Kyle Anderson and Phil Taylor share the spoils in Queensland

Kyle Anderson and Phil Taylor share the spoils in Mackay Queensland as they finish the DPA pro series event on equal points

Kyle Anderson defeated Raymond Smith to take out the final day of the DPA International Pro Darts Series in Mackay Queensland

Raymond Smith won the bull and threw first with both players scoring early 140s. Kyle Anderson missed the 170 required and could not convert the remainder at his next visit. Chasing 24 Smith could not convert either and Anderson came back to break the throw. 1-0 to Anderson.
A 180 start from Anderson on his throw put him well ahead in the next leg. Anderson moved from 179 to 40 with a 139 visit and then got the second leg at his next visit. 2-0 to Anderson. The next leg saw Smith stay ahead and with Anderson well behind he chased 78, albeit unsuccessfully. With Anderson sitting on tops Smith hit the double 6 required with his second dart. 2-1.
A poor 28 start from Kyle Anderson was somewhat punished by Raymond Smith with 95 before 140 put Anderson back in more positive territory. A century saw Anderson move to 148 as 78 moved Smith to 144. With Anderson on 70 Smith scored 94 and left 50. Anderson left 16 after his next visit and to break throw Smith hit 18 but missed two at double 16. Double four eventually gave Anderson the leg. 3-1.
In the next leg inconsistent scoring hampered both players but it was Smith who was able to collect a check out and move to within a leg of his opponent, 3-2. A 140 in the next leg moved Kyle Anderson to 68 as Raymond Smith sat on 116. With two darts Anderson was able to hold throw and move 4-2 ahead.
Against the throw Anderson hit his second maximum and followed it up with a 134 to leave 187. 97 at his next visit left Anderson on 90 and he left tops for his next visit which he hit on his first dart. A 120 start in the next leg helped Anderson move ahead yet again and another 140 put him on 141. With his opponent well behind Anderson left 46 for a check out on his next visit to the oche. A ten and double 18 saw Anderson complete a 14 dart leg put Anderson 6-2 ahead.
Smith started with a 140 in the next leg which was not quite matched by his opponent. Another 100 from Smith was this time matched by his opponent. A 131 moved Smith to 130 as 88 moved Anderson to 194. Smith could only get 58 to leave 72 as a 121 left Anderson on 73. Smith could not convert his lead as Anderson hit tops for the match. 7-2.
Kyle Anderson 7 Raymond Smith 2
Phil Taylor and Kyle Anderson finish equal on 60 points overall for the series as a whole.

MATCH REPORTS

QF 1: GG Mathers v Raymond Smith
GG threw first and both players scored 140s in their second visit. Mathers had first go at a check out with 136 but only secured 78 as Smith attempted 130 but he missed the bull for the leg. Two darts at double 20 were well over the top for Mathers but Smith failed to secure the 30 he required and Mathers got tops with his first dart on the next visit. 1-0 to Mathers on throw.
With Smith’s opening throw he got first shot at a check out score with 96 whilst Mathers moved to 108. Triple 20, 18 and a double 9 tied the game back up for Smith. The next leg was tight as Mathers moved to 122 and had six darts at it. Smith moving from 180 to 40 put the pressure on Mathers and he buckled, leaving 40 for himself. Smith scored the break with last dart in hand. 2-1 to Smith.
A century opening from Smith and a follow up of the same looked to have put him well ahead until Mathers scored 180, although 135 helped Smith as it put him on 170. He required 86 from his next visit and got it with two darts to move him 3-1 ahead.
Mathers opened poorly in the next leg and Smith punished him but the leg tightened through the middle. Smith left himself on another 170 checkout as Mathers sat on 126. Smith got the two treble 20s and then 25 attempting the maximum check out but failed to convert the remaining 25 on his next visit. Mathers was missing some fat numbers to set up the appropriate check out and this led Smith to have another shot at the leg but he left himself two. Mathers missed three at tops as Smith failed to get the two on his next visit. Mathers got the leg with double 5 to hold his throw. 3-2.
Smith took a considerable lead on his next throw as 140 left him on 64. Mathers was on 140 as Smith missed tops for the leg. Mathers scored 100 on his return to the oche but then Smith hit double ten with his next dart to win the leg and move the score to 4-2.
A 132 start helped Mathers in the next leg and he moved well ahead, requiring just 90 on his fourth visit. He secured 21, leaving 69 but with Smith well behind he had another shot at it and collected it for the leg. 4-3.
