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2019 New Zealand Darts Masters Draw

Raymond van Barneveld’s final competitive tournament in New Zealand will begin with a clash with home favourite Cody Harris, after the draw for the 2019 New Zealand Darts Master, presented by Burger King and TAB was made.

Van Barneveld, a former finalist on two occasions in Auckland will hope to go one better this time as the World Series visits Hamilton for the first time.

Michael van Gerwen, the winner in Melbourne the week before will look to go back-to-back on the World Series when he begins his run with a match against former Auckland Darts Masters champion Kyle Anderson.

Top seed Peter Wright begins his campaign against the surprise Brisbane champion Damon Heta, whilst Gary Anderson takes on New Zealand World Cup representative Haupai Puha.

Brisbane runner-up Rob Cross will take on Warren Parry, who has appeared at the World Championship on four occasions and James Wade faces Craig Caldwell.

Parry was brought into the tournament as a late replacement following the withdrawal of Corey Cadby for personal reasons.

Daryl Gurney, who made the final of the Melbourne Darts Masters last week will open his account against David Platt and Simon Whitlock faces Ben Robb.

The 2019 NZ Darts Masters will take place at the Claudelands Arena in Hamilton on August 23-24 with a limited number of tickets still available at https://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=DARTS2019

The event will be broadcast worldwide through the PDC's international broadcast partners, as well as via PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers (outside of the UK, Ireland & Netherlands).

UK TV coverage on ITV4 will be from 7pm BST.

2019 New Zealand Darts Masters

Draw Bracket
(1) Peter Wright v Damon Heta
James Wade v Craig Caldwell
(4) Daryl Gurney v David Platt
Raymond van Barneveld v Cody Harris
(2) Michael van Gerwen v Kyle Anderson
Gary Anderson v Haupai Puha
(3) Rob Cross v Warren Parry
Simon Whitlock v Ben Robb

Schedule of Play
Friday, August 23
James Wade v Craig Caldwell
Simon Whitlock v Ben Robb
Daryl Gurney v David Platt
Rob Cross v Warren Parry
Gary Anderson v Haupai Puha
Peter Wright v Damon Heta
Michael van Gerwen v Kyle Anderson
Raymond van Barneveld v Cody Harris
Best of 11 legs

Saturday, August 24
Quarter-Finals
Semi-Finals
Final
All best of 15 legs

Mighty Mike Masters Melbourne

Michael van Gerwen was crowned the 2019 Melbourne Darts Masters champion as he beat Daryl Gurney 8-3 in front of a packed crowd at Melbourne Arena.

Claiming his second title in Australia, and first since 2016 - Van Gerwen also sealed his first televised title since the Premier League back in May in the process.

It was normal service resumed for the world number one, as he powered his way to 13th World Series title with expert finishing and dominant displays.

Gurney, looking for his first World Series title, proved a tough test early on in the final and had Van Gerwen worried with stronger scoring - but his accuracy on the doubles proved his downfall.

Van Gerwen also started brightly, and sunk a 110 checkout in the third leg - the highest of the final - to move 2-1 ahead.

He then broke throw for the first time in the game to move two clear, but Gurney responded strongly to break back and level at 3-3 at the interval.

But that was as good as it got for the former World Grand Prix champion, as Van Gerwen rattled off five straight legs to clinch the title.

“It is good to be back and winning titles again. People have been talking a little bit because they are used to seeing me win all the time.

“Form is temporary and class is permanent, nobody should doubt my talent,” said a buoyant Van Gerwen after his win.

“To beat Gary Anderson, Peter Wright and then Daryl in the final it shows that I am still the man to beat and I want to make it two out of three when we go to Hamilton next week.”

The Dutchman, who has been struggling for form in recent weeks, came through a tough final day which started with an impressive 8-6 victory over Gary Anderson.

This also saw Van Gerwen average over 100 for the first time in 15 matches.

In the Semi-Finals he was at his most dominant, whitewashing reigning champion Peter Wright 8-0 to reach the final.

Gurney’s run to the final started with a convincing 8-4 over home favourite Simon Whitlock, in which he landed a stunning 132 checkout on the bull.

This was then followed by a tense 8-5 victory over World Matchplay champion Rob Cross.

Trading the first ten legs, Gurney again was the stronger scorer and finisher and proved as such as he clinched four straight legs to seal the victory and reach the final.

It was the Northern Irishman’s second World Series final after he lost to the same opponent in the US Darts Masters in 2017, with Van Gerwen running out an 8-6 winner on that occasion. The run to the decider this week is something the world number five is hoping could kick start his year.

“I had my chances and if I had managed to hit my double I might have been able to win tonight.

“I’m playing well and giving myself good opportunities so to make it to another final shows I am still competing at the highest level.

“There are a lot of big events coming up in the rest of the year and I hope to be lifting at least one of the big ones.”

The World Series of Darts will continue from August 23-24 as the PDC stars head to Hamilton for the first time at the Claudelands Arena with bumper crowds expected.

A limited number of tickets are still available at https://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=DARTS2019

The New Zealand 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.

2019 Melbourne Darts Masters
Draw Bracket
(1) Peter Wright v Corey Cadby
Raymond van Barneveld v Haupai Puha
(4) Michael van Gerwen v Tim Pusey
Gary Anderson v James Bailey
(2) Rob Cross v Robbie King
James Wade v Damon Heta
(3) Daryl Gurney v Kyle Anderson
Simon Whitlock v Mick Lacey

Friday, August 16
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Mick Lacey
Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Haupai Puha
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Kyle Anderson
Gary Anderson 6-0 James Bailey
Peter Wright 6-4 Corey Cadby
Damon Heta 6-1 James Wade
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Tim Pusey
Rob Cross 6-2 Robbie King
Best of 11 legs

Saturday, August 17
Quarter-Finals
Peter Wright 8-6 Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen 8-6 Gary Anderson
Rob Cross 8-3 Damon Heta
Daryl Gurney 8-4 Simon Whitlock

Semi-Finals
Michael van Gerwen 8-0 Peter Wright
Daryl Gurney 8-5 Rob Cross

Final
Michael van Gerwen 8-3 Daryl Gurney
All best of 15 legs

HETA WINS AGAIN , GERWEN TO FACE ANDERSON

Damon Heta continued his run in the world series of darts with a comprehensive win over James Wade 6 - 1
Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson will face off in the quarter-finals of the 2019 Melbourne Darts Masters after the pair comfortably came through their first round matches at Melbourne Arena.

The opening night of action also saw Brisbane Darts Masters Champion Damon Heta produce another superb performance to beat James Wade for the second time in a week.

Meanwhile, Raymond van Barneveld produced the performance of the day with a 106 average and 75% on his doubles as he brushed aside Haupai Puha.

Anderson booked his place in the last eight with a 6-0 whitewash win over James Bailey with the Scot averaging 96.97 on his way to the win.

The 48-year-old, who had to take time away from the sport earlier in the year with a back injury, is looking for his first individual title of 2019 and believes the form is starting to come back.

“It’s getting there. I had six months off and in the past I could just get right back into it.

"It has not turned out that way and it has been a hell of a difference.

"It’s going to be hard work I think, I need to get back into it. I know what I need to do.”

The win sets up a mouthwatering clash with world number one Van Gerwen after the World Champion overcame Tim Pusey 6-2.

The Dutchman has now gone seven PDC events without winning a title but will be hoping to end that run on Saturday night in front of a capacity crowd.

Premier League Champion Van Gerwen, who hit four maximum scores in the match, dominated the game for the majority and is relishing the prospect of another encounter with his old rival Anderson.

“Gary and I always have great games and I can’t afford to make any mistakes against him.

“I have not played my best but I just have to keep giving myself chances and doing the right things at the right moments.

“I am happy to get the win toady but now I have to focus on playing Gary.”

Defending Melbourne Darts Masters Champion Peter Wright will continue his quest to retain his title at the Melbourne Arena on Saturday after knocking out Corey Cadby in a 6-4 win.

Both players struggled to find form but it was Wright who took his chances early in the encounter.

