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Van Barneveld teases potential Taylor rematch

Raymond van Barneveld has teased the possibility of an upcoming rematch against his old adversary Phil Taylor, after revealing that he’d been asked to compete against the 16-time world champion in another online duel.

The legendary duo locked horns in a soft-tip charity clash from their own living rooms last month and Van Barneveld ran out the winner, reeling off four consecutive legs from 6-3 down to triumph in a last-leg thriller.

The clash was organised in association with Paddy Power and Target Darts – the first in the popular ‘Darts At Home’ series, raising £15,000 for charity in the fight against coronavirus. In an interview with Bureau Sport, the Dutchman teased another instalment in their iconic rivalry.

“There may be some fun planned between me and Phil next week. Probably another match is coming. Not a soft tip, but a steel tip this time for about an hour, and it will probably take place next Wednesday.”

Both men have featured in a series of online events during lockdown, with Van Barneveld participating in Modus’ inaugural Icons of Darts series back in March. The five-time world champion struggled initially but improved in week two – winning the daily league on his final night of competition.

“It was very difficult,” admitted the 53-year-old. “You have earplugs, you have to pass your scores. When you are just on a double, you hear someone cracking or coughing. And the whole atmosphere is different.”

Taylor has competed as a special guest in a couple of MODUS’ daily leagues and ‘The Power’ triumphed in the inaugural Champions Series with victories over Anastasia Dobromyslova, Fallon Sherrock and Martin Adams – averaging 110.96 in a stunning 5-3 success over ‘Wolfie’.

The Stoke-on-Trent veteran has also registered wins against Sherrock and reigning women’s world champion Mikuru Suzuki in the soft-tip arena over recent weeks. Taylor defeated Suzuki 7-5, before rallying from 5-3 down to topple Sherrock, who posted a sensational 121.61 average in defeat.

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