ADRIAN LEWIS claimed victory in the inaugural TAB Auckland Darts Masters with an incredible 11-10 triumph over Raymond van Barneveld, following up a semi-final defeat of Phil Taylor with his first PDC World Series of Darts win.
Lewis had ended Taylor's bid to win a fourth successive World Series of Darts event with a superb 10-9 semi-final win in a game which he never led until hitting the winning double 16.
He then returned to the stage to conetest a thrilling final with van Barneveld, which also went the full distance as the Stoke star bounced back from his defeat in last week's Sydney Darts Masters to finally go all the way.
HOME hopes in the inaugural TAB Auckland Darts Masters were extinguished on Friday night as Rob Szabo, Craig Caldwell and Mark Cleaver suffered first round defeats, while World Champion Gary Anderson avoided a huge upset against debutant Rob Modra.
The PDC World Series of Darts event kicked off with over 4,000 fans watching the eight first round games at the Trusts Arena, which included a trio of New Zealanders in action against some of the sport's biggest names.
Domestic number one Rob Szabo came up against the world number one Michael van Gerwen, and despite a plucky performance from the Wellington-based builder, he went down 6-3.
NINE-DART superstar Phil Taylor completed a hat-trick of triumphs in the Coral Sydney Darts Masters with a memorable performance on Saturday night, landing a perfect leg against Peter Wright before sweeping past Adrian Lewis 11-3 in the final.
Taylor's dominance of the PDC's World Series of Darts events in Australia continued as he followed up last week's second successive Perth Darts Masters triumph with his third straight win in Sydney.
The victory extends his winning streak in Australia to 20 matches since 2013, and another historic night for the 16-time World Champion also saw him hit the first televised nine-darter in the country.
Casey Gallagher made history on Friday night as she won the Swedish Classic, the first Ladies Darts Organisation event held outside of Britain.
Gallagher met BDO ranked world number two Fallon Sherrock in the final in Sweden and came back from 4-2 down to clinch the inaugural LDO Swedish Classic title.
The event, which was held on the first day of the 2015 Swedish Open ahead of Saturday’s men’s and ladies singles, was the first LDO event to be held outside of Britain.