Australia’s young hopeful Corey Cadby continued his sensational form in the PDC as he reached the Final of the Auckland Darts Masters at the Trust Arena.
The 22-year old who of course is the reigning PDC Unicorn World Youth Champion is one of the hottest properties in World Darts after some magnificent performances on the TV. The youngster’s Auckland Darts Masters campaign got underway on Friday evening after a 6-4 victory over the world number three Peter Wright as the youngster got his revenge on Snakebite after suffering a defeat to the world number three in 2016 at the Perth Masters, Cadby was very impressive in the opener as he averaged 95.11 hitting six maximums along the way.
His power scoring was there for everyone to see as he had ten more attempts at a double than his opponent with 6/16 on the doubles compared to Wright’s 4/6 who had to take his chances just to keep up with the youngster Cadby’s relentless scoring and finishing.
In the Quarter-Finals Cadby faced a tough test as he took on Michael Smith who himself played some terrific stuff in his first round whitewash win over Rob Szabo. Cadby was in confident mood from the off as he raced into a 5-1 lead and never looked back as he sealed a 10-5 victory over the world number nine as he booked his place in the Semi-Finals against the legend that is Phil Taylor.
Cadby shown no signs of nerves whatsoever ahead of the clash and rightfully so as he Aussie defeated the legendary 16 times World Champion just 12 months ago at the Perth Masters.
The Semi-Final clash was very closely contested with both players standing their ground. The was a bit of controversy as Taylor appeared to throw Cadby’s towel into the crowd during the match, Cadby moved 10-7 ahead and within a leg of the final as he opened up a three-leg lead for the first time in the encounter. Cadby missed five darts for an 11-7 victory but he soon made amends as he fired in a 15-dart leg courtesy of a superb 103 finish to record his second victory over ‘The Power’ in succession as he set up an all-Australian final as he took on ‘The Original’ Kyle Anderson.
The final was simply superb with both players giving their all as you’d expect, Cadby got off to a flying start as he raced into a 3-0 lead which included a 12-darter & a 13-darter in the opening two legs. But as you would expect, Anderson came battling back as he reeled off five legs in succession as he battled back from 4-1 down to lead 5-4.
Cadby responded after the onslought from his fellow Aussie as he fired in a 14-darter to level things up at the second break at 5-5. After winning back the darts, Cadby continued to hold onto his own throw with regularity as he final went all the way to a 21st and deciding leg.
Cadby was unable to find a treble with his first three visits which gave Anderson the chance to break throw, Anderson responded by firing in hs ninth maximum of the match and he was first to a finish as he left 68 whilst being under intense pressure from Cadby who was left on 60 after hitting a 140, Anderson pinned D4 for an 11-10 victory in what was a simply tremendous final with neither player deserving to lose.
For Anderson it is his second PDC title in a week after his Players Championship success in Barnsley last weekend. For Cadby he is progressing rapidly and to defeat the players that he did in the way that he did is showing that he is fearless and relentless in his play and that he is a force to be reckoned with.
Cadby also spoke after the final and believes there is more to come from him.
“Confidence is the key and I believe in myself, I always want win but I’m really pleased for Kyle.
“It’s Aussie, Aussie, Aussie all the way and I can’t wait to go home.” Said Cadby.