Kyle Anderson targets more success on the big stage after winning first TV title in Auckland

Kyle Anderson says he is not content with winning only one TV title in his career.

The Australian clinched his maiden TV title with victory in the Auckland Darts Masters in New Zealand last weekend, beating his fellow Aussie Corey Cadby 11-10 in the final.

The world number 28, who had only won his first PDC title a couple of weeks earlier when he was victorious in Barnsley in Players Championship 17, has his sights set on more glory in front of the cameras ahead of competing in the inaugural Melbourne Darts Masters, which starts on Friday this week.

“It was my first time playing in Auckland and I loved every minute of it,” Anderson said.

“I felt sick in my stomach after the game because of the elation of getting that double four. I’m happy, I’m proud and I’m looking forward to Melbourne.

“it’s the first tournament in Melbourne and I’m looking forward to that one. I’m rapt with the way I’m playing, it’s all in the doubles and the doubles are going in.

“I don’t want one more (TV title), I want a whole load of them. I know I’m good enough, but it’s a matter of on the day when you play.

“I’m not going to come out and say that I’ll win every title because it’s not going to happen, but I’m going to come out and get as far as I can, and if I win one then I win one.

“I know I’ve got the capability and I’ve just got to put it together. If I get the doubles and scoring together then I should be fine.”

Anderson was priced as a 50-1 outsider ahead of the Auckland Darts Masters last week, with his odds for claiming back-to-back titles on the World Series circuit in Melbourne this weekend slashed to 25-1.

Despite their early exits in Auckland, top seed Gary Anderson and world number three Peter Wright are among the favourites to be the first name on the trophy of the newest tournament on the World Series calendar at 5-2 and 10-3 respectively, with recent World Matchplay champion Phil Taylor also a 10-3 shot.

The draw for the first round of the Melbourne Darts Masters is due to take place tomorrow, with eight of the PDC’s top players set to take on eight regional qualifiers on Friday.

PDC chairman Barry Hearn believes Kyle Anderson’s Auckland win has given darts in Australasia a massive push

PDC chairman Barry Hearn believes Kyle Anderson’s surprise win in the Auckland Darts Masters last weekend has given the sport in Australia and New Zealand a massive push.

Anderson defeated reigning world youth champion Corey Cadby 11-10 in an all-Aussie final on Sunday to claim his first TV title.

And Hearn thinks the win can inspire the Perth-born thrower, who now lives in the UK, to more titles and also boost darts in Australasia.

“Simon (Whitlock) was the first flag bearer for Australia, Paul Nicholson also had some success,” Hearn said.

“Over the years we’ve watched local players come through the ranks, Kyle Anderson, Corey Cadby – this young, precocious talent – and who’d have thought that the final of the Auckland Masters would be between two unseeded players.

“This gives the game in Australia and New Zealand a massive push. The event showed that people can change their lives through darts, and here it was in the raw.

“All we can do is give them the opportunity and fund the change in lifestyle. Kyle Anderson has earned over £30,000 in the last couple of weeks, but what does it lead to? Whitlock became a Premier League player and one of the world’s elite and he’s still there.

“We’re very excited and we’re looking to the future, because who know’s what’s going to happen in Melbourne this week? Will we see more Australian success? The fans are in for a treat, the TV viewers at Fox are in for an extravaganza.”

The Auckland Darts Masters last week kicked-off a triple header of World Series events down under this month, with the inaugural Melbourne Darts Masters getting under way on Friday, before the Perth Darts Masters takes place next week.

The World Series, now in its fifth year, aims to spread top-level professional darts around the globe, and this year events have already taken place in Dubai, Shanghai and Las Vegas.

“Five years ago now we had the idea that we were making such huge progress in the UK and Europe, but there’s another world out there that we have to go to, because there’s dart players everywhere,” Hearn said.

“We launched the World Series to go out and find local talent, to encourage them, to show them the opportunity they have in their career and also to take the world’s best players out there to entertain a new legion of darts fans.

“I’m feeling pretty happy because it’s working. We’ve got seven World Series events this year, we’ve just come back from the best tournament we’ve ever done in America at the US Masters and we’ve got a massive event coming up in Germany in October.”

