Raymond van Barneveld delighted with ‘big win’ against Corey Cadby as he avenges Melbourne defeat in Perth

Raymond van Barneveld described his thrilling 6-5 victory over Corey Cadby as a ‘big win’ as he avenged his defeat to the reigning world youth champion earlier today.

The five-time world champion was knocked out 6-4 by the young Australian in the first round in Melbourne last week, but gained revenge with a deciding-leg win in their TABtouch Perth Darts Masters opener.

“Barney” looked to be cruising to victory as he led the contest 3-0 and 5-2, but Cadby fought back and an incredible 161 checkout in the 10th leg sent the match into a decider, which van Barneveld won to progress to the quarter-finals tomorrow.

“It’s good to get a little bit of revenge against Corey, he’s a great talent so that’s a big win for me,” van Barneveld said.

“I thought I had him the whole way through the match and then he takes out the 161 and I thought it was going to happen all over again.

“I’m glad I kept my cool and the 180 in the last leg was massive. That’s a great win for me.”

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Phil Taylor: My record in Australia is brilliant and I want to continue that and win in Perth for the last time

Phil Taylor is targeting an eighth World Series title in Australia after coming from behind to beat Kyle Anderson in the first round of the TABtouch Perth Darts Masters today.

The 16-time world champion made it seven wins from eight World Series events in Australia with victory in the inaugural Melbourne Darts Masters last week.

And after reeling off four straight legs to come from 4-2 down to beat Auckland champion Anderson earlier today, the 57-year-old has the title in his sights in what is his final World Series tournament Down Under.

“He had his chances there, he pushed me right up until the end,” Taylor said.

“I had to dig deep there because I was on the brink at one point and wasn’t playing well at the start.

“My record in Australia is brilliant and I want to continue that and win in Perth for the last time.”

Taylor will next face great rival Raymond van Barneveld in the quarter-finals tomorrow, with “Barney” surviving a final-leg decider to knock out reigning world youth champion Corey Cadby in the first round.

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Daryl Gurney posts career-high televised average in Perth first round but says there’s ‘more left in the tank’

Daryl Gurney insists there is ‘more left in the tank’ in Perth this weekend despite breaking his personal best televised average earlier today.

The Northern Irishman was flawless on the doubles as he hit six out of six of his double attempts in a 6-0 whitewash over Koha Kokiri in the first round of the TABtouch Perth Darts Masters.

Gurney’s final average of 106.09 was his best ever recorded on TV, his previous best was 105.85 in a 6-1 defeat to Kim Huybrechts in the Players Championship Finals last year, but he believes there is more to come from him.

“That felt good,” the 31-year-old said. “To be honest, I just brought new darts the other day out of the case because I thought the old ones were out there sell by date.

“So I just brought them out tonight to see if they’d make a difference and obviously in that game they did.

“It didn’t feel like a 106 average. I know I’ve got more left in the tank, but if I can keep my finishing percentage up like that, like I have been these last few weeks, and keep my scoring as I usually do I should be ok.”

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Kyle Anderson reveals mid-match mind games with Corey Cadby which led to his triumph in Auckland final

Kyle Anderson has revealed the comments which got in Corey Cadby’s head during their final in the Auckland Darts Masters earlier this month.

Anderson defeated his fellow Australian 11-10 in the final to capture his first televised title, having recovered from being 4-1 down at the first break to edge out the reigning world youth champion in a deciding leg.

In an interview with TABtouch, the main sponsors of the Perth Darts Masters, which starts tomorrow, Anderson admitted he had got to Cadby when he told him he was ‘missing a lot of doubles’ when the players came off for the second break at 5-5.

“The thing I thought to myself in the final was ‘don’t let Corey run over you in the first couple of legs’, and what did Corey do? He ran over me in the first couple of legs,” the world number 28 said.

“So I just thought ‘bring it back to the second break 5-5, you be up 6-4, or be down 6-4, just be in the game.

