Kyle Anderson won his first PDC televised title after beating Corey Cadby 11-10 in an all-Australian final of the Auckland Darts Masters, presented by TAB & Burger King, in New Zealand earlier today.
The world number 28, who won his maiden PDC title with victory in Players Championship 17 earlier this month, continued his excellent run of form to clinch his first tournament triumph in the World Series of Darts.
Reigning world youth champion Cadby had earlier knocked out newly-crowned World Matchplay champion Phil Taylor 11-8 in the semi-finals, and the youngster raced into a 4-1 lead, courtesy of three maximums in the opening two legs and 4/5 on the doubles.
Anderson fought back after the first break, though, with a crucial 160 checkout in the seventh leg coming after Cadby had missed a dart at tops which cut the deficit to just one.
The recent Pro Tour winner then took the lead for the first time in the final by taking out 66 on tops to lead 5-4, before Cadby punished missed doubles from Anderson to break straight back in the next leg.
The Aussie duo exchanged holds of throw until the 15th leg where Anderson hit back-to-back 180s to move ahead once again.
But more missed doubles followed for Anderson as Cadby took out 47 to level up again, but the 22-year-old then squandered five darts at 9-8 up to go 10-8 in front.
Anderson punished Cadby to draw level at 9-9, before two holds of throw saw the final come down to a deciding leg, with Taylor’s conqueror having the advantage of throwing first.
A pivotal maximum in the deciding leg from Anderson gave him the initiative and he eventually sealed the title, finishing off 68 on double four to scoop the $70,000 top prize.
Anderson, who had knocked out his namesake in top seed Gary Anderson in the first round on Friday, had come through another deciding-leg shootout to beat his World Cup of Darts partner Simon Whitlock in the quarter-finals yesterday.
An 11-4 victory over fourth seed James Wade, which included a tournament-high 164 checkout, sent the Aussie through to his first televised final.
Cadby was also playing in his first senior televised final, having seen off the challenges of second seed Peter Wright, World Series debutant Michael Smith and Taylor to reach the decider.
The World Series heads to Australia next week for the inaugural staging of the Melbourne Darts Masters, which takes place between August 18-20 at the Hisense Arena.