Raymond van Barneveld knocks out Phil Taylor in a deciding leg to reach Perth Darts Masters semi-finals

Raymond van Barneveld ended Phil Taylor’s hopes of victory in his final World Series event in Australia as he edged through to the semi-finals of the TABtouch Perth Darts Masters with a 10-9 win earlier today.

The battle of the multiple time world champions went the way of the Dutchman, but only after seeing his leads of 8-4 and 9-7 wiped away by Taylor to send the quarter-final tie into a 19th and final leg.

Taylor was aiming to extend his impressive record in World Series events held in Australia to eight wins from nine tournaments this weekend, but van Barneveld won the decider to progress to the final day in Perth.

The five-time world champion started the brighter of the two by taking a 2-0 lead, but then missed three darts to move further ahead of his great rival.

An 11-dart hold followed for van Barneveld as he restored his two-leg cushion at 3-1, before Taylor won the next two legs to level after “Barney” missed another three darts to stay ahead.

Van Barneveld then took out 71 on tops to break the throw yet again, with Taylor repaying the favour with a 96 checkout on double nine to make it 4-4.

“Barney” then put together a sequence of four straight legs to open up a strong 8-4 lead on the 16-time world champion, but Taylor stopped the rot by holding throw on double 18 in the 13th leg.

The recent Melbourne winner then recovered one of the breaks of throw with a 41 checkout, and then closed the gap to just one after hitting a maximum and double eight.

Van Barneveld held throw in the 16th leg to move to within one leg of victory, but in the next leg the Dutchman spurned four match darts as Taylor stayed alive to cut the gap again to one.

Taylor then broke his opponent’s throw in leg 18 to send the match into a decider, but the 57-year-old was punished for scores of 60, 60 and 45 in the final leg as “Barney” claimed his spot in the semi-finals.

Van Barneveld will face Daryl Gurney for a place in the final after the Northern Irishman produced another impressive display on the doubles to beat third seed Peter Wright 10-4 in the quarter-finals.

Gurney finished 10/14 on the doubles and had checkouts of 97, 96, 97, 93, 104 and 87 as he avenged his defeat to Wright in the semi-finals in Melbourne last week.

The other semi-final in Perth tomorrow will see Gary Anderson take on James Wade after the seeded pair recorded 10-5 wins over Simon Whitlock and Michael Smith respectively.

Anderson averaged 102 and rattled off six straight legs as he fought back from 5-4 down to defeat the Australian number one, with a match-winning 144 checkout booking his place in the final day of action in Perth.

Wade was the first man through to the semi-finals Down Under after getting the better of Smith in the opening game of the day, with “The Machine” averaging 101, hitting five 180s and taking out 140 on his way to victory.

TABtouch Perth Darts Masters
Saturday August 26 (7pm local time, 12pm BST)
Quarter-Finals
James Wade (4) 10-5 Michael Smith
Gary Anderson (1) 10-5 Simon Whitlock
Raymond van Barneveld 10-9 Phil Taylor (2)
Daryl Gurney 10-4 Peter Wright (3)
Best of 19 legs

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Paul Hogan wins Red Dragon Champion of Champions with a title-winning 164 checkout in the final

Paul Hogan hit a sensational title-winning 164 checkout to win the 2017 Red Dragon Champion of Champions in Cardiff this evening.

The 53-year-old came through a field of 256 players to scoop the £5,000 top prize at St. David’s Hall today, beating last year’s winner Jonny Clayton 2-0 in the final.

The best of three legs tournament got underway this afternoon with 256 players, who had all won qualifying tournaments to qualify, battling it out for a share of the £20,000 prize fund up for grabs.

Hogan, who pulled off surprise wins against former world champions Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis in the UK Open earlier this year, defeated Rob Warman, Terry Temple, Craig Gilchrist, Carl Wilkinson, Barry Hawker, Chris Lacy and Rob Owen to reach the final.

After breaking Clayton’s throw in the first leg of the decider, Hogan then took out a brilliant 164 in the next leg to seal a 2-0 win and the title.

PDC tour card holder Clayton was bidding to win the title for a second successive year and came close to retaining his crown, with victories over Jeff Thomas, Brian Flew, James Bevan, AJ Urmston-Toft, Anthony Freeman, Mark Lawrence and Mark Layton putting him through to the final.

