Scintillating Taylor wires nine-dart finish during Modus Champions Series success
Phil Taylor sealed the spoils as the first staging of the Modus Champions Series, featuring Martin Adams, Fallon Sherrock and Anastasia Dobromyslova, took place on Sunday.
Modus introduced the Champions Series following the popularity of their Icons of Darts Live League, with three multiple-time world champions and a two-time major champion taking to their practice boards.
16-time word champion Taylor produced a series of scintillating showings throughout the afternoon, and wired double 12 for a nine-darter in his win over old foe Adams.
Taylor had previously locked horns with the three-time world champion during both of his recent Modus A Night At The Darts guest appearances, and continued to hold the upper hand in a mesmerising display.
‘The Power’ pinned back-to-back maximums to kick off the fourth leg, prior to wiring double 12 for the second nine-darter as part of the Modus live-streamed initiative, before proceeding to lose the leg as Adams levelled the match at two-a-piece with a clinical 81 outshot.
A 13-darter won on double top helped Taylor regain his slender advantage, only for his 63-year-old opponent to reinstate the match’s stalemate status with his third maximum and a 15-darter of his own.
Adams subsequently went off the boil, allowing Taylor to hold his throw in the seventh leg with considerable ease, before squandering a number of doubles of which the Stoke-on-Trent man jumped all over and wrapped up a 5-3 victory.
‘The Power’ prevailed with a blistering average of 110.86, four maximums and a 45 per cent checkout ratio as he sealed pole position thanks to an earlier rout of Russia’s Dobromyslova.
Despite the three-time women’s world champion stepping up to the plate with nonchalance and averaging over 90, Taylor breezed to victory with five out of eight on the doubles and an average just spare of the 100 mark.
In the culminating match of the inaugural Champions Series, Taylor locked horns with global sensation Sherrock knowing that four legs would be enough to seal top spot.
However, the 59-year-old’s hopes were placed in a rather precarious state soon after as a mixture of fortune and finishing prowess allowed Sherrock to form a 3-1 lead.
A narrowly squandered dart at tops in the following leg for a 160 checkout and three more subsequent misses commenced the downfall for the 25-year-old, as Taylor capitalised with a maximum followed by a clutch 70 outshot.
Taylor then landed another combination checkout to level up at three-a-piece, before reeling off the next two legs with relative ease to complete a hat-trick of high-profile scalps.
Both players pinned ton-plus checkouts and averaged in excess of the 90 mark, though, Sherrock’s usually irresistible finishing proved costly in the eventual outcome.
Thanks to @ModusDarts180 for a great afternoon.
I loved every second and hope for more invites in the coming weeks it's great fun.
— Phil Taylor (@PhilTaylor) May 10, 2020
Me too, was great fun and enjoyable…. soooo sorry about Squirtle barking 🤐… hope more Sunday events like this one 🙏@ModusDarts180 @LstyleEurope @DYNASTY_JAPAN @FinanceCastle @Imperialcar @Servicesure #usedsoft https://t.co/f7bRkq74R2
— Fallon Sherrock (@Fsherrock) May 10, 2020
The Milton Keynes-based ace sealed third spot with her only victory of the afternoon coming emphatically against fellow female star Dobromyslova.
Differing from her exploits in December’s World Championship, Sherrock was tasked with coping with a hostile crowd as her dog Squirtle barked persistently throughout the match.
Meanwhile, Adams snatched second place following his comfortable wins over both Sherrock and Dobromyslova. ‘Wolfie’ nailed three bullseye checkouts during those aforementioned victories.
MODUS CHAMPIONS SERIES
Modus Champions Series
Sunday May 10
Martin Adams (90.8) 5-2 (83.33) Anastasia Dobromyslova
Martin Adams (97.04) 5-2 (91.74) Fallon Sherrock
Phil Taylor (98.04) 5-1 (90.27) Anastasia Dobromyslova
Fallon Sherrock (86.38) 5-0 (79.11) Anastasia Dobromyslova
Phil Taylor (110.86) 5-3 (96.11) Martin Adams
Phil Taylor (96.05) 5-3 (91.12) Fallon Sherrock
(Photography: Chris Sargeant/Tip Top Pics)