Jonny Clayton claims inaugural New South Wales Darts Masters title

Jonny Clayton clinched his first World Series title in Australia at the New South Wales Darts Masters, thrashing James Wade 8-1 in the final in Wollongong.

Clayton, the reigning World Series Finals champion, ended his wait for a first title of the year in front of a 4,000-strong crowd at the WIN Entertainment Centre.

The Welshman stole an early march in the final to establish a 3-0 advantage and did not look back.

Wade followed up his first maximum with a 104 checkout to get off the mark, but only for Clayton to restore his three-leg cushion with a 14-darter, which he followed with a 120 checkout to make it 5-1.

Clayton then stretched his lead to 7-1, before sealing the deal in spectacular style, taking out 160 to wrap up the £20,000 top prize.

“This means a lot to me,” said Clayton, who dropped only six legs on Finals Day to secure his second World Series crown.

“I knew I needed to keep James under pressure because we all know what James can do, and luckily for me I kept him under pressure.

“Hopefully this can kick-start the rest of my year. Last week I didn’t turn up, but I lost to a much better player, and now I’m looking forward to next week.”

Earlier in the day, Clayton secured a place in the Semi-Finals with a battling 6-4 victory over third seed Michael Smith, taking out a brilliant 136 finish to seal the deal.

He then stormed through to the final with a crushing 7-1 victory over Joe Cullen, avenging his defeat against the Yorkshireman in June’s Premier League Semi-Finals.

Wade was bidding to win his first PDC title since March 2021 and produced some impressive displays on Saturday, whitewashing top seed Dimitri Van den Bergh in the Last Eight.

The ten-time televised title winner punished a profligate display from the Belgian, firing in four 180s and taking out 127 and 104 checkouts.

He then produced another ruthless display of combination finishing to dump out world number one Gerwyn Price 7-3 with a 140 checkout along the way.

“I just got smashed to pieces by Jonny,” admitted Wade. “I’m really disappointed with how I played in the final, but Jonny is one of the few players I don’t mind losing to.

“I didn’t play anywhere near Jonny’s level and he did what he needed to do. The only thing he did wrong was lose a leg!”

Price posted his second highest televised average to whitewash Fallon Sherrock 6-0 in the Quarter-Finals, averaging 110, hitting four 180s and converting six of his nine attempts at double.

Cullen ended the hopes of Australia’s World Cup hero Simon Whitlock, defying a partisan atmosphere to close out a 6-2 win and make it back-to-back Semi-Finals Down Under.

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New South Wales Darts Masters 2022 Day Two Results

Saturday August 20

Quarter-Finals
Dimitri van den Bergh 0-6 James Wade
Gerwyn Price 6-0 Fallon Sherrock
Simon Whitlock 2-6 Joe Cullen
Michael Smith 4-6 Jonny Clayton

Semi-Finals
James Wade 7-3 Gerwyn Price
Jonny Clayton 7-1 Joe Cullen

Final
Jonny Clayton 8-1 James Wade

New South Wales Darts Masters 2022 | Day Two Preview and Order of Play

The 2022 New South Wales Darts Masters draws reaches its climax in Wollongong on Saturday as the final eight compete for the title.

The fifth World Series silverware of the season is up for grabs as seven PDC representatives and one Australian star do battle on Day Two at the WIN Entertainment Centre

The Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and final take place in one unmissable session, with a top prize of £20,000 on offer.

Top seed Dimitri van den Bergh continues his quest for a third World Series title of the campaign with a clash against ten-time major winner James Wade – who is yet to pick up a regular World Series title.

Van den Bergh claimed the Nordic Masters and Dutch Masters titles back-to-back in June and headed to Australia as a late replacement for Peter Wright.

Despite a lapse in concentration towards the end of the match, the Belgian ace eventually closed out a 6-3 win over DPA qualifier Raymond O’Donnell in Round One on Friday.

Wade bounced back from last week’s First Round exit in Queensland by defeating Tour Card holder Gordon Mathers 6-3, and the world number five will be determined to challenge for silverware in New South Wales.

