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Van Barneveld and Van Gerwen shocked in Sydney

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Raymond van Barneveld lost 6-5 to Australian Kyle Anderson © PA Photos
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Dutch duo Raymond van Barneveld and Michael van Gerwen suffered shock defeats in the first round of the Sydney Darts Masters.

Home favourite Kyle Anderson saw off Van Barneveld 6-5 in a thrilling encounter, while world champion Van Gerwen lost by the same result to New Zealand's Warren Perry, having taken the first four legs.

There were no such problems for Phil Taylor, who moved into the quarter-finals with a comfortable 6-2 victory over Paul Nicholson at the Hordern Pavilion.

"I can't put it into words at the moment, but it feels so good," said Anderson.

"I've worked really hard since losing to Michael van Gerwen in Perth last week. Once I qualified for this and found out that I was playing Raymond I got back on the practice board and it paid off.

"I'm no longer in awe [of the top players] and I'm in the mix. I know I've got the game and it's just got to come out, but I kept going and I got there tonight."

In Thursday's other results, James Wade dispatched Shane Tichowitsch 6-1 while Dave Chisnall thrashed Damon Heta 6-0.

Peter Wright also secured a whitewash as he saw off Loz Ryder 6-0, with Stephen Bunting beating John Weber 6-1.

Elsewhere, Simon Whitlock set up an all-Australian quarter-final with Anderson after defeating David Platt 6-2.

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