Barry denies fellow youngster Cole in straight shootout to claim third consecutive Icons of Darts title
Keane Barry scooped his third consecutive Modus Icons of Darts Live League title as Phase Four of the remotely contested initiative commenced on Monday.
Barry entered the fray from his Duleek home on his 18th birthday on Thursday morning and has since finished second on debut and claimed three titles on the bounce.
The reigning BDO world youth champion overcame fellow emerging youngster Jarred Cole in a straight shootout at the culmination of the afternoon to seal top spot.
Cole, who has reigned victorious on one occasion since daily titles were brought into fruition, constructed a 2-0 advantage in the early stages of the decider.
Barry subsequently reeled off three legs in succession to lead for the first time, only for Cole to respond with two of the next three and checkouts of 156 and 98 to force a deciding leg.
Both youngsters left ton-plus combination checkouts after four visits to the oche, though, the eventual table-topper denied his opponent a shot with a mesmerising 142 checkout.
Earlier on in the day, Barry pinned a 139 checkout in his opener as he pulled off an impressive victory over three-time world champion Martin Adams.
He then endured his first and only defeat of the campaign at the hands of Grand Slam of Darts participant Dave Parletti in a below-par display, before immediately returning to winning ways in a 5-1 thrashing of Jose Justicia.
Barry recorded an imposing 97.53 average and a checkout efficiency of 71 per cent in convincingly brushing aside the Spaniard, prior to ousting Russian number one Boris Koltsov to keep his hopes in the balance.
Both players averaged in excess of the 95 mark, but Barry’s marginally superior scoring proved decisive in the eventual outcome as he fired home three maximums.
Elsewhere, below Barry in the table, three players were tightly grouped and separated by leg difference only, with 64-year-old Adams pipping Cole and Koltsov to a second place finish.
Reigning Welsh Classic champion Parletti ended his campaign in fifth place, while World Championship qualifier Justicia endured a winless campaign and therefore received the wooden spoon.
Phase Four of the Modus Icons of Darts Live League resumes on Tuesday morning as former world champions Mark Webster and Scott Mitchell headline the six-man field.
MODUS ICONS OF DARTS LIVE LEAGUE PHASE FOUR
Week One – Day One
Monday June 29
Jose Justicia 4-5 Dave Parletti
Martin Adams 5-1 Jose Justicia
Dave Parletti 0-5 Martin Adams
Boris Koltsov 5-3 Jose Justicia
Jarred Cole 5-3 Dave Parletti
Keane Barry 5-4 Martin Adams
Jose Justicia 3-5 Jarred Cole
Dave Parletti 5-3 Keane Barry
Martin Adams 5-2 Boris Koltsov
Keane Barry 5-1 Jose Justicia
Boris Koltsov 5-2 Dave Parletti
Jarred Cole 5-2 Martin Adams
Boris Koltsov 2-5 Keane Barry
Jarred Cole 3-5 Boris Koltsov
Keane Barry 5-4 Jarred Cole
Keane Barry P5 W4 L1 DIFF +7 PTS 8
Martin Adams P5 W3 L2 DIFF +8 PTS 6
Jarred Cole P5 W3 L2 DIFF +4 PTS 6
Boris Koltsov P5 W3 L2 DIFF +1 PTS 6
Dave Parletti P5 W3 L2 DIFF -7 PTS 4
Jose Justicia P5 W0 L5 DIFF -13 PTS 0
Week One – Day Two
Tuesday June 30
Mike Warburton v Andy Jenkins
Scott Mitchell v Mike Warburton
Andy Jenkins v Scott Mitchell
David Evans v Mike Warburton
Mark Webster v Andy Jenkins
Ritchie Edhouse v Scott Mitchell
Mike Warburton v Mark Webster
Andy Jenkins v Ritchie Edhouse
Scott Mitchell v David Evans
Ritchie Edhouse v Mike Warburton
David Evans v Andy Jenkins
Mark Webster v Scott Mitchell
David Evans v Ritchie Edhouse
Mark Webster v David Evans
Ritchie Edhouse v Mark Webster
(Featured Image: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)