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Live Darts on Sunday: Auckland Darts Masters 2017 Day Three preview and order of play

Taylor and Cadby face off for the third time (credit:PDC)

The fourth World Series event of the season draws to a close on Sunday as the final four battle it out for the Auckland Masters title at the Trusts Arena.

With Michael van Gerwen having not made the trip Down Under and Gary Anderson and Peter Wright both suffering shock early exits, the door has been left ajar for any of the remaining hopefuls to get their hands on the trophy.

The Semi-Final line-up features two tasty England versus Australia show-downs, with the winners progressing to the final later in the evening.

Phil Taylor, the only player left in the competition to have previously won a World Series title, steps up his quest for silverware in Auckland with a grudge clash against Corey Cadby.

After rolling back the years to claim a 16th World Matchplay title a fortnight ago, Taylor is aiming to double his trophy title for the season and is the odds-on favourite to do so.

The Stoke legend staved off a tough challenge from debutant Darren Herewini in Round One, before surviving four match darts from rival Raymond van Barneveld in a dramatic last-leg win on Saturday.

He is now bidding for revenge over emerging star Cadby - who pulled off one of the biggest shocks in World Series history when he defeated Taylor in last year's Perth Masters.

The 22-year-old has since gone on to be crowned World Youth Champion and make his World Championship debut, and after eight months away from the televised stage, has ended the hopes of Peter Wright and Michael Smith already this week.

The naturally-gifted youngster averaged 100 in seeing off Smith and will be confident he can ensure lightning strikes twice against 'The Power' as he bids to reach his first senior PDC final.

The opening Semi-Final sees world number ten James Wade up against an in-form Kyle Anderson.

Wade has shown signs of a potential return to form this weekend, following up a modest 6-2 victory over Mark Cleaver with a 100 average in a 10-7 defeat of Daryl Gurney.

The left-hander has endured a quiet season by his standards so far but is handed a golden opportunity to move through to his third World Series final.

Anderson, meanwhile, has enjoyed a memorable seven days, following up his maiden PDC title in Barnsley last Saturday with a run to the business end of a stars-studded World Series event.

The Aussie ace averaged just shy of 103 in dethroning defending champion Gary Anderson in Round One and held his nerve to edge out compatriot Simon Whitlock 10-9 in the Quarter-Finals.

The action gets underway from 7am BST, with all matches to be contested over the best of 21 legs at the Trusts Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.

Auckland Darts Masters 2017 Match Schedule


All times BST (local time 11 hours ahead)

Sunday August 13 

7am-11am

Semi Finals
James Wade v Kyle Anderson
Phil Taylor v Corey Cadby

Final


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