Raymond van Barneveld won in a duel from his living room on Thursday against his old rival Phil Taylor. The two stopped darters played against each other to raise money for a good cause.
52-year-old Van Barneveld, who played for the food bank, was 7-6 too strong for Taylor, seven years older. The Dutchman almost threw a nine-darter in the twelfth leg, but missed with his ninth arrow double twelve. A leg later he did win the victory.
The game, which was created by the arrow sponsor of both players, was broadcast via a stream. It was not a live broadcast, so it was not possible to gamble on the outcome.
Van Barneveld played at his home in The Hague and Taylor at his home in the English town of Stoke-on-Trent. Throwing was done on an electronic soft tip board. It contains a camera and microphone, so that the darters could see and hear each other.
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Van Barneveld and Taylor together won 21 world titles
Five-time world champion Van Barneveld retired as a professional darts player at the end of last year, while sixteen-time world champion Taylor retired from the sport in 2018.
"Barney" and "The Power" met a total of 83 times, including two in the PDC World Cup final. Van Barneveld was the strongest in a thriller (7-6) in 2007 and Taylor won 7-1 against his rival in 2009.
The 'real' darts has been shut down for the time being due to the corona crisis. The resumption of the Premier League has been further postponed on Thursday to July 30.
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