Dutch duo Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld are aiming to provide the knockout blow at the Auckland Darts Masters, presented by TAB & Burger King, after sharing their flight to New Zealand with boxer Joseph Parker.
Top heavyweight Parker was returning to his homeland following his bout with Dillian Whyte in the UK last weekend, and found two of the world’s leading darts stars on the same flight.
Van Gerwen and Van Barneveld will be in action this weekend at the Trusts Arena as they begin the World Series of Darts treble-header Down Under.
Van Barneveld is a former Auckland Darts Masters finalist, having lost out in a thrilling final against Adrian Lewis three years ago in the inaugural event.
Van Gerwen, meanwhile, is chasing his first Auckland Darts Masters triumph, as he bids to bounce back from his knockout blow against Jeffrey de Zwaan in the BetVictor World Matchplay recently.