Mitchell continues Modus Icons of Darts winning streak with second successive crown
Scott Mitchell continued his winning streak on Wednesday in Phase Three of the Modus Icons of Darts Live League as he claimed his second successive title.
Mitchell, who lifted his maiden Phase Three crown on Monday afternoon, upped his unbeaten run to ten matches after another clean sweep in the remotely contested initiative.
‘Scotty Dog’ locked horns with his fellow former world champion Mark Webster in the curtain raising clash, with Mitchell punishing handfuls of squandered opportunities on the outer ring from the Welshman.
The 50-year-old recorded an impressive 97.16 average, and took advantage of a well below-par performance in the doubling department from Webster – who registered a checkout efficiency of just 21 per cent.
The Dorset-based ace continued to average in the high 90s as he edged out former Players Championship Finals winner Paul Nicholson in a deciding leg thriller, claiming all five of his legs in 15 darts or less.
Mitchell then comfortably saw off emerging youngster John Brown, before converting five of his eight attempts on the outer ring in a 5-2 victory over Brown’s fellow Icons of Darts new arrival Stephen Burton.
Heading into a potentially momentous culminating encounter, Mitchell needed to overcome former World Championship semi-finalist Andy Jenkins in order to avoid a nervous climax to the afternoon.
In the midst of remaining unbeaten prior to the clash, Jenkins owned the capability of overtaking his title rival at the top of the table, but Mitchell took account of that with a scintillating showing.
After executing clutch finishes of 96 and 116 in the early stages of the affair to level up proceedings at three apiece, Mitchell converted an imposing 81 checkout on the bullseye to move on the brink of success.
Despite Jenkins finding his fourth maximum in the subsequent leg, Mitchell pinned two of his own, before hitting a 41 checkout to complete an 11-darter and seal the deal.
Scott Mitchell during the Grand Slam of Darts (Photography: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
Mitchell is now on his way to claiming a hat-trick of titles during his week in the Icons of Darts Live League, and therefore emulating a feat achieved by both Martin Adams and Ritchie Edhouse last time around.
Elsewhere, Nicholson finished second best on Wednesday afternoon, with only Mitchell managing to get the better of the former World Championship quarter-finalist.
Jenkins fell short of second place after losing to newcomers Burton and Brown, with successive defeats handing him a fifth placed finish, below two-time PDC Challenge Tour event winner Burton and former Premier League star Webster.
After enduring a winless debut campaign on Tuesday, Brown managed his first victory in the Icons of Darts Live League, despite being handed the wooden spoon in the culminating clash against Burton.
Phase Three of the Modus Icons of Darts Live League resumes on Friday morning as Adams and Boris Koltsov – both of who have claimed titles this week – headline the six-player field, alongside global sensation Fallon Sherrock.
MODUS ICONS OF DARTS LIVE LEAGUE PHASE THREE
Week Three – Day Four
Thursday June 18
Mark Webster 3-5 Scott Mitchell
Paul Nicholson 5-1 Mark Webster
Scott Mitchell 5-4 Paul Nicholson
Andy Jenkins 5-3 Mark Webster
John Brown 1-5 Scott Mitchell
Stephen Burton 3-5 Paul Nicholson
Mark Webster 5-0 John Brown
Scott Mitchell 5-2 Stephen Burton
Paul Nicholson 3-5 Andy Jenkins
Stephen Burton 3-5 Mark Webster
Andy Jenkins 3-5 Scott Mitchell
John Brown 4-5 Paul Nicholson
Andy Jenkins 2-5 Stephen Burton
John Brown 5-3 Andy Jenkins
Stephen Burton 5-1 John Brown
1. Scott Mitchell P5 W5 L0 DIFF +8 PTS 10
2. Paul Nicholson P5 W3 L2 DIFF +4 PTS 6
3. Stephen Burton P5 W2 L3 DIFF +0 PTS 4
4. Mark Webster P5 W2 L3 DIFF -1 PTS 4
5. Andy Jenkins P5 W2 L3 DIFF -3 PTS 4
6. John Brown P5 W1 L4 DIFF -12 PTS 2
Week Three – Day Five
Friday June 19
Fallon Sherrock v Scott Marsh
Dave Parletti v Fallon Sherrock
Scott Marsh v Dave Parletti
David Evans v Fallon Sherrock
Martin Adams v Scott Marsh
Boris Koltsov v Dave Parletti
Fallon Sherrock v Martin Adams
Scott Marsh v Boris Koltsov
Dave Parletti v David Evans
Boris Koltsov v Fallon Sherrock
David Evans v Scott Marsh
Martin Adams v Dave Parletti
David Evans v Boris Koltsov
Martin Adams v David Evans
Boris Koltsov v Martin Adams
(Photography: Chris Sargeant/Tip Top Pics)