Home-favourite Cadby battled back in to the match and missed a dart at tops to level at 5-5 and send it to a deciding leg before Wright pinned the same target to progress in to the last eight.

“Tonight was diabolical, I’m sorry and I don’t know what happened up there tonight but sometimes it just doesn’t go," said a frustrated Wright.

“I have to play Barney tomorrow and if I play anything like that then I won’t be the champion anymore.”

The Scot will resume his title defence against Van Barneveld, who began his final competitive tournament in Australia in style as he defeated Puha 6-1 with an average of 106.13 - the highest of the night.

“I felt really relaxed up there. I took a few days off after Brisbane to get my mind in the right place and it seemed to have worked.

“I have been doing it on the practice board and I always feel confident there but it’s nice to finally do it out on the stage."

The Dutch legend missed just two darts at doubles throughout the night and threw three 180s in his victory.

New Aussie sensation Heta picked up where he left off in Brisbane in emphatic style as he defeated James Wade 6-1 in their first round tie.

The pair met the week before where the eventual Champion Heta edged out Wade in a last leg decider, however this victory was far more comprehensive.

The 2019 Brisbane Darts Master averaged almost 100 as he put his English opponent to the sword to book his place in the quarter finals.

“Things just feel so good right now, I’m just in the moment and absolutely loving it,” said Heta after his win.

The 32-year-old ace will take on Rob Cross in the quarter-finals after the former World Champion beat Robbie King 6-2.

Home hero Simon Whitlock opened the evening’s play with a comprehensive 6-3 win over Mick Lacey.

A 97 average and three maximums were more than enough for the former World Championship finalist to book himself a spot in the last eight.

The Australian will face Daryl Gurney in the quarter-finals after he beat Kyle Anderson 6-3.

Gurney flew out of the blocks taking a 3-0 lead, averaging almost 120 before a fightback saw Anderson miss a dart to level at 4-4.

The former Grand Prix champion eventually made it over the line and was happy with the victory.

“I was pleased with the way I started so I was happy with that but it was my own fault that I let Kyle back in.

“I’m been working really hard at home and whilst i’ve been away so beating quality players shows the hard work is paying off.”

The 2019 Melbourne Darts Masters will conclude on Saturday as the remaining eight players battle it out for the title.

The final night of action will be broadcast live on Fox Sports across Australia and worldwide through the PDC's international broadcast partners, as well as through PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers (outside of the UK, Ireland & Netherlands).

UK TV coverage on ITV4 will be from 7pm BST.

2019 Melbourne Darts Masters
Draw Bracket
(1) Peter Wright v Corey Cadby
Raymond van Barneveld v Haupai Puha
(4) Michael van Gerwen v Tim Pusey
Gary Anderson v James Bailey
(2) Rob Cross v Robbie King
James Wade v Damon Heta
(3) Daryl Gurney v Kyle Anderson
Simon Whitlock v Mick Lacey

Schedule of Play
Friday, August 16
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Mick Lacey
Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Haupai Puha
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Kyle Anderson
Gary Anderson 6-0 James Bailey
Peter Wright 6-4 Corey Cadby
Damon Heta 6-1 James Wade
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Tim Pusey
Rob Cross 6-2 Robbie King
Best of 11 legs

Saturday, August 17
Quarter-Finals
Peter Wright v Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen v Gary Anderson
Rob Cross v Damon Heta
Daryl Gurney v Simon Whitlock

Semi-Finals
Final
All best of 15 legs

Melb Darts masters Draw

Peter Wright will begin the defence of his title against Corey Cadby after the draw was made for the 2019 Melbourne Darts Masters.
The PDC World Series of Darts' third visit to Melbourne will see 16 players in action from August 16-17 at the Melbourne Arena, with the clash between Wright and Cadby headlining Friday's opening night.
The pair have met twice before on the World Series stage, claiming a win each, while Wright got the better of the young Australian in their latest meeting at the 2017 Grand Slam of Darts.
Both players will be looking to put disappointing displays in Brisbane behind them, after Wright was knocked out in the first round by Kyle Anderson and Cadby also fell at the first hurdle against Gary Anderson.
New sensation Damon Heta will face James Wade in a replay of last weekend's first round encounter which Heta won 6-5 to kick-start an incredible run to the Brisbane title.
World number one Michael van Gerwen begins his quest for a first PDC title since May against Tim Pusey, while Gary Anderson will take on James Bailey.
Legendary Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld, competing in his penultimate World Series of Darts event, will be hoping for a second victory in as many weeks against New Zealander Haupai Puha.
Brisbane runner-up Rob Cross will take on TV debutant Robbie King, third seed Daryl Gurney meets Kyle Anderson and Simon Whitlock plays Mick Lacey in an all-Australian clash.
Friday's first round at the will be followed by the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final on Saturday.

For tickets, visit www.ticketek.com.au.

The Melbourne 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).

Coverage in the UK will be on ITV4 from 1900 BST on each night.

Written by Josh Phillips

2019 Melbourne Darts Masters
Draw Bracket
(1) Peter Wright v Corey Cadby
Raymond van Barneveld v Haupai Puha
(4) Michael van Gerwen v Tim Pusey
Gary Anderson v James Bailey
(2) Rob Cross v Robbie King
James Wade v Damon Heta
(3) Daryl Gurney v Kyle Anderson
Simon Whitlock v Mick Lacey

Schedule of Play
Friday, August 16
Simon Whitlock v Mick Lacey
Raymond van Barneveld v Haupai Puha
Daryl Gurney v Kyle Anderson
Gary Anderson v James Bailey
Peter Wright v Corey Cadby
James Wade v Damon Heta
Michael van Gerwen v Tim Pusey
Rob Cross v Robbie King
Best of 11 legs

Saturday, August 17
Quarter-Finals
Semi-Finals
Final
All best of 15 legs

'People better watch out'

Damon Heta is plotting an assault on the PDC tour after lifting his first televised title in Brisbane on Saturday.
Despite being a huge outsider at the start of the tournament, Heta sensationally swept through a star-studded field to become the first Australian to lift a World Series title in his home country on his 32nd birthday.
The Dart Players Australia number one is now looking ahead to a potential move over to the UK to attempt to win a Tour Card at Q-School with the ultimate aim of competing on the PDC ProTour.
"Hopefully I’ll be able to come over to the UK soon and when I do people better watch out,” said Heta, who has competed in six televised PDC events since his debut in Sydney in 2014.
"I know what I can do and how good I can be and in Brisbane I showed the world.
“I had to pinch myself just to make sure it was really happening. To do that in front of an Australian crowd was just unexplainable, it was amazing.
"I just grew throughout the whole tournament. I have been worked hard for that moment and it’s paid off in the end and I am just super stoked."
Heta will return to the big stage in the second of the trio of World Series events Down Under at the Melbourne Arena for the third staging of the Melbourne Darts Masters on August 16-17.

Limited tickets for the Melbourne Darts Masters are available at ticketek.com.au

The event 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).

Heta Shocks Cross to Claim Brisbane Title

The 2019 Brisbane Darts Masters in Association with Pirate Life came to a dramatic conclusion on Saturday night with Damon Heta defying the odds to claim a first PDC title, beating Rob Cross in a last leg decider at the BCEC.

Heta, who was celebrating his 32nd birthday, became the first Australian to make a final of a World Series event since Kyle Anderson and Corey Cadby contested the 2017 Auckland Darts Masters, and the first to do so in his home country.

Cross who had beaten World number one Michael van Gerwen in the previous year’s final improved his unbeaten record in Brisbane until clashing with the unfancied Heta in the decider.

The final began with Cross opening up a 3-1 lead including an 11-dart break of throw in the fourth for a two leg advantage.

Heta, then punished Cross for missing six darts at a double to break straight back before taking out his second 164 finish of the tournament to draw level.

The pair then traded throw until what seemed a crucial break came in the tenth leg with Cross taking out 90 on double 18 to go 6-4 ahead and within two legs of the title.

Heta, who tops the DPA’s Order of Merit, wasn’t done there though as he immediately broke back and held throw to level, to put the pressure back on Cross.

The former World Champion stood up to the test initially though as he held to go one leg closer to retaining his title but once again the Australian fought back to take it to a decider, despite facing a match-dart from Cross.

