Gerwyn Price claims New Zealand Darts Masters glory

Gerwyn Price secured his first World Series tour title at the 2022 New Zealand Darts Masters courtesy of a comeback win over Jonny Clayton in the final in Hamilton.

Price reeled off six consecutive legs from 4-2 down to deny his Welsh compatriot and claim the £20,000 title to round off the PDC’s Oceanic triple-header.

The world number one was denied glory by Michael van Gerwen in the final of the Queensland Masters a fortnight ago, but made amends to sign off in style in New Zealand.

Clayton was bidding to make it back-to-back World Series titles following his triumph in Wollongong last weekend, and he started strongly with an 11-dart hold in leg four sparking a sequence of three straight legs.

However, Price pinned double five to stop the rot in a crucial seventh leg, and he was indebted to the same target moments later, closing out a 12-dart break to restore parity at four apiece.

The 2021 World Champion continued his charge with legs of 15, 14 and 15 darts to move 7-4 ahead, and after Clayton fluffed his lines on the outer ring, Price converted a 92 finish on double 12 to complete the comeback.

“It feels fantastic,” said Price. “Fair play to Jonny. I think he upped his game in the final, but thankfully I improved after the break and showed why I’m world number one.

“I think I was quite fortunate to win the last leg before the break, and I knew if I upped my scoring game I would have a chance.

“The crowd were absolutely awesome. They supported both of us tonight and they were magnificent.”

Price began Saturday’s action with a commanding 6-2 win over James Wade, avenging his defeat against the left-hander in last weekend’s New South Wales Masters Semi-Finals.

The Welshman then produced an impressive display to oust top seed Dimitri Van den Bergh in the Last Four, winning six out of the last seven legs to complete a 7-4 win.

Clayton was unable to secure his second successive World Series victory, but he dumped out defending champion Van Gerwen in a heavyweight Quarter-Final tussle.

The former Premier League champion averaged 98 and landed two ton-plus checkouts to record a convincing 6-3 win over MVG – who trailed 5-1 at one stage.

The 47-year-old then stormed into Saturday’s showpiece with a battling 7-5 win over Michael Smith, producing a classy display of combination finishing to defeat the St Helens star for the second successive event.

“Gezzy is lucky I missed those three darts at double 18,” joked Clayton.

“Fair play to Gerwyn. He came out of the blocks after the break and I can have no complaints. He was fantastic.

“I have loved every second of my time in New Zealand. We had two Welshmen in the final, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Van den Bergh edged out Joe Cullen in a gripping last-leg shoot-out to reach his first Semi-Final in the Oceanic treble-header, while Smith was in merciless mood in the Quarter-Finals, whitewashing 22-year-old home favourite Kayden Milne, who had dumped out Fallon Sherrock on his big stage bow on Friday.

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New Zealand Darts Masters 2022 Day Two Results

Saturday August 27

8am-12.30pm

Quarter-Finals
Dimitri van den Bergh 6-5 Joe Cullen
James Wade 2-6 Gerwyn Price
Michael van Gerwen 3-6 Jonny Clayton
Michael Smith 6-0 Kayden Milne

Semi-Finals
Gerwyn Price 7-4 Dimitri van den Bergh
Jonny Clayton 7-5 Michael Smith

Final
Gerwyn Price 8-4 Jonny Clayton

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

The 2022 New Zealand Darts Masters draws to a close on Saturday as the final eight compete for the title in Hamilton.

The sixth World Series silverware of the season is up for grabs as seven PDC representatives and one Kiwi star do battle on Day Two at the Globox Arena.

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

Undoubtedly the stand-out tie of the Quarter-Finals sees the two most recent World Series title winners go head-to-head as Michael van Gerwen takes on Jonny Clayton.

Van Gerwen is looking to follow up his Queensland Darts Masters triumph a fortnight ago with an 18th career World Series title, having also won the Premier League and World Matchplay this summer.

The world number three began by defeating DPA qualifier Bernie Smith 6-3 on Friday with a 99 average and now comes up against ‘The Ferret’ for the ninth time all competitions this year, with the duo having shared four wins apiece.

Clayton clinched his first regular World Series title at the New South Wales Masters in Wollongong last week, dropping only seven legs along the way.

The reigning World Series Finals champion brushed aside Australia’s Mal Cuming 6-1 despite an average of just 88 but will be eyeing a marked improvement against the man he denied top spot in this year’s Premier League table.