Darts tops poll as the highest integrity sport in the UK

Darts has been given a stamp of approval by the British public after topping an independent poll as the UK sport with the highest integrity.

The UK Sports Integrity Index by Portland Communications polled over 2,000 members of the general public in June to measure the perceived level of integrity of the top 12 professional sports in the UK.

The poll looked at how far people had judged sports to be affected by four key issues: match, point or race fixing; players, racers or athletes using performance enhancing drugs; financial corruption; and cover-up stories and scandals.

Darts was perceived as the sport with the highest integrity by the most people in four age categories from 18-54, and as the least likely to be affected by performance enhancing drugs or cover-up stories.

PDC chairman Barry Hearn, reflecting on the report, said: “This independent report is a big thumbs-up for the sport of darts during a time of amazing growth at a professional level both in the UK and worldwide.

“PDC tournaments are amongst the most-watched sporting events on British television and our worldwide circuit will offer a record £12m in prize money this year – figures that could hardly have been dreamed of 10 years ago.

“We work with the Darts Regulation Authority (DRA) to implement both Anti-Corruption and Anti-Doping programmes, while the Darts Integrity Unit offers a confidential way of reporting any potential irregularities.

“Whilst this report is a massive boost, we have to continue to be vigilant in our development as a professional sport if we are to retain this standing with the most important people; the general public who both watch darts on television and buy tickets to attend PDC tournaments in-person.

“They’re seeing wonderful characters battling it out on the oche, but the real beauty is that darts players are ordinary people with an extraordinary talent for their sport.”

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Kyle Anderson: I’ve always known I’ve had the ability and I’m starting to show everyone now

New Auckland Darts Masters champion Kyle Anderson insists he always knew he had the game to compete for titles on the big stage.

The Australian edged past his compatriot Corey Cadby 11-10 in the final of this year’s Auckland Darts Masters, presented by TAB & Burger King, to win his maiden televised title earlier today.

The world number 28, who won his first PDC title after clinching Players Championship 17 earlier this month, defeated top seed Gary Anderson and James Wade on his way to victory in New Zealand this weekend, and has now set his sights on winning more titles in front of the cameras as the World Series heads to Australia next week.

“I’m so pleased to win this,” he said. “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.”

Cadby, like Anderson, was playing in his first senior televised final, having knocked out Peter Wright and Phil Taylor, the two recent World Matchplay finalists, on his way to the decider, and will get two chances to follow in his fellow Aussie’s footsteps as he competes in World Series events in Melbourne and Perth over the next fortnight.

“Confidence is the key and I believe in myself, I always want to win but I’m really pleased for Kyle,” the 22-year-old said.

“It’s Aussie, Aussie, Aussie all the way and I can’t wait to go home.”

German Darts Grand Prix and International Darts Open UK Qualifiers Updates

Follow this page for the latest results from this evening’s UK Qualifiers for the HappyBet German Darts Grand Prix and HappyBet International Darts Open.

HappyBet German Darts Grand Prix (ET10)
UK Qualifier
Friday August 4, Barnsley Metrodome
First Round
Andrew Gilding 6-3 Andy Hamilton
Terry Temple 6-5 Jim Walker
Josh Payne 6-3 Steve Hine
Mickey Mansell 6-1 Steve Lennon
Keegan Brown 6-0 Ryan Palmer
Ricky Evans 6-0 Richie Corner
Jamie Caven 6-1 Adrian Gray
Nathan Aspinall 6-1 John Part
Ritchie Edhouse 6-2 Callum Loose
Ronnie Baxter 6-5 John Bowles
Matt Clark 6-4 Harry Robinson
Simon Stevenson 6-5 Peter Hudson

