Raymond van Barneveld completed a lockdown double over his old adversary Phil Taylor after recording an 11-8 win over the 16-time world champion in a steel-tip showdown on Thursday evening.
The five-time world champion recovered from 6-3 down to topple Taylor in the first soft-tip edition of ‘Darts At Home’ back in April in association with Paddy Power, which raised £15,000 for charity in the fight against coronavirus.
‘The Power’ requested an online rematch against his old foe in the steel-tip arena, but Van Barneveld once again claimed the spoils – defying a late rally from the Stoke-on-Trent veteran to prevail with a 94 average and six maximums.
Taylor had the edge in the finishing department, converting eight of his 13 attempts at double, with Barney boasting a more modest 33% success rate on the outer ring. However, the doyen of Dutch darts dominated the scoring stakes which proved decisive in the final reckoning.
The opening six legs of proceedings all went with throw after Van Barneveld spurned break opportunities in the opening leg and the fifth, but RvB wrestled the initiative to establish a commanding 7-3 advantage at the interval.
Barney’s dominance continued as he punished rare errors on the outer ring from Taylor to move 8-3 ahead with a sixth consecutive leg, but the 59-year-old rallied – stopping the rot after narrowly missing a 167 checkout, before pinning a 102 combination to reduce the arrears to 8-5.
Van Barneveld restored his four-leg buffer with a routine two-dart checkout but Taylor continued the fightback via double 10 – fresh from hitting a first maximum – before capitalising on profligacy from the Dutchman to convert a crucial 88 kill to cut the deficit to 9-7.
The 16-time world champion was beginning to find his form and nailed a clinical 75 kill having landed a delightful 174 set-up shot in the preceding visit, but Barney displayed impressive resolve to deny his rival – holding throw convincingly before sealing the deal in style with a 120 finish.
The contest was devised in association with Paddy Power and broadcast on Target’s YouTube page, with the Sky Sports duo of Wayne Mardle and Stuart Pyke providing the commentary. You can watch the showdown in full below…