The final leg saw Heta eventually pin double 16 to claim what seemed an unlikely title and delight the crowd in Brisbane.

“It’s unexplainable. I have just grown throughout this whole tournament. I have worked hard for this and it’s paid off in the end and I am just super stoked,” said Heta after the final.

“I have got to pinch myself just to make sure it’s happening, I am lost for words. I know what I can do and how good I can be and today I showed the world.

“To do that in front of an Australian crowd was amazing and hopefully I’ll be able to come over to the UK soon and when I do people better watch out.”

The work began for Heta as he took on Gary Anderson, who had demolished fellow Australian Corey Cadby the night before.

Heta didn’t let reputation stand in his way though as he punished the Scot for missing a staggering 24 darts at doubles throughout the match to seal a 8-6 win and move in to the last four.

Another Australian waited in the semi’s after Simon Whitlock whitewashed Kyle Anderson in the opening match of the night to confirm his place in the last four.

Whitlock began the game by racing in to a 3-0 lead and looked most likely to make his first televised final since the 2018 European Championships. However, Heta fought back to secure the win and move in to the final with Rob Cross.

Earlier in the day Cross began his charge for a second consecutive title in Brisbane with an 8-4 win over Raymond van Barneveld in the quarter-final, averaging 95.

Cross’ semi-final opponent was Daryl Gurney, the man he beat at the same stage in the World Matchplay just two weeks before and the outcome was the same, with Cross running out an 8-3 winner on this occasion.

The semi-final clash saw Cross average 105 and hit 50% of his attempt at doubles, including a 170 finish to progress to the final against Heta.

Gurney had earlier defeated world number one Michael van Gerwen 8-5 to set up the semi-final encounter with eventual champion Cross.

Despite the loss Cross yet again showed his class and backed up his victory at the World Matchplay with a run to the final in Australia.

“I’ve played well this week and been feeling good since Blackpool but fair play to Damon he deserved it tonight.

“I had my chances but that means nothing if you don’t take them so I just have to say well done to Damon and prepare myself for Melbourne.”

The day belonged to Damon Heta though as the man from Perth secured his first televised PDC title in style and with that putting Australian darts firmly on the map.

The fourth World Series event of 2019 and the second of the tour Down Under will see some of the world’s best players head to the Melbourne arena for the third staging of the Melbourne Darts Masters on August 16-17.

Limited tickets for the Melbourne Darts Masters are available at Ticketek.com.au.

The event 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.

2019 Brisbane Darts Masters, in association with Pirate Life
Friday August 9
First Round
Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 Haupai Puha
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Koha Kokiri
Damon Heta 6-5 James Wade
Simon Whitlock 6-1 Brendon McCausland
Rob Cross 6-5 James Bailey
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Ben Robb
Gary Anderson 6-1 Corey Cadby
Kyle Anderson 6-5 Peter Wright

Saturday August 10 (1900 local time)
Quarter-Finals
Simon Whitlock 8-0 Kyle Anderson
Damon Heta 8-6 Gary Anderson
Rob Cross 8-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Daryl Gurney 8-5 Michael van Gerwen

Semi-Finals
Damon Heta 8-6 Simon Whitlock
Rob Cross 8-3 Daryl Gurney

Final
Damon Heta 8-7 Rob Cross
All best of 15 legs

Brisbane World Series of Darts , Day 1

DAY ONE of the Brisbane Darts Masters in association with Pirate Life saw Kyle Anderson upset the odds to set up an all Australian quarter final with Simon Whitlock, after he survived five match darts to beat Peter Wright.

The night also saw Damon Heta defeat James Wade and Gary Anderson cruise past Corey Cadby.

Kyle Anderson raced in to a 3-0 lead taking out 110, and 156 as Wright struggled to find his form.

The Scot then fought back winning five of the next six legs to move within a leg of the match as the night drew to a close in Brisbane.

Wright would go on to miss five match-darts before Anderson pinned double 16 to claim a huge victory and set up another World Series clash with Simon Whitlock, who secured a comfortable 6-1 victory over Brendan McCausland earlier in the night.

“That’s a great win for me tonight. I started really well and nearly let it slip away but I kept focused and got the job done.

“Everyone knows what goes on between me and Simon and we will both be ready to put on another good game,” said Anderson after the match.

Damon Heta also caused a shock on day one of the 2019 Brisbane Darts Masters, after knocking out the 2018 World Series Finals winner James Wade in a last leg decider.

A massive 164 finish in leg ten with Wade throwing for the match and left on tops was the turning point of a game that could have gone either way.

The pair were level after four legs but Heta could easily have been 4-0 up. However, after missing a total of 15 darts at doubles the Australian found himself at 2-2.

Wade then broke the throw before eventually opening up a 5-3 lead and looked set to book himself a place in the quarter-final

Heta put the pressure back on his opponent with a solid hold of throw, before a remarkable 164 finish levelled the match at 5-5 and gave the 31-year-old from Perth the chance to throw for the match.

Despite missing a total of 27 darts at a double Heta eventually got over the line but the Australian doesn’t believe he is done just yet.

“I have put the hours in and I think the world is my oyster and I am just going to go for it.

There’s no two ways about it, I consider myself a chance against anyone.

“At the moment I feel like I am playing well and I think there’s more to come,” said a confident Heta.

Defending champions Rob Cross had to survive a huge scare as he came from 4-2 down to defeat James Bailey in a last leg decider, taking out 110 to seal the win.

Cross, who paid the price for missing 21 darts at a double throughout the match could have been home a lot earlier but every time he missed Bailey moved in to punish the former World Champion.

A dramatic final leg saw the Englishman take out 110 on double 16 to progress.

Despite those misses Cross still averaged over 101 for the match and will face Raymond van Barneveld in the last eight, after the five-time World Champion began his final competitive trip to Australia with a 6-2 win over New Zealand World Cup star Haupai Puha.

The Dutch legend averaged 90, mainly due to a poor start to the game where he found doubles hard to find but eventually got over the line and secured his place in the last eight.

“It’s been a whilst since I’ve been on stage and I started a bit slowly but for me I’m happy with the win and I’m really happy to be here in Australia,” said Van Barneveld after the win.

Gary Anderson put Corey Cadby to the sword, beating the young Australian 6-1 in Brisbane and set up a quarter final match with Heta in the process.

Cadby opened the game by holding throw but that was as good as it got for the 24-year-old as Anderson kicked in to gear and won the following six legs.

The Scot averaged 101.68 during an impressive performance against a man many tipped to cause the two-time World Champion problems.

“The back feels good, the arm feels good and I’m practicing really well.

“The first leg was poor from me which was strange because I was hitting 180’s for fun in the practice room, but I managed to find the form in the end,” concluded Anderson.

World number one, Michael van Gerwen made light work of Ben Robb, running out a 6-0 winner.

The World Champion was in control of the match from the start and dictated the flow of the match throughout.

Van Gerwen will be looking to put the disappointment of last month’s early exit from the World Matchplay by claiming yet another World Series title.

“I made a few mistakes but to be fair I can’t really complain because I won 6-0 and that’s all you can do.

“I played with confidence and that is good so now I have to get ready for tomorrow against Daryl,” offered the 30-year-old after his whitewash win.

Daryl Gurney will be looking to stop the Dutchman after survived a late mini comeback from Koha Kokiri, to confirm his place in the quarter-finals of the 2019 Brisbane Darts Masters with a 6-4 victory.

With Gurney leading the encounter 5-2, the Northern Irishman missed four match-darts to give Kokiri hope.

The Australian then won back-to-back legs to put the pressure on his opponent but Gurney managed to hold throw and progress.

“I started really well but got a bit nervous and let him back in so I’m just pleased to get over the line,” offered Gurney after his victory.

The 2019 Brisbane Darts Masters will conclude on Saturday as the remaining eight players will do battle before a winner is eventually crowned.

The final night of action will be broadcast live on Fox Sports across Australia and worldwide through the PDC's international broadcast partners, as well as through PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers (outside of the UK, Ireland & Netherlands).