Second Round
Stephen Bunting 6-5 Peter Jacques
Robert Owen 6-3 Jonathan Worsley
Andy Boulton 6-2 James Wade
Michael Barnard 6-1 Ted Evetts
Darren Webster 6-5 Luke Woodhouse
Matthew Dennant 6-4 Wes Newton
Steve Beaton 6-3 Richie Burnett
Lee Bryant 6-4 Tony Newell
Ray Campbell 6-5 James Wilson
Jamie Bain 6-2 Ryan Searle
Chris Quantock 6-4 Steve West
Andrew Gilding 6-5 Aden Kirk
Kyle Anderson 6-2 Paul Harvey
Andy Jenkins 6-0 Terry Temple
Robert Thornton 6-2 Scott Taylor
Jamie Lewis 6-3 Josh Payne
Darren Johnson 6-5 John Henderson
Mickey Mansell 6-4 Diogo Portela
Kevin Painter 6-3 Justin Pipe
Keegan Brown 6-5 Wayne Jones
David Pallett 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Paul Rowley 6-2 Ricky Evans
Chris Dobey 6-4 Ross Twell
Jamie Caven 6-4 Rob Hewson
Mick Todd 6-2 Robbie Green
Adam Hunt 6-2 Paul Nicholson
Mark Webster 6-2 Ricky Williams
Nathan Aspinall 6-5 Stephen Burton
James Richardson 6-5 Brian Woods
Ritchie Edhouse 6-1 Callan Rydz
Richard North 6-5 Devon Petersen
Ronnie Baxter 6-0 Warrick Scheffer
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Jim Brown
Mick McGowan 6-1 Matt Clark
Kirk Shepherd 6-0 Joe Murnan
Ryan Meikle 6-3 Simon Stevenson

Final Round
Stephen Bunting v Robert Owen
Andy Boulton v Michael Barnard
Darren Webster v Matthew Dennant
Steve Beaton v Lee Bryant
Ray Campbell v Jamie Bain
Chris Quantock v Andrew Gilding
Kyle Anderson v Andy Jenkins
Robert Thornton v Jamie Lewis
Darren Johnson v Mickey Mansell
Kevin Painter v Keegan Brown
David Pallett v Paul Rowley
Chris Dobey v Jamie Caven
Mick Todd v Adam Hunt
Mark Webster v Nathan Aspinall
James Richardson v Ritchie Edhouse
Richard North v Ronnie Baxter
Brendan Dolan v Mick McGowan
Kirk Shepherd v Ryan Meikle

Qualifiers
TBC

HappyBet International Darts Open (ET11)
UK Qualifier
Friday August 4, Barnsley Metrodome
First Round
Draw to follow

Qualifiers
TBC

Northern Irish youngster Alex Hughes, 11, qualifies for Worthington’s Champion of Champions Finals

Northern Irish youngster Alex Hughes has qualified for the Worthington’s Champion of Champions Finals after winning a qualifying event in Strabane last week.

The 11-year-old entered the qualifier, held at Kirks Bar last Friday, and came through a field of more than 40 players to win a spot at the finals in Cardiff later this month.

“This is my first-ever full men’s event win and I cannot believe how happy I am,” Hughes told Red Dragon Darts.

“I’ve practiced every day for the last two years so to play in full men’s events like the Champion of Champions is a dream come true.”

The Champion of Champions Finals takes place on Saturday, August 26, and will see 256 players competing at St. David’s Hall, in Cardiff, for a slice of the £20,000 prize fund, with previous winners of the event including PDC stars Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton.

Peter Wright: I’m only third in the world because I play in all the tournaments

Peter Wright says his ranking of number three in the world is only down to playing in all of the tournaments.

The Scot was beaten 18-8 by Phil Taylor in his first World Matchplay final in Blackpool on Sunday, with Taylor winning a record 16th title on the Winter Gardens stage.

A victory for Wright would have seen him climb above Gary Anderson into second spot on the PDC Order of Merit, but the UK Open champion believes his high ranking is a false representation of where he ranks among the sport’s elite.

“I know I’m not number three in the world,” Wright told Sky Sports after Sunday’s final. “It’s only because I choose to do every tournament, that’s why I’m number three in the world.

“If this guy (Taylor) decides to do every tournament he’d be number one in the world, Gary Anderson number two in the world, Michael van Gerwen number three, Adrian Lewis number four.

“I’d be number five, I know that, but I choose to do every single tournament, that’s why I’m number three.

“I’ve got a lot to learn and I learned a lesson today, and I’m grateful to be in the final.”

