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Day 2 Harrows DPA Australian Pro Tour Event

Day 2 of the Harrows DPA Australian Pro Tour Event continues saturday at the Seaford Hotel , Seaford Victoria
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Harrows DPA Australian Pro Tour Event

The Harrows DPA Pro tour event continues this friday through to Sunday at the Seaford Hotel , Seaford Victoria
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Challenge Tour Update Sydney and Queensland

The challenge tour continued, and indeed concluded in two venues over the weekend.
In Sydney, at the ALH’s Mount Pritchards Hotel, Kerry Allen took out the first event on the Saturday after overcoming James Doherty in the semi final he defeated Mark Lennard in the final 5-2. That afternoon he progressed to another final in the straight knock out but lost out in the final, 5-4 in the deciding leg, to Liam McLennan.
On Sunday McLennan continued his success as he knocked out Alex Clarke 4-3 in the semi final and then overcame Mark Wortley five legs to two in the final. Wortley got his revenge in the quarter finals over McLennan and went on to make the final where he took on Kerry Allen. Allen top and tailed the weekend by winning the final 5-3.
After the conclusion of the 24th and final event Kerry Allen, James Doherty, Craig Hussey and Liam McLennan had finished in the top four to qualify for a pro tour card from Sydney.
The Queensland event was held at the ever popular Pine Rivers venue. Peter Willmott won the final 5-3 over Dave Evans in the first event before Jimmy Raroa won the second final of the day in the deciding leg (5-4) over Mark Dutton. Dutton had been the only player to make both sets of semi finals on the day.
On the Sunday Evans made his second final of the weekend and this time he finished the happier player, winning the final 5-1 over Rob Cameron. In the final event in Queensland Peter Willmott took on Jimmy Raroa with the winner becoming the first dual winner on one weekend of the Queensland legs of the challenge tour since event one. Willmott would be the person to take that title as he replicated what happened in Sydney by winning the first and last event of the weekend, winning the final 5-2.
Jimmy Raroa won a very tight race at Pine Rivers overall, with David Evans second, Rob Cameron third and Tony Davy fourth. Dual weekend winner Peter Willmott came fifth overall, missing out on a tour card by twenty points.
The challenge tour still have events in ACT, the south coast of NSW at Mollymook and Victoria to go.

Van Gerwen Victorious in Hamilton

Michael van Gerwen went back-to-back on the World Series as he defeated Raymond van Barneveld 8-1 in the final of the 2019 NZ Darts Masters, presented by Burger King and TAB.
The current World Champion, who won the corresponding event in Auckland in 2018 and also a World Series title in Melbourne last week, was too good for his fellow Dutchman in the final and went on to claim the inaugural NZ Darts Masters crown in front of a 4000-strong crowd at the Claudelands Arena in Hamilton.
It was a third final in five years in New Zealand for Van Barneveld, but in a repeat of the 2018 decider, Van Gerwen once again proved too strong for his retiring compatriot.
The final began with Van Barneveld missing three darts at doubles in the opening two legs with Van Gerwen punishing his opponent to take a 2-0 lead.
The pain didn’t stop for Van Barneveld there, as his fellow countryman piled on the pressure and broke again with a 100 checkout in the fourth leg, before going five-nil ahead.
The 52-year old eventually did get a leg on the board as he pinned double ten in the sixth leg of the match to stop the rot and stall Van Gerwen’s relentless surge to the title.
That brief moment of joy was short-lived for Van Barneveld though as the world number one went on to win the next three legs and walk away with the title.
“I am so happy to win this title in Hamilton, it has been a phenomenal tournament and the crowd has been amazing,” said Van Gerwen after the final.
“I told my wife before I left three weeks ago, I am going to win two of the three events whilst I’m away and I’m so happy to have done that.
“To play a final against Raymond is always an honour. Raymond has been good for darts, like Maradona was good for football but now Messi has taken over. It’s the same in darts now."
Van Gerwen, who came within a dart of being knocked out by Kyle Anderson in round one, also discussed his ability to put bad performances behind him after the decider.

