The World Series of Darts has moved on to its final destination down under today with Phil Taylor holding an unassailable lead at the top of the ranking table after his masterful win in Sydney. Read on for our bitesized review of the quarter-finals…
Quarter-Final Review by Simon Allen
Peter Wright 5 – 8 James Wade
Just three breaks of throw in this match – the crucial one being the sixth leg when Wade took out 101 to forge a two leg lead at 4-2. Every leg after that was held as Wade won with a 99 average, but more telling was the 60+% double rate.
“Peter didn’t play his natural game and I made the most of it. I’m just excited to play darts at the moment.”
James Wade after his victory over Peter Wright in Aukland
Michael van Gerwen 7 – 8 Raymond van Barneveld
A proper ding-dong battle this one, that went right to the wire with van Barneveld holding his nerve. van Gerwen raced in to a 3-0 lead before Barney battled back and went ahead in the ninth leg, 5-4. MvG broke the tenth leg and it was all square. Out of nowhere in the next leg, MvG took out 167 to take the lead for the first time since the seventh leg. van Gerwen missed two match darts at 7-6 before Barney took the decider with an 84 finish on the bull. That’s back-to-back wins for Barney over Mighty Mike in the World Series.
“I got one chance in the last leg, I nicked it and what a relief when the final dart went in. I’m so happy.”
van Barneveld after his deciding leg victory over van Gerwen
Phil Taylor 8 – 3 Simon Whitlock
A very one sided match up to the interval at which point The Power was leading 6-0, including a 170 shot out in the third leg to set the scene. Whitlock was rejuvenated after the break, fighting back to 3-7, but it was too little too late as Taylor saw the match out with a 107 average, three 180’s and 72% on the double.
“Simon isn’t playing a fraction of what he can, but tonight will do him good. I’m looking forward to playing Gary or Adrian.”
Phil Taylor looking forward to the semi-finals
Gary Anderson 4 – 8 Adrian Lewis
Anderson never really got a hold in this match. Lewis broke in the the first and seventh legs, and they were the only two in the whole match. Both players ended with 100+ averages in a high quality match, but the telling stat really, is that Jackpot hit 67% of his doubles. Lewis now moves into a semi-final with Taylor tomorrow.
“I’m more happy with my form now than I have been the past couple of weeks. It’s going to take a phenomenal performance to beat me.”
Adrian Lewis after a cracking match with Gary Anderson
James Wade v Raymond van Barneveld
Phil Taylor v Adrian Lewis
World Series 2015 – The Story So Far
World Series Ranking Points have been awarded at each of the first four events (as they will be in Aukland) – these will be used to seed the players at the World Series Finals in Glasgow this November. Have a read of our reviews of the previous events in Dubai, Japan, Perth and Sydney.
The current Ranking Points look like this…
(after the Sydney Darts Master)
44 – Phil Taylor
25 – Michael van Gerwen
19 – Peter Wright & Adrian Lewis
18 – Gary Anderson
17 – James Wade
14 – Raymond van Barneveld
10 – Stephen Bunting
3 – Kyle Anderson
2 – Loz Ryder, Craig Caldwell, Paul Nicholson, Simon Whitlock & David Platt
1 – Kim Lewis, Haruki Muramatsu, Morihiro Hashimoto, Sho Katsumi, Masumi Chino, Yuki Yamada, Chikari Fujimori, Shintaro Inoue, Katsuya Aiba
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