UK TV coverage on ITV4 will be from 7pm BST.

Results
Friday, August 9
Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 Haupai Puha
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Koha Kokiri
Damon Heta 6-5 James Wade
Simon Whitlock 6-1 Brendon McCausland
Rob Cross 6-5 James Bailey
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Ben Robb
Gary Anderson 6-1 Corey Cadby
Kyle Anderson 6-5 Peter Wright
Best of 11 legs

Schedule of Play
Saturday, August 10
Quarter-Finals
Kyle Anderson v Simon Whitlock
Damon Heta v Gary Anderson
Rob Cross v Raymond van Barneveld
Daryl Gurney v Michael van Gerwen
Semi-Finals
Final
All best of 15 legs

Cadby and Anderson to Battle in Brisbane

Corey Cadby will lock horns with former two-time World Champion Gary Anderson in the first round of the 2019 Brisbane Darts Masters.

The PDC World Series of Darts' second visit to Brisbane will see 16 players compete from August 9-10 at the BCEC in the third event of the biggest world tour in the sport.

The clash between Anderson and Cadby headlines a night that will also see home favourite Kyle Anderson take on German Darts Masters champion Peter Wright.

It's the pairs first meeting since the 2018 UK Open final, in which Anderson overcame his Aussie rival to claim the title.

“I’m looking forward to playing Corey again, he’s a great lad and a talented player so having a go at him in front of an Australian crowd should be great,” said Anderson.

24-year-old Cadby, a former World Youth Champion will again have the chance to clash with the world’s best players as part of the World Series and is relishing the challenge.

“Gary is one of the best players ever but I believe I can be as good and have to take my chances when we are on stage.

“I’m a proud Aussie and hopefully the crowd will give me the extra boost I need,” said Cadby after the draw.

Reigning champion and newly crowned World Matchplay winner Rob Cross will face James Bailey, whilst former World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney matched up against Koha Kokiri.

Home hero Simon Whitlock begins his campaign against Brendon McCausland - a man who he has known for years and who once tattooed the arm of the Australian ace.

World number one Michael van Gerwen will hope to return to form after disappointment at the World Matchplay when he takes on Ben Robb in Brisbane.

Raymond van Barnelveld begins his final competitive trip to Australia by taking on New Zealand World Cup star Haupai Puha.

And current World Series Finals champion James Wade will have a tough test when he takes on Demon Heta.

Friday's first round at the BCEC will be followed by the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final on Saturday. 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.

2019 Brisbane Darts Masters
Draw Bracket
Peter Wright v Kyle Anderson
Simon Whitlock v Brendon McCausland
James Wade v Damon Heta
Gary Anderson v Corey Cadby
Rob Cross v James Bailey
Raymond van Barneveld v Haupai Puha
Daryl Gurney v Koha Kokiri
Michael van Gerwen v Ben Robb

Schedule of Play
Friday, August 9
Raymond van Barneveld v Haupai Puha
Daryl Gurney v Koha Kokiri
James Wade v Damon Heta
Simon Whitlock v Brendon McCausland
Rob Cross v James Bailey
Michael van Gerwen v Ben Robb
Gary Anderson v Corey Cadby
Peter Wright v Kyle Anderson
Best of 11 legs

Saturday, August 10
Quarter-Finals
Semi-Finals
Final
All best of 15 legs

Emotional Dolan Ends Five-Year Title Drought At PC22

Brendan Dolan won his first ranking title for almost five years by defeating Jermaine Wattimena 8-5 in the Players Championship 22 final.

The Northern Irish ace has slipped out of the world's top 32 in recent years, having previously reached the 2011 World Grand Prix final before winning five ranking events in 2013 and 2014.

A run to the World Championship quarter-finals in December had been a much-needed boost for Dolan, and he came through the 128-player field in Hildesheim to take the £10,000 Players Championship top prize.

He opened his day with a 100 average in edging past Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-5, and after seeing off Alan Norris and Chris Dobey, Dolan then averaged almost 107 to defeat Dave Chisnall 6-5.

Dolan repeated that scoreline in a quarter-final win over Glen Durrant, and averaged over 100 again in a 7-3 semi-final win over Cody Harris.

The opening stages of the final proved tight as Dolan and Wattimena shared the opening four legs, before a 13-darter saw the Northern Irishman break in leg five.

Wattimena finished 86 to break back and level, but a superb 11-darter from Dolan sparked a run of four straight legs as he moved one away from victory at 7-3.

Wattimena landed 180s in the next two as legs of 13 and 14 darts saw the Dutchman battle back, but Dolan finished 108 to emotionally secure the title.

A tearful Dolan admitted: "I just can't believe it. It's brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

"I've worked so hard and I haven't got results out of it. Yesterday, the way I played was unbelievably bad and I sent my wife a text. She told me to wise up.

"I used to always say that if I get past the first round then I'm dangerous. I've tried really hard this last 18 months and not got the results, but I've performed really well.

"I think I've got the luck on the day today and it's just great to get a win."

Dolan's last title came in Dublin in October 2014, and he added: "To be honest, I can't remember five years ago! I really couldn't remember how to win and today it was about saving face.

"This game's all about pressure, mental pressure. I pressurise myself all the time, and my wife told took all the pressure off me and told me just to play darts."

Wattimena's run on the day saw him reach a second Players Championship final of the year, but the World Cup representative was again left waiting for his first ranking title.

He overcame fellow countrymen Christian Kist and Jelle Klaasen in his opening two games, before seeing off Ryan Joyce and Gabriel Clemens.

Wattimena then missed double 12 for a nine-darter during his 6-2 quarter-final win over Steve Beaton, before coming from 4-0 down to win his semi-final 7-6 against Mensur Suljovic - claiming a first career victory over the Austrian.

Suljovic had won through to his first Players Championship semi-final for nearly two years, while New Zealand's Harris was appearing in the last four on the ProTour for the first time.

Harris recently won his second Challenge Tour title, and warmed up for his appearance in the forthcoming NZ Darts Masters, presented by Burger King & TAB, with five wins on Sunday, including a 6-4 quarter-final defeat of Saturday's winner, Krzysztof Ratajski.

Ratajski, Beaton and Durrant were joined in the quarter-finals by top seed Ian White, while 2019 Players Championship winners Chisnall and Harry Ward reached the last 16 alongside World Matchplay finalist Michael Smith and German Darts Masters runner-up Gabriel Clemens.

With World Series of Darts events taking place over the next three weeks in Australia and New Zealand, the ProTour will now enjoy a summer break.

The Austrian Darts Championship will see the European Tour return from August 30-September 1 in Vienna, with the next Players Championship events taking place on September 10-11 in Barnsley.

