The draw for the first round Unibet Melbourne Darts Masters has been completed. After the success of the Auckland Masters last week the PDC seeds have a point to prove, as none of the top eight seeds made it to the final. The final was contested between the two Aussie Kyle Anderson and Corey Cadby, in today’s draw these are two of the names that the seeds will be wanting to avoid in the first round of the Melbourne.Darts Masters. In the pick of the first round games, sees an all Aussie battle, as Simon Whitlock battles Kyle Anderson. The pair are world cup team mates and only met in Auckland last week. Last weeks match went the distance, with Anderson winning a final leg shootout. This isn’t the draw that Whitlock would have been wanting, as Anderson is the highest ranked and most dangerous of the nine seeded players. Anderson proved this last weekend, when he was crowned Auckland Darts Master, winning his first televised title.
The other unlucky seed was Raymond van Barneveld, who will play the Aussie young star Coey Cadby. Cadby also should the world that he is a star in the making, when he reached the Auckland Masters. On his way to the Auckland final, Cadby beat world number three Peter Wright, Michael Smith and sixteen times world champion Phil Taylor. Like Whitlock, this wouldn’t have been a game that RvB would have picked. All darts fans know that Barney can be fragile at the best of times, so playing a Cadby in the form is a huge danger for the former world champion. Cody Harris who played very well in Auckland will now pit his wits against Phil Taylor. If Taylor has one of those off days and only averages in the low to mid-90s, then Harris could take the biggest scalp of his career.
Draw in full
Daryl Gurney v Dave Marland
Peter Wright v Rhys Mathewson
James Wade v Koha Kokiri
Michael Smith v David Platt
Phil Taylor v Cody Harris
Raymond van Barneveld v Corey Cadby
Gary Anderson v Justin Thompson
Simon Whitlock v Kyle Anderson