Reflecting on Five Pivotal Moments of the Decade in Darts
Nobody is quite sure what is going on with darts scheduling at the moment, so we thought we would aim for a bit of nostalgia and look back at five of moments that shaped the decade. In particular, we are going to look at five standout moments from the PDC World Championship:
2013 PDC World Championship Final
It feels a little strange watching this back now. Most fans were aware that Michael Van Gerwen would be soon be considered one of the greats, but there still seemed an inevitability that Phil Taylor could pull yet another win out of the bag. In the end, he did just that, winning five sets in a row to pull off a remarkable 7-4 comeback victory. Van Gerwen’s time would come a year later, of course, but even in defeat, it felt like the end of one era and the start of a new one.
2020 Fallon Sherrock’s Arrival
Yes, the media may have overblown this a bit, and the fact that she sits around 500/1 in the darts betting odds online for the PDC World Championship tells you that Fallon Sherrock is not likely to be winning the title any time soon. However, this was a positive story for the sport, with Sherrock’s two victories over Ted Evetts and Mensur Suljovic being much more than they were on paper. Her efforts might not even lead directly to her success, but somewhere in the world, young girls will be inspired by her story. And, that’s important.
2018 Rob Cross Lives the Dream
Rob Cross is widely known as the man who ended Phil Taylor’s career, but it was the semi-final where the magic really happened. A thrilling 6-5 victory over top seed Michael Van Gerwen, in a match where both players threw everything at it. Indeed, what’s remarkable about this is that Cross beat Van Gerwen when the Dutchman was playing at his best (102.44 average), although he did miss some crucial shots, including 58 doubles. Cross has never really got anywhere near those heights since in the World Championship, but he will always have the 2018 slaying of Van Gerwen and Taylor in his record book.
2020 Wright Wins it All
Peter Wright made his PDC World Championship debut in 2010, losing out to a little-known Michael Van Gerwen in the 1st round. Fast forward ten years later, and Wright is beating Van Gerwen in the 2020 Final. At a sprightly 50 years of age, Wright is experiencing something of a late bloom in his career, and it seems like the 7-3 defeat of Van Gerwen is the launching point for more. He’s 11/2 (888sport) to repeat the trick next January. Don’t rule it out.
2015 Gary Anderson Finally Cracks it
Gary Anderson is always regarded as one of the most liked darts players around, and there was a palpable sense of everybody connected with the sport wanting to see him topple Taylor in the Final. Far from being a journeyman, Anderson had great success. But this was his moment to take the step from being a good player to a great player. He did so in a 7-6 thriller, with the final set being one of the most nail-biting spectacles in memory.