A strong opening leg with the throw leaves Michael van Gerwen on 76 with Phil Taylor only on 218 and the Dutchman completes the required check out to take the first. On his throw Taylor starts with a 59 but MVG can only reply with a 58. Taylor matches the 180 MVG got on his throw in the first leg to go to177. 96 sees him go to 80 with MVG only getting 58 and sitting at 130. Taylor hits the wrong side of the top wire on tops but MVG does not convert his long check out chance and Taylor gets double ten to get the leg after his first throw only collected 20. (1-1) In the next leg MVG got himself to 161 with Taylor on 257. Neither player converts on their first attempt at checking out until MVG finally completes the job to take a two one lead overall.
Taylor starts with a 180 in the next leg to chase another 9 darter in Sydney does not do it this leg. Instead he gets to 128 with MVG on 134. Taylor leaves 40 and MVG leaves the same. Taylor gets it with his second throw to draw things up at 2 all. In the fifth leg MVG started with a 140 and Taylor responds with a century which is then matched by MVG. 96 from Taylor and MVG can only get 55. 140 from Taylor leaves 165. 106 is the target for his opponent. A great third dart leaves Taylor on 72. MVG can only get 54 to leave 52. A huge moment for Taylor at double 16 but he can't convert and MVG then surprisingly does not take advantage and misses two at tops. Another miss from Taylor but he uses it to go over the top and get the first break of the match. (Taylor 3-2)
.The next leg starts with Taylor getting 100 and MVG only responding with 57 when a big start was so critical in hitting right back. A 140 from Taylor leaves 28 and MVG is not even on a finish. Double 14 on the second attempt sees Taylor move ahead by two legs (4-2). It seems to get MVG back in the right mindset as he angrily smashes a 180 and 96 and leaves 130 with Taylor on 161. It was surprising in this mood that MVG did not convert at the first attempt but he leaves 40. Taylor responds by leaving 24. With the third dart and heaps of pressure MVG gets tops and at the first break it is 4-3 to Taylor. (Statistics at the break, 99.34 and 4/10 40% to Taylor and 95.94 3/7 43% to van Gerwen).
Both players open with 180 after the break. Taylor gets 137 (missing the second treble) and Van Gerwen 96. 140 again from Taylor and he leaves 44 with Van Gerwen on 129. Taylor does it in two darts to go 5-3 up. A 177 start to Taylor whilst Van Gerwen sits on 367. Van Gerwen throws down 96 as Taylor responds again with 134. 101 leaves 170 for MVG with Taylor on 189 (he then gets 99 to leave 90). The 170 sees the bull missed by Van Gerwen. Taylor then missed two darts at double 15 and Van Gerwen cleans it up for 5-4. MVG starts with 180 in the next leg and Taylor only gets 100. Taylor then hits 58, MVG 59, Taylor another century, and MVG 60. A 240 from Taylor leaves 103 and 170 from MVG leaves 32. Taylor can only get 60 and with his last dart MVG ties it up at 5-5.
A MVG century start and then 140 sees him hold a lead through the mid-point of this leg until he hits a 58 and Taylor gets 140 to leave 143. MVG still does the job though and leads the game 6-5, the first time he has led since the third game. A 140 start from Taylor is copied by MVG. MVG then hits a 180 to leave 181. Towards the end of the leg Taylor misses 136, leaving 16, but Van Gerwen can't make the most of it as he misses two at double 16. Taylor then hits 16 to draw the tie level at 6-6.
The 13th leg sees starts of 140 from MVG and 100 from the Power. This is followed up by only 47 from MVG and a bounce out from Taylor means he misses out on a maximum and gets 120 instead. 96 from MVG leaves 218. 140 from Taylor leaves 141. 94 from MVG leaves 124. 85 leaves Taylor on 56. MVG misses the bull to check out and Taylor hits the fat 16 but misses tops twice, once over and once under. Van Gerwen does not miss cleaning up the 25 and leads 7-6. A 121 start for Taylor in the next leg, after his first dart scored one, then 134 by MVG is matched by Taylor. 140 from MVG leaves 227 and 177 leaves Taylor 69. 140 from MVG stacks on the pressure. Taylor does it with two darts though and at the second break it is 7-7. The statistics currently are MVG 105.57 7/19 37% v Phil Taylor 101.42 7/17 41%.
