Top 7 Greatest Darts Moments of All Time – Who Could Forget Lewis and Taylor’s Epic Battle?
The sport of darts has produced countless memorable moments over the years. But what are the greatest darts moments of all time?
Thanks to legends such as Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen, there is no shortage of matches and landmarks to look back on. More recently, Fallon Sherrock added her name to the list of record breakers.
Taylor, van Gerwen, and Sherrock all played a part in some of the biggest moments in darts history. In fact, “The Power” is responsible for numerous top darts moments.
In no particular order, here are seven of the best darts moments of all time.
Adrian Lewis and Phil Taylor Produce Epic 2013 Grand Slam Semi-Final
When it comes to discussing the best darts matches of all time, fans around the world invariably mention the legendary Grand Slam semi-final between Adrian Lewis and Phil Taylor in 2013.
As soon as Taylor hit a 180 with his first three darts of the match, it was clear that the spectators inside the Wolverhampton Civic Hall were in for a treat.
In the race to 16 legs, Lewis led 8-7 at one stage. However, The Power won nine of the final ten legs to claim a 16-9 win. Although it wasn’t the most nail-biting of finishes, the standard of both players is what makes this match one of the greatest moments in darts history.
The 25-leg clash produced a whopping 32 180s – 18 from Lewis and 14 from Taylor. Between them, the two Stoke-on-Trent arrowmen broke the record for the most maximums in a single PDC match.
Remarkably, Lewis posted the highest average of a losing player in PDC history. “Jackpot” finished the match with a phenomenal average of 110.99, eclipsing Taylor’s average of 109.46.
If you know a thing or two about darts, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that this isn’t the only time that Taylor features on my list of the biggest darts moments of all time. I mean, he is the GOAT after all.
Raymond van Barneveld Comes from Behind to Win the 2007 World Championship
By the time Raymond van Barneveld reached his first PDC final, Taylor was already a 13-time world champion. Granted, van Barneveld had four BDO World Championship titles to his name by 2007. But he had yet to win a PDC major.
When Taylor raced into a three-set lead in the final of the 2007 PDC World Championship, it looked as though “Barney” would have to wait a little longer to claim his first PDC title. But the iconic Dutchman clearly didn’t want to wait.
Believe it not, the first ten legs of the deciding set went with the throw. Barney missed three match darts before missing another in the sudden-death leg. Still, Taylor failed to take advantage.
Van Barneveld finally secured an astonishing comeback victory by hitting tops to clinch the title. Both players ended the match with 100+ averages, with Taylor (100.86) edging Barney (100.55) in that department.
The Power gained his revenge two years later, thrashing van Barneveld 7-1 in the 2009 final. However, their titanic battle in 2007 will always be remembered as one of the best darts matches ever.
Fallon Sherrock Becomes the First Woman to Win a PDC World Championship Match
Okay, this may not be one of the greatest darts matches of all time. But if we’re talking about the biggest moments in darts history, Fallon Sherrock’s groundbreaking achievements at the 2020 PDC World Championship cannot be overlooked.
On Tuesday, December 17, 2019, Sherrock became the first woman in history to win a match at the PDC World Darts Championship – beating Ted Evetts 3-2 in the first round.
But she didn’t stop there. Four days later, the Milton Keynes native won again. She secured a 3-1 victory over Mensur Suljovic (more on him later), who was the 11th seed in the tournament!
Unfortunately, Sherrock’s remarkable run was ended by Chris Dobey. She suffered a 4-2 loss to her compatriot in the third round, getting agonizingly close to reaching the quarter-finals.
The World Championship is held at London’s iconic Alexandra Palace. Thanks to her accomplishments at “Ally Pally,” Sherrock earned the nickname “Queen of the Palace.” She takes that with her wherever she goes.
During the 2021 Grand Slam of Darts, Sherrock also became the first woman to reach both the last 16 and quarter-finals of a PDC major. Is there anything she can’t do?
Michael van Gerwen Gets Agonizingly Close to Hitting Back-to-Back Nine-Darters
A nine-dart finish is the holy grail for any player. Even for the sport’s top athletes, throwing nine perfect darts to win a leg is immensely difficult.
