Modus Icons of Darts: Evans wins third successive title denying Monk on leg difference
David Evans completed a hat-trick of Modus Icons of Darts Live League titles on Saturday afternoon as the second week of Phase Two action came to a close.
Evans, a BDO World Championship quarter-finalist on debut in January, scooped his third successive title after being crowned champion on both Tuesday and Thursday.
The Tyldesley-based thrower needed more fortunate than usual on Saturday afternoon after finishing level on points with former world youth champion Arron Monk, but claimed the spoils on leg difference.
Really happy to have won the @ModusDarts180 icons of darts live league for a 3rd time this week. Thank you to everyone involved the players and the people behind the scenes. Awesome Job!!
Evans commenced his campaign with an emphatic 4-0 whitewashing of the prodigiously-talented Dutchman Wessel Nijman, despite averaging a mere 83.50 and missing 10 darts on the doubles.
He then produced a remarkable comeback against Monk in his second match of the day, battling back from 3-0 behind and pinning a crucial maximum in the deciding leg, before converting a 73 checkout in two darts.
Adam Huckvale was subsequently handed a 4-1 thrashing by Evans as the former PDC Challenge Tour event winner clocked a 96.74 average, before being given a taste of his own medicine against Darryl Fitton.
After being trounced by former BDO World Trophy champion Fitton, Evans endured a second successive defeat – this time at the hands of 2015 BDO world champion Scott Mitchell.
Mitchell recorded a breathtaking 105.19 average in a scintillating showing, and numbers which could have been significantly larger if he didn’t squander eight darts on the outer ring.
Evans then returned to winning ways in his culminating clash of the week as he comfortably defeated Paul Nicholson despite being far from his usual sky-high standard.
Evans’ victory hurled the pressure towards Fitton who was his only rival for the title heading into the latter stages, but the 58-year-old’s hopes were short-lived as he lost both his remaining matches with below-par performances.
The most prolific performance of the day came from Mitchell – who recorded a blistering 111.33 average and pinned a 161 checkout in a 4-0 whitewash win over former major champion Paul Nicholson.
32 x Averages of 105+ 105 x Averages of 100+ 535 x Checkouts of 100+
A few stats from the @ModusDarts180 Live leagues!
Plus we had the 9 darter from Aaron Monk.
— Chris Mason (@Chris180Mason) May 16, 2020
The Modus Icons of Darts Live League returns on Monday morning for the third week of the second phase as another two groups of seven players contest a series of matches across six gruelling days.
MODUS ICONS OF DARTS LIVE LEAGUE PHASE TWO
Week Two – Day Six
Saturday May 16
Arron Monk 4-1 Adam Huckvale
Wessel Nijman 0-4 David Evans
David Evans 4-3 Arron Monk
Adam Huckvale 3-4 Wessel Nijman
Wessel Nijman 3-4 Arron Monk
David Evans 4-1 Adam Huckvale
Arron Monk 3-4 Darryl Fitton
Adam Huckvale 4-1 Scott Mitchell
Paul Nicholson 4-3 Wessel Nijman
Darryl Fitton 4-1 David Evans
Scott Mitchell 3-4 Arron Monk
Adam Huckvale 4-3 Paul Nicholson
Wessel Nijman 3-4 Darryl Fitton
David Evans 3-4 Scott Mitchell
Arron Monk 4-2 Paul Nicholson
Darryl Fitton 0-4 Adam Huckvale
Scott Mitchell 3-4 Wessel Nijman
Paul Nicholson 1-4 David Evans
Darryl Fitton 3-4 Scott Mitchell
Paul Nicholson 4-1 Darryl Fitton
Scott Mitchell 4-0 Paul Nicholson
— MODUSDarts.tv (@ModusDarts180) May 16, 2020
(Photography: Chris Sargeant/Tip Top Pics)