MVG trails 261 to 225 in the first leg after the break. Taylor can only get 94 to leave 131. With MVG on 108 Taylor gets 99 and misses the last double to leave 32. MVG gets 100 of the 108 required. Double 16 has not been going in as well across two games tonight for Taylor but it goes in at the first attempt now to give Taylor a break and lead 8-7. Taylor then follows up on his throw with 177, MVG getting 100. With Taylor on 126 MVG is on 170. Taylor leaves 68 and MVG misses the last of three darts to get the 170. Taylor gets the last dart in hand for tops to lead 9-7. The starts in the next leg go 96 for MVG and 140 for Taylor. 96 for MVG and 137 for Taylor before MVG collects 134 to leave 176. A 134 sees Taylor sit on 90. 140 leaves 36 for MVG. Taylor hits double 15 to take a double break and be one leg away from the victory. (10-7)
99 is all Taylor can start with in the next leg and MVG makes the most of it by hitting 180. Taylor gets 140 and 100 for MVG before 98 leaves 164 for Taylor and 134 leaves 87 for MVG. 20 then 20 then 60 leaves 64 for Taylor, and MVG misses a double 9 to win on his next visit. Taylor then misses tops and Van Gerwen gets double the 9 to pull the leg difference back to two. (10-8)
Leg 19 and a 180, 99, and 140 leaves MVG 82 to finish this leg with the Power not on a finish at all. MVG gets 42 as he misses tops but Taylor is still on 225. 105 leaves Shanghai for Taylor but he does not get a go at that as Van Gerwen gets tops with the second dart thus closing the scoreline even closer at 10-9. The opening of the next leg sees 134 from Taylor and only 99 from van Gerwen. Through the middle of the leg the Dutchman goes ahead 222 to 284.137 leaves 147 for Taylor and critically MVG only collects 44, his 178 leaving a minimum of six darts for Taylor to win the match. On the first visit at the 147 Taylor gets 97 to leave 50. MVG then collects 138 to leave tops so Taylor must get these darts to win one would think. Taylor gets it with his last dart of the three. This is his first individual tournament win since this event last year. PT 11 MVG 9 PT 105.13 11/27 47% MVG 104.32 9/24 38%
Semi Final 1
Phil Taylor v Dave Chisnall
Phil Taylor starts really strongly but he can't finish the opening leg and gives Chisnall a shot at tops but Chizzy misses two at it. Taylor finishes with a double two. Taylor then breaks Chisnall in his first throw. 100 in the third leg for Taylor is beaten by 125 from Chisnall but then Taylor gets 140 which is matched by Chisnall. 140 is then repeated by Taylor before Chisnall hits 180 and 121 v 56 is the shootout. Taylor only gets 57 to leave 64 and Chisnall misses with the shot at tops (twice, again.) Taylor gets a double eight to go three legs up. Fourth game and Chisnall chase 119 with Taylor on 25. Chizzy leaves tops whilst Taylor misses the double eight twice. Chizzy gets tops (finally) with his second dart to secure a leg (3-1).
Taylor starts the next leg with 140 and then 180, his second of the match. Two 100s from Chisnall is not enough as Taylor hits 167 to leave double 8. Taylor misses it again 3 times. 177 from Chisnall puts the pressure on as he is on 24 but Taylor gets the double 8 with his first dart this time around. In the 6th game Taylor is on a bogey score at 164 with Chisnall at 138, Taylor leaves 68 and Chisnall is left with 96. Taylor misses the double 4 and he is now 4/16 on checking out but Chisnall leaves 8. Another miss from Taylor but he finally secures the leg with his next dart. 140 plays 123 in the next leg and it is tight through the middle. On 202 Taylor gets 145 to leave 57. Chisnall can only get 23. Taylor misses another two check outs (tops.) Taylor gets tops at the first dart the next time he steps up to go 6-1 up. Chisnall's 100 plays Taylor's 140 and 97 from Chisnall was belittled by Taylor's maximum only for Chisnall to match it at the first attempt. Chisnall gets the first shot at it but leaves 25 and Taylor checks out 121 brilliantly. He has 7/22 at present on check outs but that last one gives him confidence. In the next leg 140 from Chisnall beats the 100 of Taylor at the start. It's Taylor's throw though and he quickly regains the lead in the leg, before Chisnall sneaks ahead by three points. Taylor leaves himself 122 with Chisnall on 142. Chizzy gets 58 and Taylor leaves 85. Chisnall converts his 84 to break the Taylor throw. Phil Taylor leads 7-2 with Chizzy to throw first after the break.
Taylor hits his fourth maximum of the match and then leaves 82. He misses bullseye but gets tops to win another leg and lead 8-2. The next leg is comprehensively Taylor as he moves to 9-2. Leg twelve and a 180 from Chizzy is followed up by a 96 before Taylor gets his own maximum. 65 sees Chisnall leave 160 but Taylor snatches the leg to go 10-2 up. 140 from Taylor puts him in a 40 point lead for the leg. 134 by Taylor is only matched by 55 from Chisnall. Chasing 127 Taylor gets 55. Chisnall, on 246, hits a maximum to leave 66. The Power gets the triple 20 but he misses the double 6 for the leg. Chisnall secures the necessary 66 points to see the scoreboard change to 10-3. In the next leg the scores are tied at 301 when Chisnall gets 92 and Taylor 137. Taylor aims for a big finish of 164 but leaves 24.Chisnall needs to get 70 and does so to see the score now read 10-4. A 140 start from Taylor and only 59 from Chizzy and it looks like this could be the final leg of the match. Another 140 helps that cause and Taylor then threepeats the feat. Chasing 81 and Taylor hits the treble, misses the double and then scores the double for the match. 11-4 in total.
PT 11 DC 4 PT 102.47 11/29 38% DC 91.81 4/12 33
Semi Final 2
Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen opens with a 180 and Peter wright 100 but MVG can only back up with a 60. 140 moves MVG to 121 and MVG wins the first leg. On his own throw Wright gets 140 to leave 181 but MVG collects 134 to leave 76 and he hits tops to go 2-0 up. In the next leg MVG moves to 183 and Wright to 176. MVG leaves 84, Wright leaves tops. MVG hits bullseye to lead 3-0. In the fourth leg MVG breaks Wright again to lead four nil. 136 leaves 40 for Wright to break back in leg five and he does so with his first dart (4-1). Leg six and chasing 112 MVG leaves 24. For the leg Wright must convert 156 but can't and leaves 90. MVG resumes normal service by breaking back once more (5-1). The last three games have all been breaks and for Wright to get back into the match this must happen again this game you would think. However a good leg from MVG and a 134 leaves him 90 to get with Wright not even on a finish. MVG converts easily to go 6-1 up. MVG demonstrates how happy he is with a 140 start against the throw of Wright. MVG then hits 140 to leave 122 and Wright yet again is not on a finish. MVG checks out the 122 with authority. (7-1)
A 145 from MVG leaves him with 90 to score and for the third game in a row Wright is still not on a finish. MVG gets the 90 to take an 8-1 lead into the break. At present this game is nothing but comprehensive.
