Russia’s Koltsov seals A Night At The Darts glory as Nicholson claims fourth Icons of Darts success

Russia’s Boris Koltsov sealed his maiden Modus A Night At The Darts triumph on debut, while Paul Nicholson claimed Group One as Week Three of the Modus Icons of Darts Live League commenced.

Koltsov, who was competing from his home in the Russian capital of Moscow, recorded a scintillating 105.25 average as he gained a winning start to his campaign.

Last week’s Icons of Darts Live League overall winner, Jason Askew, was swept aside by the Russian number one – who pinned five of his nine attempts on the doubles.

Subsequently, Koltsov suffered his first loss of the tournament at the hands of Martin Adams, with the three-time world champion fending off a mid-match comeback.

He proceeded to punish squandered attempts on the outer ring from last week’s A Night At The Darts winner Wessel Nijman, narrowly denying the 19-year-old – who missed multiple match darts.

Koltsov culminated his Group One success with a crucial win over David Evans in the group decider, clocking a second ton-plus average of the evening and 50 per cent on the outer ring.

The 31-year-old also pinned four maximums and checkouts of 81, 91 and 105 en route to a decisive victory.

Evans, himself, produced some stunning showings across the evening, with a 107 average in whitewashing Adams proving to be a particular highlight.

Elsewhere, former Players Championship Finals winner Nicholson claimed Icons of Darts Live League Group One success with an invincible day at the office.

Nicholson, who finished fourth in last week’s overall standings despite winning two of the six groups, commenced Monday’s campaign with a doubling masterclass as he boasted a 100 per cent checkout rate in a narrow win over Andy Jenkins.

He then overcame a below-par Brazilian in Diogo Portela, before sealing a third successive win with victory over Adam Huckvale.

‘The Asset’ saved his best performance of the day for his culminating affair as he recorded a 101.32 average and pinned five out of his attempts eight on the outer ring in an emphatic 5-2 win over former world youth champion James Hubbard.

The Modus Icons of Darts Live League resumes on Tuesday morning from 11am as the A Night At The Darts initiative takes place following its conclusion, with coverage streamed live via a number of bookmakers’ websites and


Week Three – Group One
Monday April 20

Paul Nicholson 5-4 Andy Jenkins
Diogo Portela 5-4 Adam Huckvale
James Hubbard 5-4 Andy Jenkins
Paul Nicholson 5-2 Diogo Portela
Adam Huckvale 5-3 James Hubbard
Andy Jenkins 5-3 Diogo Portela
Paul Nicholson 5-3 Adam Huckvale
Diogo Portela 5-4 James Hubbard
Andy Jenkins 5-4 Adam Huckvale
Paul Nicholson 5-2 James Hubbard

Week Three – Group Two
Tuesday April 21

Paul Nicholson v Diogo Portela
James Hubbard v Arron Monk
Andy Jenkins v Paul Nicholson
Diogo Portela v James Hubbard
Arron Monk v Andy Jenkins
Paul Nicholson v James Hubbard
Diogo Portela v Arron Monk
Andy Jenkins v James Hubbard
Paul Nicholson v Arron Monk
Diogo Portela v Andy Jenkins

Best of nine legs


Week Two – Group One
Monday April 20

Jason Askew 5-1 David Evans
Wessel Nijman 5-4 Martin Adams
Boris Koltsov 5-1 Jason Askew
David Evans 5-3 Wessel Nijman
Martin Adams 5-3 Boris Koltsov
Wessel Nijman 5-2 Jason Askew
David Evans 5-0 Martin Adams
Boris Koltsov 5-4 Wessel Nijman
Jason Askew 5-1 Martin Adams
Boris Koltsov 5-3 David Evans

Week Two – Group Two
Tuesday April 21

David Evans v Scott Mitchell
Jason Askew v Martin Adams
Boris Koltsov v David Evans
Scott Mitchell v Jason Askew
Martin Adams v Boris Koltsov
David Evans v Jason Askew
Scott Mitchell v Martin Adams
Boris Koltsov v Jason Askew
David Evans v Martin Adams
Boris Koltsov v Scott Mitchell

Best of nine legs

(Photography: PDC Europe)

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