Published: 12:47 | 15/8/19

Wright begins Melbourne title defence against Cadby

Peter Wright will start the defence of his Melbourne Darts Masters title against local hero Corey Cadby on Friday (LIVE on eir sport 1).

The PDC World Series of Darts' third visit to Melbourne will see 16 players in action at the Melbourne Arena on Friday and Saturday, with the clash between Wright and Cadby providing a mouth-watering headliner for day one.

The pair have met twice before on the World Series stage, claiming a win each, while Wright got the better of the young Australian in their last meeting at the 2017 Grand Slam of Darts.

Both players will be looking to put disappointing displays in Brisbane behind them, after Wright was knocked out in the first round by Kyle Anderson and Cadby also fell at the first hurdle against Gary Anderson.

New sensation Damon Heta will face James Wade in a replay of last weekend's first round encounter which Heta won 6-5 to begin an incredible run to the title.

World number one Michael van Gerwen begins his quest for a first PDC title since May against Tim Pusey, while Gary Anderson will take on James Bailey.

Legendary Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld, competing in his penultimate World Series of Darts event, will be hoping for a second victory in as many weeks against New Zealander Haupai Puha.

Brisbane runner-up Rob Cross will take on TV debutant Robbie King, third seed Daryl Gurney meets Kyle Anderson and Simon Whitlock faces Mick Lacey in an all-Australian clash.

Friday's first round at the will be followed by the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final on Saturday.

2019 Melbourne Darts Masters
Schedule of Play
Friday, August 16

Simon Whitlock v Mick Lacey
Raymond van Barneveld v Haupai Puha
Daryl Gurney v Kyle Anderson
Gary Anderson v James Bailey
Peter Wright v Corey Cadby
James Wade v Damon Heta
Michael van Gerwen v Tim Pusey
Rob Cross v Robbie King
Best of 11 legs

Saturday, August 17
All best of 15 legs

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****Watch LIVE coverage of the Melbourne Darts Masters on eir sport 1 this Friday and Saturday  from 9.30am.  

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