Wright starts after the break with a maximum but MVG responds to that with the same. Wright leaves 85 with Van Gerwen on 137 and he checks out the 85 to see the score move to 8-2. Both players start with 140 in the next leg and Wright then backs it up wits strong scoring to go to 8-3. Leg twelve and a 140 beats 32 as the start for Wright goes his way. Wright's 105 leaves 156 with MVG not on a finish. Wright gets the 156 to see the score move to 8-4. A 140 start from MVG in the next leg is matched by Wright. MVG gets 180 and Wright 140. Wright is on 116 and MVG is on 85 but MVG leaves 5. Wright misses tops for another leg and MVG gets the 5 to go 9-4 up. In the next leg Wright misses the double for the finish but MVG then misses so Wright makes no mistake second time around and collects the leg. (9-5). Wright then opens with 140 but can’t back it up while MVG smashes home a 180. 140 for Wright seems not enough with MVG on 116 and Wright not on a finish. That is confirmed with MVG scoring a double ten to finish the leg. (10-5) The Mighty one is now a single leg away from the match but this next leg is Wright's to start, and what a way to start with a 180! Wright has 76 to finish this leg with MVG sitting at 170, and Wright gets the leg with his final throw in hand. (10-6) A 177 start in leg seventeen and MVG moves well ahead. He leaves tops which he gets on his next visit to secure the win 11-6. A quality game and a big win for Michael van Gerwen.
MVG 11 PW 6 MVG 105.92 11/13 85% 99.82 6/10 60%
Adrian Lewis v Dave Chisnall
Dave Chinsall starts with a 97 and Adrian Lewis also starts strong with a 140. Another 140 midleg sets up a 98 for Lewis but he only gets 60. With Chisnall at 204 Lewis has another shot and finishes off with a double 19 to get an early break of throw. In the next leg Chisnall takes the early lead and hits the first maximum of the match. 140 sets up 81 but Chisnall leaves 6 and then throws three too low at the next visit. Lewis chased 110 and got 74 to leave 36. Chisnall misses another three but Lewis also missed out on his 36 to give Chisnall another chance, which he finally takes to tie things up after two legs, and break the throw back straight away.
Chizzy then opens with his second maximum of the match before hitting 177 but he misses out on the nine darter before he finishes off with 50 on his next visit. Lewis wins the next leg with a double 5 as both players break and then hold to see the match 2-2. In the next leg, and at 152, Lewis only gets 60 and chasing 107 Chisnall leaves 57. Jackpot then misses the double 12 for the leg and Chisnall hits a fat 17, misses tops, drops his third dart before hitting double ten to take the lead again in the match. A couple of 140s helped the next leg ramp up before Chisnall hit yet another 180 and then secures another break to lead 4-2.
In the seventh leg Chisnall opens with 60 and Lewis sneaks ahead before Chisnall hits 123 to get back in it. Chizzy then hits 59 but Lewis could not take full advantage and misses the bullseye on his next visit. Chisnall misses out on 106 and Lewis hits the 25 in two shots to break back and go only one leg behind. Chinsall hits yet another 180 in the next leg but follows up with only a 57. 140 from Lewis still leaves Chisnall with six darts at 144. Chisnall does the job with a unique way to get through, finishing with a double 13. Back out to a two leg lead Chisnall is slightly ahead mid leg but with a 60 he lets Lewis take the advantage and leaves 144. Chisnall sits on 40 as Lewis leaves 16 and a pressure tops is completed by Dave Chisnall to lead 6-3 at the break.
After the break Chisnall hits three legs in a row (Lewis missing the bullseye in leg 10 chasing 170 with Chinsall converting 62, then checking out tops with Lewis on 170 and finally breaking Lewis again by hitting another 180 to leave 45 and then getting that in two darts for another break of throw) The 13th leg is a big scoring leg that sees Adrian Lewis drag a leg back, helped by a 180 start, which is matched by Chisnall but Lewis is able to score another maximum and converts 46 in two darts. Lewis opens with 140 and 131 before a bounce out and 25 gave Chisnall half a chance in the leg. A 100 was not enough to leave a check out and 100 from Lewis meant 105 was his target. 66 left 39 for Lewis and Chisnall sits on 43. He stops for his second dart but can't secure 24 and leaves 12. Lewis took the leg on his own throw to draw slightly nearer.
Chisnall was consistent on his throw in the 15th leg and left 170 with Lewis on 295. Chisnall got the first but not second triple 20. Lewis gets his third 180 of the match to leave 115. At 86 Chisnall misses double 16 with the second dart but makes no mistake with his last dart in hand to win the match 10-5.
