What unbelievable night in Auckland, with Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor both crashing of the Auckland masters. Van Gerwen lost with a 107 average after James Wade produced one of his best performances. Wade found himself 4-1 and was outscoring the world number one. Until the final few legs both players were averaging upwards of 114, but it was Wade who had the answers for everything the MvG throw at him. Wade’s finishing was second to none, taking out 130 and 121 when it counted. In 16 legs of darts Wade showed the myth that he isn’t a power scorer to once again be false, the Machine hit sixteen 140s and six 180s. That scoring coupled with 56% checkout percentage is one of the reasons Wade has won seven PDC majors; Wade has one of the best temperaments in the game as nothing seems to faze him. He will now face Raymond van Barneveld in the semi-final tomorrow, and after this performances, Wade will have to be considered one of the favourites for the Auckland Masters.
In the other game of the night, Adrian Lewis cut the power by beating Phil Taylor, despite averaging six points less in the averages. Lewis lead from the early stages many thanks to some timely 180s. Lewis was leading 9-5 when the Taylor comeback looked to hitting overdrive, as the power won three straight legs in just 35 darts bring the score back to 9-9. In the final leg, Jackpot showed how important winning the throw is, as he kicked off the leg with a 140 putting Taylor on the back foot. Lewis made a brave gamble by refusing a dart at the bull deciding to set up tops instead, but it paid off as Taylor was unable to take out 167 leaving Lewis three clear darts at his target. Lewis was left to sweat, as his first two darts both clipped the top wire but made no mistake with the third dart. Lewis will now face the double World Champion Gary Anderson in the semi-final tomorrow.
Gary Anderson v Adrian Lewis
James Wade v Raymond van Barneveld