2017 Red Dragon Champion of Champions Updates

Follow live updates from the finals of the 2017 Red Dragon Champion of Champions at St. David’s Hall in Cardiff.

Play starts at 1pm this afternoon with 256 players battling it out for a slice of the £20,000 prize fund for grabs.

PDC tour card holders Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton are among the previous winners of the event, with Clayton back this year to defend the title he won 12 months ago.

Each player has won through a qualifier to reach today’s finals, with each match the best of three legs for the duration of the tournament.

2017 Red Dragon Champion of Champions Finals
Last 256
Adam Smith beat Carl Bruton
Nathan Mallett lost to Craig Venman
Ray Hardwick lost to Shaun Dibbs
Peter Wilcox los to Andrew Perkins
Rhys Palmer 2-1 Josh Jenkins
Andrew Davies lost to James Richards
Chris Manning lost to Aled Goode
Luke Johnson lost to Carl Hamilton
Jon Worsley lost to Steve Smith
Jake Dodgson lost to David Rogers
Andy Aspinall beat Steve Perry
Andrew Poole lost to Michael Taylor
Richard Langlois beat Gavin Sterio
Chris Pearce beat Joe Griffiths
Loz Barnes beat Aaron Bradley
Simon Delaney lost to Ashok Sehdev
Dai Randall beat Kevin Judge
Josh Lewis beat Lee Evans
Chris Austin-Hill lost to Ian Withers
Emyr Jones beat Dennis Smith
Sean Fisher lost to Phil Gooch
Aaron Dyer beat Sarren Burdett
Anthony Freeman beat Jack Fuller
Simon Furness beat Taylor Smoldon
Ian Lovergrove lost to Ben Davies-German
Dave Matthew lost to Ryan Hassell
Mark Lawrence beat Justin Nicholl
James Carroll lost to Sam Guest
John Davey beat John Herlihy
Chris Rees beat Anthony McDonald
Robert Williams lost to Craig Davies
Pat Smith lost to Lloyd Browning
Josh Davies beat Steve Shadwell
Mitch Butler beat Craig Latham
Josh Lloyd beat Simon Hartley
Darren Layden beat Andrew Smith
James Williams beat Luke Hayman
Clive Langford lost to Jordan Thomas
Kevin Thomas beat Alex Hughes
Peter Jacques beat Ian Matthews
Mike Beard beat Paddy Murphy
Mark Blandford beat Dean Cundy
Aaron Stevens lost to Garreg Thomas
Stephen Challenger lost to Andy Hughes
Rob Owen beat Neil Parsonage
Iwan Morgan beat Carl Lewis
Jeff Marshall lost to Trevor Burkhill
Paul Self beat Wayne Hewins
Sean Barnett beat Alan Reynolds
James Hughes beat Peter Watkins
Graham Brooks lost to Graham Usher
Robert Vaughan beat Steven Gillam
Johnny Haines beat Mark Lavers
Tony Bradley beat Rhys Jones
Lee Harris beat Jaimie Boyes
Danny May beat Carl Lloyd
Kevin Jeffreys beat Ben Chance
Brian Dawson lost to Paul Eves
Mark Wilson beat David Lewis
Carl Wilkinson beat Jeff Bass
Ben Farr beat Mike Harries
Bradley Meredith lost to Craig Gilchrist
Terry Temple beat Lee Rodmell
Paul Hogan beat Rob Warman
Gavin Bufton beat Ben Cloake
Mark Salmon beat David Copley
Roy Morris beat Andy McCracken
Barry Hamer beat Richard Hosey
Craig Lewis beat Chris Jones
John Gallagher beat Steve Evans
Justin Smith lost to Jon Clarke
Tom Evans lost to Tom Dimond
Aaron Williams lost to Paul Coray
Martyn Moore beat Nathan Treadgold
Stephen Cake beat Peter Aleman
Jason Williams beat Darren Bennett
Andy White beat Stu Alner
Alex Clyburn beat Shane House
Jason Drage lost to Lee Wreford
Chris Lacy beat Ewan Johnson
Ryan Rawlinson beat David Neads
Tony Lincoln beat Darren Johnson
Ben Bevan beat Paul Green
Ian Williams lost to Leighton Jones
Mike Rees beat Geoff Whybrow
Jason Ettridge lost to Robert Hawker
Marshall James lost to Tim Jones
Scott Bishop lost to Chris Harris
Robert Hughes beat John Murphy
Nathan Perry beat Dale Hughes
Lee Hughes beat Darren Evans
Chris Davies beat Matthew Smith
Danny Dyer lost to Matthew Edgar
Brian Lewis lost to Peter Evans
Ray James lost to Michael Huntley
Alec Small lost to Andy Kerry
Ritchie Edhouse lost to Kieran Harris
David John beat Wayne Warren
Dan Raby beat Keith Aldridge
Brian Wonnacott lost to Mark Rice
Adam Smith-Neale beat Barrie Bates
Jason Lovett lost to Stuart Davies
Ash Richards lost to Adrian Rees
Daniel Thomas lost to Tony Darlow
James Bevan 2-0 Dai Powell
Terry Diamond beat Bryan Cook
Brian Flew beat Lyndon Gore
Jonny Clayton 2-0 Jeff Thomas
Marcus Hawkins beat Paul Rumph
Ralph Barnett beat Mike Fleet
Adrian Jones beat Tommy Livingstone
AJ Urmston-Toft beat Andy Tee
Stephen Davidson 0-2 Dai Caller
Steve Brown lost to Mark Layton
Sean Lewis lost to Michael Rowlands
Craig Draper lost to Stephen Carrett
Ricky Tonkin lost to Dilwyn Martin
Joe Price lost to Lee Bowen
Clive Wilford lost to Mark Penny
Patrick Aldoescu beat James Richardson
Matthew Hannaford 2-0 Robert Benns
Antony Allen lost to Darren Beveridge
Kevin Holvey beat Ben Evans
Jarrod Powell 0-2 Stuart Barrowcliffe
Adam Wardell beat Peter Loft
Chris Smart 2-1 Ryan Palmer
Richie Boucher beat Scott Varley
Kacey Jones lost to Gary Lloyd