A 140 helped Smith in the next leg on throw and a 135 left him on 170 again. A 131 left 102 for Mathers as Smith could not collect Shanghai which he had left himself after only getting 50 on his previous visit. Mathers left 54 as Smith failed to convert his check out. Both players missed the double ten for the leg as Smith finally got a check out with the double 5 at his next visit. 5-3.
A 140 for Smith left him on 161 in leg nine. Next visit a 135 left Mathers on 115 and he secured it when required to hold throw. 5-4.
Smith scored a 140 with his next start which was almost matched by Mathers (119). A poor next visit from Smith was not punished by Mathers. However a few lesser visits still left Smith on 144 and with Mathers well behind he did not have to chase it and left himself requiring 50 which he collected with last dart in hand on his next visit. 6-4.
A Mathers 65 start in the opening of the next leg was punished by Smith with 131, followed up by a 140 visit. Another 140 left him needing 90 for the match after just nine darts. Triple 18 and double 18 from Raymond Smith put the match away, 7-4.
Raymond Smith 7 GG Mathers 4

QF 2 Andy Hamilton v Phil Taylor
This match could have been played in a pub in Talke, near Stoke, called the Skylark but it was played in Mackay Queensland. It was Taylor on throw showing all the experience to win the first leg with great accuracy. A 180 on his second visit against the throw moved Taylor ahead in the second leg as well. A 140 left Taylor on 121. With a double 14 Taylor checked out for the break and a 209 lead.
A poor opening from Taylor in the next leg was not punished by Hamilton. He had another shot at it after Taylor only scored 84 in two visits and scored 93. 99 left Taylor on 138 as Hamilton moved from 214 to 76. Taylor missed the double 9 for the leg as Hamilton secured tops for the leg on his last dart at hand. It was a break of throw and the score read 2-1 to Taylor.
A 120 start from Hamilton was beaten by Taylor (132) and he then put the foot down with a 137. A 140 then pushed Hamilton even further back. His 13th dart secured double 16 for Taylor and he got the break straight back, the score going to 3-1 to Taylor. He then started with a 140 in the next leg and quickly moved ahead, soon leaving himself on 99. A 59 visit left Taylor on tops and he secured the leg with a double ten on his 15th dart. 4-1 to Taylor.
Hamilton moved well ahead in the next leg until Taylor secured a maximum, the second of the match for him. A follow up 81 was enough to put pressure on his opponent but Hamilton did score 117 to leave 141. Taylor moved to 80 as Hamilton left himself on 100. Taylor missed tops for the leg and with two double 20s Hammer was able to secure the 100 needed to hold throw. 4-2 to Taylor.
The next leg started 140 for Taylor and Hamilton could not match it this time around. Taylor moved well ahead but with Hamilton needing 140 Taylor chased 108 unsuccessfully, missing the double 16 required. Hamilton left 40 but Taylor made no mistake with his double 16 at his next throw. 5-2 to Taylor.
Hamilton needed to win the next leg on throw but soon lost the advantage. Hamilton hit a 135 finish with great bull work (25, treble 20, bull), securing a 12 dart leg with Taylor ready to pounce if he failed to convert. 5-3 to Taylor.
Hamilton then started with 180 on Taylor’s throw and moved ahead, leaving 132 with Taylor on 164. Hamilton then secured 88 to leave 44, as 124 left Taylor on 44. Two misses at double 16 were Hamilton’s chances to break throw but instead Taylor took the chance the misses provided him to move 6-3 ahead.
A 140 start from Hamilton in the tenth leg was backed up with the same on his next visit. 89 left Hamilton on 132 as Taylor moved to 241. Hammer just missed the bull as he went 25, treble 19 and 25 for the leg but scored the checkout with his second dart on his next visit. 6-4 to Taylor.
The next leg saw Taylor take a good lead early but 134 from Hamilton tied things up after two visits each. 140 from Taylor moved him to 166 and a further 59 left him on 107 for the match. Hamilton moved from 248 to 125 with a 123 as Taylor missed double 16 for the match at his next visit. Hamilton then extraordinarily hit two bulls in a row (he needed 25 as the second dart) and had to suffice with a further 9. With two darts Taylor was able to take out the match 7-4.
Phil Taylor 7 Andy Hamilton 4

QF 3 Dimitri Van Den Bergh v John Kuczynski
Van Den Bergh threw first in the third quarter final and scored a double 16 with his 16th dart for the leg. The second leg was tight as Johnny K moved from 225 to 95 with a 130. His Belgian opponent moved from 180 to 55. The American missed his chance at the leg and Van Den Bergh took full advantage to go two legs up.
