Modus Icons of Darts: Masterly Mitchell claims maiden Phase Three title with clean sweep
Former world champion Scott Mitchell claimed his maiden Phase Three title in the Modus Icons of Darts Live League on Tuesday afternoon, denying Mark Webster in the decider.
After finishing second best on two occasions since the inception of the third phase at the frontend of this month, Mitchell finally rejoined the winner’s circle with a clean sweep of victories.
In a six-man field which saw generations collide, it was experience that prevailed, with one of the three former major champions on show claiming the spoils from his home in Dorset.
A dedicated farmer by day, Mitchell takes a break from his time working the land in order to compete in the innovative Icons of Darts Live League, and did so with a wealth of success on Tuesday.
He began his bid with a comfortable win over debutant John Brown, pinning a breathtaking 161 checkout on his way to victory, before recording an impressive 97.09 average and 50 per cent on the doubles in a 5-3 win over Stephen Burton.
Mitchell then averaged in excess of the 97 mark once again as he converted five successive combination checkouts whilst beating former World Championship semi-finalist Andy Jenkins.
Heading into the culminating two matches of the afternoon, Mitchell sat firmly in the driving seat, though, former major champions Nicholson and Webster both held a slim chance of snatching top spot.
‘Scotty Dog’ thrashed former Players Championship Finals winner Nicholson to the loss of just a solitary leg, averaging over the 98 mark and pinning five of his eight attempts on the outer ring.
He then sealed the deal with a 5-2 victory over Mark Webster, in spite of only needing two legs to clinch the title due to his much superior +15 leg difference.
Following a heavy defeat at the hands of Mitchell in the culminating clash, Webster finished third in the standings below Nicholson, while Bristol’s Brown endured a winless debut.
Another debutant in two-time PDC Challenge Tour event winner Burton ended his afternoon in fifth place, below Jenkins on leg difference.
Phase Three of the Modus Icons of Darts Live League continues on Wednesday morning as Monday’s winner Martin Adams returns in hope of securing his fifth consecutive crown.
MODUS ICONS OF DARTS LIVE LEAGUE PHASE THREE
Week Three – Day Two
Tuesday June 16
Stephen Burton 5-2 John Brown
Andy Jenkins 5-2 Stephen Burton
John Brown 0-5 Andy Jenkins
Paul Nicholson 3-5 Stephen Burton
Scott Mitchell 5-1 John Brown
Mark Webster 5-3 Andy Jenkins
Stephen Burton 3-5 Scott Mitchell
John Brown 0-5 Mark Webster
Andy Jenkins 2-5 Paul Nicholson
Mark Webster 5-4 Stephen Burton
Paul Nicholson 5-1 John Brown
Scott Mitchell 5-3 Andy Jenkins
Paul Nicholson 5-2 Mark Webster
Scott Mitchell 5-1 Paul Nicholson
Mark Webster 2-5 Scott Mitchell
Action returns live tomorrow morning at 10.30.
— MODUSDarts.tv (@ModusDarts180) June 16, 2020
Week Three – Day Three
Wednesday June 17
Boris Koltsov v Martin Adams
David Evans v Boris Koltsov
Martin Adams v David Evans
Dave Parletti v Boris Koltsov
Scott Marsh v Martin Adams
Fallon Sherrock v David Evans
Boris Koltsov v Scott Marsh
Martin Adams v Fallon Sherrock
David Evans v Dave Parletti
Fallon Sherrock v Boris Koltsov
Dave Parletti v Martin Adams
Scott Marsh v David Evans
Dave Parletti v Fallon Sherrock
Scott Marsh v Dave Parletti
Fallon Sherrock v Scott Marsh