PHIL "The Power" Taylor says Kyle Anderson is "capable" of getting to the top of the tree in world darts after the two shared the inaugural International Pro Darts Series in Mackay on Sunday night.

Anderson defeated Brisbane's Raymond Smith in the final at the Mackay Entertainment Centre.

Smith had earlier sensationally defeated 16-time world champion Taylor 7-6 in the semi-final of the last of the month-long series which was also held in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Townsville.

Anderson proved too strong for his compatriot in the final, winning 7-4 to take 20 points for the win in Mackay, drawing him level with Taylor on 60 points for the series.

The trophy was shared but Taylor generously handed it to the Australian No.2 before singing the 30-year-old's praises.
Asked if Anderson could take the darts world by storm, Taylor said: "He is definitely capable. It is now up to Kyle.

"It takes a lot of hard work and it won't be easy.

"I found it hard to do and I am just round the corner (from events on the PDC Tour), he has to do it from the other side of the world.

"He has to leave his family behind in Australia and it will be hard but he can definitely do it."

Anderson said the series win and the victory in Mackay was perfect preparation for the season ahead, starting with the UK Open qualifiers.

"I went into the first three nights of the series (in Brisbane and Gold Coast) and I hadn't thrown a dart for a while after losing in the second round at the world championships," he said.

"I thought to myself 'just play OK if you can get some form coming in , you might do some damage against Phil on the second night on the Gold Coast'.

"I was 3-0 down and it just clicked and I went on to win. Unfortunately I couldn't find it again in the final (against Simon Whitlock).

"I played OK in Townsville and Dimi (Dimitri van Den Bergh played well to beat me.

"I played brilliant against Rhys (Rhys Mathewson) on the first night in Mackay and I thiught to myself 'just keep that going'."

Anderson said the Pro Darts Series had been just what he needed to get him playing well ahead of the PDC Tour.

"For me it's the practice I needed before I go back (to the UK)," he said.

"This time next weekend I am playing the UK Open qualifiers in Wigan - it's that quick turnaround and I am looking forward to it."

Anderson said the series had been brilliant for the up and coming players in Australia, such as Smit and great for the sport down under.

"We have proved we can get the crowds," he said.

"The crowd tonight (in Mackay) was not as big as we had expected but they were noisy and they supported the players.

"Just imagine if we had the house full on the last night it would have been brilliant.

"The first night in Mackay was loud as anything and even on the second night, I enjoyed it, the boys loved it and everyone wants to come back next year.

"Let's just hope the promoters can get behind it and bring it back again next year."

News Corp Australia


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