Table-topper Smith wins DPA double while Mathers snatches maiden win of the year

Raymond Smith is on-course of making his debut at Alexandra Palace following a sensational showing at last weekend’s DPA events in Hobart while Gordon Mathers snatched the third event of the weekend.

Smith, who had already won two events before the weekend began in at the Australian Italian Club in Hobart, doubled his tally courtesy of wins on both Friday and Saturday.

The 2017 WDF World Cup finalist and former Lakeside qualifier enjoyed wins over Simon Bryant, Nathan Seabourne, Mike Bonser, Tim Pusey and Steve MacAurthur en route to the title on Friday afternoon as he pocketed $1,500.

Smith added to his winnings with wins over female competitor Emma Watkins, Tim Pusey, Gordon Mathers and James Bailey before edging past Lucas Cameron 6-5 in the final. Cameron, who currently sits in ninth on the DPA ranking table, is a previous winner on the DPA tour following his victory over Corey Cadby last year in Melbourne.

Smith’s victories came after qualifying for both the Melbourne Darts Masters and the inaugural Brisbane Darts Masters. ‘The Guru’, who is based in Brisbane, will compete in front of his home crowd for the first upon the PDC stage as he competes with the likes of Rob Cross, Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright in August.

Smirh is also well on-course of making his PDC World Championship debut as he is currently miles ahead of Steve MacArthur in third and Corey Cadby looks set to make his second appearance via the PDC ProTour Order of Merit.

Gordon Mathers, who qualified for the William Hill World Darts Championship in December through to the Harrows DPA circuit, took the $1,500 on the third day of action in Hobart as he saw off James Bailey in the final of the 15th event of the year.

Mathers enjoyed wins over Ryan Lynch, Craig Prizeman, Steve Powell and double-winner Raymond Smith before beating Bailey in the final to clinch $1,500 and his first title of the year after picking up three titles last time around.

Corey Cadby didn’t feature in Hobart, Tasmania after winning six straight DPA titles whilst spending time in Australia while waiting for his visa to be issued.

Cabdy completed a nine-darter en route to completing the Harrows DPA Tour double hatrick in Brisbane after winning three previous titles in Warrila.

DPA Harrows Pro Tour

Event 13 – Friday June 15
Quarter-Finals
Raymond Smith 6-5 Mike Bonser
Chris Vasey 1-6 Tim Pusey
Steve Fitzpatrick 2-6 Ryan Lynch
Steve Powell 2-6 Steve MacArthur

Semi-Finals
Raymond Smith 6-2 Tim Pusey
Ryan Lynch 5-6 Steve MacArthur

Final
Raymond Smith 6-4 Steve MacArthur

Event 14 – Saturday June 16
Quarter-Finals
Raymond Smith 6-3 Tim Pusey
Steve Fitzpatrick 2-6 James Bailey
Raymond O’Donnell 4-6 Chris Vasey
Lucas Cameron 6-2 Loz Ryder

Semi-Finals
Raymond Smith 6-4 James Bailey
Chris Vasey 5-6 Lucas Cameron

Final
Raymond Smith 6-5 Lucas Cameron

Event 15 – Sunday June 17
Quarter-Finals
Gordon Glen Mathers 6-0 Steve Powell
Tim Pusey 3-6 Raymond Smith
Mick Pearce 1-6 Steve Fitzpatrick
James Bailey 6-1 Alex Evans

Semi-Finals
Gordon Glen Mathers def Raymond Smith
Steve Fitzpatrick 2-6 James Bailey

Final
Gordon Glen Mathers 6-4 James Bailey

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