Live Darts on Friday August 10: Melbourne Masters 2018 Day One preview and order of play

Gary Anderson reacts (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The fifth World Series event of the season commences in Melbourne on Friday as the eight PDC stars each face a regional qualifier at the Hisense Arena.

This year's World Series has produced four different winners from as many events so far, with Michael van Gerwen getting off the mark in Auckland last weekend.

Tournament favourite Van Gerwen is bidding to get his hands on this trophy for the first time and opens up with a clash against Raymond Smith - who made his Lakeside debut in 2017 and qualified for this event as the second highest ranked player in the DPA World Series Order of Merit.

Undoubtedly the stand-out tie of the round sees two-time world finalist Simon Whitlock up against UK Open runner-up Corey Cadby.

Whitlock enjoyed a fine run to the Semi-Finals of the Auckland Masters, defeating Rob Cross along the way, and now looks to avert an early exit at the hands of his capable compatriot.

Cadby is making his long-awaited return to PDC action after being ruled out since March due to visa complications.

The 23-year-old, who made a blistering start to life as a PDC Tour Card holder, has racked up six DPA titles in his homeland since being sidelined from the ProTour but will be desperate to make up for lost time on his return to the televised stage.

Raymond van Barneveld, who finished runner-up to MVG, kicks off his latest quest for a maiden World Series title with a tie against TV debutant Ray O'Donnell. 

World Champion Rob Cross takes on DartPlayers New Zealand qualifier Haupai Puha, who made his big-stage debut in Auckland alongside the impressive Tim Pusey - who has been drawn to face Shanghai Masters winner Michael Smith.

Peter Wright, who lost out to Phil Taylor in last year's Melbourne final, opens up against DPA qualifier Mike Bonser, while third seed and reigning World Matchplay champion Gary Anderson meets Brisbane-based qualifier James Bailey.

Australia's second highest ranked star Kyle Anderson, meanwhile, has drawn his former schoolmate in Perth - Damon Heta - who has featured in two previous World Series events.

The action gets underway from 10am BST, with First Round matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs.


Melbourne Darts Masters 2018 Schedule


All times BST (Local time nine hours ahead)

Friday August 10

First Round

10.15am Raymond van Barneveld v Ray O'Donnell
10.45am Michael Smith v Tim Pusey
11.15am Rob Cross v Haupai Puha
11.45am Gary Anderson v James Bailey
12.15pm Peter Wright v Mike Bonser
12.45pm Michael van Gerwen v Raymond Smith
1.15pm Simon Whitlock v Corey Cadby
1.45pm Kyle Anderson v Damon Heta


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