Nicholson does the Icons of Darts double as Nijman continues A Night At The Darts dominance

Paul Nicholson wrapped up his second Modus Icons of Darts Live League success in three days as Wessel Nijman continued his Modus A Night At The Darts dominance.

Since the beginning of this week, Nicholson has won seven of his 12 matches, topping the group on two occasions, and as a result stands in good stead in the overall standings.

‘The Asset’ began his campaign with a 5-4 defeat at the hands of Monday’s winner Jason Askew, with the latter hitting a magnificent 170 checkout on his way to a narrow victory.

Nicholson then got the show on the road as he pinned five of his eight attempts on the doubles in a 5-2 win over Jarred Cole, before doubling his points tally with another doubling masterclass in ousting Robert Collins.

The former Players Championship Finals winner subsequently sealed the deal with an emphatic 5-1 victory over overall table-topper Arron Monk, pinning checkouts of 103 and 106 en route to winning Group Four.

Meanwhile, Askew – the son of former back-to-back World Championship semi-finalist, Dave – was denied top spot for the second time in as many days following a last-ditch 5-1 defeat against rock bottom placed Robert Collins.

After denying Nicholson, Monk and Cole, Askew fell at the final hurdle against the recent PDC Challenge Tour event winner – who registered a 101.24 average and five out of five on the outer ring in a relentless display.

Elsewhere, in the evening session, Dutch youngster Nijman extended his lead at the top of the A Night At The Darts overall table, after narrowly topping Group Four.

19-year-old Nijman thrashed Martin Adams 5-2 to get his campaign underway on Thursday evening, in a match which proved pivotal in the eventual outcome of the group.

He then defeated Ritchie Edhouse by the same scoreline, firing home six maximums in the process, before being handed his first defeat of the night at the hands of former world champion Scott Mitchell – who recorded an impressive average of 97.51.

The two-time PDC Development Tour event winner proceeded to fend off a solid five-time champion of the world in Raymond van Barneveld, averaging 102.15 to clinch top spot based on his head-to-head record against Adams, after the pair finished equal on both points and leg difference.

Three-time world champion Adams finished second best on the day, with his aforementioned loss to the young Dutchman becoming more and more essential as the night progressed.

‘Wolfie’ whitewashed van Barneveld to open his Group Four campaign, before overcoming Mitchell and then averaging 96.02 and pinning two ton-plus checkouts in a high-quality win over Edhouse.

Modus’ A Night At The Darts will resume on Friday evening from 6pm as David Evans returns in replace of the dominant Nijman.

Beforehand, the Modus Icons of Darts Live League will continue as Andy Jenkins replaces Monk.

Coverage of the two simultaneous tournaments is available via a number of bookmakers’ websites and free of charge via Modus Darts TV on YouTube.


Group Four
Thursday, April 16

Jason Askew 5-4 Paul Nicholson
Jarred Cole 5-4 Robert Collins
Jason Askew 5-4 Arron Monk
Paul Nicholson 5-2 Jarred Cole
Arron Monk 5-4 Robert Collins
Jason Askew 5-2 Jarred Cole
Paul Nicholson 5-3 Robert Collins
Jarred Cole 5-4 Arron Monk
Robert Collins 5-1 Jason Askew
Paul Nicholson 5-1 Arron Monk

Group Five
Friday, April 17

Jason Askew v Paul Nicholson
Jarred Cole v Andy Jenkins
Robert Collins v Jason Askew
Paul Nicholson v Jarred Cole
Andy Jenkins v Robert Collins
Jason Askew v Jarred Cole
Paul Nicholson v Andy Jenkins
Robert Collins v Jarred Cole
Jason Askew v Andy Jenkins
Paul Nicholson v Robert Collins

Best of nine legs


Group Four
Thursday, April 16

Martin Adams 5-0 Raymond van Barneveld
Ritchie Edhouse 5-0 Scott Mitchell
Wessel Nijman 5-2 Martin Adams
Scott Mitchell 5-2 Raymond van Barneveld
Wessel Nijman 5-2 Ritchie Edhouse
Martin Adams 5-2 Scott Mitchell
Ritchie Edhouse 5-1 Raymond van Barneveld
Scott Mitchell 5-4 Wessel Nijman
Martin Adams 5-4 Ritchie Edhouse
Wessel Nijman 5-4 Raymond van Barneveld

Group Five
Friday, April 17

Raymond van Barneveld v Ritchie Edhouse
Martin Adams v David Evans
Ritchie Edhouse v Scott Mitchell
Raymond van Barneveld v David Evans
Martin Adams v Scott Mitchell
David Evans v Ritchie Edhouse
Raymond van Barneveld v Scott Mitchell
Ritchie Edhouse v Martin Adams
Scott Mitchell v David Evans
Martin Adams v Raymond van Barneveld

Best of nine legs

(Photography: PDC Europe)

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