Kyle Anderson and Rhys Mathewson delighted the Sydney crowd with victories over Raymond van Barneveld and James Wade respectively, whilst Phil Taylor began the defence of his title with a hard-fought win against Corey Cadby at The Star on Thursday evening.
Kyle Anderson was in sensational form as he reeled off six consecutive legs to defeat five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld 6-1. Van Barneveld hit a maximum and converted a 71 checkout to open his account, but ‘The Original’ responded superbly, averaging just shy of 100 to set up a quarter-final clash with Michael van Gerwen.
Van Gerwen produced the performance of the day as he eased past New Zealand number one Cody Harris, with a 107.89 average. The Dutchman made a blistering start and was averaging 126 after three legs, but Harris reduced the arrears to 3-2. However, MvG was not to be denied, taking out finishes of 84, 72 and 71 to secure an emphatic 6-2 victory.
Rhys Mathewson caused the shock of the tournament, as he fought back from 5-2 down to dump out eight-time major winner James Wade.
Wade looked to be heading for a comprehensive victory, but the 28-year-old from Melbourne capitalised on ‘The Machine’s missed match darts to force a last-leg shootout. In the deciding leg, Mathewson registered his fifth maximum and pinned tops, to seal a brilliant comeback victory on his TV debut.
Phil Taylor began the defence of his title with a hard-fought win against exciting Australian star Corey Cadby. ‘The Power’ averaged just over 95 to seal a 6-3 win, but Cadby acquitted himself well on his televised debut, averaging 92 and hitting three maximums. However, his 25% checkout percentage ultimately proved costly.
Elsewhere, Gary Anderson averaged a miserly 79 as he limped through to the last eight with victory over David Platt. ‘The Flying Scotsman’ was in a disgruntled mood and exchanged words with Platt, after the Australian talked to himself when returning from the board. However, the world champion still triumphed comfortably, 6-3.
Peter Wright eased past former world finalist and home favourite Simon Whitlock in the penultimate game of Thursday’s session. Snakebite averaged 99.61, hit four maximums and boasted an impressive 50% on the doubles, to round off a complete performance. Whitlock managed to avoid a whitewash, but was still beaten 6-2.
Adrian Lewis and Dave Chisnall will lock horns in the quarter-finals, after the pair comfortably saw off Rob Szabo and Harley Kemp respectively. Jackpot fired in five maximums to defeat Szabo 6-3, whilst Chisnall reeled off six straight legs to defeat Kemp, who could only muster a 78 average.
Ladbrokes Sydney Darts Masters
Thursday August 18
James Wade 5-6 Rhys Mathewson
Dave Chisnall 6-1 Harley Kemp
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Rob Szabo
Phil Taylor 6-3 Corey Cadby
Gary Anderson 6-3 David Platt
Peter Wright 6-2 Simon Whitlock
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Cody Harris
Raymond van Barneveld 1-6 Kyle Anderson
Best of 11 legs
Friday August 19 (7pm)
Adrian Lewis v Dave Chisnall
Rhys Mathewson v Peter Wright
Gary Anderson v Phil Taylor
Michael van Gerwen v Kyle Anderson
Best of 19 legs