Last 128
Adam Smith beat Craig Venman
Shaun Dibbs beat Andrew Perkins
Rhys Palmer lost to James Richards
Aled Goode beat Carl Hamilton
Steve Smith lost to David Rogers
Andy Aspinall beat Michael Taylor
Richard Langlois lost to Chris Pearce
Loz Barnes lost to Ashok Sehdev
Dai Randall lost to Josh Lewis
Ian Withers lost to Emyr Jones
Phil Gooch 2-0 Aaron Dyer
Anthony Freeman beat Simon Furness
Ben Davies-German lost to Ryan Hassell
Mark Lawrence beat Sam Guest
John Davey beat Chris Rees
Craig Davies lost to Lloyd Browning
Josh Davies beat Mitch Butler
Josh Lloyd lost to Darren Layden
James Williams lost to Jordan Thomas
Kevin Thomas beat Peter Jacques
Mike Beard beat Mark Blandford
Garreg Thomas lost to Andy Hughes
Rob Owen beat Iwan Morgan
Trevor Burkhill lost to Paul Self
Sean Barnett lost to James Hughes
Graham Usher beat Robert Vaughan
Johnny Haines beat Tony Bradley
Lee Harris beat Danny May
Kevin Jeffreys lost to Paul Eves
Mark Wilson lost to Carl Wilkinson
Ben Farr lost to Craig Gilchrist
Terry Temple lost to Paul Hogan
Gavin Bufton beat Mark Salmon
Roy Morris lost to Barry Hamer
Craig Lewis beat John Gallagher
Jon Clarke beat Tom Dimond
Paul Coray beat Martyn Moore
Stephen Cake beat Jason Williams
Andy White beat Alex Clyburn
Lee Wreford lost to Chris Lacy
Ryan Rawlinson lost to Tony Lincoln
Ben Bevan lost to Leighton Jones
Mike Rees lost to Robert Hawker
Tim Jones lost to Chris Harris
Robert Hughes beat Nathan Perry
Lee Hughes beat Chris Davies
Matthew Edgar beat Peter Evans
Michael Huntley beat Andy Kerry
Kieran Harris beat David John
Dan Raby lost to Mark Rice
Adam Smith-Neale lost to Stuart Davies
Adrian Rees lost to Tony Darlow
James Bevan beat Terry Diamond
Brian Flew lost to Jonny Clayton
Marcus Hawkins lost to Ralph Barnett
Adrian Jones lost to AJ Urmston-Toft
Dai Caller lost to Mark Layton
Michael Rowlands lost to Stephen Carrett
Dilwyn Martin lost to Lee Bowen
Mark Penny beat Patrick Aldoescu
Matthew Hannaford lost to Darren Beveridge
Kevin Holvey lost to Stuart Barrowcliffe
Adam Wardell lost to Chris Smart
Richie Boucher beat Gary Lloyd