Players Championship 22

Sunday August 4, Halle 39, Hildesheim

Last 16

Ian White 6-5 Harry Ward

Mensur Suljovic 6-3 Michael Smith

Steve Beaton 6-1 Joe Cullen

Jermaine Wattimena 6-5 Gabriel Clemens

Brendan Dolan 6-5 Dave Chisnall

Glen Durrant 6-2 Ricky Evans

Cody Harris 6-1 Marko Kantele

Krzysztof Ratajski 6-5 Arron Monk

Quarter-Finals

Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Ian White

Jermaine Wattimena 6-2 Steve Beaton

Brendan Dolan 6-5 Glen Durrant

Cody Harris 6-4 Krzysztof Ratajski

Semi-Finals

Jermaine Wattimena 7-6 Mensur Suljovic

Brendan Dolan 7-3 Cody Harris

Final

Brendan Dolan 8-5 Jermaine Wattimena

Betfred World Matchplay Glory For Cross

ROB CROSS held off a superb fightback from Michael Smith to claim Betfred World Matchplay glory with an 18-13 success at Blackpool's Winter Gardens on Sunday night.
Cross followed up his fairy-tale 2018 World Championship success with a second televised ranking title as he scooped the Phil Taylor Trophy and a £150,000 pay-day in style.
Having reeled off eight straight legs to win his semi-final against Daryl Gurney 17-15, Cross extended that run by opening the final with another nine in a row to move half-way to victory.
He began the contest with back-to-back 72 checkouts, and added an 81 combination for a 12-darter before punishing misses from Smith in three straight legs to pull clear.
St Helens' Smith had missed nine doubles during the opening six legs of that spell, but finally found his range to take out 84 in two darts to win leg ten.
Smith also won three of the next four to cut the gap, only for Cross to steady his nerve with finishes of 73 and 115 before punishing five misses from his rival to move 12-4 up.
The 2018 World Championship finalist hit back superbly with legs of 12, 13 and 12 darts as he pulled back to 12-7, before a last-dart double 16 from Cross gave him the 20th leg.
Smith, inspired by a capacity Winter Gardens crowd, claimed another three legs - including an 11-darter - as he pulled back to 13-10, and after Cross finished 110 the St Helens man came from 250 points behind to win the 25th leg on double 18.
The next two were shared, before six misses from Cross allowed Smith to cut the gap to just two legs at 15-13 as he threatened to complete the greatest comeback in the event's history.
The Hastings ace, though, held his nerve with another 72 combination and posted double 16 to move to the brink of glory and sealed the title with double four.
"It feels amazing," said Cross. "I'm lost for words - so happy that I've won this title.
"Michael played great darts all week but he struggled on doubles tonight but it made me more edgy. He came back well but I had to stay calm.
"The crowd were amazing, they carried me through yesterday and carried Michael today."
Smith, a former Premier League and World Championship finalist, said: "My doubles deserted me tonight. I was constantly chasing and I didn't turn up.
"My scoring wasn't there and my finishing wasn't, but all credit to Rob because he did a job. I've made another final and it's another runner-up trophy but it won't stop me."
2019 Betfred World Matchplay
Sunday July 28
Final
Rob Cross 18-13 Michael Smith

DURRANT’S DREAM CONTINUES

GLEN DURRANT and Michael Smith will meet in the semi-finals of the 2019 Betfred World Matchplay after coming through their quarter-final ties on Thursday in Blackpool.

An emotional Durrant savoured the moment of the Winter Gardens crowd singing his name after his convincing 16-7 win over James Wade, while Smith ran out a 16-11 victor over Mervyn King.

A Blackpool debutant coming into the tournament, Durrant continued his incredible run by following up wins over Adrian Lewis and Michael van Gerwen with another memorable success, and the Middlesbrough man is now dreaming of lifting the Phil Taylor Trophy.

"At the start of the tournament I just wanted to prove to the PDC crowd that I could handle playing on this stage, and now I'm daring to dream of the title," said Durrant.

"I'm absolutely ecstatic, I'm living the dream right now. I think the crowd are taking to me because they see an ordinary man who is having a whale of a time.

"I'm having a wonderful week, that's the best way I can describe it. It's such a special moment for me, it's life-changing."

A shaky start from the three-time Lakeside Champion saw Wade take the opening two legs, only for Durrant to break straight back to go into the first break 2-3 behind.

The next three legs went with throw, before Durrant pinned the bullseye for a 91 checkout to break throw and take the lead for the first time, a lead which he kept for the rest of the match.

Durrant warmed to his task and took nine of the next 11 legs, capitalising on a below-par display from Wade, to go within two legs of the match at 14-6.

Wade managed to get one more leg on the board, but was powerless to stop the Durrant onslaught, as the 49-year-old sealed the win in style with two double tops for a roof-raising 137 checkout.

Earlier in the night, Smith became the first player to reach the semi-finals thanks to a 16-11 win over King.

World Championship runner-up Smith, who had failed to make it past the Last 16 stage in his previous six Blackpool appearances, got off to a perfect start, winning the opening two legs in 23 darts on his way to a 5-1 lead.

King rallied, winning the next three legs in 18 darts each to reduce the deficit to one leg, only for Smith to hold and then break back immediately to restore his three-leg cushion.

Again King came back, this time winning four legs in succession to take the lead for the first time at 8-7, only for Smith to produce another two high-class legs of 11 and 12 darts to go back in front.

The next seven legs all went with throw, including a bizarre leg which saw 22 missed darts at double, before Smith struck a pivotal 11-dart break to go 14-11 in front.

That turned out to be the crucial point in the match, as Smith dashed to the finish line without losing another leg, sealing a big victory in his career with a 114 checkout.

"It feels good to be in the semis but I want to get to the final and have the chance to lift the trophy now," said Smith.

"In the first session I felt on top of the world and in the next two sessions I felt like I was at the bottom of the world. I had to concentrate and I did some important throws on my throw and a couple of 180s on his to get the breaks.

"Mervyn's a quality player and has been a good friend. He's always helped me along when I needed advice and I'm thankful for someone like Mervyn - one of had to win and I'm just glad it's me."

The quarter-finals conclude on Friday with a tie between Rob Cross and Stephen Bunting, before Daryl Gurney and Peter Wright face off for the fourth semi-final spot.

With 2007 champion Wade now knocked out, there will be a new name on the Phil Taylor Trophy on Sunday night, with Durrant the new 5/2 tournament favourite with sponsors Betfred, ahead of Cross (11/4), Wright (3/1) and Smith (4/1).

2019 Betfred World Matchplay
Thursday July 25
Quarter-Finals
Michael Smith 16-11 Mervyn King
Glen Durrant 16-7 James Wade

Friday July 26 (1900 BST)
Quarter-Finals
Rob Cross v Stephen Bunting
Peter Wright v Daryl Gurney

Betfred Tournament Winner Odds
5/2 Glen Durrant
11/4 Rob Cross
3/1 Peter Wright
4/1 Michael Smith
14/1 Daryl Gurney
50/1 Stephen Bunting

2019 Betfred World Matchplay Night Four

GLEN DURRANT sensationally knocked Michael van Gerwen out of the Betfred World Matchplay on a dramatic Tuesday in Blackpool which also saw reigning champion Gary Anderson exit the tournament.

A thriller between two-time World Matchplay champion Van Gerwen and debutant Durrant had the Winter Gardens crowd on the edge of their seats throughout the pulsating 58 minute match on night four of the summer's biggest darts event.

Three-time Lakeside Champion Durrant was visibly moved by the rousing reception he received after his win, and hailed it as one of the best nights of his life as he overcame the world number one.

"This night will live with me forever, I've never experienced a crowd getting behind me like that," said Durrant, who will face James Wade in the quarter-finals.

"At times I forgot I was playing Michael van Gerwen, and when I realised I was in with a chance of winning the emotions were incredible.

"I went for a walk on the beach earlier today and I ended up getting sunburn, and that along with the incredible heat up there made it even harder for me.

"I now need to go away, relax and contemplate what I've done and look ahead to the rest of the tournament, but whatever happens from now on in my career this moment will never be taken away from me."

Van Gerwen, who came into the game under pressure following a string of below-par performances, got off to a slow start and Durrant capitalised to lead 3-2.

The eighth leg saw Durrant hit seven perfect darts on his way to going 5-3 ahead with a ten-darter, and the Middlesbrough man extended his lead by winning the next two legs to go 7-4 in front.

At 8-5 down, World Champion Van Gerwen produced his best leg of the match, an 11-darter, to break back and then continued his improved level of performance to go in front for the first time since leg one at 9-8.

Undeterred, Durrant twice held throw under huge pressure to take the match to a tie-break, and it was he who found double six with his last dart in hand in the 23rd leg for a decisive break of throw and a 12-11 lead.

A nervy leg from both players followed, but after Van Gerwen missed the bullseye for an 86 checkout, Durrant stepped in to find double top at the second attempt to raise the roof in an emotion-filled Winter Gardens.

Durrant will now meet former World Matchplay champion Wade, who secured his 11th quarter-final appearance in his 14 Blackpool appearances with a hard-fought 13-11 win against Mensur Suljovic.

A see-saw affair, which saw the lead change hands seven times, saw both players miss a handful of darts each in the opening four legs before Wade pulled out a 134 finish to take a 3-2 lead.

Neither player was able to open up daylight from their opponent, but with Suljovic throwing for a 9-7 lead, Wade clinically took out 141 to restore parity at 8-8.

