Sydney Darts Masters 2016 Day Three preview and order of play - Trio aim to end Taylor dominance Down Under

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 19 Aug 2016
An in-form Taylor aims to return to the winner's enclosure (credit:Steve Christo/PDC)

Phil Taylor aims to protect his remarkable unbeaten record in World Series events Down Under when the Sydney Masters draws to a close at The Star on Saturday.

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Taylor has gone 22 games without defeat on Australian soil, having won all three previous stagings of the Sydney Masters, as well as back-to-back Perth Masters crowns.

Less than a week after celebrating his 56th birthday, the 16-time World Champion set a new World Series record average of 112.41 and sent an emphatic message to his critics with a 10-2 thrashing of World Champion Gary Anderson on Friday.

Standing in the way of the Stoke maestro and a fourth consecutive Sydney Masters final is world number nine Dave Chisnall - who is yet to appear in a World Series final.

Chisnall swept aside Harley Kemp 6-1 before replicating that ruthless edge in a 10-5 win over Adrian Lewis in the Quarter-Finals with seven 180s to his name. 

The St Helens star is now on the verge of uncharted territory, but has had little joy against 'The Power' in televised competition, losing seven of their last eight meetings in front of the TV cameras.

Michael van Gerwen, meanwhile, is bidding for his first World Series silverware Down Under, and the tournament favourite faces a familiar opponent in multiple major finalist Peter Wright.

Van Gerwen, the reigning World Matchplay champion, has been put to the test by Oceanic duo Cody Harris and Kyle Anderson en route to this stage, but has passed with flying colours and insists there is still more in the locker.

The world number one will be desperate to open his account on Australian soil, but faces two potentially gruelling tests, firstly against the colourful Scot who is aiming to end the Dutchman's strangehold in their recent head-to-heads.

Van Gerwen has won their last ten encounters in all competitions, most recently a last-leg epic in the European Open final, and it looks like taking something special to deny him once again.

Wright is appearing in his first World Series Semi-Final of the season following comfortable wins over Simon Whitlock and Rhys Mathewson but knows he must raise his game considerably if he has any chance of living with the green machine over this long distance format.

The action gets underway from 10am BST, with all matches to be contested over the best of 21 legs at the Star Events Centre in Sydney, Australia.

Ladbrokes Sydney Masters 2016 match schedule

Saturday August 20

10am-1pm

Semi-Finals
Dave Chisnall v Phil Taylor
Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright

Final


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