Michael van Gerwen claims inaugural Queensland Darts Masters crown

Michael van Gerwen secured his 17th World Series title at the 2022 Queensland Darts Masters with an 8-5 victory over Gerwyn Price in the final.

The world number three battled back from 4-1 down to once again deny Price in a repeat of last month’s World Matchplay final.

Price had looked in control of the contest with Van Gerwen struggling on the doubles early on, missing 10 consecutive attempts before finding his touch to reel off three legs in a row, including a 140 checkout in leg seven, to level at 4-4.

Price regained the upper-hand at 5-4 before Van Gerwen hit back with finishes of 112 and 77 en route to a 7-5 advantage.

The Dutch star then sealed the deal in style with an 11-darter to make it three televised titles in a row.

The 33-year-old’s latest triumph continues his remarkable return from surgery on his wrist which kept him out of the World Cup of Darts in June.

“I am not on the way back, I am back and they know I am the boss,” said a defiant Van Gerwen.

“I’m a winner, not a loser. Of course, when I lose I am sick, but I’m a winner and I love to win trophies.”

Van Gerwen began the final day of action in Townsville with a 6-1 demolition of New Zealand’s Haupai Puha, before defeating Joe Cullen 7-5 with a 100 per cent on the doubles in a repeat of this year’s Premier League final.

Having dispatched home hero Simon Whitlock 6-3 in the Quarter-Finals, Price then ended the hopes of Queenslander Gordon Mathers in the Semi-Finals with a 7-1 rout which included finishes of 131 and 125.

The Welsh star hit two ton-plus finishes (131 and 125) as he stretched out to a comfortable 6-0 lead.

Cullen saw off top seed Dimitri van den Bergh 6-4 in the Quarter-Finals, with the Belgian looking to join Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson in becoming only the third player in World Series history to win three tournaments in a calendar year.

Mathers had never won a match in a televised tournament before this event, but followed up Friday’s win over Fallon Sherrock with a 6-4 upset of an out of sorts Michael Smith in the Last Eight.

The World Series continues with the New South Wales Darts Masters in Wollongong from August 19-20.

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Queensland Darts Masters 2022 Day Two Results

Saturday August 13

Quarter-Finals
Dimitri van den Bergh 4-6 Joe Cullen
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Haupai Puha
Michael Smith 4-6 Gordon Mathers
Simon Whitlock 3-6 Gerwyn Price

Semi-Finals
Michael van Gerwen 7-5 Joe Cullen
Gerwyn Price 7-1 Gordon Mathers

Final
Michael van Gerwen 8-5 Gerwyn Price

Queensland Darts Masters 2022 | Day Two Preview and Order of Play

The 2022 Queensland Darts Masters draws to a close in Townsville on Saturday as the final eight face off for the title.

The fourth World Series silverware of the season is up for grabs as five PDC representatives and a trio of Oceanic hopefuls do battle on Day Two at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention 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 resumes his quest for a hat-trick of World Series titles with a show-down against Masters champion Joe Cullen in the opening tie of the day.

Van den Bergh, who claimed the Nordic Masters and Dutch Masters titles in June, was announced as a late replacement for Peter Wright – who withdrew from the triple-header of events Down Under for medical reasons.

The Belgian star safely saw off New Zealand’s Koha Kokiri 6-2 in his opener with a 164 checkout along the way and now faces a player in the midst of a debut World Series campaign.

Cullen produced the stand-out performance of the opening day as he whitewashed Dave Marland 6-0 with a 108.6 average and six 180s, and the Premier League finalist will be keen to pick up from where he left off.

World Matchplay champion Michael van Gerwen continues his bid for a 17th World Series title with a tie against Kiwi star Haupai Puha.

Van Gerwen was runner-up in June’s US Masters and defied an arm injury to claim a sixth Premier League title, in addition to a further five ranking titles this year.

The Dutchman, however, averaged just 86 in a narrow 6-5 win over Aussie youngster Bailey Marsh on Friday and will be eyeing a marked improvement on that display.

Puha, meanwhile, pulled off perhaps the most notable scalp of his career by defeating World Series Finals champion Jonny Clayton 6-2 with an impressive 95.5 average.

The former World Cup of Darts quarter-finalist will look to replicate that performance over the extended format to mark a new personal milestone in a televised tournament.

World number one Gerwyn Price aims to complete a clean sweep over Australia’s World Cup winning side when he comes up against home hero Simon Whitlock.

Price, who was beaten alongside Clayton by Whitlock and Damon Heta in June’s World Cup final, gained revenge on Heta with a thrilling 6-5 success in Round One.

Price enjoyed a resurgent run to the final of the World Matchplay last month, hitting a nine-darter along the way, and narrowly missed double 12 for another perfect leg yesterday.

Whitlock marked a dream return to his homeland by knocking out world number five James Wade with a commanding 6-2 triumph and an average of 96.

