Less than a fortnight after retiring from the PDC in the final of the World Championships, Phil Taylor was back at the oche at the Pro Darts Series in Brisbane on Wednesday Night. He took on Raymond Smith and early on the match was tight but with Smith unable to make the most of his early chances after taking a leg off Taylor, it was the 16 time World Champion who gained the momentum and continued his success on the east coast of Australia with a 6-1 victory.
Taylor was certainly pleased with how things went, “I had fun out there tonight, the lad played well and I needed to play well against him. I was really happy with the whole match. It is great to be able to enjoy my darts and spend more time discovering Australia.”
Earlier in the night his next round opponent was set as Rhys Mathewson continued on his way of upsetting the big names in televised completion by defeating American superstar Johnny K 6-3. Mathewson, whilst not completely on top of his game, was able to withhold the mini revivals his opponent had throughout the match with consistent, if not always spectacular, darts.
The next round also saw a match between Australian legends set as Russell Stewart defeated Tic Bridge 6-4, and Robbie King took out Jamie Harvey. 6-3 to make it into the second night.
Andy Hamilton had kicked off the night with a good win over Lewis Kirk 6-1. After the match we was happy with his progress. “I enjoyed myself tonight, I felt at times the timing coming back but it needs to be more consistent still.”
In the next round Hammer will take on Aussie hero Kyle Anderson which promises to be spectacular. Hamilton defeated Lewis Kirk 6-1 in the first match of the night whilst Anderson kept the locals happy with a 6-4 win over Tahuna Tahu. For the Kiwi it was a great way to start his career on the big stage as he fought hard to see off Anderson only to find himself unable to hold out Anderson in the end. That half of the draw also includes Stewart and King.
Taylor and Mathewson are also on the side of the draw by the match created after Simon Whitlock saw off Lucas Cameron 6-0 and Ray O’Donnell, all the way from Broken Hill, upset the African Warrior, Devon Peterson by 6 legs to 4.
The opening night of the pro darts series was a spectacular success and there is surely more to come on night two.
Order of play night 2
Quarter Finals
Best of 13 legs
Russell Stewart v Robbie King
Simon Whitlock v Ray Odonnell
Phil Taylor v Rhys Mathewson
Kyle Anderson v Andy Hamilton