19-year-old Nijman claims Modus Icons of Darts Live League Group One glory

Wessel Nijman enjoyed an unbeaten start to his Modus Icons of Darts Live League campaign as he scooped the Group One title, dropping just nine legs with an impressive string of performances.

The prodigiously-talented Dutchman inflicted defeats over Paul Nicholson, Raymond van Barneveld, Mark Webster and David Evans during a magnificent opener for the two-time PDC Development Tour event winner.

The Modus Icons of Darts Live League features a number of players, both past and present, battling it out from their homes in order to fill the void left by tournaments being cancelled.

The league consists of a daily round-robin format, with Monday’s action being streamed exclusively via numerous bookmakers websites.

Nijman’s admirable route to victory commenced with a comfortable 5-1 victory over fellow Dutchman and five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld.

The 19-year-old then produced a masterclass in the finishing department, pinning checkouts of 149, 68, 83, 147 and 84 and averaging over the 100 mark in a narrow win over David Evans.

A magnificent 12-darter in the deciding leg proved the decisive factor in a closely contested affair between two up and coming throwers.

Both Paul Nicholson and Mark Webster were subsequently swept aside by the emerging Dutch youngster – who remained unbeaten with eight maximums and very respectable averages of 94.32 and 96.72.

Meanwhile, van Barneveld, who retired from the sport professionally following December’s World Championship, was a heavy favourite for success prior to the tournament commencing, but the doyen of Dutch darts was handed four consecutive defeats.

Former PDC Challenge Tour event winner, Evans, finished second in Group One, winning three of his four matches.

The Manchester-based ace got off the mark with a deciding leg win over Mark Webster, before recovering from a narrow loss to Nijman to defeat both van Barneveld and Nicholson.

The Modus Icons of Darts Live League resumes on Tuesday, with former World Championship semi-finalist Andy Jenkins entering the fray in replace of Mark Webster.

Currently, play is only available for viewing via a number of bookmakers websites, but Modus are working hard to secure streaming elsewhere as the tournament progresses.


Group One
Monday, April 6

Paul Nicholson 5-4 Mark Webster
Wessel Nijman 5-1 Raymond van Barneveld
David Evans 5-4 Mark Webster
Paul Nicholson 5-2 Raymond van Barneveld
Wessel Nijman 5-4 David Evans
Mark Webster 5-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Wessel Nijman 5-3 Paul Nicholson
David Evans 5-3 Raymond van Barneveld
Wessel Nijman 5-1 Mark Webster
David Evans 5-2 Paul Nicholson

Group Two
Tuesday, April 7

Andy Jenkins v Paul Nicholson
Raymond van Barneveld v Wessel Nijman
David Evans v Andy Jenkins
Paul Nicholson v Raymond van Barneveld
Wessel Nijman v David Evans
Andy Jenkins v Raymond van Barneveld
Paul Nicholson v Wessel Nijman
David Evans v Raymond van Barneveld
Andy Jenkins v Wessel Nijman
Paul Nicholson v David Evans

(Photography: PDC)

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