Last 64
Adam Smith lost to Shaun Dibbs
James Richards lost to Aled Goode
David Rogers 2-1 Andy Aspinall
Chris Pearce beat Ashok Sehdev
Josh Lewis beat Emyr Jones
Phil Gooch lost to Anthony Freeman
Ryan Hassell lost to Mark Lawrence
John Davey lost to Lloyd Browning
Josh Davies lost to Darren Layden
Jordan Thomas lost to Kevin Thomas
Mike Beard beat Andy Hughes
Rob Owen beat Paul Self
James Hughes lost to Graham Usher
Johnny Haines beat Lee Harris
Paul Eves lost to Carl Wilkinson
Craig Gilchrist lost to Paul Hogan
Gavin Bufton lost to Barry Hamer
Craig Lewis beat Jon Clarke
Paul Coray lost to Stephen Cake
Andy White lost to Chris Lacy
Tony Lincoln lost to Leighton Jones
Robert Hawker beat Chris Harris
Robert Hughes lost to Lee Hughes
Matthew Edgar beat Andy Kerry
Kieran Harris lost to Mark Rice
Stuart Davies lost to Tony Darlow
James Bevan lost to Jonny Clayton
Ralph Barnett lost to AJ Urmston-Toft
Mark Layton beat Stephen Carrett
Lee Owen lost to Mark Penny
Darren Beveridge lost to Stuart Barrowcliffe
Chris Smart lost to Richie Boucher

Last 32
Shaun Dibbs 0-2 Aled Goode
David Rogers 1-2 Chris Pearce
Josh Lewis lost to Anthony Freeman
Mark Lawrence beat Lloyd Browning
Darren Layden lost to Kevin Thomas
Mike Beard lost to Rob Owen
Graham Usher beat Johnny Haines
Carl Wilkinson lost to Paul Hogan
Barry Hamer beat Craig Lewis
Stephen Cake lost to Chris Lacy
Leighton Jones lost to Robert Hawker
Lee Hughes lost to Matthew Edgar
Mark Rice lost to Tony Darlow
Jonny Clayton beat AJ Urmston-Toft
Mark Layton beat Mark Penny
Stuart Barrowcliffe beat Richie Boucher

Last 16
Aled Goode 1-2 Stuart Barrowcliffe
Chris Pearce 0-2 Mark Layton
Anthony Freeman 0-2 Jonny Clayton
Mark Lawrence 2-1 Tony Darlow
Kevin Thomas lost to Matthew Edgar
Rob Owen 2-1 Robert Hawker
Graham Usher lost to Chris Lacy
Paul Hogan beat Barry Hawker

Quarter-Finals
Stuart Barrowcliffe 0-2 Mark Layton
Jonny Clayton 2-0 Mark Lawrence
Matthew Edgar 0-2 Rob Owen
Chris Lacy 1-2 Paul Hogan

Semi-Finals
Mark Layton 0-2 Jonny Clayton
Rob Owen 1-2 Paul Hogan

Final
Jonny Clayton 0-2 Paul Hogan

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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Raymond van Barneveld gains revenge on Corey Cadby to set up quarter-final clash with Phil Taylor in Perth

Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld will face off in the quarter-finals of the TABtouch Perth Darts Masters after both overcame tricky first-round hurdles earlier today.