Two players vying for their first regular World Series title face off for the second successive week as Gerwyn Price meets James Wade.

An out of sorts Price was thrashed 7-3 by Wade in the Semi-Finals in Wollongong and will have revenge in his sights after an imperious First Round display which saw him average 105 in a 6-3 win over New Zealand number one Ben Robb.

Wade, runner-up seven days ago, survived a missed match dart from Gordon Mathers on his way to a narrow 6-5 success in Round One and has won four of his last five meetings with world number one Price.

The opening tie of the day sees former World Matchplay champion Dimitri van den Bergh face reigning Masters champion Joe Cullen.

Van den Bergh is vying for a third World Series title of the year, following on from his Nordic Masters and Dutch Masters triumphs in June.

The Belgian ace began his latest campaign by dispatching World Cup winner Simon Whitlock 6-4 with a 100.3 average in a high quality encounter.

Cullen, meanwhile, made light work of Whitlock’s World Cup partner Damon Heta, sealing a 6-2 victory despite an average of 92.5.

Cullen reached the Semi-Finals last weekend before being thrashed 7-1 by eventual champion Clayton, and ‘The Rockstar’ will be out to round off his debut campaign Down Under with an even stronger run in Hamilton.

US Masters champion Michael Smith aims to avoid a major scalp at the hands of 22-year-old Kayden Milne – the last remaining Oceanic representative in the field.

Smith overcame veteran Warren Parry 6-3 on Friday despite a staggering 21 missed darts at doubles, and ‘Bully Boy’ will be determined to brush up on his finishing if he is to challenge for glory on the final day.

Milne marked a dream TV debut by recovering from 5-3 down to snatch a 6-5 victory over Women’s World Matchplay champion Fallon Sherrock, and the youngster is now looking to raise the roof in front of a packed home crowd once again on the biggest night of his career.

The action gets under way from 8am 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 Zealand Darts Masters 2022 Day Two Schedule

All times BST (local time 11 hours ahead)

Saturday August 27

8am-12.30pm

Quarter-Finals
Dimitri van den Bergh v Joe Cullen
James Wade v Gerwyn Price
Michael van Gerwen v Jonny Clayton
Michael Smith v Kayden Milne

Semi-Finals
Van den Bergh/Cullen v Wade/Price
Van Gerwen/Clayton v M Smith/Milne

Final

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Kayden Milne sees off Fallon Sherrock at the New Zealand Darts Masters

Kayden Milne enjoyed a dream TV debut at the New Zealand Darts Masters, recovering from 5-3 down to dump out Fallon Sherrock on a dramatic opening night in Hamilton.

The 22-year-old hit back from 2-0 and 5-3 down to prevail in Friday’s first round of the World Series event at the Globox Arena, becoming the solitary Oceanic representative to progress to the Quarter-Finals.

Sherrock landed finishes of 94, 83 and 72 to move to the cusp of victory, but was denied a second win Down Under after losing her range in the latter stages.

Milne rallied following a sluggish start – levelling at 2-2 with a 109 checkout – and having survived a match dart at double 16 in a last-leg decider, he pinned the same target to complete a landmark win.

“I’m so happy,” said Milne, who becomes only the third New Zealander in World Series history to triumph on home soil.

“Just to be playing on stage is an awesome experience for me. I never expected to win that game.

“I was definitely nervous early on, but the crowd were unbelievable. I cannot wait for tomorrow. I want to play again now!”

Milne will take on third seed Michael Smith in Saturday’s Quarter-Finals, after the US Masters champion battled past Kiwi veteran Warren Parry in a scrappy affair.

Smith continued his bid for a maiden World Series title Down Under with a 6-3 success, despite missing 22 darts at double.

Meanwhile, Michael van Gerwen produced an impressive display on his return to New Zealand as he began the defence of his title with a 6-3 win over Bernie Smith.

The Dutchman defied three 180s and a brace of 12-darters from Smith to prevail with a 99 average, landing a magnificent ten-darter in leg seven, before completing the win with a clean 70 kill.

Van Gerwen now plays Jonny Clayton in a heavyweight Last Eight showdown, after the Welshman began his bid for back-to-back World Series titles with a crushing 6-1 win over Mal Cuming.