Meanwhile, world number one Gerwyn Price faces a show-down with Fallon Sherrock for the first time in a televised event.

World Series Finals champion in 2020, Price is yet to win a regular World Series event and was narrowly denied glory by Michael van Gerwen last week, averaging just 89 in an 8-5 defeat in the final.

However, he came flying out of the blocks in Wollongong by whitewashing New Zealand’s Koha Kokiri with a 104.8 average on Friday and will look to pick up from where he left off.

Sherrock secured her second World Series win of the year by edging out Aussie qualifier Mal Cuming in a last-leg decider, but the reigning Women’s World Matchplay champion is likely to require a vast improvement on her match average of 80.7 is she is to threaten a major upset here.

Home hero Simon Whitlock aims to thrill a packed crowd once again when he comes up against Premier League finalist Joe Cullen.

Whitlock, World Cup winner in June, pulled off a fifth consecutive win over MVG in Round One despite a 101.5 average from the Dutchman, and is vying to reach his first World Series final since 2014.

Masters champion Cullen was beaten in the Semi-Finals last time out and will look to at least equal that run, having safely seen off DPA qualifier Dave Marland in the opening round for the second successive week.

Two Premier League stars go head-to-head as Michael Smith meets Jonny Clayton in what has become a familiar encounter this year.

The pair played out a World Championship classic at Ally Pally and look set for another tasty tussle here, with US Masters champion Smith having averaged 106.3 in a 6-5 win over Damon Heta on Friday.

Clayton, the reigning World Series Finals champion, atoned for last week’s First Round exit to Haupai Puha by thrashing the Kiwi 6-1 to get off and running Down Under.

The action gets under way from 10am BST (7pm local time) with Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs, Semi-Finals best of 13 and the final best of 15.

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New South Wales Darts Masters 2022 Day Two Schedule

All times BST (local time nine hours ahead)

Saturday August 20

10am-2.30pm

Quarter-Finals
Dimitri van den Bergh v James Wade
Gerwyn Price v Fallon Sherrock
Simon Whitlock v Joe Cullen
Michael Smith v Jonny Clayton

Semi-Finals
Van den Bergh/Wade v Price/Sherrock
Whitlock/Cullen v Smith/Clayton

Final

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Simon Whitlock continues dominance over Michael van Gerwen at the New South Wales Masters

Simon Whitlock recorded a fifth consecutive win over Michael van Gerwen to reach the Quarter-Finals of the New South Wales Darts Masters on Friday.

The opening night of the inaugural World Series event in Wollongong saw home hero Whitlock steal the show, edging out Van Gerwen to become the solitary Oceanic representative to progress.

World Cup winner Whitlock, who defeated James Wade in Townsville last Friday, claimed another scalp on home soil as he knocked out last week’s Queensland Masters champion.

The pair traded six consecutive breaks of throw in a remarkable passage of play, with Whitlock surviving a match dart in the penultimate leg, converting an 88 finish to force a decider.

The 53-year-old, roared on by a bumper crowd at the WIN Entertainment Centre, took out 74 on double eight to complete another memorable triumph.

“That was super good. To beat Michael five times in a row is sensational,” said Whitlock, who defied a 101 average from the Dutchman.

“I was saying to myself: ‘You’re playing the best again now, so you have got to perform.’

“I had a little bit of luck, but I will take it. That was a hard-earned win, and it was all about belief.”

Michael Smith produced the stand-out performance of the opening night to oust Australian number one Damon Heta in a thrilling last-leg shoot-out.

Smith fired in six 180s and averaged 106.3 to inflict a second consecutive 6-5 defeat on Whitlock’s World Cup partner Heta, who also succumbed to Gerwyn Price in a deciding-leg clash in Townsville.

Despite Smith outscoring Heta for large periods, the first ten legs went with throw, but the pressure finally paid dividends as Smith crashed in a 12-darter in the decider to seal his spot in the Last Eight.

Price, runner-up in Queensland, stormed through to Saturday’s final stages with a whitewash win over Koha Kokiri, rattling in three 180s and firing in a brace of 11-dart legs to triumph with a 104.8 average.