The next leg was not high scoring from either player until Van Den Bergh hit 180 to move to 103. He missed the double 18 for the leg and it took a further six darts for him to take the third leg. A 140 in the next leg from the Belgian was matched by his American opponent. Van Den Bergh just missed the double 18 for the leg but got it with the first dart of his next visit. 4-0 to Van Den Bergh.
A 140 from Van Den Bergh moved him to 178 and a follow up 162 left him needing double 8 for the leg. He secured it with his second shot at that double. The next leg was Kuczynski’s throw and he scored 100 which was bettered by his opponent (131). A 135 second visit verses 60 put the American ahead. Another 140 left Kuczynski on 126. However 180 put him under pressure with the Belgian now needing 130. The American missed the bull for the leg as his opponent did the same on his next visit. With last dart in hand Johnny Kuczynski won the leg. 5-1 to Van Den Bergh.
Van Den Bergh took a good lead in the next leg as 133 moved him to only needing 32 for the leg. It took him two darts on his next visit to move 6-1 ahead.
A 180 start against the throw put Van Den Bergh well ahead in the eighth leg and he followed it up with a 75. He moved to 170 after nine darts but could only collect 100 on his next visit. With a double 16 Van Den Bergh made light work of the last leg to win the match 7-1.
Dimitri Van Den Bergh 7 John Kuczynski 1
QF 4 Kyle Anderson v Dave Littleboy
Kyle Anderson started well on Dave Littleboy’s throw as a 140 left him on 50. A 135 response from his opponent left 70 and Anderson could not convert his chances. Littleboy missed bull for the leg and Anderson made him pay with his second dart and a double five for the break. 1-0 to Anderson.
A 180 in the next leg moved Anderson to 230 but 60 the visit after left him on 170. With Littleboy so far behind the 40 ‘The Original’ threw did not seem problematic at the time but a follow up 24 was more troublesome. With 164 required Littleboy scored 85 to leave 79. 88 from Anderson then left 18 as Littleboy then left 8. A double 9 with his first dart next visit put Anderson 2-0 up.
A 140 from Littleboy put him back in the next leg after Anderson had etched out a small lead. 100 put Anderson on 96 as Littleboy secured a maximum to leave 4. 74 from Anderson was not enough for the leg but the double 2 eluded Littleboy and Anderson stepped back up to the oche to break his opponent again. 3-0.
Another maximum from Littleboy in the next leg was well received by the crowd. With Littleboy on 96 a 140 left Anderson on 43. Littleboy left tops as Anderson missed two darts at tops for the leg. Littleboy did not convert with his next three darts and Anderson made him pay at his next visit to lead 4-0.
Littleboy fell behind again in the fifth leg and a 180 helped Anderson move to 94 after 12 darts. 123 was useful for his opponent as he moved to 109. Both players could not convert on their next visit but another double 5 from Anderson with his last dart in hand gave him another leg. 5-0.
On his own throw a 135 moved Anderson to 180. 41 then moved him to 139 and 99 left tops. Littleboy put a little pressure on with 100 leaving 81 and sure enough Anderson did not get the required double. However Littleboy then missed tops for the leg and Anderson took full advantage of the miss, hitting yet another double 5 with his last dart in hand (the third time he has done this in the match) for a 6-0 lead.
140 from Anderson left 79 in the seventh leg. A century left his opponent on 110. 19 and double tops left the same dart needed for the match but Anderson hit 20 instead. Littleboy could not finish with his next visit after a wayward first throw and Anderson hit the double 10 required for the match. 7-0 was the final score to Kyle Anderson.
Kyle Anderson 7 Dave Littleboy 0
SF 1 Phil Taylor v Raymond Smith
Taylor’s first visit of the match was a 180 and his second a 140 against the throw and with 76 he moved to 105. Smith moved to 101 but a century plus check out and 12 darter, Taylor went a leg ahead. In the second leg the players went blow for blow early until a 60 from Smith could not match Taylor’s 100. Taylor then just missed a 141 for the leg. With Smith on 58 Taylor left six and Smith took full advantage to break Taylor’s throw straight away.
The third leg saw Smith move from 164 to 124 as Taylor left 188. Smith then left 82 as Taylor scored a 140, leaving Taylor on 48. Smith then missed tops for the leg and Taylor missed two double 16s for his own finish and with the checkout on his next visit Smith went a leg ahead.
