Monday, January 01, 2007

Barneveld wins Darts World Championship

Although I watch darts relatively little I have to say that Raymond Barneveld match against Phil Taylor was the best I've ever seen. Looking down and out at one stage with Taylor 3-0 up, Barneveld staged a remarkable come back to win on sudden death at 6 sets all and 5 legs all, it was the darts equivalent of Dennis Taylor winning the World Snooker Championship back in 1985 on the final black.

Phil Taylor is the most remarkable player ever to have played darts with thirteen world titles and I thought he would make it fourteen tonight. The success of Barneveld needs to be commended, he was a rank outsider and triumphed against all the odds. Before winning in sudden death, right to the end I thought Taylor would win especially after Barneveld had three shots at double top to win along with twice having the first throw on three occasions to win. Barneveld certainly kept the audience on tenterhooks throughout the game and it was a superb performance of darts from both players.

A good way to start the New Yearn and hopefully we'll see other great sporting events throughout 2007.


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