Brisbane Darts Masters winner Damon Heta will lock horns with James Wade again after the draw for the first round of the Melbourne Darts Masters was released this morning.
Heta was a surprise winner of the first of the three World Series events in Australasia last weekend. The DPA Order of Merit leader beat Rob Cross 8-7 in the final to win his first PDC televised title and become only the second regional qualifier to win a World Series event.
The Australian’s route to the title in Brisbane began with a come from behind 6-5 win against James Wade in the first round. And Heta will meet Wade again in the first round this week, as the two have been paired together for the opening day in Melbourne tomorrow.
Listen to co-hosts Alex Moss and Burton DeWitt discuss Damon Heta’s win in the Brisbane Darts Masters last week, as well as look ahead to the Melbourne Darts Masters on this week’s Weekly Dartscast podcast via the player below
Elsewhere in the draw, top seed Peter Wright takes on Australia’s former world youth champion Corey Cadby, and third seed Daryl Gurney, a semi-finalist in Brisbane last week, goes up against Kyle Anderson.
World number one Michael van Gerwen meets Australian qualifier Tim Pusey, Brisbane runner-up Rob Cross will play Aussie Robbie King, who is one of two players making their TV debuts this week, along with Mick Lacey, who takes on Simon Whitlock in an all-Australian first-round tie.
2019 Melbourne Darts Masters first round draw
(1) Peter Wright v Corey Cadby
Raymond van Barneveld v Haupai Puha
(4) Michael van Gerwen v Tim Pusey
Gary Anderson v James Bailey
(2) Rob Cross v Robbie King
James Wade v Damon Heta
(3) Daryl Gurney v Kyle Anderson
Simon Whitlock v Mick Lacey