2017 PDC World Championship Day Four: Evening Report!

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Phil Taylor produced a mightily impressive performance to begin his assault for a 17th World Championship crown in style, as Alan Norris and Daryl Gurney also secured victories on a dramatic day four at the Alexandra Palace on Sunday evening.

Taylor dropped just two legs in beating DPA qualifier David Platt to set up a second-round clash with Kevin Painter, in a repeat of their iconic 2004 World Championship Final. Taylor was very impressive; averaging 101.93, hitting three maximums and converting 50% of his double attempts to kick off his campaign in fine fashion.

Earlier in the night, Platt had sealed his showdown with Taylor after securing an impressive straight sets triumph over John Bowles. Platt averaged 86.92, converted 43% of his double attempts and landed a stunning 156 checkout to seal victory against the PDPA qualifier.

However, he was left feeding off scraps against ‘The Power’. Taylor made a strong start to the contest, clinching the opening two legs in 15 and 14 darts respectively. The fourth seed then spurned two opportunities at double to clinch the set without reply, but Platt failed to take advantage and Taylor returned to pin D10 and seal the opener. Continue reading “2017 PDC World Championship Day Four: Evening Report!”

Perth Darts Masters 2016 Draw!

 

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Phil Taylor will face a rematch with Australian hotshot Corey Cadby as he begins his assault for a third successive Perth Darts Masters title at the PCEC on Thursday evening. Elsewhere, Michael van Gerwen will lock horns with home-favourite Kyle Anderson, in a repeat of their second-round clash in Sydney.

Taylor has a magnificent World Series record in Australia, and won his fourth straight title in Sydney with victory over Van Gerwen in a thrilling final last weekend. The 56-year-old has won both stagings of the Perth Darts Masters, but Cadby will be hoping for revenge.

Taylor began his Sydney Darts Masters campaign with a 6-3 victory over the 21-year-old Tasmanian, but Cadby, who has won seven DPA titles in 2016, will have gained a great deal of experience from his TV debut last week.

Michael van Gerwen will be aiming to clinch his maiden World Series crown down under. The Dutchman was edged out 11-9 by Taylor last week, but he has an instant opportunity to bounce back, which begins with an enthralling clash against Kyle Anderson, who was beaten 10-6 by MvG last week. Continue reading “Perth Darts Masters 2016 Draw!”

Sydney Darts Masters- Day One Report!

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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.

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Sydney Darts Masters 2016 Draw!

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Phil Taylor will begin the defence of his Ladbrokes Sydney Darts Masters title against Australia’s emerging star Corey Cadby, whilst world number one Michael van Gerwen will take on New Zealand’s Cody Harris, when the PDC World Series of Darts event kicks off at The Star on Thursday.

Taylor is yet to taste defeat in Sydney, having won all three of the tournament’s previous stagings. Nevertheless, the 56-year-old will face a tough test in the shape of Cadby. The 21-year-old Tasmanian has won an impressive seven DPA titles this year, and will be relishing the prospect of making his televised debut against ‘The Power’.

World number one Michael van Gerwen will take on New Zealand’s number one Cody Harris, who impressed in this year’s World Cup of Darts.

Van Gerwen could face his Dutch compatriot Raymond van Barneveld in the quarter-finals, although Van Barneveld has been handed a very tough draw against world number 30 Kyle Anderson. Anderson defeated the Dutchman 6-5 in Sydney two years ago, although the five-time world champion will be hoping to avenge that defeat this time around.

Australia’s number one Simon Whitlock will lock horns with eighth seed Peter Wright, who is yet to go beyond the quarter-finals of any World Series event in 2016. Elsewhere, Adrian Lewis, the 2015 Auckland Darts Masters winner, faces the experienced Kiwi Rob Szabo, twice a PDC World Championship qualifier.

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Sydney Darts Masters-Preview

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Phil Taylor will be vying for a third consecutive World Series title as the Sydney Darts Masters gets underway this Thursday. Taylor will compete alongside Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Peter Wright, James Wade, Adrian Lewis, Raymond van Barneveld and Stephen Bunting in the Australian city.

They will also be up against 8 Oceanic representatives; two of whom include Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson.  Josh’s Dartistry assesses the favourite for the title, potential outside bets, as well as men under huge pressure to perform.

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