Heta stars on opening day in Brisbane
Damon Heta pinned a magical 164 checkout en route to seeing off James Wade on the opening day of the Brisbane Darts Masters. Kyle Anderson and Simon Whitlock also pleased the home crowd by winning, while Michael Van Gerwen and Gary Anderson impressed in Round 1.
Damon Heta was the star of the show in Brisbane on the opening night, as he saw off James Wade 6-5 in a thriller. Heta had the better of the play early on, but doubles cost him as the first 4 legs were shared. Wade found what looked to be a crucial break of throw, before holding a couple of times to lead 5-3. However, Heta fought back, holding with a 15 darter before pinning a magnificent 164 checkout to save the match while Wade was sat on 64. Heta had the advantage of throw in the last leg, and left himself tops after a visit of 140. He missed 5 darts at double 20 to win, before nailing his final dart at double 10 for a famous win. The crowd erupted as the number 1 player on the DPA circuit pinned the winning double, booking his spot in the quarter finals.
Kyle Anderson and Simon Whitlock joined their fellow Aussie in the last 8, seeing off Peter Wright and Brendan McCausland respectively. Kyle Anderson flew into a 3-0 lead over the German Darts Masters champion Peter Wright, pinning consecutive checkouts of 108 and 156. However, ‘Snakebite’ responded, winning the next 3 to level the game. The pair shared the next 2 legs, before Wright found a crucial break of throw to go within one of the match. However, Wright missed 3 match darts, including a shot at bull for the 170, allowing Anderson to pin double 8 to send the game to a decider. Wright missed 2 more match darts in the last leg, both at double 12, allowing Anderson to pin double 16 with his last dart for a superb win. Simon Whitlock had things much easier, hitting 3 180s en route to a comfortable 6-1 win over the off form Brendan McCausland.
Rob Cross was made to work very hard as he saw off James Bailey 6-5, despite the World Matchplay champion averaging over 100. The first 4 legs were shared, before Bailey opened up a shock 2 leg lead. Cross responded, and managed to send the game to a deciding leg. Bailey had the advantage of throw, but visits of 177 and a 110 checkout got Cross over the line in a high quality contest. Gary Anderson looked back to his best, as he averaged 101.68 in a 6-1 hammering of Corey Cadby. Anderson had a high checkout of 106 with only one missed dart at double, as he saw off the off form Cadby.
Michael Van Gerwen was a comfortable winner in the first round, seeing off Ben Robb 6-0 with a solid 94 average. Raymond Van Barneveld won the last 4 legs as he saw off New Zealand World Cup representative Haupai Puha 6-2, while Daryl Gurney rounds off the quarter final line up in Brisbane, as he saw off Koha Kokiri by 6 legs to 4.