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By John Lowe, Dec 30 2015 08:23AM

Raymond Van Barnaveldt rolled back the years at Ally Pally last night producing a brilliant display of darting abilty to beat fellow Dutchman Michael Van Gerwen in a seven-set thriller that had the audience on their feet, the match swayed and frowed from one player to the other, MVG wins the first set 3-1, then loses the second 3-1, that's how it went to the 7th and deciding set, Barney takes out 101 to open, then finishes on 72 to take a 2 leg lead, MVG fires in a 10 dart leg, then drama, MVG misses double 20 to level and Barney takes out 96 in 2 darts to take the set and the victory. Van Gerwen ended with a 105.78 average, hitting 11 maximums and a 170 checkout, no one thought it would be possible to lose with those statistics, except one Raymond Van Barnaveldt.

Gary Anderson brushed aside Vincent Van der Voort 4-0 losing just 1 leg.

Adrian Lewis beat Menus Suljovic 4-0.

James Wade beat a gallant Jamie Caven 4-1.

Jelle Klaasen beat Mervyn King 4-2.

Michael Smith reached top form in the championship against Benito Van de Pas averaging 101 and hitting 12 maximums to win 4-0.

Todays session will see Peter Wright play Dave Chisnall, Alan Noris play Mark Webster and Phil Taylor play Jelle Klaasen.

At the moment though all the talk at Ally Pally is about Barney and the way he handled the World number 1 MVG in a match that will go down one of the finest ever in World Championship History.

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John Lowe. three times champion of the world in three seperate decades, the 70's, the 80's and the 90's, the first player in the history of the sport to achieve the perfect game of 501 on Television, in 1984, winning £102,000, winner of over 1000 titles world wide, simply: The Legend of Darts.

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About John Lowe

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Mr Maximums: Cliff Thorburn the first player to do a 147 Snooker clearance on TV and myself the first person to do the 9 dart 501 on TV

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John appeared on ITV's Amazing Greys in 2014 he had to hit as many targets as possible in 30 seconds, all the targets where different heights and lengths, if the competitor beat John he would win £10,000, John won by a margin of 9.

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One of John's favourite charity's is The Variety Club of Great Britain who raise many thousands of pounds by organising golf days around the country, the aim is to buy Mini Coaches for Children, in the picture John is at St Piere Chepstow and the Coach in view is about to be present to a School in Birmingham.

John Explains his darts set up
  • John talks to Matthew Rankin Unicorns Player Liaison Manager about his current darts set up and how important it is to have  balanced darts, click the button above to see the whole interview

Royal Palm is John's favourite resort in Tenerife situated in Los Cristianos, it has everything you could ask for to make your stay enjoyable, immaculate in every way, all English TV and Satelite channels, quite, secure, close to excellent restaurants and friendly Bars, for a full tour of Royal Palm click the photograph above. Make sure you inform the Manager Neil I sent you, it makes a difference.

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John's Tips from the Top

John talks to Tungsten Tales and explains his practise routine before a match and why he does it his way.


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John's in depth career interview

John talks to Unicorn about his amazing career

The moment in history that changed the sport and

the life of John Lowe forever: 13/10/1984

The Dart designed by John Lowe developed and produced by Unicorn to win over 1000 titles world wide - copied and used by others to win countless major titles - this is where the Evolution started.

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John was Unicorns first World champion

John Lowe - The Throw 1978-2008

The Throw of a World Champion

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Phil Taylor to have the perfect throwing action, this video shows John's action from 1978 through 2008, the only thing that changes is the speed of throw and John decides that when knowing who his opponent will be, for full detail record on your mobile and slow down to see all movements.