Exactly ten years ago today, Raymond van Barneveld achieved perfection in Aberdeen – firing in a spectacular nine-dart finish en route to victory over Terry Jenkins on Night 12 of the 2010 Premier League.
The doyen of Dutch darts had endured a difficult campaign which saw him miss out on a play-off spot for the first time in his career, although he signed off the season in style – winning his final three fixtures and landing the nine-darter against Jenkins.
Having held throw in the opening leg, Barney kicked off leg two with back-to-back maximums, before completing the 141 checkout in typically effortless fashion to spark wild scenes of celebration from the partisan Scottish crowd.
It was the second nine-dart leg in Premier League history and also Van Barneveld’s second, after the five-time world champion produced a moment of magic against Peter Manley in his debut campaign back in 2006.
Van Barneveld forged a reputation as the sport’s nine-dart king during the early stages of his PDC career, with four of his five televised nine-darters coming in the space of just 18 months.
The Dutchman – also the first man to register a nine-darter at the PDC World Championship – posted perfect legs in the 2009 and 2010 tournaments, and his feat against Jenkins was followed by a sensational nine-dart finish against Denis Ovens in his World Matchplay opener in July 2010.
There have been seven perfect legs landed in the Premier League since this memorable moment, with Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis the only other men to boast multiple nine-darters in the competition. However, this was a night that belonged to Scotland’s adopted darting son.
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