Five-time world champion Raymond Van Barneveld recovered from 6-3 down to beat Phil Taylor in a charity darts match played from their living rooms.

It was billed as the biggest clash in stay-at-home darts history with Van Barneveld winning 7-6 as he renewed his rivalry with Taylor on a soft-tip interactive board.

The pair also hit 15 maximums to raise £15,000, which will be split between NHS charity Heroes and the Haaglanden Food Bank Foundation, as the sporting world continued to lend its support during the coronavirus crisis.

Sharing the full story, not just the headlines

Taylor, a 16-time world champion playing from his home in Stoke, won three straight legs after being 2-0 down to take a 5-3 lead.

Van Barneveld, playing in The Hague in Holland, initially struggled as Taylor picked up the ninth leg to move within one of victory.

But the Dutchman rallied to level at 6-6 after missing double 12 for a nine-darter and then, as Taylor’s game deserted him, took the final leg to claim victory with a 119 average.

Both admitted afterwards thought that the result mattered little due to what was at stake, with every 180 leading to £1,000 being added to the charity pot – with 10 coming from Taylor and five from Van Barneveld.

“It didn’t matter who won this match.,” said Taylor. “The most important thing was raising money for the NHS and those doctors and nurses are who are doing an amazing job.”

Van Barneveld added: “We had great fun with some small banter. Both tried to hit as many 180s as possible for this great cause. Everyone please stay safe and keep your distance.”


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Could NBA stars compete in 1-on-1 games?

The NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement bans players from participating in public offseason basketball games or competitions of basketball skill without league and team approval. And don’t expect the league and teams to approve events that don’t help the league and…

Bathtub ballet: Synchronized swimmer Svetlana Romashina shows off her skills in the bath during COVID-19 lockdown (VIDEO)

The graceful starlet of the swimming pool hopped into her bathtub to perform a miniature version of the routine. The five-time Olympic champion has also earned 21 gold medals at world championships and 10 golds at European championships. But performing in…

‘Excited for Part 2’: Conor McGregor teases Floyd Mayweather rematch AGAIN following Mike Tyson praise

McGregor was defeated by 10th round TKO in his August 2017 professional boxing debut against Mayweather in a contest dubbed “The Money Fight”, but he has repeatedly claimed since that a second bout between the two would have a far different outcome.…

John Cena takes out The Rock! MMA icon Chael Sonnen remakes wrestling epic as son steals show ahead of grappling event (VIDEO)

Within months of his son being able to walk, MMA veteran Sonnen had jokingly challenged former nemesis Anderson Silva to help arrange a fight between their two boys. Now four-year-old Thero has accompanied his famous father in a recreation of…