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Australian darts star Anderson in Shepparton

By Alex Mitchell

One of Australia’s greatest darts players is headed to Shepparton this weekend to put on one hell of a show.

Shepparton Darts Association’s Purcell St facility will be rocking on Sunday night when world No.23 Kyle Anderson shows up to test himself against the best local players in a series of exhibition matches.

Anderson, fresh from a trip to the third round at the PDC World Darts Championship where he was beaten by eventual semi-finalist Nathan Aspinall, is back on home soil, and association secretary Rob McKenna said getting him to town was huge.

‘‘(Anderson) is actually mates with Michael Cassar, Michael’s involved with our club,’’ McKenna said.

‘‘Those two spoke about it and Kyle said he was home and doing some Victorian tournaments.

‘‘We wanted to have him here for sure and Michael was able to book it in.’’

Anderson’s resume is quite simply outstanding; he boasts a televised title from the 2017 Auckland Masters as well as two televised nine-dart finishes, helping the 31-year-old to his high world ranking.

But all that will be on the line in Shepparton is pride, with local players to try and add an all-time great scalp to their respective collections.

‘‘It’s going to be more of an exhibition really, he’s going to play 16 different games,’’ McKenna said.

‘‘It’s against the locals, we’ve got one guy from Yarrawonga, one from the Echuca association and one from Seymour, as well as our best, Dave Stanley and Michael Cassar.

‘‘Most of the matches will be best of three, but the last match against Michael will be best of seven, because Michael is a much better chance of staying with him.’’

And while McKenna — who himself will face Anderson — knew knocking off the big gun would be tough, he was willing to back in the local stars.

‘‘We had a tournament on Sunday and Brian Morris from Yarrawonga won, he had a 13-dart leg in the final, it was just fantastic darts,’’ he said.

‘‘The other player had a 15-dart leg and there were four 180s in seven legs, it was magic darts. Our guys will give him a go and if he’s off his game it’s possible he’ll be beaten.’’

The evening starts from 7pm on Sunday, with minimal tickets still remaining.

The event will be live-streamed on the Shepparton Darts Association Facebook page.