Taylor, who won the inaugural Melbourne Darts Masters last week to extend his impressive record in Australia to seven wins from eight World Series events, came from behind to beat Auckland champion Kyle Anderson 6-4.

Perth-born Anderson punished missed doubles from Taylor to break in the opening leg, but the 16-time world champion broke straight back to level the score.

The home favourite fired in the first of his four maximums on his way to an 11-dart break in leg three, before holding throw in 13 darts to open up a 3-1 lead.

The pair then traded holds of throw in the next two legs to take the Australian in to a 4-2 lead, before Taylor landed tops to close the gap to one.

The turning point in the match came in the eighth leg, as Anderson spurned a dart at tops to hold throw for 5-3 and Taylor pinned double 16 to break and level up at 4-4.

Taylor then took the next two legs to book his place in the quarter-finals and another meeting with his great rival van Barneveld tomorrow.

“Barney” survived a late fightback from Cadby to beat the reigning world youth champion in a deciding leg 6-5 and gain revenge after losing to the young Australian in the first round in Melbourne last week.

Van Barneveld made a fine start as he broke Cadby’s throw with a 13 darter on double 14, before a 100 checkout, after holding throw in the second, saw him establish a commanding 3-0 lead.

Cadby responded with a 96 checkout for an 11 darter to get one of the breaks back, before the 22-year-old landed double 18 to cut the Dutchman’s advantage to one leg.

Van Barneveld hit back by winning the next two legs, the latter of those ending with an 86 finish on double seven, to move within a leg of victory.

But the Auckland runner-up was not finished as he broke van Barneveld’s throw in the next leg and then held to cut the gap to 5-4, with “Barney” having missed a match dart at double 18 in the eighth leg.

Van Barneveld then missed two match darts in the 10th leg and Cadby punished him with a stunning 161 checkout to force a decider.

A crucial 180 in the deciding leg set up van Barneveld for the victory as he took out 15 on double four to squeeze through.

Elsewhere, Daryl Gurney produced the performance of the first round as he hit all his attempts at double and posted a new career-high televised average of 106.09 in a 6-0 win over Koha Kokiri.

The Northern Irishman had checkouts of 96 and 100 in the opening two legs, before a 130 finish on the bull sealed his place in the quarter-finals.

Gurney will now face Melbourne runner-up Peter Wright after the third seed booked his spot in the last eight with a 6-2 win against Rhys Mathewson.

The reigning UK Open champion averaged 100.24 and hit close to 50 per cent of his doubles as he replicated the scoreline he beat Mathewson by in the opening round in Melbourne last week.

Top seed Gary Anderson kicked off his latest bid for a first World Series title in Australia with a comfortable 6-1 win against Rob Szabo.

After a slow start, the two-time world champion finished with an average of 96.47 and hit seven perfect darts in the fourth leg as he progressed through to the second day.

The Scot will now face Australian number one Simon Whitlock after he saw off Justin Thompson 6-2 in the first round.

Whitlock, who averaged over 107 in his first round thrashing of Kyle Anderson in Melbourne last week, posted the lowest winning average of the first round of 83.74, but punished missed doubles from Thompson to advance to the quarter-finals.

Former Perth finalist James Wade also booked his place in the last eight after whitewashing TV debutant Darren Hayes 6-0 today.

A 95.94 average was more than enough for “The Machine” to overcome a nervy Hayes, who did not have a shot at the double on his first appearance in front of the cameras.

Next up for Wade is a clash with former world youth champion Michael Smith tomorrow after “Bully Boy” got the three-day tournament started with a straight-forward 6-2 win against Adam Rowe.

The world number nine was not at his best but hit two maximums and sealed the victory with a 120 checkout as he made it through to his third successive World Series quarter-final.

TABtouch Perth Darts Masters
Friday August 25 (7pm local time, 12pm BST)
First Round
Michael Smith 6-2 Adam Rowe
Peter Wright 6-2 Rhys Mathewson
Daryl Gurney 6-0 Koha Kokiri
James Wade 6-0 Darren Hayes
Simon Whitlock 6-2 Justin Thompson
Phil Taylor 6-4 Kyle Anderson
Gary Anderson 6-1 Rob Szabo
Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 Corey Cadby
Best of 11 legs

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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