What a win, what a week, what a player! Kyle Anderson has made history by winning the Auckland Darts Masters.
It was a dramatic day as the Unicorn star won a thrilling all Australian final in a deciding leg against youngster Corey Cadby.
The biggest win of Anderson's career and coming just a week after his maiden PDC title on the Pro Tour.
"I am in dreamland!" he said. "A lot of hard work and a fair few sacrifices over the last three years. It all feels worth it now. I am very proud of the way I battled back in the final against a great player. Corey is a real talent. Maybe the experience that I've gained helped to win the day."
Kyle was 1-4 down in the final and fought back superbly as a run of four straight legs put him ahead for the first time....a 13 darter, then a magnificent 160 finish, a third maximum and two dart 80 check-out and a two dart 64 finish. Cadby had missed several chances.
But the 22-year-old from Tasmania hit back to take the lead again at 9-7. Crucially though, Cadby missed four darts to go 10-8 in front and Kyle pounced to pinch the 18th leg.
Cadby then went within one leg of the title but an 8th maximum and a cool as you like 74 finish sent the final into a deciding leg. Cadby had the darts but couldn't use the advantage and a superb 9th maximum from Anderson gave him control.
With Cadby sat on 60 to win it, the Unicorn ace took out 68 in two darts....T20 and D4 and the prized World Series title was his!
Earlier, Anderson saw off an out-of-sorts James Wade in their all Unicorn semi-final, while Cadby produced the performance of his life to beat Phil Taylor.
In the semi's, Anderson stunned Wade with a run of eight consecutive legs to lead 9-1 and he was always going to win from there. Wade hit just four doubles from 23 attempts.
But this was Kyle Anderson's day.
Kyle Anderson 11-4 James Wade
Corey Cadby 11-8 Phil Taylor
Kyle Anderson 11-10 Corey Cadby
STUART PYKE reporting from Auckland
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