Quarter Final 2
Rhys Mathewson v Peter Wright
Rhys Mathewson throws first in the match and hits a triple 20 with his first dart and starts with 140. 100 is Wright's opening contribution and he backs it up with 140. Mathewson hits 144 on his third visit and leaves 32 with Wright on 121 but Snakebite smashes in the 121 with ease. He then opens with 140 in the second leg and a 125 on his second visit. Wright sets up a 96 check out and with Mathewson on 176 he has six darts.at it and he gets the double 16 with the first dart to lead by two legs to nil.
In the third leg Mathewson hits 125 at his second visit but 100 is not enough and he leaves 180. Fortunately for the Aussie Wright also hits a bogey, leaving 176. Mathewson leaves tops and Wright 131. Muff misses tops with his three darts after the first dart blocked the view to the bed. Wright leaves 36 and Mathewson misses tops with his first dart but recorrects perfectly with his second throw to take a leg. A 140 start for Wright in the next leg helps him to eventually set up a 66 with Mathewson on 118, With a 25 and 9 Wright misses the double 16 on the inside but Mathewson misses with his one shot at tops high and Wright does not miss at his next visit to lead 3-1.
Mathewson opens with a 180, the first maximum of the match, and the averages sit at 103.53 (Mathewson) and 105.93 (Wright.) Wright tries to snatch the leg with 161 but misses the bull. Mathewson can't convert 132 and Wright hits 9, misses double 8, but then hits the double 4 to blow the match open with a 4-1 lead. Wright hits his first 180 to leave 124 with the Aussie well behind in the next leg. Wright leaves 40 and gets it with his 12th dart of the leg to lead 5-1.
Wright takes an early led in the next leg but falls behind after the second visit. A 140 leaves muff on 212 and 100 on the next visit leaves a check out but he misses the double 16 and Wright has a shot at 150. He misses out on it and Mathewson converts with his first dart on the next visit. 5-2 is now the scoreline. Strong scoring in the next leg sees Wright sit on 104 but a 140 puts Mathewson on 92 in response. 56 for Wright was not enough and Mathewson hits a five with his first dart so can only leave 52 after his throws. Wright hits 16 (just) and then the double 16 to go back to a four leg lead.
Mathewson opens the next leg with a 180 and then 134 but a 53 is a disappointing third return. However at 134 Wright is on 307 so the Aussie has plenty of darts in hand to win the leg. He leaves 72 and at the next visit misses the double 18 for the leg. Wright still can't check out so Mathewson sets up three darts, possibly, at 8 and he hits it first up on his next throw.
At the break it is 6-3 with both players over 90 in the averages but Wright doubling out at 67%. In the 10th leg Wright starts with 100 but Wright responds with 125. Wright hits a 140 to leave 147 and Mathewson is up on 120. Wright leaves 66 and Mathewson 60. 25, 9 and 16 is not enough for Wright but Mathewson can't hit the double 10. Wright makes no mistake with the double 8 this time around on the first dart to lead 7-3.
Mathewson starts with 121 to demonstrate he belongs on this stage, and he does look comfortable out there, and Wright can only respond with 60. 140 leaves Mathewson on 182 but 60 does not take full advantage of his lead, however, he still has six darts from here. Mathewson leaves 68 with Wright on 117. 20, 16 and double 16 is enough for Mathewson to get a fourth leg (7-4). A century from Wright can't be matched by Mathewson with 85 in the opening of leg 12. 128 by Wright is also strong but Mathewson hits his third maximum of the match with (Wright on just one to this point). A visit for 60 leaves a bogey score of 176 for Muff. One hundred leaves 76 but Wright checks out 156 magnificently to hold his throw and go to an 8-4 lead.
A 58 start in the next leg is not enough for the local boy as Wright responds with 125. A poor 13th leg at this point is not what Mathewson needs but he is on 375 with Wright at 153. Wright holds his shoulder as he leaves 32 but comfortably hits the double 16 on his next visit to be just one leg away from the match. Wright opens with his 12th 140 of the match (yet only one 180) but Mathewson responds with another 180. He then hits a treble 20 first up but only turns this into a score of 100. With Mathewson on 164 Wright hits two treble 20s but misses the double 8 for the match. Mathewson can only manage 100 in response and a double 8 from Wright with his second dart does the job for a 10-4 win.
Quarter Final 3
Gary Anderson v Phil Taylor
The match starts with a strong hold of throw to Phil Taylor but both players are in the high 90s average wise. A 180 start on Anderson's throw is followed up by 125. Anderson leaves 54 with Taylor on 32 but 14 and tops sees Anderson tie it all up after two legs. 180 from Taylor leaves 181 and in 14 darts Phil holds throw again. Anderson can't shoot down 170 in the next leg and Taylor goes 12 and double 16 to break Anderson's throw at his second attempt. Taylor's match average is at 124.24 after his 140 start in the next leg. Taylor's fourth 180 of the match already leaves 41 and he goes 9 but misses the double 16. Anderson is on a bogey 172 so there is little pressure on Taylor but he then has a no score anyway, leaving Anderson requiring 79 to really snatch the throw against the run of play. He misses tops and Taylor finally gets 32 with his first throw on his next visit. 140 for Anderson (again) in the next leg leaves 183 for the world champion, but 137 from Taylor leaves him on 129. 133 from Anderson is a great response to leave 50. Taylor hits double 16 and double 20 with his last two darts to convert 129 and lead 1-5. Again a bogey 176 sees Anderson unable to finish, so he scores a 76 to leave 100 but Taylor chases 115 and he hits it once again to lead 6-1. The averages now are 114.56 (Taylor) v 100.85 for Anderson.
