Phil Taylor powered his way to a third consecutive World Series event win down-under at the weekend, beating Peter Wright and Adrian Lewis on the final day, to pick up 12 ranking points and take an unassailable lead in the ranking table that will determine seeding positions at the Glasgow finals night in November.
Of course, you’ll know by now that Taylor hit the first ever televised nine-dart leg on Australian soil in his semi-final win over Snakebite.
He continued his domination down-under by comprehensively beating Adrian Lewis in the final 11-3. If the above hasn’t convinced you of Taylor’s dominance in Australia, the Final win was his 20th straight win in Oz. It goes without saying that he’ll be the player to beat in New Zealand next weekend when the World Series roadshow moves to Aukland.
Peter Wright 8 – 6 James Wade
Snakebite takes a close one with a break in the 1st and 15th legs. That’s the first time he’s beaten Wade in a
televised match – he hit three 180’s and a 96.7 average. Wade won’t be playing in his third successive TV final.
“I didn’t turn up against James in Perth. I knew I had to sort it out and I did but he did let me off tonight.”
Peter Wright after defeating Wade in their quarter-final
Phil Taylor 8 – 2 Stephen Bunting
Taylor makes it 18 wins in-a-row on Australian soil as he sweeps aside Bunting with a 101.6 average (compared to Buntings 92). The match was nicely poised at 2-2 before Taylor powered his way to six legs in-a-row.
“I’m loving every minute of it. Stephen was practising well but was pushing the darts tonight and he’s a better player than that.”
Phil Taylor after an easy quarter-final against Stephen Bunting
Raymond van Barneveld 8 – 2 Michael van Gerwen
Barney moves into the semi-finals with a convincing win over his fellow Dutchman. After spilling water early in the match, van Gerwen struggled to maintain his composure and was swept aside by van Barneveld as he raced into a 4-0 lead. Barney ended with a 102 average and six 180’s. It’s only the second time in 13 attempts that RVB has seen off MVG.
“I’m so happy with the win. I’m happy with my setup and I’m feeling very good and very confident.”
An upbeat van Barneveld after sweeping Michael van Gerwen aside.
Adrian Lewis 8 – 7 Gary Anderson
Adrian Lewis takes out World Champion Gary Anderson in a thrilling match that went all the way. Despite a 105 average, the Scotsman was unable to overcome Jackpot and never led the match. Lewis reaches his first World Series Semi-Final since Dubai.
“After last week in Perth, I was thinking don’t do it again, but luckily I got there in the end, and I’m happy.”
Adrian Lewis after winning a thrilling quarter-final against Gary Anderson
The line up for the semi-finals on Saturday evening will be…
Peter Wright v Phil Taylor
Raymond van Barneveld v Adrian Lewis
Delayed coverage of the semi-finals and final can be seen in the UK on ITV4 from 6pm on Saturday.
Phil Taylor 6 – 2 Clinton “Tic” Bridge
After early promise for Bridge, holding Taylor at 2-2, The Power eventually took the last four legs in a row to storm to victory. This was Taylor’s 17th consecutive win in Australia! Bridge averaged just 86 in the end, to Taylor’s 100.
Taylor currently tops the World Series Rankings having been runner-up in Dubai and winning in Japan and Perth – the man to beat in the World Series at the moment.
Bridge has had some localised tournament success since started playing the Australian circuit in 2013 – currently not ranked on PDC Order of Merit.
Michael van Gerwen 6 – 2 Paul Nicholson
A cruise in the end for Mighty Mike after early promise from Nicholson, with the match poised at 3-2, van Gerwen took the next three legs to run out an easy winner – he averaged 95, hit two maximums and 42% of his doubles.
van Gerwen, other than Taylor, is the only other player to have won a World Series event – currently second in the World Series Rankings having won in Dubai and semi-finalist in both Japan and Perth.
Nicholson lost to Peter Wright last time out in Perth. He didn’t play well, but then did please everyone with his commentary on ITV4 for the remainder of the event.
Gary Anderson 6 – 0 Warren Parry
Anderson seals an easy whitewash win over Parry, who only secured his qualification for the event yesterday.
Anderson hit four 180’s and a 96 average. After the match Ando said “I’ve not thrown a dart since last week, but I’m enjoying it – it’s like work with a holiday thrown in.”
Gary Anderson has lost in the semi-final in each of the 2015 World Series events so far and sits third in the ranking table.
Parry was the last qualifier for this event, beating John Weber in the final. The New Zealander has previously played at the PDC World Championships, most recently in 2010.
Peter Wright 6 – 3 Laurence Ryder
Not as easy as the scoreline suggests for Wright. Ryder was still in the match at 3-4 down before Snakebite took the final two legs. A 139 shot-out in the second leg after Ryder had won the first and 46% on the doubles for Wright.