The battle went all the way to a tie-break and it seemed last year's runner-up Suljovic was going to make a perfectly-timed dash to the finish line with a break of throw to go 11-10 up, only for Wade to keep his cool and win three consecutive legs to advance to the last eight.

An action-packed night also saw Mervyn King sensationally dethrone reigning World Matchplay champion Anderson with an 11-8 victory.

Anderson got off to the best possible start with a clinical 130 finish at the end of a 12-dart leg, but King replied with three doubles from three attempts, including a 122 checkout, to go 3-1 up.

The next two legs also went King's way, before the tide turned in Anderson's favour as the two-time World Champion won six of the next seven legs to take a 7-6 lead.

The game was finely poised at 8-8 before King struck a decisive 14-dart break of throw to regain the lead, and then won the last two legs in 30 darts to book his place in the quarter-finals of a televised event for the first time in three years.

King's next assignment will see him take on Michael Smith, who reached the quarter-finals for the first time in his career thanks to a nail-biting 12-10 victory over Max Hopp.

Hopp started the better in the battle of the former World Youth Champions as he took a 4-1 lead, before Smith nailed a 130 checkout to start a run of five successive legs to go 6-4 in front.

German number one Hopp stopped the rot and later fired in an 11-dart break back to level it up at 7-7.

Smith broke straight back, only for Hopp to reply in kind in the nip-and-tuck contest, before the next four legs went with throw to take the match to a tie-break.

After Hopp missed a dart at double top, Smith found the same target with his last dart in hand to break throw, and then smashed in his sixth 180 of the contest on his way to a 13-darter to wrap a thrilling victory.

The second round concludes on Wednesday with the remaining four ties, as 2017 runner-up Peter Wright faces Simon Whitlock and 2018 World Champion Rob Cross takes on Krzysztof Ratajski.

World number four Daryl Gurney plays Keegan Brown and Stephen Bunting comes up against in-form Ian White.

2019 Betfred World Matchplay
Tuesday July 23
Second Round
Michael Smith 12-10 Max Hopp
James Wade 13-11 Mensur Suljovic
Mervyn King 11-8 Gary Anderson
Glen Durrant 13-11 Michael van Gerwen

Wednesday July 24 (1900 BST)
Second Round
Daryl Gurney v Keegan Brown
Stephen Bunting v Ian White
Rob Cross v Krzysztof Ratajski
Peter Wright v Simon Whitlock

2019 Unicorn Challenge Tour 11-12

BERRY VAN PEER and Andy Jenkins shared victories as the third PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour weekend of 2019 concluded in Peterborough on Sunday.

Van Peer, 22, claimed his first PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour title by defeating Cameron Menzies 5-2 in the Event 11 final in Peterborough.

The Dutchman has won three events previously on the Development Tour and reached the World Youth Championship final, before scooping the £2,000 top prize in Sunday's opening event, a marked achievement given his ongoing battle with dartitis.

He had survived missed match darts from Peter Mitchell in their quarter-final and then saw off fellow countryman Arjan Konterman 5-3 in the last four.

Menzies shared the opening four legs of the final, but Van Peer took the next three without reply - including a key 12-darter - to claim the Event 11 title.

Menzies' bid to win a third Challenge Tour title of his career saw him overcome two former winners at this level, Shaun Carroll and Barry Lynn, as well as youngster Rusty-Jake Rodriguez in the last four.

Experienced Andy Jenkins, who landed a nine-darter on Saturday, was amongst the Event 11 quarter-finalists alongside Mitchell, Mark Frost and David Adshead.

However, Jenkins would later go all the way to win Event 12 and claim his first PDC title for 16 years by edging out Boris Koltstov 5-4 in the deciding leg of their final.

With the scores locked at four-all, Jenkins landed scores of 174 and 180 to set up a possible 180 before the Russian powered in a maximum of his own - and both players missed a chance to take victory before the Cosham ace snatched the title.

Jenkins also defeated Patrick Lynskey, Chas Barstow and Justin Smith in nine-leg contest, as well as seeing off Ritchie Edhouse, Scott Taylor and Simon Preston in the event.

Koltsov was bidding to follow up January's Event Four victory with a second Challenge Tour win of the year, and whitewashed former UK Open champion Colin Osborne in the last eight before overcoming Jesus Noguera in the semi-finals.

Koltsov sits second on the Challenge Tour Order of Merit with £4,250 prize money following 12 events, behind leader Stephen Burton (£4,950), with Jenkins moving up to third with £3,900.

The PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour continues on August 10-11 with Events 13-16 at the Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton in the fourth of five weekends being held this year.

See full results in our Match Centre.

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Unicorn Challenge Tour Event 11
Unicorn Challenge Tour Event 12

Unicorn Challenge Tour Event 11
Quarter-Finals
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 5-4 David Adshead
Cameron Menzies 5-4 Andy Jenkins
Arjan Konterman 5-4 Mark Frost
Berry van Peer 5-4 Peter Mitchell

Semi-Finals
Cameron Menzies 5-2 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Berry van Peer 5-3 Arjan Konterman

Final
Berry van Peer 5-2 Cameron Menzies

Unicorn Challenge Tour Event 12
Quarter-Finals
Andy Jenkins 5-1 Simon Preston
Justin Smith 5-3 Michael Rasztovits
Boris Koltsov 5-0 Colin Osborne
Jesus Noguera 5-2 Christian Goedl

Semi-Finals
Andy Jenkins 5-4 Justin Smith
Boris Koltsov 5-2 Jesus Noguera

Final
Andy Jenkins 5-4 Boris Koltsov

2019 Unicorn Challenge Tour 9-10

CODY HARRIS and Nick Fullwell claimed victories on the opening day of the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour weekend in Peterborough on Saturday, while Andy Jenkins hit a nine-dart finish.

The East of England Arena played host to two events on Saturday, each offering £10,000 in prize money for PDPA Associate Members who did not win a Tour Card at the 2019 PDC Qualifying Schools.

New Zealand's World Cup quarter-finalist Cody Harris doubled his tally of career Challenge Tour titles in Event Nine, defeating Martin Atkins 5-1 in the final with a 103.4 average.

Harris, whose last Challenge Tour success came in May 2018, also posted a ton-plus average against Mark Walsh in the last 16, before beating Russia's Boris Koltsov in the quarter-finals and Jason Wilson in the last four.

Event Nine also saw Jenkins strike perfection in his quarter-final win over David Ladley, the 30th nine-darter of 2019 which set a new record for perfect legs hit in a calendar year in PDC events.
Event Ten saw former Tour Card Holder Nick Fullwell claim the third Challenge Tour crown of his career with a 5-1 victory over Nathan Rafferty in the final.

Fullwell, who won Challenge Tour events in 2016 and 2017, prevented Harris from claiming back-to-back titles by defeating the New Zealander in the semi-finals.

Following 20 events in 2019, the player who tops the Challenge Tour Order of Merit will book their place at Alexandra Palace for the 2019/20 World Championship.

The top two players on the Order of Merit will secure a two-year PDC Tour Card to compete on the PDC ProTour in 2020 and 2021, while players placed third to eighth will gain free entry to 2020 Qualifying School.

The Unicorn Challenge Tour continues on Sunday with Events 11 and 12 in Peterborough.

Find a full list of results through DartConnect.

Unicorn Challenge Tour Event Nine
Quarter-Finals
Cody Harris 5-2 Boris Koltsov
Jason Wilson 5-3 Andy Chalmers
Martin Atkins (Wigan) 5-4 Andrew Gilding
Andy Jenkins 5-4 David Ladley

Semi-Finals
Cody Harris 5-1 Jason Wilson
Martin Atkins (Wigan) 5-3 Andy Jenkins

Final
Cody Harris 5-1 Martin Atkins (Wigan)

Unicorn Challenge Tour Event Ten
Quarter-Finals
Nathan Rafferty 5-4 Kyle McKinstry
Shane McGuirk 5-4 Paul Rowley
Cody Harris 5-2 Scott Taylor
Nick Fullwell 5-2 Mareno Michels

Semi-Finals
Nathan Rafferty 5-3 Shane McGuirk
Nick Fullwell 5-2 Cody Harris

Final
Nick Fullwell 5-1 Nathan Rafferty

Wright regains German Darts Masters title

Peter Wright won the German Darts Masters for a second time in three years in Cologne on Saturday.