58 from Gary Anderson on his second visit in the next leg left him trailing Taylor slightly. Anderson moves from 219 to 120 but Taylor visits on 57 and Taylor converts to win his 7th leg in the 8th leg of the match. A fifth 180 and Taylor is in a good position. He sets up the leg leaving 65 for an out before the break with Anderson on 130. Taylor checks out 65 and is on 111.93 as a match average and 8/13 62% check outs.
After the break Taylor continues the onslaught as he takes a slight lead mid leg helped by 134 leaving 127 and with Anderson on 161 Taylor takes out the 127. An 83 start in the next leg is almost disappointing for Taylor but he responds with 140 (just missing 180) on his next visit. Anderson moves to 281, three behind Taylor. 20 for Anderson to take double ten to take a leg against the throw. Anderson gets 180 to move to 226 in signs of a bigger comeback but of course Taylor responds with his own 134. Anderson wins with a 180. 180.92 is not converted by Anderson but 42 is by Taylor. 9 out of 10 check outs he got his first dart in and this quarter final is all over, comprehensively won by Phil Taylor.
Quarter Final 4
Michael Van Gerwen v Kyle Anderson
Michael Van Gerwen opens with 180 and then 135 in the opening leg. Then 134 leaves 48 and with Anderson on 242 MVG quickly notches the first leg under his belt. Kyle starts his throw with 140 and MVG only gets 58. With Anderson on 105 he leaves 20 and MVG misses tops for 76. Kyle misses double 10 and MVG takes the leg. 59 from MVG gives Anderson an opening in the third leg but he can't hit above 100 either. 134 puts the pressure on Anderson and MVG wins the third leg well to go out to a 3-0 lead early in the match.
60 from Anderson is then followed up by Anderson's second 180 only for MVG to match it with his first. 140 from Anderson then 180 from MVG sees Michael on 83 but he misses double nine. Anderson hits tops to win his first leg. 3-1 is now the score. Anderson now seems in the mix but a dart bounces out that would have seen a 180. 134 from MVG rubs salt in the wound. MVG is on 120 and Anderson is on double that. His next visit sees Anderson collect 80 as his last dart bounces out again. Kyle has to get 160 after MVG fails to complete his 120 and the Aussie does so to a huge cheer from the crowd to go only one leg behind (3-2.)
Another 180 mid way through the leg takes Anderson's tally to 4. Then an 85 leaves 40 to get with MVG on 201. The Dutchman gets to 64 but Kyle ties things up with tops. 3-3 is the score as the arena gets even louder (is it possible?) 140 is the start to the next leg from MVG and 100 from the Aussie. However 124 plays 344 towards the end of the leg and MVG finally gets the 25 required through a double eight to regain the lead 4-3. A century start from Anderson is topped by 139 to Van Gerwen. 140 from the Dutchman leaves 164 with Anderson on 258. 160 is needed by Anderson and he gets it again to tie it all up 4-4. A good leg next by MVG but Anderson gets 180 to leave 60 and MVG misses his out but Anderson's enemy is the wire as he just misses tops and MVG gets the 9 needed to retake the lead 5-4. A huge chance just before the break and probably the crucial moment of the match. One thing is for sure, Kyle Anderson is not just a visitor to this stage, his darts put him toe to toe with the best on an even playing field.
Kyle stays out on the stage through the break and scores well early in the next leg but MVG hits 180 mid match to sneak ahead. Anderson then responds with the same (180s see him lead that score 5-4, unfortunately for him the match score is the reverse.). Anderson leaves tops but MVG chases 136 and leaves the same. Anderson needs to hit this to make up for the last leg but can't, leaving 20, then in a shock MVG misses and leaves 10 and Anderson takes the match to 5-5 with his first dart on the next visit. Van Gerwen opens the next leg with another maximum and then aims for 177 but only gets 19 with his third dart. MVG leaves 52 with Anderson on 136. MVG does the job in two darts to go ahead once more (6-5). In the next leg MVG chases Anderson's throw once more. MVG tries to check out 130 to finally break Kyle once again but leaves 12. He gets it with his third dart at the next visit with a great pressure throw (7-5.) 125 from Kyle Anderson in the 13th leg leaves him on 376 but MVG moves ahead once more. A visit of 92 leaves Anderson on 218 and from 181 a 128 from MVG leaves him just 53 to collect, which he does to go to an 8-5 lead.
140 in the next leg is a good start for the Aussie and he repeats it on his second visit. 180 sees Anderson on 41 (MVG on 270). 41 is completed in two darts by Anderson to be 8-6 down. 134 start from MVG and then 180 from Anderson in the next leg means things are close but MVG matches Kyle once again and then MVG checks out with a double 16 to be a single leg off victory. Kyle sets up a 170 check out in the next leg but misses the second triple 20 and thus leaves 72. MVG throws 170 to heap the pressure on the next throws of Kyle as he leaves 30 to win the match. Two 16s and Anderson goes low on the double 20 for the leg. MVG makes no mistake on his throw and thus wins the match. In total a high quality match included 15 180s in the match (8-7 to Kyle) but in the end the only scoreline that matters read Michael Van Gerwen 10 Kyle Anderson 6.
