Best Moments in Darts History
2018 William Hill World Championship Semi-Finals
In the 2018 William Hill World Darts Semi-Finals, Michael van Gerwen v Rob Cross provided us with one of the most dramatic last-leg shootouts to decide a place in the final of the world's biggest darts tournament.
Rob Cross had briefly played in the BDO side of darts and within the UK Country darts system. He managed to get to the last 48 in the BDO World Masters and attempted to qualify for the 2016 BDO World Championship. However, he was knocked out in the last 64 by Tony Martin. Cross switched to the PDC and progressed through the PDC Challenge Tour in 2016, winning three of the sixteen events, top the challenge tour order of merit, and gaining a PDC Tour Card. Cross was also a qualifier in the 2016 UK Open and made it to the last 32, losing then to Michael van Gerwen.
With some success behind him, Cross decided to quit his job as an electrician to compete full time and focus on his darts career. In the 2018 William Hill World Darts Championship semi-finals, he again came across Van Gerwen. Rob Cross managed to secure a spot in the finals win over Van Gerwen, who missed the double sixteen for the match, allowing Cross three clear darts at double eight for the match; Rob only needed one.
2010 Grand Slam of Darts Quarter-Finals
From the initiation of the Grand Slam in 2007 till the 2010 quarter-finals, Phil Taylor hadn't lost a match at the Grand Slam. Phil lost out dramatically. To the Bronze Adonis, Steve Beaton. Steve was still the underdog, yet people were hoping for a legendary match between the two.
A best of 31 legs game was hosted at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall, but little did Taylor know, his reign was ending.
Taylor was stomping Beaton 13-9, which looked like another routine win for Taylor, with dart betting going through the roof. Beaton managed to miracle his way into a 14-14 result with just nine legs to play. Taylor managed to win the 29th leg but missed a dart at the bull for the 30th. Beaton wrapped up the match with a double top. The TV commentator then called Beaton the Golden Adonis for the win.
2007 PDC World Championship Final
The 2007 PDC World Championship Final cannot get more dramatic than Phil Taylor vs Raymond van Barneveld when it comes to the PDC World Champion Finals. Taylor was already a 13-time world dart champion, whereas Van Barneveld was competing in his first-ever PDC Final.
As odds stood, Taylor was the odds-on favourite. The game started with Taylor winning the first three sets, and he was on his way to his 21st consecutive win at the Circus Tavern and fourteenth World Title. However, with dart fans hoping for a close match, Taylor was looking for a 7 - 0 whitewash. As the match progressed, Van Barneveld picked up the pace to level the match at six sets all, and then five legs all in the seventh set, placing the match in a sudden-death leg decider. The players had to bull up to see who threw first. With Taylor hitting the out-bull, Barneveld opted for Taylor's dart to remain in the board. Barneveld then hit the centre bull, his dart colliding with Taylor's on route. The rules for the bulling up have since changed.
Barneveld did not start the decider very promising with a mere ton, and a one-eighty from Phil looked like it was the end for the Dutchman, but Barney immediately hit back with his own 180. It was followed by a poor shot from Taylor, allowing Barneveld to take advantage, he did, and eventually, Barneveld hit tops for the title, with both of the players finishing the final with three-dart averages north of 100
Van Barneveld walked out as the victor, and the match is considered one of the best World Finals ever. Barney continued throwing brilliant darts before retiring in 2019 and then later returning to the PDC darts circuit in 2021