As of January 1, 2022, only 64 nine-darters have been thrown in televised matches. The first came all the way back in 1984, so that tells you just how rare the feat is.
After notching his first televised nine-darter during the 2012 World Matchplay, Michael van Gerwen headed into the 2013 World Championship on a high. And when he got to the semi-finals, he turned on the style.
Once again, the Dutchman threw eight perfect darts. All he needed to do was score 24 (double 12) to go where no player had ever gone before.
As the world of darts held its collective breath, ven Gerwen threw his final arrow. Sadly, it landed on the wrong side of the wire. But after 17 perfect darts, the Ally Pally crowd had no choice but to stand and applaud MVG’s magic.
At the age of 32, van Gerwen is already among the greatest darts players of all time. If he carries on the way he’s going, he could go down as the GOAT.
John Part Ends Phil Taylor’s World Domination in 2003
Between 1995 and 2006, Taylor won 11 of the 12 PDC World Championship titles. The Power was in his prime back then, humiliating his opponents with his outrageously accurate arrows.
Aiming to secure his ninth consecutive World Championship crown, Taylor headed into the 2003 final as the overwhelming favorite. Having already crushed John Part 7-0 in the 2001 final, the Englishman looked set for another easy victory.
But “Darth Maple” had other ideas.
Part raced into a 4-1 lead before Taylor battled back, but the Canadian didn’t lie down. He kept his cool and was able to set up the first-ever deciding set in a PDC World Championship final.
Making amends for the 2001 whitewash, Part won the deciding set by sinking a 77 checkout. Not only did he break Taylor’s hegemony, but he also became the first non-Englishman to crowned PDC world champion.
I’m sure we can all agree that this is one of the biggest moments in darts history.
Rob Cross Beats MVG in Memorable 2018 World Championship Semi-Final
12 months prior to Rob Cross’ maiden PDC World Championship appearance, the former electrician was watching the tournament at home. A year on, “Voltage” participated in one of the greatest darts matches of all time.
The World Championship debutant beat Seigo Asada, Michael Smith, John Henderson, and Dimitri van den Bergh en route to the semi-finals before coming up against the mighty van Gerwen.
With the score level at 5-5, the match went into a deciding set. Astonishingly, MVG missed five match darts before Cross missed double 16 for a 140 checkout in the sudden-death leg.
At just after midnight in London, Cross finally brought an end to the epic battle by taking out double eight. Van Gerwen could only stand there and applaud his rival, acknowledging that they had just produced an all-time classic.
Cross went on to win his maiden World Championship final, beating the legendary Taylor 7-2. But it’s his semi-final showdown against MVG that will always be remembered as one of the greatest darts moments of all time.
Gary Anderson Defeats Mensur Suljovic to Win the 2018 World Matchplay
A few months after Cross’ heroics in the World Championship, Gary Anderson and Mensur Suljovic created their own piece of history in the final of the World Matchplay at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.
Suljovic found himself 17-13 down at one point and looked set to bow out without causing Anderson too many problems. However, the Austrian produced a stunning comeback to force the match into extra-time.
The pair ended up playing out the longest final in World Matchplay history. Despite the best efforts of Suljovic, Anderson eventually prevailed – securing a mammoth 21-19 victory.
It’s safe to say that Suljovic can count himself unfortunate to have lost. I mean, he averaged 104.43 over 40 legs and landed no fewer than 14 180s throughout the match.
Still, it would be unfair to say that Anderson didn’t deserve to win. “The Flying Scotsman” matched Suljovic’s 14 maximums and also finished with a 100+ average.
Anderson became just the third man in history to secure the triple crown, adding the World Matchplay title to his Premier League and World Championship triumphs. Having joined van Gerwen and Taylor in the elite group, there is no denying that this is one of the best darts moments ever.
Wrapping Things Up
That concludes my take on the greatest moments in darts history.
Of course, there are tons of incredible matches that didn’t make the cut. If I didn’t mention your favorites, why not share your top darts moments in the comments section below?
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