Whitlock is making his 27th World Series appearance and his only final run to date came at the 2014 Singapore Masters.

Number two seed Michael Smith is bidding to back up his US Masters title with a second World Series success of the season, and faces a Quarter-Final tie against Australia’s Gordon Mathers.

Smith was ruthless in whitewashing TV debutant Joe Comito in Round One with a 104.8 average and now meets a player for whom televised wins have proved few and far between.

Mathers, the world number 81, safely saw off Fallon Sherrock 6-3 but knows he must improve on his match average of 79 if he is to threaten an upset here.

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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Queensland Darts Masters 2022 Day Two Schedule

All times BST (local time nine hours ahead)

Saturday August 13

10am-2.30pm

Quarter-Finals
Dimitri van den Bergh v Joe Cullen
Michael van Gerwen v Haupai Puha
Michael Smith v Gordon Mathers
Simon Whitlock v Gerwyn Price

Semi-Finals
Van den Bergh/Cullen v Van Gerwen/Puha
Smith/Mathers v Whitlock/Price

Final

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Haupai Puha punishes Jonny Clayton at the Queensland Darts Masters

Haupai Puha pulled off a shock First Round scalp of Jonny Clayton at the Queensland Darts Masters in Townsville on Friday.

New Zealand qualifier Puha registered his first win on the World Series stage with an impressive 6-2 success over the world number seven.

The wasteful Welshman squandered 13 darts at doubles and Puha took full advantage to set up a Quarter-Final clash with three-time World Champion Michael van Gerwen.

The former World Cup of Darts quarter-finalist drew first blood with legs of 13 and 11 darts, and although Clayton threatened a late comeback, Puha kept his cool to prevail.

Meanwhile, Simon Whitlock produced a classy display to dispatch world number five James Wade 6-2 in his first appearance on home soil since 2019.

Whitlock’s mother was in the audience to watch him play for the first time in his career, and he made a blistering start to race into a 4-0 lead.

Wade opened his account with a classy 124 checkout, but only for Whitlock to follow up a clinical 78 finish with a 13-darter to complete the job.

“Honestly, this means more to me than a lot of things because my mum was here to watch me play for the first time ever,” said an emotional Whitlock.

“To see the look on her face when I won, I was like ‘yeah that’s it’.”

Elsewhere, Queenslander Gordon Mathers made it three wins for the Oceanic qualifiers with a 6-3 defeat of Fallon Sherrock.

Despite enduring double trouble in the latter stages, Mathers outperformed Sherrock to secure his first World Series victory at the third attempt.

Newly crowned Women’s World Matchplay Champion Sherrock was well below her best, but she did produce a superb 160 checkout in leg four to open her account.

The home stars were close to enjoying further success in Townsville, as Whitlock’s World Cup partner Heta lost out in a thriller to world number one Gerwyn Price.

Heta produced a superb 136 checkout to move 4-2 ahead, but 128 and 120 finishes from Price forced a dramatic last-leg shoot-out.

In the decider, Price almost finished the match in sensational style, hitting eight perfect darts before missing double 12 for his fifth televised nine-darter of 2022.

However, the Welshman did complete the win with an 11-darter to gain some semblance of revenge for Wales’ recent World Cup of Darts defeat to Australia.

Michael van Gerwen also survived a scare in his opener, scraping home against Western Australia’s Bailey Marsh – who impressed on his televised debut.

The 20-year-old gave the Dutch superstar a major scare after moving 4-2 ahead, but Van Gerwen showed his class in the decider to triumph 6-5 in a nervy affair.

Masters champion Joe Cullen produced the performance of the night on his Debut Down Under, whitewashing Sydney’s Dave Marland 6-0 with a 108.6 average and six maximums along the way.

US Masters champion Michael Smith was also in fine form, whitewashing TV debutant Joe Comito with a 104.8 average, four 180s and 60 per cent on the outer ring.

Dimitri Van den Bergh began his bid for a third consecutive World Series crown with a 6-2 victory over New Zealand’s Koha Kokiri.

The Belgian ace, who claimed wins at the Nordic Masters and Dutch Masters in June, kicked off the tournament with a brilliant 164 checkout – the highest of the night – en route to a convincing win.

The Queensland Darts Masters will conclude with a blockbuster session on Saturday, featuring the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and final.

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Queensland Darts Masters 2022 Day One Results

Friday August 12

First Round

Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2 Koha Kokiri
Joe Cullen 6-0 Dave Marland
Jonny Clayton 2-6 Haupai Puha
Fallon Sherrock 3-6 Gordon Mathers
James Wade 2-6 Simon Whitlock
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Bailey Marsh
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Damon Heta
Michael Smith 6-0 Joe Comito

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Queensland Darts Masters 2022 | Day One Preview and Order of Play

The 2022 Queensland Darts Masters gets under way in Townsville on Friday as the PDC representatives and Oceanic qualifiers collide.

After a three-year wait, the World Series event finally touches down at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre as eight PDC representatives and eight Oceanic representatives compete for the £20,000 top prize.

