Raymond van Barneveld and James Wade have moved into the top four on the latest World Series Order of Merit following last week’s Auckland Darts Masters, whilst Michael van Gerwen remains in the lead despite missing out on the third staging of the event in New Zealand. Continue reading “World Series Order of Merit Update!”→
The Scottish duo of Gary Anderson and Peter Wright were dumped out on a dramatic opening day at the Auckland Darts Masters at the hands of Kyle Anderson and Corey Cadby, as Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld set up a tasty quarter-final clash at the Trusts Arena on Friday evening. Continue reading “2017 Auckland Darts Masters: Day One Report!”→
Gary Anderson leads the way in the World Series of Darts rankings following his second successive World Series triumph in last weekend’s Auckland Darts Masters. ‘The Flying Scotsman’ followed up his Dubai Darts Masters victory over Michael van Gerwen with an 11-7 victory over defending Auckland champion Adrian Lewis on Sunday.
This leaves Anderson on a maximum 24 points, which is double that of his nearest challengers. Michael van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis are both on 11 points, having appeared in one World Series final each this year. Despite averaging 107 against James Wade, Van Gerwen was beaten in the Auckland quarter-finals for the second straight year.
Lewis was thrashed 10-2 by Dave Chisnall in the Dubai Darts Masters, but Jackpot produced a much-improved showing in Auckland. Lewis beat Raymond van Barneveld in last year’s Auckland final, and he reached the final once again with victories over Stuart Leach, Phil Taylor and James Wade, before losing out to the world champion.
Phil Taylor, James Wade, Dave Chisnall and Raymond van Barneveld are all locked on eight points apiece following the opening two events of 2016. Taylor and Chisnall both secured five points from their run to the semi-finals in Dubai, however they exited in the last eight in New Zealand.
Gary Anderson secured his second successive World Series title by defeating Adrian Lewis 11-7 in the final of the Auckland Darts Masters at the Trusts Arena on Sunday evening. Anderson averaged 99.90 and registered eight maximums to defeat Lewis, who defended his Auckland title valiantly.
Lewis kicked off proceedings with a 177 and landed tops to claim the opening leg, but Anderson fired back with D3, having earlier missed the bull for a 170 finish. The Scot registered his first maximum in leg-three, but Lewis held throw with a fine 12-darter, culminating with an 81 finish.
Anderson missed D16 for a 149 checkout in the fourth, but returned to post D8 and restore parity. Nevertheless, the fifth leg saw both players spurn opportunities. Lewis squandered three darts at D18, but Anderson was unable to convert D8 or D4, enabling Jackpot to regain the lead on D9.
Lewis, who defeated Raymond van Barneveld in the final of last year’s event, missed D18 for a spectacular 156 outshot, allowing Anderson to post tops for another hold of throw. ‘The Flying Scotsman’ broke throw in the seventh leg, hitting his second maximum and converting a 68 checkout on D10.
Adrian Lewis kept his hopes of defending his Auckland Darts Masters title alive with a thrilling deciding-leg victory over Phil Taylor on Saturday evening at the Trusts Arena, in one of the greatest World Series clashes ever staged.
Jackpot will be joined in the last four by world champion Gary Anderson, five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld, and eight-time major winner James Wade, who produced a fine performance to dump out world number one Michael van Gerwen.
However, Lewis’ victory over Taylor was without doubt the highlight of the evening. Taylor averaged 107.57, registered 9 maximums and hit 56% on the doubles, but this still wasn’t enough for the 16-time world champion to progress, as Lewis prevailed in a deciding-leg in Auckland against Taylor, for the second successive year.
The tone was set in the very first leg. Taylor kicked off with six perfect darts and left D8 after just 9 darts, but incredibly he wasn’t afforded a shot as Lewis hit D12 to complete a majestic 81 finish and an 11-dart opening salvo.
Raymond van Barneveld eased past highly-fancied Kiwi Cody Harris in the first-round of the Auckland Darts Masters, whilst Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson both fired in 106 averages, as all eight Oceanic representatives suffered defeat at the Trusts Arena on Friday.
Van Barneveld, a runner-up at last year’s Auckland Darts Masters, dispelled any talk of an upset with a dominant display against Harris. The five-time world champion averaged 97.36 and hit four maximums, whilst he missed four match darts for a 6-0 whitewash.
Harris missed the bull to clinch the opening leg and Barney finished on D8 to lead, before the 49-year-old hit his first maximum and converted a 64 finish to double his advantage. The Dutchman then fired in an 11-darter to extend his cushion, before registering his third maximum en route to a 4-0 cushion.
Van Barneveld hit tops to complete a 64 finish to lead 5-0, but the Den Haag star missed four match darts in the sixth leg, and Harris opened his account on tops.
Barney posted his fourth maximum to kick off the seventh leg, but Harris doubled his tally by following up his first 180 with a sublime 12-darter. Nevertheless, this was not to be the start of a historic fightback. Raymond pounced on an indifferent leg from his Oceanic opponent and converted a 72 checkout to complete a comprehensive win.
Adrian Lewis will begin the defence of his Auckland Darts Masters title against debutant Stuart Leach when the tournament gets underway at the Trusts Arena on Friday night. Lewis, seeded fifth in New Zealand, will face the Brisbane-based Leach, who secured a place in his first televised event by winning through in qualifying on Tuesday.
Jackpot is hoping to replicate last year’s success when he kicks off his title-defence tomorrow. “It was fantastic last year. In any new country you go to, you want your name on the trophy straight away so to do that was a brilliant achievement. Hopefully my form’s picking up and I’ll make sure I’m right. I’ll be fighting and hopefully I can win it again.”
World champion Gary Anderson, who won his maiden World Series title in Dubai last month, takes on another big-stage debutant Bernie Smith. Anderson defeated Michael van Gerwen in the final of the Dubai Darts Masters last month, and ‘The Flying Scotsman’ is the number one seed in Auckland as a consequence.
The third and final debutant in Auckland, Ken Moir, takes on eight-time major winner James Wade in the last 16 on Friday, with ‘The Machine’ seeded 7th this weekend. Wade could face Michael van Gerwen in round-two, if the world number one can defeat Damon Heta, who won last month’s DPA Australian Singles championship.
Adrian Lewis won the inaugural Auckland Darts Masters title in a pulsating last-leg decider, surviving 5 match darts from Raymond van Barneveld in the final leg.
Lewis and van Barneveld undoubtedly contested the best final in World Series history. It had everything; high scoring, brilliant finishing and incredible drama. Van Barneveld fought back from 10-8 down to restore parity and was in command of the 21st leg, but he was unable to convert his opportunity.
Lewis had missed a shot at 68 to secure victory, after van Barneveld earlier failed to take out 56, but Jackpot capitalised eventually, sealing a remarkable 11-10 victory on D1.