“It got to 5-5 and I said to Corey in the break ‘you’re missing a lot of doubles, you’re missing a lot of doubles’ and he started missing more.

“At the end I said ‘don’t ever listen to what I say on stage, you just play the way you play and that’s it’.”

Perth-born Anderson faces last week’s winner in Melbourne, Phil Taylor, in the first round of the Perth Darts Masters tomorrow and is looking forward to playing in front of his home crowd at the HBF Stadium.

“It’s good to be here, seeing family and everybody,” he said. “I even went down the old street I used to live on and had a couple of tears.

“I’m playing well, but I’m just looking forward to seeing family and playing in front of friends.”

Phil Taylor eyes role as ambassador to help promote the PDC after he retires at the end of the season

Phil Taylor has plans to become an ambassador for the PDC after he retires from playing at the end of the season.

The 57-year-old will bring an end to his glittering career, which has seen him win a record 16 world titles and countless other majors, after the 2018 World Championship.

Despite retiring from the professional circuit, Taylor’s 2018 is already looking to be a busy one, with the sport’s most successful player in high demand on the exhibition scene.

And Taylor is also hoping to help promote the PDC when he retires in an ambassadorial role which would see him travel around the world spreading the word about darts.

“(The darts) is going smashing, it really is,” said Taylor in an interview with TABtouch, the main sponsors of the Perth Darts Masters, which starts tomorrow.

“I will be like an ambassador so I will be coming over touring, and I will be doing parts of Australia what hasn’t seen the darts before.

“So it’s a chance to meet and greet and see how good they are and promote the game for the PDC as well.”

Taylor takes on home favourite Kyle Anderson in a mouth-watering first round tie in Perth tomorrow, with the clash pitting the two most recent winners on the World Series against each other over the best of 11 legs.

Anderson won his first televised title with victory in the Auckland Darts Masters two weeks ago, while Taylor made it seven out of eight World Series titles in Australia when he won the inaugural Melbourne Darts Masters last week.

Last month Taylor broke his own record of World Matchplay triumphs by winning the Blackpool title for a 16th time, but he insists his main focus for his final year still revolves around enjoying it.

“It’s time for me to go now,” Taylor said. “I’m 57, its taken its toll now. All the travelling and competitions, you’re under pressure week-in week-out and I’ve been under pressure for 30 years.

“I’m just going to enjoy it now and enjoy the rest of my career. I’ve got no pressure on me and I haven’t got to perform. I can go there and enjoy it really.”

Melbourne and Auckland masters Phil Taylor and Kyle Anderson to meet in first round in Perth tomorrow

Phil Taylor will begin his bid to win an eighth World Series title in Australia when he takes on Kyle Anderson in the first round of the TABtouch Perth Darts Masters tomorrow.

The 16-time world champion made it seven victories out of eight World Series events held in Australia last week after winning the inaugural Melbourne Darts Masters.

With his retirement from the circuit looming at the end of the season, the 57-year-old now turns his attention to his final World Series event Down Under, with Perth-born Anderson, who won the Auckland Darts Masters two weeks ago to break his TV title duck, awaiting him in a plum first round tie.

Elsewhere in the draw, top seed Gary Anderson has drawn New Zealand’s Rob Szabo, while Auckland runner-up Corey Cadby will face five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld in a rematch from Melbourne last week.

Another Melbourne rerun in the first round sees Peter Wright, who lost to Taylor in the final last week, taking on Rhys Mathewson for a second successive week.

Former Perth finalist James Wade meets qualifier Darren Hayes, who will be making his TV debut after he won a knockout held in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Perth’s Adam Rowe will take on former world youth champion Michael Smith, New Zealand-born Koha Kokiri faces Daryl Gurney and Australian number one Simon Whitlock goes up against Justin Thompson.