Wright, who won the 2017 title in Dusseldorf, defeated rising German star Gabriel Clemens 8-6 in the final in front of 8,000 fans at the Lanxess Arena to claim a third World Series of Darts crown.

The Scottish World Cup winner last lifted an individual TV title at the Melbourne Darts Masters in August 2018, but a series of clinical displays saw him overcome Nico Kurz, James Wade and Clemens in a marathon final session.

"It feels great to win this title again, I thought I was in the form to win it but you never know because there are so many good players who can beat you," said Wright, who also beat Germany's Robert Marijanovic in Friday's last 16.

"There were a few moments where I was lucky but I think I was skilful enough and mentally strong enough to win it. I'm coming back to my best but I'm not there yet.

"I've played Gabriel a couple of times and he's an amazing player, hats off to him. German darts has gone through an incredible rise and it's only going to keep growing, this tournament showed that."

Starring in his first televised final, Clemens got off to a perfect start by taking a 2-0 lead, and after Wright hit a 116 to get his first leg on the board, the German fired in a roof-raising 134 checkout using two double tops to regain his two-leg advantage.

Undeterred, Wright broke straight back and after the next two legs went with throw, Clemens missed two darts to go 5-3 up, allowing Wright to hit tops to level and then produce an 11-dart leg to hit the front for the first time at 5-4.

With time running out for Clemens to claw himself back into the contest, the German missed a dart at double 16 to make it 6-6, and Wright made no mistake on the same target to go within a leg of the title.

A determined Clemens refused to give in as he made it 7-6, but it was to be Wright's night as the former UK Open champion showed composure to find the match-winning double four and clinch the £20,000 top prize.

Despite defeat at the final hurdle, the tournament will go down as a landmark moment for three-time ProTour runner-up Clemens who reached his first televised final in front of an adoring German crowd.

The German number three followed up his opening round win over Raymond van Barneveld with victories over former World Champion Rob Cross and reigning German Darts Masters champion Mensur Suljovic in just his fifth TV event.

The 2019 World Series of Darts continues with the Brisbane Darts Masters from August 9-10, the first of a triple-header Down Under.

2019 German Darts Masters
Schedule of Play
Saturday July 13
Quarter-Finals
Peter Wright 8-6 Nico Kurz
James Wade 8-0 Daryl Gurney
Mensur Suljovic 8-2 Martin Schindler
Gabriel Clemens 8-5 Rob Cross

Semi-Finals
Peter Wright 8-4 James Wade
Gabriel Clemens 8-3 Mensur Suljovic

Final
Peter Wright 8-6 Gabriel Clemens

Van Gerwen and Anderson stunned

Martin Schindler and Nico Kurz stunned Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson on a thrilling opening night of the 2019 German Darts Masters, which also saw Gabriel Clemens beat Raymond van Barneveld in Cologne on Friday.

The second World Series of Darts event of the year got underway with eight top PDC stars taking on eight German representatives, as 22-year-old fans' favourite Schindler produced an incredible comeback from 5-1 down.

With 12-time World Series event winner Van Gerwen seemingly cruising through the quarter-finals, the world number one missed three match darts across two legs, allowing Schindler to make a perfectly-timed sprint to the finish line to raise the roof at the Lanxess Arena.

"It's an amazing feeling, I just can't even put it into words," said two-time World Cup of Darts quarter-finalist Schindler.

"I was shaking so much, I don't know how I won that game but I did it and right now I'm just so, so happy.

"This may be the biggest win of my career, I'm not even sure at the moment but when it sinks in I think it will be my biggest win."

Schindler will play Mensur Suljovic in Saturday's final session after the reigning champion got his bid for back-to-back titles off to an ideal start as he secured a dominant 6-2 win over the experienced Maik Langendorf.

Earlier in the night, another 22-year-old German Kurz produced one of the biggest shocks ever seen on the World Series with a sensational 6-4 win over two-time World Champion Anderson.

Kurz, who was making just his second televised appearance having missed darts to beat Jamie Lewis at the 2018 event, raised the roof with a 170 finish to take a 3-2 lead.

Six-time World Series event winner Anderson produced skin-saving checkouts of 138 and 79 to stay in the contest and trail 5-4, before Kurz coolly pinned double eight to seal a memorable victory.

"This is the biggest win of my career, I think I've never been so happy in my life," said Kurz, who became the first German winner on the World Series.

"Gary has always been a role model for me, he is one of the best players of all time. I still can't believe what I achieved today.

"I tried to focus on my game and not to pay attention to Gary or the amazing crowd, and I think it went pretty well!"data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAPABAP///wAAACH5BAEKAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw==

Kurz's next assignment will see him face Peter Wright after the reigning Melbourne Darts Masters champion fought off a spirited fightback from Robert Marijanovic to claim a 6-4 win.

Schindler and Kurz will be joined in the last eight by German number three Clemens, who dumped out four-time World Series event finalist Van Barneveld with a comprehensive 6-3 success.

The rising German star, who has reached three ranking finals in the last 14 months, flew out of the traps into a commanding 3-0 lead, before Van Barneveld rallied to cut the deficit to one leg.

However, Clemens' dominance resumed as he took three of the last four legs to wrap up a comfortable victory and set up a meeting with Rob Cross who didn't miss a dart at double in his clinical 6-4 success over German number one Max Hopp.

Last year's World Series of Darts Finals winner James Wade produced a clinical display to defeat Kevin Munch 6-2, and he will take on Daryl Gurney who also picked up a 6-2 win over TV debutant Christian Bunse.

The German Darts Masters concludes with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final on Day Two.

2019 German Darts Masters
Schedule of Play
Friday July 12
First Round
James Wade 6-2 Kevin Munch
Nico Kurz 6-4 Gary Anderson
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Christian Bunse
Peter Wright 6-4 Robert Marijanovic
Gabriel Clemens 6-3 Raymond van Barneveld
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Maik Langendorf
Martin Schindler 6-5 Michael van Gerwen
Rob Cross 6-4 Max Hopp

Saturday July 13 (2000 start local time)
Quarter-Finals
Peter Wright v Nico Kurz
Daryl Gurney v James Wade
Martin Schindler v Mensur Suljovic
Rob Cross v Gabriel Clemens

Semi-Finals
Wright/Kurz v Gurney/Wade
Schindler/Suljovic v Cross/Clemens

Final
v
All games best of 15 legs

2019 Betfred World Matchplay Draw

The draw for the prestigious 32-player tournament, which will be held from July 20-28 at Blackpool's Winter Gardens and shown live on Sky Sports, took place on Thursday live on Sky Sports News.

Anderson overcame Mensur Suljovic in an epic final to claim glory in 2018, and the Scot's bid to retain the Phil Taylor Trophy will start against Dutchman Noppert.

Two-time World Matchplay Champion Van Gerwen will be hoping to end his three-year wait for a third Blackpool title, and the world number one will take on Steve Beaton in a repeat of their memorable 2012 Winter Gardens clash which saw Van Gerwen hit a nine-dart finish.

2007 champion Wade is the only other previous winner in the field and he will play rising Dutch star Jeffrey de Zwaan, who returns to the scene of his incredible big-stage breakthrough of 12 months ago which saw him reach the semi-finals.

Glen Durrant will be one of the players taking to the famous Winter Gardens stage for the first time, and he will take on 2013 runner-up Adrian Lewis.

Like Durrant, Jamie Hughes will also be making his World Matchplay debut after just over six months on the PDC tour, and he will play Michael Smith, who will be looking to make it past the last 16 stage for the first time.

Last year's runner-up Suljovic will begin his quest to go one better in 2019 against rapid-fire Dutchman Jermaine Wattimena, while world number two Rob Cross meets Chris Dobey, who is among seven debutants.

Newly-crowned US Darts Masters Champion Nathan Aspinall will be targeting a hat-trick of televised titles in 2019, with his first round assignment seeing him take on Mervyn King.