Match 1 James Wade v Rhys Mathewson
Wade kicks off with 100 in the first throw of the event. Rhys hits 58 and at his second visit then hits 180. Wade tries to hit 161 to check out but leaves 24 with Rhys still on 215. He leaves 94 but after one miss Wade hits the double 12 to go a leg up on throw. Rhys then opens with 180 and doubles up at his second visit but leaves 84 after hitting 57 and then leaves 40 but with Wade on 241 still it looks like the local lad has the upper hand. Wade hits 140 to heap a little pressure on but Mathewson gets the third dart in for double twenty to tie things up at one each. The third leg sees both players start with 100 each. 301 plays 355 when Wade hits his third century in a row. Wade then leaves 62 with Mathewson on 255 and hits it in two darts to take the lead on throw once more. The next leg saw a slow start from both players. Mathewson chases 160 and leaves 64 but Wage leaves 44 to put the pressure on from 181. Mathewson hits the 17 but then misses tops with two darts before Wade makes the same error, gaining a fat 4 but misses two double 20s. Mathewson has a go at tops and misses three before Wade makes no mistake to go 3-1 up. It had been so close to 2-2, it seemed it would be the turning point.
In the fifth game James Wade takes a solid lead mid match, 195 playing 244. 171 from Wade leaves just 24 with 12 darts thrown but he misses with all three darts at double 12. However he is so far ahead that he makes no mistake the second time around and leads 4-1. Another century opening from Mathewson but 140 was an even better response from Wade. Then centuries from both players and another visit sees on Mathewson 145 and Wade chasing 161. Wade can only get himself to 114 before Mathewson gets 105 to leave 40. Wade leaves 56 on his next visit but Mathewson checks out with a double 20 on the second attempt. Rhys then hits his fourth 180 to start the next leg but can't follow it up with another big score. As Rhys visits mid leg the score is 261 v Wade's 247 but Mathewson can't get out of the 200's as Wade hits 107 to leave 140. By leaving 186 the local boy has put Wade under less pressure and he leaves just 18. A double 9 at the second attempt at the next visit saw Wade go within a leg of the win.
Yet again Mathewson chases a big opening and gets 140 after missing the last triple 20. A good follow up put him in the lead seat but a poor visit gave Wade a slight advantage. 95 leaves 139 for Mathewson and 58 leaves 150 for Wade. Mathewson can collect only 91 to leave 48 whilst Wade only collects 60. Two 16s left double 8 but it was not close. Wade misses a double 5 for the match when the 'experts' have him closing the 90 out. Mathewson responds by closing out the leg and drawing the match closer at 5-3.
A 100 from Wade was beaten by a 140 from Rhys in the opening visit. After 9 darts the score is 242 for Wade and 214 for Mathewson. Wade chases 90 but misses the bull and Mathewson needs tops but misses 20s and 10s before his last dart in hand hits the 5s to win against the throw. A 47 opening in the next leg was disappointing but Wade could only collect 11 more. 97 was a better visit for Muff but Wade hits 140 in response. 261 plays 208 so Mathewson needs a good visit and gets 131 to leave 130. Wade sits on 114 as Mathewson visits again and just misses the bullseye but Wade misses tops himself for the win once more. Muff hits 9 and double 8 and we go to a deciding game. Wade sits on 365 as Mathewson visits for a second time and hits his fifth 180. Wade responds with his first 180. 185 for Wade 189 for Mathewson and Wade has a poor visit, leaving 102. Mathewson is on 55 when Wade leaves tops at his next visit. It would be his last as Mathewson hits 15 and double 20 to win a historic match in the young Australian's career. Wade 88.53 5-6 32% check out v Mathewson 84.49 5-6 83% check out
Match 2 Dave Chisnall v Harley Kemp
Dave Chisnall opens with 60 including a bounce out and Harley Kemp responds with 96 to open up the match. Harley then hits a century and Chisnall responds with 96. Kemp then chases 85 but misses tops. Chisnall is on 167 and gets 139, leaving Kemp to hit double five to win the first leg against the throw. Kemp opens with a century and then 140 on his own throw before Chizzy gets 180 and then 140 to leave 115. Chisnall misses double tops but Harley only leaves 56. Chisnall then makes a mess of 20 and leaves 4. Kemp then sees his dart go in and out to miss taking the leg. In many ways it would be the turning point so soon in the match as a double one wraps up the leg for Chisnall. Chisnall then hits two 180s on his way to taking a 3-1 lead. Chasing 87 in the next leg Kemp hits 62 and misses the bull. Chisnall wants 104 but misses tops. Kemp then misses double 4 for the leg and Chisnall gets 40 with his first dart of the next visit. Chisnall takes a comprehensive lead in the next leg and wins it to lead 5-1. In what would turn out to be the final leg 140 from Chisnall leaves him on 105 with Kemp on 152. Chisnall leaves 65 and wraps up the match on his next visit to win 6-1.
