The First Round of the Perth Darts Masters has been played – see our bitesize reports below…
James Wade 6 – 1 Adam Rowe
Straight forward win for Wade with a 94 average and 46% check-out rate.
Gary Anderson 6 – 0 Kim Lewis
An even easier win for the PDC World Champion, with a 98 average and three 180’s.
Adrian Lewis 6 – 1 Laurence Ryder
Lewis breezes through this one including a 123 check-out in leg five – great performance from Lewis, despite feeling tired due to a lack of sleep. Ryder didn’t win a leg until the sixth and was punished for only hitting 12.5% of his double attempts.
Phil Taylor 6 – 1 Craig Caldwell
Taylor saw off the New Zealander comfortably with a 99.9 average, despite missing eight darts at a double in the fifth leg! Caldwell bust 67 in the first leg and missed a chance to take a shock lead. The defending champion progresses easily.
Stephen Bunting 5 – 6 Kyle Anderson
Six 180’s and a 98 average weren’t enough for Bunting to beat the local lad, Anderson. Bunting was never ahead, going 1-4 down before levelling. But Kyle held his nerve in the sudden-death eleventh leg in front of his family and friends, to be the first non-seeded player into the last eight.
Peter Wright 6 – 2 Paul Nicholson
Wright ran out an easy winner, despite Nicholson winning two in-a-row to pull back to 5-2. A fortunate win for Snakebite, with his average barely making 90 through most of the match. Nicholson didn’t throw for a double until the sixth leg.
Raymond van Barneveld 6 – 3 Simon Whitlock
After an unsteady start and going 1-3 down, van Barneveld silenced the partisan crowd and really drove home his superiority, ending with 103+ average and 50% double-out.
Michael van Gerwen 6 – 4 David Platt
Another Dutchman, another impressive performance, although Platt did give him a scare coming from 2-5 down to 4-5 before van Gerwen saw the match out. Mighty Mike ended with five 180’s, a 105+ average and 66% double-out rate to set-up an all Dutch quarter-final.
Gary Anderson v Adrian Lewis
James Wade v Peter Wright
Raymond van Barneveld v Michael van Gerwen
Phil Taylor v Kyle Anderson
The Quarter-Finals round will be shown live on ITV4 in the UK from 8pm on Saturday 15th August.
You can also follow the action on Fox Sports in other parts of the world.
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