Clayton, last week’s New South Wales Masters winner in Wollongong, reeled off five consecutive legs to clinch a resounding victory, firing in an 11-darter in the penultimate leg to begin Friday’s action in style.

Gerwyn Price produced the stand-out performance of the opening night in Hamilton, averaging 105 to overcome DPNZ number one Ben Robb in a high-quality affair.

World number one Price followed up a 14-dart break with a sensational ten-dart hold as he stormed into a 4-0 lead, yet Robb remained undeterred, producing a spirited fightback.

Robb followed up 126 and 94 finishes with a 13-dart break to reduce the deficit to 5-3, only for Price to follow up his sixth 180 with a wonderful 124 finish to seal the deal in style.

Price will now meet fourth seed James Wade in a repeat of last weekend’s Semi-Final, after the left-hander survived a match dart to edge out Gordon Mathers in a gripping last-leg shoot-out.

Wade, who trailed 4-1 at one stage, restored parity after eight legs of the contest with a sublime 145 checkout, before closing out a 16-dart hold on tops to triumph in a dramatic finale.

Top seed Dimitri Van den Bergh produced a stunning late surge to edge out Australian icon Simon Whitlock in the evening’s finale – which featured nine maximums.

The pair traded four consecutive breaks in a topsy-turvy start, but with the scores locked at four apiece, Van den Bergh won the final two legs in just 23 darts to advance with a 100.37 average.

Despite back-to-back 180s from Whitlock to kick off the penultimate leg, Van den Bergh followed up an 11-dart break with a 123 finish on the bullseye to preserve his hopes of a third World Series title of 2022 in Hamilton.

The Belgian will face Joe Cullen for a spot in the Semi-Finals, after the reigning Masters champion condemned Australia’s number one Damon Heta to a third consecutive opening round exit.

Cullen converted a classy 120 combination in leg four to open up a 3-1 cushion, before wrapping up an emphatic 6-2 victory with a third maximum and an 11-darter.

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New Zealand Darts Masters 2022 Day One Results

Friday August 26

First Round

Jonny Clayton 6-1 Mal Cuming
Joe Cullen 6-2 Damon Heta
James Wade 6-5 Gordon Mathers
Fallon Sherrock 5-6 Kayden Milne
Michael Smith 6-3 Warren Parry
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Bernie Smith
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Ben Robb
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-4 Simon Whitlock

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

The 2022 New Zealand Darts Masters commences in Hamilton on Friday as the PDC representatives and Oceanic qualifiers face off.

Part Three 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 Globox Arena.

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.

Jonny Clayton kicks off his quest for back-to-back titles with a tie against DPA qualifier Mal Cuming.

Clayton clinched his first regular World Series title at the New South Wales Masters in Wollongong last week, dropping only seven legs along the way.

The reigning World Series Finals champion now looks to avoid a potential banana skin at the hands of veteran Aussie Cuming – who was narrowly denied in a deciding leg by Fallon Sherrock in last week’s opening round.

One of the stand-out ties of the First Round in Hamilton sees top seed Dimitri van den Bergh take on World Cup winner Simon Whitlock.

Van den Bergh is vying for a third World Series title of the year, following on from his Nordic Masters and Dutch Masters triumphs in June.

The Belgian star will be determined to bounce back from last week’s 6-0 drubbing at the hands of James Wade in the Quarter-Finals, but faces one of the toughest possible openers on paper.

Whitlock registered a fifth consecutive win over Michael van Gerwen last week before bowing out in the Quarter-Finals and has gone eight years without reaching the final of a World Series event.

Van Gerwen is looking to follow up his Queensland Darts Masters triumph a fortnight ago with an 18th career World Series title, and the number two seed starts out against DPNZ qualifier Bernie Smith.

Reigning Premier League and World Matchplay champion MVG will be keen to bounce back from last week’s early exit by laying down a marker against 58-year-old Smith – who was famously beaten by Justin Pipe in the First Round of the 2017/18 World Championship.

Arguably the most appetising tie of the opening round sees Masters Champion Joe Cullen take on World Cup winner Damon Heta.

Cullen reached the Semi-Finals last weekend before being thrashed 7-1 by eventual champion Clayton, and ‘The Rockstar’ will be out to round off his debut campaign Down Under with an even stronger run in Hamilton.

World number 19 Heta suffered agonising 6-5 defeats to Gerwyn Price and Michael Smith on home soil in Australia and will be hoping for a change of fortunes at the third time of asking.

