Kyle Anderson won his maiden PDC televised title after defeating his fellow Aussie Corey Cadby in a thrilling Auckland Darts Masters final at the Trusts Arena on Sunday evening.
‘The Original’ won his first ever PDC title at Players Championship 17 earlier this month and he maintained his magnificent form to seal glory in his first World Series appearance of the year.
Anderson averaged 95.36, piled in nine 180’s and successfully dispatched 34% of his attempts at double to seal the title, as Cadby agonisingly lost out despite averaging 96.63, firing in eight maximums and boasting a 32% checkout conversion rate.
Reigning World-Youth champion Cadby had defeated 16-time world champion Phil Taylor 11-8 in the semi-finals and he made a blistering start to the final. He fired in three maximums in the opening two legs and converted four of his first five attempts at double to establish an emphatic 4-1 lead.
Nevertheless, one of the defining moments of the contest came in the seventh leg. Anderson had clawed the scoreline back to 4-2, before Cadby missed a dart at tops to regain his three-leg cushion. The world number 29 duly pounced on this error; conjuring up a magical 160 checkout to reduce the arrears to the solitary leg.
Anderson then reeled off a further two legs to secure the lead for the first time; hitting the front with a clinical 66 finish. However, he was unable to record a fifth leg on the spin after spurning darts at double, and the World-Youth champion broke straight back.
The pair then exchanged holds of throw until the 15th leg, where Anderson crashed in back-to-back maximums to regain the initiative at 8-7. However, Cadby won two straight legs to move to the cusp of victory, before a dramatic eighteenth leg ensued.
‘The King’ squandered five clear darts at double to move 10-8 ahead and Anderson capitalised to level up proceedings at 9-9. The next two legs both went with throw, which forced a thrilling last-leg decider.
Cadby had the advantage of throwing first, but Anderson showed his class to steal victory in dramatic circumstances. ‘The Original’ posted his ninth maximum to pressure his compatriot, and he held his nerve to dispatch a nerveless 68 kill on D4, to record undoubtedly the biggest victory of his career to date.
Anderson admitted: “I’m so pleased to win this, I’ve always known I’ve had the ability and I’m starting to show everyone now. The 160 in the seventh leg was the crucial moment, it made me believe I could win it after Corey had started so well.
“My scoring has been good and I’m hitting my doubles now, so let’s hope I can carry that on when we head to Melbourne and Perth,” added the eventual winner.
Cadby was cruelly denied but was still in bullish mood in his post-match interview. He claimed: “Confidence is the key and I believe in myself, I always want win but I’m really pleased for Kyle. It’s Aussie, Aussie, Aussie all the way and I can’t wait to go home.”
Earlier in the evening, Anderson had stormed into the final after recording a comprehensive 11-4 victory over eight-time major winner James Wade. The Aussie won nine of the opening ten legs and although Wade rallied briefly, ‘The Original’ still ran out a convincing winner.
There wasn’t much to choose between the pair in the averages or scoring stakes. Anderson averaged 93.79 to Wade’s 93.50 and they each posted four maximums apiece. However, Kyle converted 38% of his double attempts, whilst a profligate Wade dispatched just four of his 23 darts at double.
On the other side of the draw, Cadby continued his giant-killing spree to defeat newly-crowned World Matchplay champion Phil Taylor in the last four. Cadby had defeated Peter Wright and Michael Smith to secure his semi-final spot, and he recorded his second World Series win over Taylor to clinch a place in his first senior TV final.
‘The King’ averaged 94.79, crashed in six maximums and converted 30% of his attempts at double to round-off a brilliant 11-8 win over Taylor. The young Australian held his nerve tremendously; winning six of the remaining eight legs as ‘The Power’ grew frustrated with Cadby’s passionate celebrations.
Next up, the fifth event of the 2017 World Series of Darts takes place in Australia as the first staging of the Melbourne Darts Masters takes place between August 18-20 at the Hisense Arena.
Auckland Darts Masters, presented by TAB & Burger King
Sunday August 13 (6pm local time)
Kyle Anderson 11-4 James Wade
Corey Cadby 11-8 Phil Taylor
Kyle Anderson 11-10 Corey Cadby