“I was really slow out of the blocks in the first two legs,” reflected the world number one.

“I need to get out of those blocks a little bit quicker, but I’m playing well and my mind is in a good place.”

The Welshman will now take on Women’s World Matchplay champion Fallon Sherrock, after the 27-year-old edged out World Series debutant Mal Cuming to secure her first victory in Australia.

Sherrock struggled in the early exchanges, but a brilliant 12-darter in leg five sparked a run of three straight legs, and she kept her cool in the decider to prevail with a 16-dart hold.

James Wade also secured his first victory in this year’s roadshow Down Under with an impressive comeback victory over Gordon Mathers, a semi-finalist in Queensland last weekend.

The ten-time TV title winner trailed 3-2 following a stuttering start, only to reel off four consecutive legs in 15, 15, 12 and 15 darts; sealing his progression with a clinical 116 combination.

Wade will now meet top seed Dimitri Van den Bergh in the Quarter-Finals, after the Belgian began his bid for a third World Series title of 2022 with a 6-3 win over Australian qualifier Raymond O’Donnell.

Earlier in the night, Jonny Clayton eased past former World Cup quarter-finalist Haupai Puha to avenge his defeat against the New Zealander a week ago.

The reigning World Series Finals champion fired in back-to-back 13-darters midway through the tie, winning five straight legs to clinch an emphatic 6-1 swin.

Meanwhile, Joe Cullen defeated Dave Marland for the second straight week to confirm his place in Saturday’s latter stages, defying a spirited fightback from the DPA qualifier to complete a hard-fought 6-3 win.

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New South Wales Darts Masters 2022 Day One Results

Friday August 19

First Round

Joe Cullen 6-3 Dave Marland
James Wade 6-3 Gordon Mathers
Jonny Clayton 6-1 Haupai Puha
Fallon Sherrock 6-5 Mal Cuming
Gerwyn Price 6-0 Koha Kokiri
Michael Smith 6-5 Damon Heta
Michael van Gerwen 5-6 Simon Whitlock
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-3 Raymond O’Donnell

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New South Wales Darts Masters 2022 | Day One Preview and Order of Play

The 2022 New South Wales Darts Masters gets under way in Wollongong on Friday as the PDC representatives and Oceanic qualifiers collide.

Part Two of the World Series triple-header in Australia and New Zealand sees the eight PDC representatives and eight Oceanic stars competing for the £20,000 title at the WIN Entertainment Centre for the first time.

The opening day plays host to eight First Round ties as the big names aim to avoid an early exit at the hands of a home hopeful.

Michael van Gerwen is seeded number two as he looks to follow up last week’s Queensland Darts Masters triumph with an 18th career World Series title.

The reigning Premier League and World Matchplay champion has been drawn to face his recent nemesis Simon Whitlock in one of the stand-out ties of the First Round.

Whitlock has recorded four consecutive victories over the Dutchman, including at the World Matchplay, World Grand Prix and Grand Slam of Darts – all in 2020.

Van Gerwen, however, is in the midst of a prolific winning streak despite not being at his scintillating best, and will be determined to get one over on the Aussie darting icon.

Crowd favourite Whitlock is making his 28th World Series appearance and was notably runner-up in the 2014 Singapore Masters.

The former European Champion and reigning World Cup winner defeated James Wade in Round One in Queensland before eventually losing out to Gerwyn Price in the Quarter-Finals.

World number one Price begins his latest pursuit of a maiden World Series titles with a clash against New Zealand’s Koha Kokiri.

World Series Finals champion in 2020, Price is yet to win a regular World Series event and was narrowly denied glory by rival MVG last week, averaging just 89 in an 8-5 defeat in the final.

Kokiri, PDC World Championship qualifier in 2015, suffered a 6-2 defeat at the hands of Dimitri van den Bergh in Queensland and will be hoping to catch ‘The Ice Man’ cold in Wollongong.

Arguably the pick of the night’s fixtures sees US Open winner Michael Smith take on World Cup winner Damon Heta.

