Kiwi holds his own on darts big stage
Invercargill's Warren Parry went within a leg of one of the biggest moments of his darts career at the Sydney Masters on Thursday night.
The multiple national champion, and a three-time competitor at the world championships, proved almost unbreakable against naturalised Australian, and world No 19, Paul Nicholson in the opening match of the Professional Darts Corporation event at Sydney's Luna Park.
In front of a sellout 1500-strong crowd, Parry overcome some early nerves to hold his throw until the deciding 10th leg.
Down 5-4, hefinally succumbed to the pressure being applied by the tournament eighth seed, losing 6-4 but earning plenty of respect from the high profile outing.
Nicholson, who was scheduled to take on world champion Phil Taylor in last night's quarter-final, said playing first up had been tough for both competitors.
"I did feel a bit of pressure but I'm very relieved that I managed to get over the winning line in the end," he said.
"It was a very nervy game and we were both very aware of being first up on that stage. I'm still a bit low on confidence and I'm working hard on my game, but it was great to have some good support from the crowd and a few friends out there too - and I'm glad that I get another opportunity now to prove myself in the quarter-finals."
The other New Zealand qualifier in the field, Auckland's Monty Tuhua, struggled against world No 3 Adrian Lewis.
Lewis won the first five legs before Tuhua was able to get onto the scoreboard, and eventually won 6-1.
The Masters finishes tonight.
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