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Live Darts on Saturday: Auckland Darts Masters 2017 Day Two preview and order of play

Emerging star Corey Cadby celebrates (credit:Photosport/PDC)

Three Australian stars look to stake a claim for a place in the Semi-Finals of the 2017 Auckland Masters as the World Series event hots up at the Trusts Arena on Saturday.

The opening night of the competition saw the top two seeds bite the dust at the first hurdle, subsequently blowing both halves of the draw wide open.

The last five World Series events have been won either by Michael van Gerwen or Gary Anderson, but the remaining hopefuls now have a golden opportunity to end that dominance this weekend.

The pick of the Quarter-Final ties features the renewal of the sport's most iconic rivalry as Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld face off for the fourth time this year.

Taylor has won all three meetings, following up back-to-back Premier League triumphs with a crushing 11-3 rout on the way to claiming a sweet 16th World Matchplay title last month.

The Stoke legend, who celebrates his 57th birthday this weekend, will be determined to retain that unbeaten record against his great rival in what is his final season as a professional.

Van Barneveld lost out to Adrian Lewis in a last-leg thriller in the final here two years ago and could take a big step towards avenging that result if he was to knock out the 16-time World Champion.

A tasty all-Aussie show-down sees former world finalist Simon Whitlock up against in-form Kyle Anderson as the two World Cup team-mates go head-to-head.

Whitlock battled his way to victory over Cody Harris in Round One, while Anderson continued his inspired run of form by ending the reigning of defending champion Gary Anderson.

Anderson picked up his first PDC ranking title in Barnsley last weekend and will be looking to follow up that landmark victory with silverware on the big stage.

World Youth Champion Corey Cadby aims to follow up his First Round scalp of Peter Wright when he comes up against World Series debutant Michael Smith in what promises to be a highly-charged affair.

Cadby, who announced himself with victory over Phil Taylor in Perth last year, proved once again why he is the real deal in front of the television cameras by hitting six 180s in dispatching the world number three.

The confident 22-year-old now has his sights set on inflicting another upset as he clashes with the world number nine - who whitewashed Rob Szabo 6-0 with a 103 average in his opening salvo.

Daryl Gurney looks to make it two World Series Semi-Final appearances in as many events when he takes on multiple major winner James Wade in the first match of the day.

Gurney is enjoying the most fruitful spell of his career so far, having followed up his runner-up spot at the US Masters with a superb run to the Semi-Finals of the World Matchplay.

The Northern Irish ace has affirmed himself as one of the sport's most prolific scorers and will be out to use that to his advantage against 'The Machine' - who has struggled for consistency this season.

Wade safely overcame regional qualifier Mark Cleaver 6-2 on Friday but will need to improve on an average of just 87 if he is to stake a claim for glory this weekend.

The action gets underway from 8am BST, with all matches to be contested over the best of 19 legs at the Trusts Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Auckland Darts Masters 2017 Match Schedule


All times BST (local time 11 hours ahead)

Saturday August 12 

Quarter-Finals

8.15am James Wade v Daryl Gurney
9.15am Kyle Anderson v Simon Whitlock
10.15am Raymond van Barneveld v Phil Taylor
11.15am Corey Cadby v Michael Smith


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