ALL AUSTRALIAN FINAL at the Auckland Masters

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