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The greatest darts moments ever – Barney wins the world championship

| 24.11.2010

Everything was set up for a brilliant World Championship final in 2007 – and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

Raymond van Barneveld was looking for his fifth world title having won four on the BDO circuit, while Taylor was big favourite to win his 14th world title and fourth in a row.

Both players made it to the final with comprehensive 6-0 victories in their semi-final clashes and continued their brilliant form into the final itself.

‘The Power’ surged to a 3-0 lead – giving Van Barneveld only one shot at a double during the first three sets. ‘Barney’ then brought it back to 3-2 before Taylor reasserted himself to take the sixth.

Van Barneveld then turned on the style, overturning a two leg deficit in the 11th set to lead 6-5. Taylor levelled it at 6-6 to send the game into sudden death.

It was Van Barneveld who struck the first blow by hitting the bull – meaning he was to throw first.

The Dutchman never looked back and left himself double top to win, with Taylor stranded on 90. He hit it with his first throw to win his firth world title and complete a remarkable comeback against the greatest player of all time.

Van Barneveld said: “I had won four world championships in the BDO but every time people said ‘Yeah, but you didn’t beat the best player of all time – Phil Taylor.

“That was the main reason I switched to the PDC – and this makes it the biggest ever moment for Raymond van Barneveld.”

It was also one of the biggest moments ever for darts, as over one million people tuned in to see the most incredible final of all time.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.