Following Monday’s crazy defeat to Queen of Martyrs, we look at five other slightly unusual endings to darts matches.
5- Raymond van Barneveld 4-5 John Part
It was the 2009 Grand Slam of Darts and the John Part was already out of the competition following two defeats in the group stage. The Canadian then came up against one of his biggest rivals, world number two Raymond van Barneveld. Part won the game 5-4 on tops but just walked off the stage after the game without shaking the Dutchman’s hand. He later explained on ITV Sport; “It was the crowds hand I wasn’t shaking. I respect Barney as a professional and I should have acknowledged him.”
4- Adrian Lewis 6-3 Richie Burnett
Video courtesy of Kenzo Fernandes
This was the 2012 Players Championships- the final tournament before Adrian Lewis would defend his World Title for the third time. In his first round match against Welshman Richie Burnett, “The Prince of Wales” accused him of stepping too close to him as he was throwing his last dart and once Lewis had finished his throw, the verbal’s continued to be thrown as Lewis accused Burnett of clicking his darts together whilst he was throwing. Lewis ended up winning the match on D5 and they shook hands, but very begrudgingly and they didn’t even look at each other.
3- Adrian Lewis 4-1 Michael van Gerwen
Another match involving the Jackpot. This time, it was the 2016 World Cup of Darts and he was playing world number one Michael van Gerwen. It was the decider in the final and the winner would take home world cup glory for them and their respective partners; Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld. When Lewis took the fourth leg to make it 3-1, Jackpot celebrated as though the match was already won, and it shook the Dutchman up the wrong way and when Lewis won the match, some verbal’s were exchanged between the pair, with Lewis gesturing angrily towards the World Number One. He had the last laugh though as he and Taylor were crowned world champions again.
2- England 4-3 Australia
Video courtesy of Peet Beek
This was an ending involving two of the games most volatile characters: Adrian Lewis and Paul Nicholson. This was in the final of the World Cup again between England and Australia; Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis against Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson. It had gone to a tiebreaker and both teams had got down to a double, Taylor missed three darts at D10, and then Whitlock busted D10 and after missing low on D5. Lewis then hit D5 to win the game. Nicholson was devastated but said something to Lewis during the presentation, to which Jackpot reacted angrily to. Perhaps wisely, Taylor and Whitlock didn’t get involved.
1- Phil Taylor 6-3 Raymond van Barneveld
In the semi final of the 2013 World Championships, Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld resumed the rivalry that had been the height of the PDC’s rise since their final in 2007. Taylor was aiming for a 16th World Title, and Barney was looking for a first title since that famous tussle in 2007. Taylor raced into a 5-1 lead, before the Dutchman fired back to get to 5-3 but the Power was able to close the game out and win 6-3. However, Taylor celebrated furiously and then ignored Barney’s attempts to congratulate him. The Dutchman was trying to talk to him, but Taylor was walking away, pointing furiously at him. He later told Sky Sports he was embarrassed by what he did and actually contemplated retiring following that game. He didn’t although he will retire after the 2018 World Championships.