“Mentally I am the strongest player, I know how good I am and no bad game will ever change that," he added.
“I can never be perfect all the time, I am not a robot but I know how strong I am and I know I am the best right now.”
The 32-year-old began his final day surge to a 14th World Series title with a scintillating 8-5 win over his big rival Gary Anderson in a repeat of their last eight clash in Melbourne a week earlier.
The Scot, who had to have two teeth removed on the day of the game after suffering with toothache, still managed to put up a worthy fight against his opponent.
The Premier League champion punished Anderson for some early misses to take control of the quarter-final and went on to finish the match with an average of over 106.
The semi-final was a far more straightforward affair as Van Gerwen put former world champion Rob Cross to the sword in an 8-3 victory and set up the all-Dutch clash with van Barneveld.
The five-time World Champion’s route to his first World Series final of 2019 saw him first take on Daryl Gurney in the last eight, where almost 60% on his double attempts proved the crucial statistic with Van Barneveld running out a 8-6 winner.
James Wade was the Dutchman’s semi-final opponent, with the current World Series of Darts Finals champion aiming to win a first televised title of 2019.
Like in his quarter-final encounter, greater finishing accuracy proved to be the telling point of the semi-final with Van Barneveld hitting almost 50 percent of his attempts, compared to Wade’s 30 percent.
The 2014 Premier League champion would eventually seal a 8-5 win and secure a place in the final in Hamilton.
Despite the loss, Van Barneveld spoke of his pride after the final.

“How can you be sad when the crowd is so amazing?" said Van Barneveld. "I am so thankful for this crowd and I’m sorry I couldn’t say goodbye with the title.
“I have had an amazing week and I just want to say thank you to the PDC and all the staff for making this a fantastic trip.
“There is a lot left to play for this year so it is time to go home, rest and get ready for the rest of the year.”
The 2019 World Series of Darts will conclude in November with the Finals taking place in Amsterdam for the first time between November 1-3 with Michael van Gerwen taking his place as the number one seed.
Tickets for the 2019 World Series of Darts Finals are still available at this link.
2019 NZ Darts Masters, presented by Burger King & TAB
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 (1800 local time)
James Wade 6-5 Craig Caldwell
Ben Robb 6-4 Simon Whitlock
Daryl Gurney 6-2 David Platt
Rob Cross 6-2 Warren Parry
Gary Anderson 6-3 Haupai Puha
Peter Wright 6-1 Damon Heta
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Kyle Anderson
Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 Cody Harris
Best of 11 legs

Saturday, August 24 (1800 local time)
Quarter-Finals
James Wade 8-4 Peter Wright
Raymond van Barneveld 8-6 Daryl Gurney
Michael van Gerwen 8-5 Gary Anderson
Rob Cross 8-3 Ben Robb

Semi-Finals
Raymond van Barneveld 8-5 James Wade
Michael van Gerwen 8-3 Rob Cross

Final
Michael van Gerwen 8-1 Raymond van Barneveld

2019 NZ Darts Masters - Day One

Michael van Gerwen had to survive a scare and four match-darts against Kyle Anderson on day one of the New Zealand Darts Masters presented by Burger King and TAB, setting up another quarter-final clash with Gary Anderson in the process.

The PDC’s first trip to the Claudelands Arena in Hamilton also saw New Zealander Ben Robb defeat Simon Whitlock to progress to the last eight.

The story of the night came from the penultimate game of the session though, as Anderson missed four opportunities to defeat world number one van Gerwen.

Anderson, who won the corresponding event in Auckland in 2017, started the better of the two in what was a sloppy beginning to the match but missed darts to go 3-0 up and was punished by Van Gerwen who tied it up at 2-2.

The pair then traded holds of throw, with the Dutchman taking out 164 in the ninth leg to take the game to a decider.

The drama then came in the eleventh with Anderson missing four darts to end a nine-match losing streak to the World Champion who progressed on double ten.

“I’m not proud of anything I did today. I feel sorry for everyone who is watching because I let myself down tonight and I always want to put on a show for everyone in the crowd and watching at home.

“I made so many mistakes tonight but I will be back tomorrow and play much better than this.”

The Premier League champion will now face Gary Anderson in a repeat of their quarter-final encounter a week earlier in Melbourne, which saw Van Gerwen come out the victor.

Anderson booked his spot in the last eight having to battle through toothache to overcome Haupai Puha.