TABtouch Perth Darts Masters
Draw Bracket
Gary Anderson (1) v Rob Szabo
Simon Whitlock v Justin Thompson
James Wade (4) v Darren Hayes
Michael Smith v Adam Rowe
Phil Taylor (2) v Kyle Anderson
Raymond van Barneveld v Corey Cadby
Peter Wright (3) v Rhys Mathewson
Daryl Gurney v Koka Kokiri

Schedule of Play
Friday August 25 (7pm local time)
First Round
Michael Smith v Adam Rowe
Peter Wright v Rhys Mathewson
Daryl Gurney v Koha Kokiri
James Wade v Darren Hayes
Simon Whitlock v Justin Thompson
Phil Taylor v Kyle Anderson
Gary Anderson v Rob Szabo
Raymond van Barneveld v Corey Cadby
Best of 11 legs

Three-time UK Open qualifier and former PDC tour card holder Davey Dodds passes away aged 46

Former PDC tour card holder Davey Dodds has passed away at the age of 46.

Dodds was a highly-regarded player from the North East and qualified for the UK Open three times, most recently in 2014.

“Dodgy D” qualified for the major affectionately known as ‘The FA Cup of Darts’ for the first time in 2011, winning through a qualifier in Middlesbrough, and was drawn against then world number four James Wade in the first round.

The Co Durham said in an interview with Sky Sports ahead of the game: “You could have been thinking ‘why couldn’t I get an easier draw?’ but at the same time everyone’s there to be beaten.

“I’ve played darts for a long time and it won’t faze me much. I think I’ve played just about every dart player other than Phil Taylor through the years.”

Dodds lost 4-2 to “The Machine” to bring an early end to his first taste of playing in a PDC major, but was back the following year and enjoyed wins over Alan Casey, John Jukes and Stuart White, before being drawn against Gary Anderson in the last 64.

The match, which Anderson won 9-3 and was on the main stage at the Reebok Stadium, is most memorable for featuring a nine-dart finish. In the third leg, Anderson hit back-to-back 180s and then checked out 141 for the perfect leg.

After missing out on a tour card at Q-School in 2013, Dodds won a two-year tour card to play on the PDC circuit at the start of 2014 when he finished high enough on the Q-School Order of Merit.

A deciding-leg win over five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld in the UK Open Qualifiers helped Dodds qualify for the UK Open for a third time, this time at Minehead, where he beat David O’Brien before losing to Benito van de Pas 5-3 in the second round.

Dodds continued to play on the PDC circuit up until March of 2015, before turning out for Q-School the following year and then competing on the BDO circuit as recently as May this year.

Since news of his passing surfaced on social media late last night, tributes have been pouring in from players and fans.

World number two Anderson, who hit the nine darter against him in the UK Open, tweeted: ‘RIP Davey Dodds a great player. Thoughts go out to his family & friends!’

Former major winner Paul Nicholson posted: ‘Speechless this morning after hearing of the passing of Davey Dodds. A lad I’ve known for ages, and someone I had so much respect for.’

World number 39 and Northumberland-based thrower Chris Dobey tweeted: ‘Horrible news to wake up to this morning RIP Davey Dodds great guy and one hell of a darter! Shocked!! Fly high mate!’

The Love The Darts team would like to send our condolences to Davey’s family and friends at this sad time.

 

Melbourne runner-up Peter Wright vows to bounce back: ‘Next week in Perth that title is for me’

Peter Wright has his sights set on landing a first World Series of Darts title in the Perth Darts Masters next week.

The world number three lost out 11-8 to Phil Taylor in the final of the inaugural Unibet Melbourne Darts Masters in Australia earlier today, in what was his fourth defeat in a World Series final.

After falling 8-5 behind, Wright hit back to level up at 8-8 before Taylor reeled off three straight legs to get the better of the Scot in a TV final for the second time in three weeks, having lost to the 16-time world champion in the World Matchplay final late last month.

“I can’t wait until he retires,” Wright joked. “I wish he’d hurry up, retire early please!