Smith, the number three seed, looked set for another deep run in the World Series last week but only for Gordon Mathers to punish an out of sorts display and claim a shock 6-4 win in the Quarter-Finals.

Smith squandered a 3-1 lead in an eventual 4-3 defeat to Heta in the Semi-Finals of this year’s World Cup of Darts and will be eyeing a dose of revenge in the Aussie’s own backyard.

Heta, the 2019 Brisbane Masters champion, pushed Price all the way to a last-leg decider a week ago and will look to register his first win of the 2022 World Series at the second time of asking.

Top seed Van den Bergh starts his bid for a third World Series title of the campaign with a tie against Aussie qualifier Raymond O’Donnell – a former DPA ProTour event winner and 2018 Melbourne Masters qualifier.

James Wade aims to bounce back from last week’s early exit when he comes up against Tour Card holder Gordon Mathers – who enjoyed his best-ever run in a PDC televised tournament last time out, eventually losing out to Price in the Semi-Finals.

Masters champion Joe Cullen enjoyed a blistering debut Down Under by averaging 108.6 in a 6-0 whitewash of Dave Marland, and ‘The Rockstar’ will be hoping for a repeat performance when he meets the man nicknamed ‘Big Fish’ in an immediate rematch.

Another repeat of a First Round tie from seven days ago sees reigning World Series Finals champion Jonny Clayton take on New Zealand ace Haupai Puha.

Puha pulled off perhaps the biggest win of his career to date by stunning the Welshman with a 6-2 success in Queensland, averaging 95.5 in the process.

Clayton was punished for crucial missed doubles (2/15) on that occasion and will look to rectify those mistakes to get his maiden Oceanic campaign off and running.

Fallon Sherrock has also endured a difficult World Series campaign so far this year but looks to turn her fortunes around when she faces World Series debutant Mal Cuming.

Sherrock, the reigning Women’s World Matchplay champion and 2021 Nordic Masters finalist, was beaten 6-3 by Mathers last week and will look to improve on her match average of 73.

Cuming picked up a DPA Pro Tour title in 2020 and also appeared in the 2019 BDO World Championship, losing out to Aussie compatriot Justin Thompson in straight sets in the Preliminary Round.

The action gets under way from 10am BST (7pm local time) with First Round matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs.

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New South Wales Darts Masters 2022 Day One Schedule

All times BST (local time nine hours ahead)

Friday August 19

First Round

10am-2pm
Joe Cullen v Dave Marland
James Wade v Gordon Mathers
Jonny Clayton v Haupai Puha
Fallon Sherrock v Mal Cuming
Gerwyn Price v Koha Kokiri
Michael Smith v Damon Heta
Michael van Gerwen v Simon Whitlock
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Raymond O’Donnell

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New South Wales Darts Masters Betting Tips and Accumulator Predictions

The World Series continues with the 2022 New South Wales Darts Masters, and we’ve picked out our best betting tips for each day.

The inaugural staging of the event will take place at the WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong from August 19-20.

Eight PDC representatives will be joined in the event by eight Oceanic representatives as they compete for the £20,000 top prize.

Dimitri van den Bergh is the number one seed as he bids for a third World Series title of the year, following on from his Nordic Masters and Dutch Masters triumphs in June.

Michael van Gerwen is seeded number two as he looks to follow up last week’s Queensland Darts Masters triumph with an 18th career World Series title.

US Masters winner Michael Smith is also among the eight seeds, as well as world number two Gerwyn Price and multiple major winner James Wade.

Premier League finalist Joe Cullen, reigning World Series Finals champion Jonny Clayton and Women’s World Matchplay winner Fallon Sherrock also feature.

World Cup winners Damon Heta and Simon Whitlock are among the Oceanic representatives, as well as fellow PDC Tour Card holder Gordon Mathers.

Get our top recommended betting tips for each day’s action below.

New South Wales Darts Masters Betting Tips

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New South Wales Darts Masters 2022 | Draw, Live Scores and Schedule of Play

The World Series continues with the 2022 New South Wales Darts Masters, and you can follow the latest results and schedule of play here.

