Darts Preview – 13 December 2012
This entry was posted on Thursday, December 13th, 2012
2007 PDC Darts World Championship.
Thanks to clever branding from Ladbrokes, and clever wordplay from the late Sid Waddell, darts was already a well-established television entertainment by 2007. However, the 2007 World Championship Final between 13 times PDC Champion Phil Taylor, and 4x BDO lord Raymond van Berneveld lifted the arrows to the seraphic level of the great sporting showdowns.
Taylor got off to a flyer, winning the first eight legs in rapid fashion. Barney only had a solitary dart at a double in this time, a missed bull for a 167 finish. Yet a 170 checkout in the fourth set turned the match and the players went stride for stride until the match tied at six sets apiece. It was heading for a decider.
With the players locked at 2-2, and the hour getting late, it was tie-break time. In the sixth leg, Barney missed two darts at tops and one at double ten to take the title. It looked like his chance had gone – Taylor rarely needed asking twice back then.
At 5-5, the match went to a sudden death leg. Taylor threw 25 going for the bull, and Barney famously used it as a marker to land the 50. With his 13th dart, the cuddly Dutchman hit double tops to take the title. It had been an astonishing sporting evening.
If you fancy Barney has one big finish left in him, he can be backed to reach the final at 9s. Taylor remains the favourite to lift the prize at 3.05, although we like Michael van Gerwen at 6.2.