Wednesday, January 2, 2013

It's almost time...

We are converts to the world of darts. Over the last couple of weeks, we've caught snippets of the World Darts Championship, but that ratcheted up on Monday during the semi-finals. Dutchman Michael van Gerwen beat James Wade and Phil "the Power" Taylor held off Raymond van Barneveld to set up this morning's final.

It's compelling watching. If ever a sport was tailor-made for the small screen, darts is it. At the same time, hoards of cheering fans turn up to watch live, and the atmosphere at the Alexandra Palace (the Ally Pally) is electric.

It's not hard to see why. Here's van Gerwen in action in his semi-final with a nine-darter; from 501 to zero in nine darts. It's the throwers' equivalent of a 147 break in snooker:

This morning's final promises to be sensational. Phil Taylor is regarded as the best there's ever been, but he rates Michael van Gerwen as his likely successor. The action begins at 9am, and unbelievably, we can't hardly wait!

UPDATE: First blood to van Gerwen, who takes the first set in the race to seven, followed soon after by the second set.

10.30am - Now three sets to two to van Gerwen after Taylor made a couple of uncharacteristic mistakes in the last leg.

11.15am - Four sets apiece; this is a match worthy of a final... 

11.44am - Phil "The Power" Taylor lives up to his nickname, powering home to his 16th world title, seven sets to four.


Nick K said...

Fantastic viewing. I have become addicted to it - but now it's over! Time to put a darts board up down in the rumpus room!

pdm said...

There was a time when almost every work `smoko room' had a well used board and Darts wasn't even on Tele then. In fact most people didn't even have a TV set in their home.

How things evolve!