Elsehwere, Peter Wright will face Vincent van der Voort, Gerwyn Price plays Stephen Bunting and Daryl Gurney comes up against Ricky Evans.

WSOD HAMILTON QUALIFIERS

David Platt completed the field for the Hamilton Darts Masters in New 8 with a 6-3 victory over Mike Bonser on the final day of qualifiers for 2019 Oceanic World Series of Darts Masters events at the Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club on Sunday.
The quarter final line up demonstrated the quality of the field who competed throughout the day. Platt took out Robbie King with a 5-3 win whilst Bonser eliminated Barry Jouannet Junior 5-1. The most comprehensive win of the stage went to Mick Lacey who defeated Brendon McCausland 5-0. The final match went in the favour of Tim Pusey who beat Willy Kimura 5-3. Half the competitors in the last eight had previously qualified for other World Series of Darts events in 2019.
The first semi final saw Platt match up against Lacey. The opening leg saw some poor darts thrown but eventually Platt held his throw before better demonstrating his class in winning each of the next two legs with 14 darts. Lacey then held throw before Platt did the same to move within a leg of the match. Platt then broke Lacey to win with a 171 third visit to the oche setting up a 12 dart leg (a ten darter had been on offer.) The final score reading 5 - 1 to Platt.
The second match of the same stage saw both players break the opening throw of their opponent before Bonser held his throw in the third leg. He then broke the Pusey throw only for his opponent to break straight back. Bonser broke Pusey for the third time in match (the Western Australian failed to hold any his throws in this match) but this time Bonser was able to hold his own throw (in 15 darts) to take out the match 5 – 2.
The final saw two players line up who had previous World Series of Darts Experience in Australia. Platt took the earlier momentum as he broke his opponent thanks to a 12 dart leg. As comprehensive as that leg was Bonser managed to break straight back. Platt then broke once more and this time in the fourth leg was able to hold throw to take a three leg lead. The lead quickly closed up as Bonser held throw and then broke the Platt throw for a second time. Bonser could not win three legs in a row though and Platt consolidated this further break by holding his throw to move within a leg of the match. Bonser missed a leg dart in the ninth leg and could only watch as Platt converted 66 on his next visit to take the match and the final spot on the World Series of Darts stage in Hamilton New Zealand.
Platt has actually played in Auckland before as part of the World Series of Darts program (he has also represented in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne) but was delighted to go to a new venue in New Zealand, Hamilton, by winning such a tough match. “I am glad to get back into the winners circle. A couple of semi finals and a final this week, I had to regroup and do what I know I can do, win a game of darts. It was an unusual final in that we were both readjusting throughout the match but I managed that part of the game. You need a game plan when you play Mike Bonser because if you have one misstep he will beat you, no ifs or buts. I look forward to playing in the World Series of Darts once again, I know what to expect and want to perform at my best on that stage. I know I can do better than I have done in the past at that level and will be aiming to put up my best game.”

DAY 4 WORLD SERIES OF DARTS

Day 4 and the Final Day of the World Series of Darts Quaifiers concludes today at the Warilla Bowls and recreational club Warilla NSW
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World Series of Darts Oceanic Qualifiers 2019 Finalised

Melbourne
The World Series of Darts Oceanic legs entrants concluded over the weekend at the Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club as three positions in Melbourne and Brisbane and the final position for Hamilton were filled.
Robbie King, Tim Pusey and Mick Lacey took out qualification for the Melbourne Darts Masters.
Former multiple World Youth Championship entrant Robbie King will make his debut on the World Series stage at the Melbourne Darts Masters after defeating Raymond O’Donnell (an entrant for Melbourne 2018) 6-1 in the final of qualifier one.
“I am super stoked to have qualified. I have been trying to qualify for a number of years now so to make it is amazing.”
King has had to take time off to fight some personal battles but this year has seen him make a very successful return to the oche, this result coming off the back of success on the Harrows DPA Pro Tour.
“I am looking forward to having a crack at the big boys. Having had a year off I have come back really excited this year and this is an amazing feeling. I have enjoyed some success this season and I am ready for the challenge of the big stage.”
He will be joined in the event by Team Misfits team mate Tim Pusey who qualified for back to back Melbourne Darts Masters after defeating Koha Kokiri 6-2 in the final of the second qualification event. For Pusey it was a return to the form that put him in the upper echelons of the Pro Tour last year.
“I can’t wait. I did not want to stop playing last year and had a pretty rough start this year so this is a feeling I can’t explain, I can’t put it into words.”
Pusey played in all three World Series events downunder last year so feels that he will be more prepared this time around.
“I know what to expect this time around and I will put a lot more practice in. This is a real buzz and I am already looking forward to being back on the big stage in Melbourne.”
The final position went to Team Rebel’s Mick Lacey as the Lone Wolf defeated Koha Kokiri 6-3 in the last qualifying final. Lacey’s consistency throughout the season had been impressive and it was a great confirmation of the ability that he possesses at the oche.
“For me this has been years in the making and a culmination of the success I have had this year.”
He was particularly pleased to be able to support his support network.
“This is a great achievement but more so it is a reward more for my wife, kids and parents. My parents have been involved in darts for years and my whole family have been a great support for my career. I am glad they now get to see me on the big stage. All the members of Team Rebel have been a great support as well and I am just over the moon to have this opportunity to reward all those who have got me here.”
The full field in Melbourne consists of Kyle Anderson, James Bailey, Corey Cadby, Damon Heta, Robbie King, Mick Lacey, Haupai Puha, and Tim Pusey on the local side. The PDC side of the draw consists of Gary Anderson, Rob Cross, Daryl Gurney, Raymond van Barneveld, Michael van Gerwen, James Wade, Simon Whitlock, and Peter Wright.
Brisbane
Haupai Puha, Koha Kokiri and Brendon McCausland have secured the final positions at the Brisbane Darts Masters.
The opening qualifier for the Brisbane Darts Masters was won by Haupai Puha who won the Final 6-4 over David Platt to qualify for his third World Series event for 2019 (having already qualified for Melbourne and Hamilton.)
Puha had just come off success in the World Cup with Cody Harris for Team NZ and victory in DPNZ qualifiers so was pleased such a long period away from home was over.
“It has not sunk in yet. I came over here to do the business and I have done it. It has been a long month in darts for me so to qualify for my third event is exciting.”
Puha’s aim is to help encourage the next generation of darts players in New Zealand to get involved in the sport.
“Hopefully this inspires other young Kiwi darts players to reach for their goals. I look forward to playing such prestigious events.”
The second qualifier for Brisbane was won by Puha’s Team Kiwi DPNZ DPA compatriot Koha Kokiri. Kokiri had shaken off his loss in the final of the Melbourne qualifier earlier in the day to take down 2018 World Youth Championship entrant Ryan Lynch by six legs to two.
For Kokiri it is the fourth time on the World Series stage having played at the Perth Darts Masters in 2016 and 2017 and the Melbourne Darts Masters in its inaugural event (2017.)
“I am excited to be back on the big stage once more. It has been a very busy day for me but to win tonight after the disappointment of earlier in the day is brilliant.”
“I wont change anything from what I have done in the past on the big stage because I know I have the game to be able to compete.”
The last spot was taken up by Team Misfits’ Brendon McCausland, who defeated team mate Tim Pusey in the final qualifier by six legs to three.
For McCausland it capped up off a meteoric return to the game.
“I came back into the game this year and aimed to qualify for TV so I have achieved my ambition. I am looking forward to being able to take my dad to the event and let him watch me against the overseas professionals as he loves the game as much as I do.”
He has strong ties with Australia’s number one player, and is looking forward to perhaps getting drawn against him in Brisbane.
“It would be a buzz to play Simon Whitlock at the event as we have a long history as playing and practice partners. “
The full field in Brisbane consists of Kyle Anderson, James Bailey, Corey Cadby, Damon Heta, Koha Kokiri, Brendon McCausland, Haupai Puha, and Ben Robb on the local side. The PDC side of the draw consists of Gary Anderson, Rob Cross, Daryl Gurney, Raymond van Barneveld, Michael van Gerwen, Mick Lacey, James Wade, Simon Whitlock, and Peter Wright.

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