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Phil to the rescue

Post by Rout » Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:08 pm

Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld agree to streamed darts match to combat coronavirus boredom

Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld are both keen to provide another instalment of their classic rivalry and give darts fans some much-needed entertainment while events are being postponed and cancelled due to coronavirus.

Both men are sponsored by Target Darts, and the company want to stream a charity clash between the former world champions on Facebook, without either man having to leave their own home.

Using Target’s Network Electronic Dartboard, players can face each other from anywhere on the planet, as it is linked up through their online network.

Cameras and microphones are attached so opponents can see and speak to each other during the contest, allowing for a proper, interactive experience.

Both men are up for another crack at each other, despite being retired, especially with a distinct lack of oche action to enjoy at the moment.

Everyone is craving for some live sport at these difficult times,’ Taylor told the Sun.

‘And maybe we can lighten the mood of the UK public and also make money for worthwhile charities.

‘I always love playing Barney, we have had some incredible battles down the years, and though we wouldn’t be in the same room, it would still be competitive as ever.’

The Dutchman responded with a simple message to his old foe, tweeting: ‘Game On.’

The Power and Barney met a whopping 83 times in professional competition over their epic careers, with Taylor winning 61 of those matches and Van Barneveld claiming 18, with four draws.

They last played as professionals in September 2017 when the Englishman downed the five-time world champ a the Champions League of Darts.

They still play on a pretty regular basis on the exhibition circuit, but this streamed game would be one more chance to see the legends compete live from the comfort of your own home.Image

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