Kyle Anderson wins Auckland Darts Masters in all-Australian thriller
Kyle Anderson upset the big names and then the junior world champion in the final to win the Auckland Darts Masters.
Anderson beat fellow Australian Corey Cadby in Sunday's final 11-10 in a thrilling and high-class display.
Trailing 4-1 at the first break in the best-of-21 leg final, Anderson responded brilliantly to jump out to a 5-4 lead and the duo then swapped leg wins throughout.
Cadby grabbed a 10-9 lead but Anderson struck with his favourite finish of double tops to level it up at 10-10 and then started the deciding leg with the maximum 180.
Needing 68 to close out victory, the man from Perth took just two darts as he followed triple 20 with double 4 to grab the title.
"Corey started like a train and I thought it was going to be a one-way road, but after the break Corey died down a bit and I started to hit my straps and I got back to even. I said to myself 'you've got a good chance of winning this if you keep scoring like you can, and I did, and I hit doubles," Anderson said.
Both Aussies scored upset victories to make the final.
Anderson took care of James Wade 11-4 as Wade had a horror match, missing a string of doubles when trying to close out.
Cadby beat 16-times world champion Phil 'The Power' Taylor in the second semifinal 11-8 in a match which featured some niggle between the two combatants.
Said Cadby after the final: "I'm overwhelmed. He [Anderson] played really well and it's unfortunate, you've got to hit doubles to win the game. But, Aussie Aussie Aussie all the way, and to make an all-Australian final, it's brilliant."