Wright currently lies fourth in the World Series Rankings, mostly thanks to his runners-up in Japan to Taylor.
Ryder was hammered 6-1 by Lewis in Perth, hitting only 12.5% of his double attempts. He is ranked number one in the DPA (Dart Players Australia).
James Wade 6 – 2 Craig Caldwell
Three breaks in the first five legs set Wade on his way, as he raced into a 5-1 lead. Caldwell’s two finishes were 70 and 64. Two 180’s for Wade and 42% on the doubles.
Wade lost to Taylor in the Perth final last weekend. He looked jaded durimg that final. Lost in first round of both Dubai and Japan.
Caldwell – Taylor saw off the New Zealander comfortably with a 99.9 average in Perth. Caldwell bust 67 in the first leg and missed a chance to take a shock lead in that match.
Adrian Lewis 6 – 5 Simon Whitlock
Quite a scare for Lewis as he comes back from 4-1 down to take the match with an eleven darter in the deciding leg. Just 27% on the doubles for Lewis as Whitlock paid the price for missed opportunities in the middle of the match.
Lewis hasn’t enjoyed the best World Series so far. Made the semi’s in Dubai before bowing out early in both Japan and Perth.
Whitlock gave Raymond van Barneveld a shock in Perth going 3-1 up before losing to a resurgent Barney 6-3.
Raymond van Barneveld 6 – 3 Cody Harris
This was Barney’s first win in the Sydney Darts Masters – he hit three 180’s in the match. After the match he said “My body was freezing on stage, I don’t know why, but it was a great relief for me to win the game.”
van Barneveld has only gained 9 World Series Ranking points so far, having beaten Whitlock last week and a Japanese qualifier in Japan.
The New Zealander Harris won the New Zealand Open earlier this month and was the New Zealand Masters runner-up in June. Not PDC ranked, but is on good form.
Stephen Bunting 6 – 1 David Platt
Bunting made up for his Perth disappointment to blow Platt away, with a 98 average and 50% on the doubles. Bunting finished 109 (in leg 1) and 110 (in leg three) as he raced to a 4-0 lead.
Bunting is the only one of the big eight to have lost to a qualifier so far in the World Series, losing in Perth to Kyle Anderson. He only has seven ranking points and will certainly be looking for his fortunes to change.
Platt lost to van Gerwen in Perth 6-4 and is ranked number two in the DPA.
The World Series Story so Far…
Last weekends Pert Darts Masters was Phil Taylor’s fifth event win in the World Series since its creation in 2013 – only Michael van Gerwen has won a World Series event, other than The Power. Taylor overcame a jaded looking Wade in the final, 11-7.
The first two events (in Dubai and Japan) received delayed coverage on ITV – and both were interesting in their own ways.
The Dubai Darts Masters was held in an open air tennis arena and saw some ‘interesting’ darts thrown as the breeze in the stadium disrupted the usually unerring accuracy of the best PDC players. Michael van Gerwen won the tournament, defeating Phil Taylor in the final. Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis were the two losing finalists.
The World Series then moved onto Japan, where eight Japanese qualifiers were thrown into the mix with the same eight PDC big-guns who competed in Dubai. Predictably, none of the eight Japanese players progressed past the first round, after each of them was given the ‘opportunity’ to take on one of the higher-profile players. The Power was in the final once again, this time beating his opponent, an unlucky Peter Wright.
World Series Ranking Points have been awarded at each of the first three events (as they will be in the remaining two) – these will be used to seed the players at the World Series Finals night in Glasgow this November.
The current Ranking Points look like this…
(after the Pert Darts Master)
32 – Phil Taylor
22 – Michael van Gerwen
15 – Gary Anderson
14 – Peter Wright & James Wade
11 – Adrian Lewis
9 – Raymond van Barneveld
7 – Stephen Bunting
3 – Kyle Anderson
1 – Kim Lewis, Laurence Ryder, Craig Caldwell, Paul Nicholson, Simon Whitlock, David Platt, Haruki Muramatsu, Morihiro Hashimoto, Sho Katsumi, Masumi Chino, Yuki Yamada, Chikari Fujimori, Shintaro Inoue, Katsuya Aiba
This week (Thursday 20th August – Saturday 22nd August) will see the running of the Sydney Darts Masters with coverage on ITV4 from 8pm on Thursday and Friday and then for the semi-finals and Final on Saturday from 6pm.
Remaining World Series of Darts Events…
- 20-22 August – Sydney Darts Masters
- 28-30 August – Aukland Darts Masters
- 21-22 November – World Series of Darts Finals
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