Trio come through DPA Qualifiers to complete line-up for inaugural Melbourne Darts Masters later this month

The 16-player line-up for the first staging of the Unibet Melbourne Darts Masters has been finalised following the completion of the DPA Qualifiers at the weekend.

David Platt, Dave Marland and Koha Kokiri won through the DPA Qualifiers to secure their spots in the inaugural Melbourne Darts Masters, which will be held from August 18-20 at the Hisense Arena.

The DPA’s Festival of Darts took place at the Warilla Bowls Club, NSW at the weekend, with the headline event being the qualifiers for the new World Series of Darts tournament.

Three-time World Championship participant Platt won the first qualifier, defeating Clinton Bridge 6-3 in the final to earn himself a spot in his eighth World Series event.

Bridge also made it through to the final of the second qualifier, but was denied by Marland, who secured his TV debut later this month.

New Zealand’s Kokiri followed up his recent qualification for the Perth Darts Masters by claiming the final place in the third qualifier, as he overcame Rob Modra 6-5 in the final.

Unibet Melbourne Darts Masters – Final Field
PDC Representatives
Gary Anderson
Peter Wright
James Wade
Phil Taylor
Raymond van Barneveld
Michael Smith
Simon Whitlock
Daryl Gurney

Oceanic Representatives
Kyle Anderson (invited player)
Corey Cadby (DPA World Series Order of Merit)
Rhys Mathewson (DPA World Series Order of Merit)
Justin Thompson (DPA World Series Order of Merit)
Cody Harris (DPNZ Qualifier)
David Platt (DPA Qualifier)
Dave Marland (DPA Qualifier)
Koha Kokiri (DPA Qualifier)

Phil Taylor rules out putting retirement on hold despite winning record 16th World Matchplay title

Phil Taylor says he will not be reconsidering his plans to retire at the end of the season, despite winning a record 16th World Matchplay title at the weekend.

The 16-time world champion, who turns 57 a week on Sunday, defied the odds to claim his first ranking TV title in three years on Sunday.

But despite beating Gerwyn Price, Raymond van Barneveld, Michael van Gerwen, Adrian Lewis and Peter Wright on his way to lifting the World Matchplay trophy at the Winter Gardens for a 16th time, Taylor has ruled out a change of heart and still plans to retire from the professional circuit after the 2018 World Championship.

“I’m done now, I’m finished now, it’s enough,” Taylor told Sky Sports after seeing off world number three Wright 18-8 in Sunday’s final.

“I’m 57 (on August 13), trust me, my back’s in half, my legs are killing me. I can sympathise with Tiger Woods.

“It’s hard, it really is. I’m doing everything I can to prolong my career. To win a major at my age is fantastic.

“This has capped everything off for me really. This couldn’t have come at a better time for me to be honest with you.

“It’s a bonus for me, my grandchildren (are here), the fans, all these people have got banners, I’ve never had this in my career. It’s lovely, it really is.”

Champions League of Darts field confirmed with three players set to make their debuts in Cardiff in September

The field for the 2017 Champions League of Darts has been confirmed, with three players set to make their debuts in the BBC-televised event in September.

A change in the qualifying criteria this year saw Phil Taylor, who won the inaugural Champions League of Darts last year, guaranteed a spot in the eight-player line-up.

The remaining seven places would then be handed out to the seven highest ranked players on the PDC Order of Merit following the conclusion of the World Matchplay last Sunday.

World number one Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Peter Wright and Adrian Lewis were all assured of their spots in the tournament heading into Blackpool, which left just three places up for grabs.

Dave Chisnall, Mensur Suljovic and Raymond van Barneveld came out of the World Matchplay in sixth, seventh and eighth on the Order of Merit respectively, meaning they have all earned their debuts in the Champions League in September.

The three debutants in the event have replaced James Wade, Michael Smith and Robert Thornton from last year’s inaugural line-up.

PDC Order of Merit (as of 31/07/2017)

Position Name Value
1 Michael van Gerwen £1,660,750
2 Gary Anderson £760,000
3 Peter Wright £715,250
4 Phil Taylor £409,250
5 Adrian Lewis £408,000
6 Dave Chisnall £356,500
7 Mensur Suljovic £346,000
8 Raymond van Barneveld £324,500