World number one Gerwyn Price begins his latest pursuit of a maiden World Series title when he faces DPNZ Order of Merit leader Ben Robb in Round One.

After back-to-back whitewash wins in the early rounds, an out of sorts Price was beaten 7-3 by James Wade in last week’s Semi-Finals, having lost out to MVG in the Queensland final seven days earlier.

Robb, twice a PDC World Championship qualifier, has won three of the four domestic events held in 2022 so far and is searching for his first World Series win at the fourth attempt.

Last week’s beaten finalist Wade resumes his hunt for a maiden World Series crown with a rematch against Tour Card holder Gordon Mathers.

Wade defeated the Australian 6-3 in Wollongong and will be wary of potential revenge from the Queensland semi-finalist.

US Masters champion Michael Smith opens up with a tie against veteran Kiwi Warren Parry – a player no stranger to an upset on the World Series stage.

Parry, a four-time World Championship qualifier, famously recovered from 5-1 down to stun Van Gerwen 6-5 in the 2014 Sydney Masters.

Smith, who averaged 106 in his opening win over Heta last week, was dispatched 6-4 by Clayton in the Quarter-Finals and will be determined to surpass that stage of proceedings for the first time this month.

Meanwhile, Fallon Sherrock looks to make it back-to-back Quarter-Final appearances by overcoming 22-year-old TV debutant Kayden Milne – one of four DPNZ qualifiers.

Sherrock, the reigning Women’s World Matchplay champion, edged out Australia’s Cuming 6-5 last week before being ruthlessly whitewashed by Price the following day.

The action gets under way from 8am BST (7pm local time) with First Round matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs.

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New Zealand Darts Masters 2022 Day One Schedule

All times BST (local time 11 hours ahead)

Friday August 26

First Round

8am-12pm
Jonny Clayton v Mal Cuming
Joe Cullen v Damon Heta
James Wade v Gordon Mathers
Fallon Sherrock v Kayden Milne
Michael Smith v Warren Parry
Michael van Gerwen v Bernie Smith
Gerwyn Price v Ben Robb
Dimitri van den Bergh v Simon Whitlock

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New Zealand Darts Masters Betting Tips and Accumulator Predictions

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

The second staging of the event will take place at the Globox Arena in Hamilton from August 26-27.

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 his Queensland Darts Masters triumph a fortnight ago 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.

Last week’s New South Wales Masters champion Jonny Clayton, Premier League finalist Joe Cullen 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 Zealand Darts Masters Betting Tips

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

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

The second staging of the event will take place at the Globox Arena in Hamilton from August 26-27.

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 his Queensland Darts Masters triumph a fortnight ago 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.

Last week’s New South Wales Masters champion Jonny Clayton, Premier League finalist Joe Cullen 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.

Ben Robb, Warren Parry, Bernie Smith and Kayden Milne make up the DPNZ qualifiers, while Mal Cuming is the DPA 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 Zealand Darts Masters 2022 Schedule

All times BST (local time 11 hours ahead)

Friday August 26

First Round

8am-12pm
Jonny Clayton 6-1 Mal Cuming
Joe Cullen 6-2 Damon Heta
James Wade 6-5 Gordon Mathers
Fallon Sherrock 5-6 Kayden Milne
Michael Smith 6-3 Warren Parry
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Bernie Smith
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Ben Robb
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-4 Simon Whitlock

Saturday August 27

8am-12.30pm

Quarter-Finals
Dimitri van den Bergh 6-5 Joe Cullen
James Wade 2-6 Gerwyn Price
Michael van Gerwen 3-6 Jonny Clayton
Michael Smith 6-0 Kayden Milne

Semi-Finals
Gerwyn Price 7-4 Dimitri van den Bergh
Jonny Clayton 7-5 Michael Smith

Final
Gerwyn Price 8-4 Jonny Clayton

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 Zealand Darts Masters live stream | How to watch live online

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

The second staging of the event will take place at the Globox Arena in Hamilton from August 26-27.

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 his Queensland Darts Masters triumph a fortnight ago 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.

Last week’s New South Wales Masters champion Jonny Clayton, Premier League finalist Joe Cullen 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.

Ben Robb, Warren Parry, Bernie Smith and Kayden Milne make up the DPNZ qualifiers, while Mal Cuming is the DPA qualifier.

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

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