A 177 start in the next leg for Smith was only followed up by a 41 and Taylor managed to get back ahead. However with 60 needed Smith scored a double 5 to go 3-1 ahead. A 100 start from Smith was bettered by a 140 on Taylor’s second visit to the oche. Another 140 left Taylor on 161. He could not convert but Smith was not on a finish so he had another visit, although under pressure as Smith moved to 81. Taylor could not convert and left 58 as a double 12 gave Smith a 4-1 lead.
A 140 helped Taylor on his own throw in the next leg and he moved a long way ahead in that leg. A 134 visit left Taylor needing 50 and he converted at the next visit. 4-2 to Smith.
In leg seven a 134 from Taylor left himself on 32 with Smith was well behind on 131. The double 16 put the match back on throw at 4-3. The next leg on Taylor’s throw saw the man from Stoke dominate, although Smith did secure a 180 to move to 105. Taylor scored the 24 required though to move the match to 4-4.
A 140 start from Taylor put the pressure on his opponent and he followed it up with a maximum to move to 181 after six darts. 99 then left 82 for Taylor with his opponent well behind (at 198) and the 16 time world champion did the business on his next visit. 5-4 to Taylor.
He then celebrated a maximum start in the next leg and got 101 to move to 220 on his next visit. Another 100 left Shanghai for Taylor but he could not secure it. With Smith on 198 Taylor got the treble 20 and double 8 required for a 14 dart leg and a 6-4 lead.
Smith started the next leg with a 140 and looked to take maximum advantage with 100 second time around. 92 left the Queenslander on 112 and another 80 left him needing 32. Taylor could not get 160 but left 20 which he was not able to return to the oche to chase as Smith checked out. 6-5.
Smith took a small lead after the first visit on the next leg. A 125 from Taylor on his third visit put pressure on Smith but he was up to it with a 100 visit. Taylor could only then secure 45 as Smith moved from 218 to 38 with a maximum visit. Taylor scored 83 to move to 65. A double 19 with last dart in hand broke Taylor to move the match back to parity at 6-6.
A 43 start was not great for Smith as Taylor scored 80 at his first visit in the final leg. A 140 helped Smith move to 318 as Taylor hit 136 to go to 285. A great last dart moved Smith to 218 before Taylor hit 100 to leave 185. Another 100 left Smith on 118. Taylor could only throw 65 to leave 120. Smith then missed one dart at tops for the match. Then Taylor missed the same for the match (after taking the first two parts of Shanghai.) Smith then hit double 20 for a historic victory, 7-6.
Raymond Smith 7 Phil Taylor 6
SF 2 Dimitri Van Den Bergh v Kyle Anderson
Dimitri Van Den Bergh started poorly with a 41 but Kyle Anderson could not punish it properly. A few bounce outs for both players did not help either through the leg. Van Den Bergh chased 144 with Anderson on 170 but could only get 52. Anderson then checked out the 170 required for an early break.
Two 57 starts from each player was followed by a big visit from Anderson and then a 123 to leave 181. 95 left Anderson on 86 and well ahead of his opponent. He got the 86 required for another leg. 2-0 to Anderson.
A useful 140 for Van Den Bergh in the next leg moved him to 208 and he then left himself needing 152. Anderson was on 130 when Van Den Bergh scored 64 to leave 88. Anderson just missed the double 5 for the leg after scoring two treble 20s and his opponent got the 88 to get his first leg of the match and move the score to 2-1.
Heavy scoring early from both players in the next leg. Anderson needed another 170 check out as Van Den Bergh just missed 135, however the Aussie could not convert at his next visit. Amazingly the Belgian then missed the 25 he required and instead Anderson collected 72 to take a 3-1 lead.
More high scoring in the next leg as a 140 left Anderson on 140 and the same left Van Den Bergh on 60. Anderson missed the double ten for the leg and Van Den Bergh invited him back to the oche after missing two of his own checkouts. Anderson took full advantage to lead 4-1.
Anderson then opened the next leg on his throw with a 180. With Anderson on 196 he could only get sixty but Van Den Bergh was on a bogey score of 178. Anderson needed tops and with his 13th dart he took another leg. 5-1.
A poor start from the Belgian was only punished a little by Anderson. 59 left Anderson on yet another 170 as Van Den Bergh scored 84 to leave Shanghai. 82 left 88 with a good last dart from Anderson. Dimitri then went 20, bull, and bull for the leg. 5-2 to Anderson.
