Warburton claims maiden Icons of Darts Phase Three title denying debutant Barry
Mike Warburton claimed the spoils on Day Four of the culminating week of the third phase in the Modus Icons of Darts Live League as he denied birthday boy Keane Barry.
Welshman Warburton topped the table for the first time in over a month after previously winning two titles as part of Phase Two of the live-streamed innovation.
Despite being whitewashed in his opening encounter with emerging Irish youngster Barry, the reigning Isle of Man Open champion collated four subsequent victories to clinch top spot ahead of the dazzling debutant.
After being trounced by the newly-crowned BDO world youth champion, Warburton proceeded to fall 4-0 behind at the hands of two-time PDC Challenge Tour event winner Stephen Burton.
Nevertheless, handfuls of squandered darts at double proved costly for Burton and the Wrexham-based ace reeled off five legs in succession to get off the mark at his second attempt.
Warburton then comfortably overcame a below-par Scott Mitchell with 50 per cent in the doubling department, before seeing off another former world champion in Mark Webster in a low-quality affair riddled with missed darts on the outer ring.
The World Masters semi-finalist then converted an impressive 108 checkout whilst thrashing Paul Nicholson to seal the deal and his third title since the inception of the daily honours.
Awesome to win another league today !! After a really bad start I showed a lot of bottle to come back and gain top spot. Roll on Saturday! Thanks again to my sponsors @LstyleEurope @GalaxyDarts and Phoenix darts. Also @UniteUnionFaith https://t.co/C25aJDIiW8
— Mike Warburton (@MWarby84) June 25, 2020
Elsewhere, Barry, who was celebrating his 18th birthday whilst making his debut from his home in Duleek, finished second best on the day with narrow defeats at the hands of Burton and Nicholson proving decisive.
The aforementioned pairing overcame the talented teenager in deciding leg thrillers, with both players pinning clutch combination finishes to get over the finishing line.
Barry has already tasted success during the lockdown period after defeating UK Open qualifier Lewy Williams in the final of the Target Elite1 Home League on Monday, and will return to Icons of Darts action on Friday.
Barry, who made his debut at the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace in December, will be joined by the likes of Monday’s winner Andy Jenkins, Wednesday’s winner Ritchie Edhouse and global sensation Fallon Sherrock on Friday.
MODUS ICONS OF DARTS LIVE LEAGUE PHASE THREE
Week Four – Day Four
Thursday June 25
Keane Barry 5-2 Scott Mitchell
Stephen Burton 5-4 Keane Barry
Scott Mitchell 5-2 Stephen Burton
Mike Warburton 0-5 Keane Barry
Paul Nicholson 1-5 Scott Mitchell
Mark Webster 5-4 Stephen Burton
Keane Barry 4-5 Paul Nicholson
Scott Mitchell 3-5 Mark Webster
Stephen Burton 4-5 Mike Warburton
Mark Webster 4-5 Keane Barry
Mike Warburton 5-2 Scott Mitchell
Paul Nicholson 4-5 Stephen Burton
Mike Warburton 5-3 Mark Webster
Paul Nicholson 1-5 Mike Warburton
Mark Webster 5-4 Paul Nicholson
1. Mike Warburton P5 W4 L1 DIFF +3 PTS 8
2. Keane Barry P5 W3 L2 DIFF +7 PTS 6
3. Mark Webster P5 W3 L2 DIFF +1 PTS 6
4. Scott Mitchell P5 W2 L2 DIFF -1 PTS 4
5. Stephen Burton P5 W2 L2 DIFF -3 PTS 4
6. Paul Nicholson P5 W1 L4 DIFF -9 PTS 2
Week Four – Day Five
Friday June 26
Fallon Sherrock v Ritchie Edhouse
Andy Jenkins v Fallon Sherrock
Ritchie Edhouse v Andy Jenkins
Jarred Cole v Fallon Sherrock
Martin Adams v Ritchie Edhouse
Keane Barry v Andy Jenkins
Fallon Sherrock v Martin Adams
Ritchie Edhouse v Keane Barry
Andy Jenkins v Jarred Cole
Keane Barry v Fallon Sherrock
Jarred Cole v Ritchie Edhouse
Martin Adams v Andy Jenkins
Jarred Cole v Keane Barry
Martin Adams v Jarred Cole
Keane Barry v Martin Adams
(Featured Image: Chris Sargeant/Tip Top Pics)