The opening day plays host to eight First Round ties as the big names aim to avoid an early exit in the first of three events in as many weeks Down Under.

Top seed Dimitri van den Bergh launches his quest for a hat-trick of World Series titles with a clash against New Zealand-born Australian Koha Kokiri – a PDC World Championship qualifier in 2015.

Van den Bergh, the Nordic Masters and Dutch Masters champion, was announced as a late replacement for Peter Wright – who withdrew from the triple-header of events for medical reasons.

Arguably the stand-out tie of the opening round sees world number one Gerwyn Price take on Aussie number one – Damon Heta.

Price enjoyed a resurgent run to the final of the World Matchplay last month, hitting a nine-darter along the way, only to be denied glory by Michael van Gerwen.

World Series Finals champion in 2020, Price is yet to win a regular World Series event and faces a formidable opening test against the world number 19.

Heta announced his arrival into the big time by winning the Brisbane Masters in 2019 as a DPA Qualifier and has since gone on to win two PDC ranking titles and most recently the World Cup of Darts.

Heta’s World Cup winning team-mate Simon Whitlock looks to mark a triumphant return to home soil when he takes on world number five James Wade.

Crowd favourite Whitlock is making his 27th World Series appearance and was notably runner-up in the 2014 Singapore Masters.

Only Wright and Van Gerwen have made more World Series appearances than Wade (39), but his sole title to date came at the World Series Finals in 2018.

The 39-year-old welcomed the birth of his second child less than a week ago and will look to mark the occasion in style on his return to playing duty.

Fallon Sherrock’s first competitive outing since being crowned the inaugural Women’s World Matchplay champion sees her take on Australian ace Gordon Mathers.

Sherrock created a further slice of history in Blackpool last month and will look to pick up from where she left off at the Winter Gardens for what is her fourth World Series campaign of the season.

World number 81 Mathers is one of three Australian Tour Card holders in the line-up and has three previous PDC World Championship appearances to his name.

World Matchplay champion Van Gerwen kicks off his bid for a 17th World Series title with a tie against TV debutant Bailey Marsh – who will also feature in the World Youth Championship later this year.

Van Gerwen was runner-up in June’s US Masters and defied an arm injury to claim a sixth Premier League title, in addition to a further five ranking titles this year.

Premier League finalist and Masters champion Joe Cullen marks his first appearance in Australia with a show-down against home qualifier Dave Marland – who previously featured in the 2017 Melbourne Masters.

Reigning World Series Finals champion Jonny Clayton kicks off with a contest against New Zealand’s Haupai Puha – World Cup of Darts quarter-finalist in 2019.

US Masters champion Michael Smith, the number two seed, opens up with a tie against World Series debutant Joe Comito of Australia.

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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Queensland Darts Masters Day One 2022 Schedule

All times BST (local time nine hours ahead)

Friday August 12

First Round

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

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Queensland Darts Masters Betting Tips and Accumulator Predictions

The World Series touches down in Australia for the 2022 Queensland 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 Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre from August 12-13.

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 hat-trick of World Series titles, following on from his Nordic Masters and Dutch Masters triumphs in June.

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

Premier League finalist Joe Cullen will make his World Series debut, while 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.

Queensland Darts Masters Betting Tips

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

The World Series heads to Australia for the 2022 Queensland 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 Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre from August 12-13.

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 hat-trick of World Series titles, 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.

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

Premier League finalist Joe Cullen will make his World Series debut, while 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.

Bailey Marsh, Koha Kokiri, Dave Marland and Joe Comito 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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Queensland Darts Masters 2022 Schedule

All times BST (local time nine hours ahead)

Friday August 12

First Round

10am-2pm
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2 Koha Kokiri
Joe Cullen 6-0 Dave Marland
Jonny Clayton 2-6 Haupai Puha
Fallon Sherrock 3-6 Gordon Mathers
James Wade 2-6 Simon Whitlock
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Bailey Marsh
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Damon Heta
Michael Smith 6-0 Joe Comito

Saturday August 13

(10am-2pm)

Quarter-Finals
Dimitri van den Bergh 4-6 Joe Cullen
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Haupai Puha
Michael Smith 4-6 Gordon Mathers
Simon Whitlock 3-6 Gerwyn Price

Semi-Finals
Joe Cullen 5-7 Michael van Gerwen
Gordon Mathers 1-7 Gerwyn Price

Final
Michael van Gerwen 8-5 Gerwyn Price

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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Queensland Darts Masters live stream | How to watch live online

The World Series heads to Australia for the 2022 Queensland Darts Masters, and a live stream is available for all matches.

The inaugural staging of the event will take place at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre from August 12-13.

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 hat-trick of World Series titles, 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.

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

Premier League finalist Joe Cullen will make his World Series debut, while 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.

Bailey Marsh, Koha Kokiri, Dave Marland and Joe Comito 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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