Adrian Lewis opens with 58 but Rob Szabo does better throughout the leg leaves himself with a shot at 170 but only collects 59. Lewis leaves 16 whilst Szabo chases Nelson (111) but can't do it at this visit. Lewis misses three at double 8. Szabo then has to get double 8 but lands inside the target. Lewis uses his second dart as a guide to get double the 4 and wins the leg with a big sigh of relief. Lewis then opens against the throw with 180 and takes a substantial lead and closes out the leg. Szabo is on 142 in the third leg when Lewis hits double 8 to win the leg and take a 3-0 lead. Szabo hits his first 180 in the fourth leg. He closes out 126 with two double 19s the route to a double and now has a leg to his name. Lewis responds by opening with 180. 13 plays 238 but Szabo puts some pressure on with 140. Lewis leaves 80 with Szabo on 98. The Kiwi hits the edge for double 12. One dart for Lewis and he misses double 20 and Szabo makes him pay to win a leg against the throw and reduce the lead to one. Szabo sets up 149 and leaves 68. Lewis goes from 318 to 138 with 180. Szabo misses tops for the leg and Lewis misses 138 by only 6 points. Szabo misses three at tops and Lewis block the double three with two darts but manages to hit the corner to win the leg. It was a turning point as momentum had swung away from Lewis. Szabo puts the disappointment behind him to hit 180 in the next leg. He then hits three triples once more but the last was triple 1. Lewis shows him how to do it on the next visit. 140 from Szabo sees both men on 60 and Lewis checks out first. Szabo starts the next leg well again and after 9 darts has a considerable lead. Szabo is on 64 with Lewis on 90 when Szabo has a shot at tops but it hits the wrong side of the wire. Lewis misses the bullseye though and Szabo stays alive with his first dart on his next visit to the Occy. Lewis starts strongly with his first six darts of the next leg and then gets 180 to sit on 46 with Szabo on 340, and although the Kiwi hits 140 it was not enough as the lead is too much and Lewis checks out to win the match 6-3.
6-3 AL 93.13 30% 6/20 RS 3/13 23% 87.75
Match 4 Phil Taylor v Corey Cadby
Phil Taylor has to hit 180s in the first two legs to beat off Corey Cadby. Corey chases 100 in the first leg but leaves 40 and Taylor converts the same. In the second leg they both chase 166 with Taylor leaving 125 and Cadby 110. Taylor gets bull 25 and then 25 again, Cadby opens with triple 20 but leaves 40. Taylor does the professional job to put the 25 away. Cadby hits his second 180 in the third leg and then got 140 to leave 121. On 259 Taylor hits 177 while Cadby is sitting on 64 and Corey cant convert. Taylor hits bull then misses two at double 16. Cadby takes his first leg on his next visit. In the fourth leg Taylor resumes his onslaught, now averaging 105.06, with Cadby on 90.11. Taylor goes 3 1 up and Cadby opens with 60 in the next leg. Taylor chases 25 but misses double 8 twice again in the match. Cadby requires 49 and gets it to go only one leg behind. A 134 start from Corey in the next leg saw Taylor only respond with 97. Taylor sets it up from 109 by leaving 32, Cadby has to get 108 but misses the double 16 for another leg and Taylor shows how it is done on 32 to go back out to a two leg lead. Corey opens up with 180 in the next leg and with a score further on in the leg of 134 he sits on 87 as Phil sits on 241. Corey misses double 12 to take out the next leg but has another visit and gets double 6 at the second dart. The score is now 4-3 and Taylor has dropped to a 95.52 average, whilst Corey has gone up to 92.36. Cadby is on 69 next leg with Phil checking out at 75 to go back to a two leg lead. Corey opens up with 140 and is up to 96.36 and 38% in the averages. Cadby sits on 121 when Taylor drops from 261 to 164. With Cadby on 72 Taylor then tries to please the crowd with a 164 check out but leaves himself 78. Taylor then misses tops to give Corey a second chance at double six but he can't take it and after missing it once Taylor finally puts Cadby away with a 6-3 victory.
PT 6 CC 3 PT 95.06 6/19 32% CC 92.24 3/12 25%
Match 5 Gary Anderson v David Platt.
A comprehensive opening and Gary Anderson quickly moves up to a two leg lead. David Platt is left to chase 174 as Anderson sits on 71 in leg three. Anderson misses to leave 20 and give Platty a chance but he also leaves 20 and the World Champion should have punished him but left 10 and baby face took full advantage to take a leg. In the fourth leg 140 by Platt and 133 by Anderson left 206 and 132 respectively. With Platt on 150 Anderson can't convert and leaves 66. Platt leaves 78 but Anderson misses tops with his last dart. Platt seems to have missed his chance when he hit a one with his opening dart but maybe it was all in the plan as he closes out with triple 19 and double ten to go to 2-2 in the match. Anderson then opened with 180 and a very comprehensive leg was played out with Platt still on 252 when Anderson chased 40 for the leg. He missed three darts at it and then three at the double ten for Platt to have a go at the fanciful 170 target. Having only collected 42 Platt seemed to give his opponent the chance he needed but Anderson got back on the occy and again missed all three darts. However Platty could still not finish and Anderson got back on again and with his second dart he hit the double ten finally and was back in the lead again.
A 140 opening on his throw was helpful for Platt in the next leg as Anderson could only open with 60. Followed up by 100 from Platty, Anderson hits 99. With Platt on 64 the world champion could only get to 185 and Platt converts with a double 16. The match is tied again but Anderson is quickly on 136 with at least six darts at it in the next leg. 24 was a disappointing visit though but as Platt can't reach the target he gets another shot and Anderson collects the 92 required to retake the lead in the match. The eighth leg through the middle is close once more and Platt hits 140 with Anderson responding with a century of his own. Anderson now chases 170 but misses the bull to get it. Platt needs 68 and has one dart at a double but just goes low on the double 20. Anderson seems put off and leaves 16 but Platt misses 20. Anderson converts to take a 5-3 lead. Anderson takes a strong lead in the ninth game and sets up a final push to sit on 78. With Platt on 239 Anderson fails to check out at the first attempt but on the second visit, and with his final dart in hand he hits a double 5 to win 6-3.