The inaugural staging of the event will take place at the WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong from August 19-20.

Eight PDC representatives will be joined in the event by eight Oceanic representatives as they compete for the £20,000 top prize.

Dimitri van den Bergh is the number one seed as he bids for a third World Series title of the year, following on from his Nordic Masters and Dutch Masters triumphs in June.

Van den Bergh was announced as a recent replacement for Peter Wright, with the World Champion having withdrawn from the triple-header of events Down Under for medical reasons.

Michael van Gerwen is seeded number two as he looks to follow up last week’s Queensland Darts Masters triumph with an 18th career World Series title.

US Masters winner Michael Smith is also among the eight seeds, as well as world number two Gerwyn Price and multiple major winner James Wade.

Premier League finalist Joe Cullen, reigning World Series Finals champion Jonny Clayton and Women’s World Matchplay winner Fallon Sherrock also feature.

World Cup winners Damon Heta and Simon Whitlock are among the Oceanic representatives, as well as fellow PDC Tour Card holder Gordon Mathers.

Koha Kokiri, Dave Marland, Raymond O’Donnell and Mal Cuming make up the DPA qualifiers, while Haupai Puha is the DPNZ qualifier.

First Round and Quarter-Final matches are to be contested over the best of 11 legs, with Semi-Finals best of 13 and the final best of 15 legs.

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New South Wales Darts Masters 2022 Schedule

All times BST (local time nine hours ahead)

Friday August 19

First Round

10am-2pm
Joe Cullen 6-3 Dave Marland
James Wade 6-3 Gordon Mathers
Jonny Clayton 6-1 Haupai Puha
Fallon Sherrock 6-5 Mal Cuming
Gerwyn Price 6-0 Koha Kokiri
Michael Smith 6-5 Damon Heta
Michael van Gerwen 5-6 Simon Whitlock
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-3 Raymond O’Donnell

Saturday August 20

10am-2.30pm

Quarter-Finals
Dimitri van den Bergh 0-6 James Wade
Gerwyn Price 6-0 Fallon Sherrock
Simon Whitlock 2-6 Joe Cullen
Michael Smith 4-6 Jonny Clayton

Semi-Finals
James Wade 7-3 Gerwyn Price
Jonny Clayton 7-1 Joe Cullen

Final
Jonny Clayton 8-1 James Wade

Prize Fund
Winner: £20,000
Runner-up: £10,000
Semi-Final losers: £5,000
Quarter-Final losers: £2,500
First Round losers: £1,250

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New South Wales Darts Masters live stream | How to watch live online

The World Series continues with the 2022 New South Wales Darts Masters, and a live stream is available for all matches.

The inaugural staging of the event will take place at the WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong from August 19-20.

Eight PDC representatives will be joined in the event by eight Oceanic representatives as they compete for the £20,000 top prize.

Dimitri van den Bergh is the number one seed as he bids for a third World Series title of the year, following on from his Nordic Masters and Dutch Masters triumphs in June.

Van den Bergh was announced as a recent replacement for Peter Wright, with the World Champion having withdrawn from the triple-header of events Down Under for medical reasons.

Michael van Gerwen is seeded number two as he looks to follow up last week’s Queensland Darts Masters triumph with an 18th career World Series title.

US Masters winner Michael Smith is also among the eight seeds, as well as world number two Gerwyn Price and multiple major winner James Wade.

Premier League finalist Joe Cullen, reigning World Series Finals champion Jonny Clayton and Women’s World Matchplay winner Fallon Sherrock also feature.

World Cup winners Damon Heta and Simon Whitlock are among the Oceanic representatives, as well as fellow PDC Tour Card holder Gordon Mathers.

Koha Kokiri, Dave Marland, Raymond O’Donnell and Mal Cuming make up the DPA qualifiers, while Haupai Puha is the DPNZ qualifier.

All matches will also be available to watch live on laptop, mobile and tablet in various regions worldwide.

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