Van Den Bergh then scored 177 before Anderson hit 180 in response in the eighth leg. 75 left Anderson on 146 with 140 leaving Van Den Bergh on 124. With Anderson on 90 the Belgian could not make the 124. Anderson left double ten for the leg as his opponent could not convert on his next visit. Anderson missed all three darts at double ten and Van Den Bergh got the double 16 required to move within two legs.
Another good start from Van Den Bergh and he took a good lead in the ninth leg. He needed 152 but missed the double 16 required. However with Anderson well behind (187) Van Den Bergh returned to the oche and got the 32 required. 5-4 to Anderson.
A 180 start in the 10th leg from Anderson was followed up by a visit of 134. Anderson then moved from 187 to 88 with Van Den Bergh way back on 261. Anderson scored 78 and left ten which he got with his second dart on his next visit to move the score to 6-4 to Anderson.
A 57 start from the Belgian was not punished by his opponent and indeed Anderson quickly fell well behind. 164 played 291 after a bounce out for Anderson. 106 then played 166 in the favour of Van Den Bergh, as he left 18 for the leg. A 130 left 36 for Anderson but Van Den Bergh hit the double nine required with the second dart on his next visit. 6-5 to Anderson.
A 60 start from Anderson in the next leg was not fully punished by his opponent. Poor throwing by both players through the middle slowed the leg down until Van Den Bergh secured a 140. A 180 moved the Belgian to 58. With Anderson on 107 his opponent took the leg in two darts and the match was on level terms.
Van Den Bergh started with 77 on throw in the final leg of the match. A 125 from Anderson was a helpful start. 83 on his next visit left Van Den Bergh behind as his opponent then scored 100. Sixty from Van Den Bergh and 48 from Anderson kept the crowd quiet. One hundred left Van Den Bergh on 181 but a maximum at just the right time from the local moved Anderson to 48. 65 seemed not enough for Van Den Bergh but Anderson then missed two at tops. Van Den Bergh then had a go at 116 but the double 18 required for the win hit the wire just above the target bed. Kyle Anderson revisited the oche and hit double tops for the match. 7-6.
Kyle Anderson 7 Dimitri Van Den Bergh 6
Final: Kyle Anderson v Raymond Smith
Raymond Smith won the bull and threw first with both players scoring early 140s. Kyle Anderson missed the 170 required and could not convert the remainder at his next visit. Chasing 24 Smith could not convert either and Anderson came back to break the throw. 1-0 to Anderson.
A 180 start from Anderson on his throw put him well ahead in the next leg. Anderson moved from 179 to 40 with a 139 visit and then got the second leg at his next visit. 2-0 to Anderson. The next leg saw Smith stay ahead and with Anderson well behind he chased 78, albeit unsuccessfully. With Anderson sitting on tops Smith hit the double 6 required with his second dart. 2-1.
A poor 28 start from Kyle Anderson was somewhat punished by Raymond Smith with 95 before 140 put Anderson back in more positive territory. A century saw Anderson move to 148 as 78 moved Smith to 144. With Anderson on 70 Smith scored 94 and left 50. Anderson left 16 after his next visit and to break throw Smith hit 18 but missed two at double 16. Double four eventually gave Anderson the leg. 3-1.
In the next leg inconsistent scoring hampered both players but it was Smith who was able to collect a check out and move to within a leg of his opponent, 3-2. A 140 in the next leg moved Kyle Anderson to 68 as Raymond Smith sat on 116. With two darts Anderson was able to hold throw and move 4-2 ahead.
Against the throw Anderson hit his second maximum and followed it up with a 134 to leave 187. 97 at his next visit left Anderson on 90 and he left tops for his next visit which he hit on his first dart. A 120 start in the next leg helped Anderson move ahead yet again and another 140 put him on 141. With his opponent well behind Anderson left 46 for a check out on his next visit to the oche. A ten and double 18 saw Anderson complete a 14 dart leg put Anderson 6-2 ahead.
Smith started with a 140 in the next leg which was not quite matched by his opponent. Another 100 from Smith was this time matched by his opponent. A 131 moved Smith to 130 as 88 moved Anderson to 194. Smith could only get 58 to leave 72 as a 121 left Anderson on 73. Smith could not convert his lead as Anderson hit tops for the match. 7-2.
Kyle Anderson 7 Raymond Smith 2
Phil Taylor and Kyle Anderson finish equal on 60 points overall for the series as a whole.