Wessel Nijman reeled off four consecutive wins to come out on top in Group One of the Modus Icons of…
Wessel Nijman reeled off four consecutive wins to come out on top in Group One of the Modus Icons of Darts Live League on Monday.
The emerging Dutch star, 19, dropped just nine legs as he stormed to victory on the first day of the live-streamed tournament.
The Icons of Darts Live League features stars of past and present battling it out in a round-robin format from the comfort of their own homes.
Group One saw five-time World Champion start out as strong favourite to claim glory, but the Dutch legend slumped to four consecutive defeats and finished bottom of the group.
Nijman made a dream start by thrashing his Dutch compatriot 5-1 before producing a sublime display of finishing to edge past Challenge Tour ace David Evans 5-4.
Nijman produced checkouts of 149, 68, 83, 147 and 84 and averaged 100.6 in a superb second showing.
He then saw off former Players Champion Paul Nicholson 5-3 with four 180s to his name in a contest which saw both players average 94.
Nijman then maintained his 100 per cent record on the day by thrashing 2008 Lakeside Champion Mark Webster 5-1 with a 96.7 average and a further four maximums.
Evans, a BDO World Championship quarter-finalist in January, finished second after claiming three wins from his four matches.
Evans began the day by edging out Mark Webster in a deciding leg and recovered from a narrow defeat to Nijman in a decider by defeating Van Barneveld 5-3 in a match dominated by missed doubles.
The Manchester marksman then reeled off four consecutive legs as he came from 2-1 down to defeat Nicholson 5-3.
The Icons of Darts Live League continues on Tuesday, with former World Championship semi-finalist Andy Jenkins stepping in for Webster.
Modus Icons of Darts Live League Results
Monday April 6
Mark Webster (73.2) 4-5 Paul Nicholson (79.5)
Raymond van Barneveld (83.5) 1-5 Wessel Nijman (92.5)
David Evans (82) 5-4 Mark Webster (83)
Paul Nicholson (95.6) 5-2 Raymond van Barneveld (88.3)
Wessel Nijman (100.6) 5-4 David Evans (97.4)
Mark Webster (91.7) 5-4 Raymond van Barneveld (98.2)
Paul Nicholson (94.5) 3-5 Wessel Nijman (94.3)
David Evans (84.7) 5-3 Raymond van Barneveld (80.2)
Mark Webster (76.8) 1-5 Wessel Nijman (96.7)
Paul Nicholson (98.3) 2-5 David Evans (88.9)