“No, obviously I missed a few doubles and Phil punished me. Phil’s not going to give a trophy away, so you’ve got to fight for it.

“I’m going to learn from the beatings he keeps giving me and I’m going to come back a lot stronger and entertain these amazing crowds that we’ve got here and next week in Perth that title is for me.”

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Phil Taylor ‘loving every minute’ of his final year on the tour as he wins eighth World Series of Darts title

Phil Taylor says he is ‘loving every minute’ of his last year on the tour after winning the inaugural Unibet Melbourne Darts Masters.

The 16-time world champion is retiring from the PDC circuit at the end of the current season, and added an eighth World Series of Darts title to his collection with victory in Melbourne earlier today.

Taylor defeated Peter Wright 11-8, in a repeat of last month’s World Matchplay final, which Taylor also won, to become the first name on the trophy of the newest tournament on the World Series circuit.

“I love it over here in Australia, the crowd are brilliant and I’m loving every minute of it,” the 57-year-old said.

“I’ve not got many tournaments left in me so I want to win as many as I can before I call it a day.

“I’m so proud to see the sport growing in this part of the world, I’ve been lucky enough to see it all over the years, but we never believed it would get this big.

“Barry Hearn has done such a brilliant job and here’s to many more years of this sport getting bigger and bigger.”

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Aussie rivals Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson to clash in first round of Melbourne Darts Masters

Australia’s number one and two Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson will lock horns for the third time in four weeks after being drawn together in the first round of the inaugural Unibet Melbourne Darts Masters.

The newest event on the World Series circuit starts at the Hisense Arena tomorrow, with the draw for the first round having been completed in Australia a few hours ago.

Former major winner Whitlock defeated Anderson 10-5 when the Aussie pair met in the opening round of the World Matchplay in Blackpool on July 24, before Anderson saw off Whitlock 10-9 in the quarter-finals of the Auckland Darts Masters last Saturday.

Anderson went on to beat James Wade, and then Corey Cadby, to claim his first TV title in Auckland last week, and he will renew rivalries with his World Cup of Darts partner on Friday.

Elsewhere in the draw, reigning world youth champion Cadby, who lost out to Anderson in a last-leg decider in the Auckland Darts Masters last weekend, has been drawn against five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld.

Melbourne-based Cadby recorded wins over Peter Wright, Michael Smith and Phil Taylor on his way to reaching a first senior TV final in Auckland on Sunday.

Taylor will meet emerging Kiwi star Cody Harris in another interesting first-round tie, while top seed Gary Anderson faces DPA Qualifier Justin Thompson, who is making his debut in front of the cameras in Melbourne this weekend.

Another newcomer to the big stage, Sutherland-based real estate business owner Dave Marland, has drawn Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney, while third seed Wade faces New Zealand-born Koha Kokiri.

Reigning UK Open champion Wright plays Hoppers Crossing’s Rhys Mathewson and Smith goes up against Perth-based qualifier David Platt.

Unibet Melbourne Darts Masters
Draw Bracket
Gary Anderson (1) v Justin Thompson
Daryl Gurney v Dave Marland
Peter Wright (4) v Rhys Mathewson
Michael Smith v David Platt
Raymond van Barneveld (2) v Corey Cadby
Phil Taylor v Cody Harris
James Wade (3) v Koha Kokiri
Simon Whitlock v Kyle Anderson

Schedule of Play
Friday August 18 (7pm)
First Round
Daryl Gurney v Dave Marland
Peter Wright v Rhys Mathewson
James Wade v Koha Kokiri
Michael Smith v David Platt
Phil Taylor v Cody Harris
Raymond van Barneveld v Corey Cadby
Gary Anderson v Justin Thompson
Simon Whitlock v Kyle Anderson
Best of 11 legs

Saturday August 19 (7pm)
Quarter-Finals
Order of Play TBC
Best of 19 legs

Sunday August 20 (7pm)
Semi-Finals
Final
Best of 21 legs