for a second successive year.

South Africa's Deon Oliver won a knockout event held in Cape Town earlier this year as he won the right to partner established professional Devon Petersen, while Weihong Li and Yuanjun Liu won through the Chinese qualifier.

Haruki Muramatsu and debutant Yuki Yamada will compete for Japan, while Kai Fan Leung comes in to partner Royden Lam for Hong Kong, with both Singapore and Thailand retaining their pairings from the 2016 event.

Russian qualifiers Boris Koltsov and Aleksandr Oreshkin team up again, while Magnus Caris is again partnered by Daniel Larsson for Sweden, with Kim Viljanen and Marko Kantele in action for Finland and Per Laursen joined by Alex Jensen in the Denmark pairing.

Dyson Parody and Dylan Duo will compete for Gibraltar once more, with John Michael joined by Ioannis Selachoglou in the Greece team and 2017 European Tour ever-present Krzysztof Ratajski joined by Tytus Kanik in the Poland side.

Hungary will see Janos Vegso partnered by Zoltan Mester, with Gabriel Rollo coming into the Italy team alongside Daniele Petri, while Frantisek Humpula and Karel Sedlacek team up for their World Cup debut for the Czech Republic.

The Betway World Cup of Darts draw will be made on Tuesday, with eight nations seeded for the first round of the four-day tournament. The draw will be streamed through Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/OfficialPDC (time TBC).

Tickets for the Betway World Cup of Darts can be purchased through www.pdc-europe.tv.

Betway World Cup of Darts
Competing Nations
Seeded Nations
1 Scotland - Gary Anderson & Peter Wright
2 England - Adrian Lewis & Dave Chisnall
3 Netherlands - Michael van Gerwen & Raymond van Barneveld
4 Wales - Gerwyn Price & Mark Webster
5 Australia - Simon Whitlock & Kyle Anderson
6 Northern Ireland - Daryl Gurney & Brendan Dolan
7 Austria - Mensur Suljovic & Rowby-John Rodriguez
8 Belgium - Kim Huybrechts & Ronny Huybrechts

Other Nations
Brazil - Diogo Portela & Alexandre Sattin
Canada - John Norman Jnr & John Part
China - Weihong Li & Yuanjun Liu
Czech Republic - Frantisek Humpula & Karel Sedlacek
Denmark - Per Laursen & Alex Jensen
Finland - Kim Viljanen & Marko Kantele
Germany - Max Hopp & Martin Schindler
Gibraltar - Dyson Parody & Dylan Duo
Greece - John Michael & Ioannis Selachoglou
Hong Kong - Kai Fan Leung & Royden Lam
Hungary - Janos Vegso & Zoltan Mester
Italy - Daniele Petri & Gabriel Rollo
Japan - Haruki Muramatsu & Yuki Yamada
New Zealand - Cody Harris & Rob Szabo
Poland - Krzysztof Ratajski & Tytus Kanik
Republic of Ireland - Mick McGowan & William O'Connor
Russia - Boris Koltsov & Aleksandr Oreshkin
Singapore - Paul Lim & Harith Lim
South Africa - Devon Petersen & Deon Oliver
Spain - Cristo Reyes & Antonio Alcinas
Sweden - Magnus Caris & Daniel Larsson
Switzerland - Patrick Rey & Philipp Ruckstuhl
Thailand - Thanawat Gaweenuntawong & Attapol Eupakaree
United States of America - Darin Young & Larry Butler

Prize Fund
Winners (Per Player) £30,000
Runner-Up (Per Player) £16,000
Semi-Finalists (Per Player) £10,000
Quarter-Finalists (Per Player) £7,000
Second Round Losers (Per Player) £4,000
First Round Losers (Per Player) £1,500
Total £300,000

Format
First Round
Best of nine legs Doubles

Second Round, Quarter-Finals & Semi-Finals
The Second Round, Quarter-Finals & Semi-Finals will be played as two best of seven leg 501 Singles matches, with both nations nominating the order in which their players play. In the event of both nations winning one Singles match apiece, a best of seven leg 501 Doubles match will be played to decide the tie.

Final
The Final will be played as two best of seven leg 501 Singles matches, with both nations nominating the order in which their players play the first two matches, followed by a best of seven leg 501 Doubles match and then Reverse Singles matches. The first team to win three games is declared the winner.

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