GA 6 DP 3 GA 79.64 6/29 21% DP 74.77 3/8 38%
Match 6 Peter Wright v Simon Whitlock
Peter Wright takes an early dominance in the match and a ten dart leg in the third leg sees Wright go 3-0 up in quick time. In the next leg at 297 Wright hits 125 whilst Whitlock, on 221, hits 91. On a bogey 172 Wright moves to 72 but Whitlock cant pounce on 130 and Wright takes a 4-0 lead at his next visit. With 180 Whitlock starts well but can't follow up with a good score in the fifth leg. On 276 Whitlock hits 60 and Wright is in the box seat again. With 140 Whitlock regains some momentum but Wright checks out a 105 and questions are starting to be asked whether the Wizard will be the first players tonight to not at least win one leg as at 5-0 Peter Wright is only the next leg away from a whitewash. In leg six Whitlock starts with his second 180 and is helped by a 24 to Wright midway through the leg. Whitlock has six darts at 145 and leaves double 20 for the win. Wright smashes in 180 to leave 32 and stack on the pressure and indeed it seems to have worked when Whitlock misses double ten for the win. However Wright then misses three to give Simon a chance for a leg and he finally hits double five to save the first whitewash of the evening. Whitlock again starts with 180 (for the third time) and Wright can only gain 56. Whitlock bounces out a triple 20 but has a substantial lead still. He sets up a 141 as Wright gets to 205. Whitlock leaves 40 but misses them all on the next visit. 85 for Wright was not enough as he leaves 62 before Whitlock converts with his second dart in hand to drag the score back to 5-2. A one with his last dart leaves Whitlock on 180 in what would turn out to be the final leg as Wright hits 180 to leave 46. A bullseye (not enough to check out) for Whitlock is his last throw as Wright closes the match out 6-2 on his next visit.
PW 6 SW 2 PW 99.61 6/12 50% SW 92 2/11 18%
Match 7 Cody Harris v Michael Van Gerwen
MVG starts very strongly and with three 180s and an average of 131.77 he takes a 2-0 lead early. After another 180 he stands at 136.76 as an average but Harris hits 180 as well and then doubles it up to leave 40 with Van Gerwen missing double 32. Harris checks out to only be 2-1 behind when 129 v 80 is where the averages stand, proving some statistics don't actually mean a whole lot in darts. Van Gerwen gets things back on track in the next leg to take a 3-1 lead and a close fifth game is blown apart by a 140 from MVG. Harris still has the first shot at winning the leg though with 141, but can only collect 55. MVG misses double 20 for the leg and Harris hits the bull to take out the leg and be only a single game behind. With MVG on 220 Harris can't get a treble and sees his opponent collect another century of points. This then matched by Harris and Van Gerwen misses out at the next visit, leaving 72 but Harris also misses out on the leg, and tying up the match, by not collecting 40, MVG then makes no mistake to take the leg and increase his lead to two legs.
135 leaves MVG 71 in the next leg as Harris moves from 217 to 80 with a 137 but MVG cleans up professionally to be just a leg away from victory. A good start from both players in the next leg but MVG leaves a bogey score so has to set himself up with 62. Harris needs 123 but can only leave 40 and MVG cleans up again to win 6-2.
MG 6 CH 2 MVG 107.89 55% 6/11 CH 87.36 2/4 50%
Match 8 Raymond Van Barneveld v Kyle Anderson
Van Barneveld holds his throw well in the first leg but Kyle Anderson opens with 140 in the next leg only to be matched by the Dutchman. Anderson hits 140 again before 95 leaves 130. Barney leaves 170 so both have an outside chance with both leaving 40 only for Kyle to hit it first. Kyle then hits 180 to go to 221 against the throw. Anderson sits on 123 as Barney is on 144, a big chance for Kyle that he must take. He missed the bull though and hands the Dutchman a chance. Barney hits the first treble but not the second only to see Anderson miss double 8 twice. However it seems to be catching as Barney misses the double 16 twice. Anderson gets the 8 required to go a leg up against the throw. However he only starts with 60 in the next leg and soon enough 347 plays 384 with Barney holding a slight advantage. Anderson has 144 left but misses out to leave 52. Barney, who has lost the slight advantage quickly, chases 147 but leaves 56. Kyle plays the pressure dart with his third to perfection to get 40 and take a 3-1 lead. He is now on a role and Anderson opens with 180 v Barney's 100. Barney gets 140 next before Kyle goes 20 points ahead after six darts. 60 from Barney leaves Kyle with a chance and The Original hits 120. With Barney on 108 Anderson chases the result hard but leaves 32. Barney misses triple 20 with his second dart to leave 48 but Kyle hits the double 16 required of him with his first dart for a 4-1 lead.
A 140 start from Barney is helpful in the sixth leg but Kyle goes to 179 v 220 for Barney. Kyle leaves 80 as Van Barneveld gets to 120. Kyle confidently hits 80 in two darts to take a four leg lead. In leg seven Anderson sits on 221 v Barney's 337 mid-leg. Anderson is able to set himself a target of 96 with six darts if he needs them, but he doesn't. Kyle Anderson wins 6-1 to defeat Raymond Van Barneveld in Round One at the Sydney Darts Masters for a second time.