The Scot who had been suffering during the day still managed to see off his New Zealand opponent in a 6-3 win.

Ben Robb became only the second man from New Zealand to win on his home stage on the World Series after beating Simon Whitlock 6-4.

Mark McGrath was the first in 2018, when he defeated Michael Smith in Auckland and Robb repeated the feat a year later.

Whitlock began the stronger of the pair, breaking in the second leg for a 2-0 lead, but a run of four consecutive legs put Robb firmly in control.

Whitlock did manage to draw level again though, courtesy of a 127 finish before the Kiwi took out 16 and 80 to seal the win.

“Two weeks ago I didn’t play my game at all,” Robb said.

“It feels like all that hard work has paid off. All that practice that no one sees, when everyone else is in bed and I am working hard. am just glad to have done it in front of my friends and family.”

Robb will now face Rob Cross in the quarter-finals after the former World Champion averaged 99.84 in his 6-2 victory over Warren Parry.

Dutch legend Raymond van Barneveld began his final competitive tournament in New Zealand with a 6-5 victory over home favourite Cody Harris, surviving a match-dart at the bull to progress.

Poor finishing was the story in the first half of the match but two moments of quality took the game all the way to the deciding leg.

First Van Barneveld took out 161 to move 5-4 up and seemingly on his way to the last eight but Harris then produced a moment of magic of his own, checking out 150 to level at 5-5.

The New Zealander began the deciding leg with a 180 but wasn’t able to capitalise as he missed a dart at the bullseye before Van Barneveld pinned double 16 for a dramatic win.

“Wow, that was tough,” said Van Barneveld after the game.

“After going up 3-1 I just kept missing and missing and gave him a chance.

“After the 161 I felt good and thought I had the match but he hit the amazing 150 finish. I am just very happy to get the win and come back tomorrow.

I want to give the crowd a lot more against Daryl on Saturday, they have been amazing to me this year.”

The Dutch ace will now take on Daryl Gurney after the world number three raced in to a 5-0 lead against former World Championship qualifier David Platt before eventually getting over the line in a 6-2 win.

James Wade produced a superb comeback to recover from 5-3 down and beat Craig Caldwell to claim a spot in the quarter-finals in Hamilton.

Caldwell, who was beaten by Wade in the 2015 Sydney Darts Masters, set the early pace and took out 142 in the second leg to delight the Hamilton crowd.

The first break came in the fifth leg with Caldwell punishing Wade for some poor scoring and missing a dart at double.

However, at 5-3 and with the New Zealander sat on 96, Wade took out 116 on double 18 to hold throw.

A break followed in the next leg with the Englishman pinning double ten for a 140 finish to level the match, before going on to find tops to move in to a quarter-final match with Peter Wright who convincingly defeated Brisbane champion Damon Heta 6-1.

“I’ve got to be better tomorrow against Peter but I feel like I’ve been a little unlucky with the qualifiers this trip. They keep hitting big checkouts against me at the right times,” joked Wade after the win.

“Fair play to Damon over the last couple of weeks he deserved to win and today I had to dig deep to get the win. The guys over here are improving every year.”

Wright though, despite the convincing 6-1 scoreline against Heta, was unhappy with his performance.

“I struggled, I wasn’t playing Damon, I was playing myself.

“I was trying a new set of darts out but I felt confident taking a new set of darts up on stage but for some reason the trebles looked really small.

“I probably need to play someone who is hitting lots of 180s and doubles to get the best out of me. I just kept saying to myself why are you playing this bad?”

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 via this link.

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 1900 BST on Friday and from 1800 BST on Saturday.

2019 NZ Darts Masters, presented by Burger King & TAB
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 (1800 local time)
James Wade 6-5 Craig Caldwell
Ben Robb 6-4 Simon Whitlock
Daryl Gurney 6-2 David Platt
Rob Cross 6-2 Warren Parry
Gary Anderson 6-3 Haupai Puha
Peter Wright 6-1 Damon Heta
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Kyle Anderson
Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 Cody Harris
Best of 11 legs

Saturday, August 24 (1800 local time)
Quarter-Finals
Peter Wright v James Wade
Daryl Gurney v Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen v Gary Anderson
Rob Cross v Ben Robb

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

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