Barney blitzed by The Power in Dublin
on October 13, 2008 by Administrator
Phil Taylor beat his old adversary Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 to win the Sky Poker Grand Prix final in Dublin on Sunday. The Power was big favourite going into the clash but Barney came out firing and finished the opening leg with a 133 finish and everyone was sensing yet another cracking duel between the pair.
With no fewer than 18 World Title’s between them – it is the match-up that the fans and the television companies always want to see in the final. Barney has been out of competitive darts for three months following an operation and seemed to be back to his best following a storming run to the final, which saw him defeat Alan Tabern, Adrian Lewis, Colin Lloyd and Mervyn King.
The Power had an easier route to the final with Ronnie Baxter, Colin Osbourne, Andy Hamilton and Terry Jenkins feeling the force of The Power – with only Andy Hamilton even managing to claim a set!
Barney seemed to start strong and with the double in rule in place for this tournament, it was the Dutchman who was hitting the early doubles with most regularity. He peppered the double 16 with his first dart whilst Taylor often needed more than one to hit double tops. However Taylor was the one who had the treble twenty in check as he scored heavier and would go on to hit eight more ton eighties than his opponent.
With the sets even at two we looked set to have a barnstormer of a match ahead of us but The Power put the hammer down to runaway with a 6-2 victory. The scoreline did Barney a disservice as he played better than it suggests but still, he wasn’t up to the challenge.
I hope this is the start of Barney’s resurgence back to the top of the game as Darts is better when these two are both at their peak.