Hampshire’s Arron Monk had a night he’ll never forget as he sensationally triumphed over Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor at the 2013 Untouchables event.
Monk dispatched the PDC world champion in the quarter-final in front of a gob-smacked and raucous sell-out crowd in Southsea on Saturday night.
The Basingstoke ace came from behind to defeat the darts legend 4-3 with a 15-dart checkout.
That sent fans wild at the Pyramids on another event to savour, as the sport’s greats descended on the area.
Dutch sensation Michael van Gerwen eventually triumphed over countryman Vincent van der Voort in an exciting final.
But it will be Monk’s win which will live long in the memory.
Modus darts promoter and event organiser, Jason Thame, believes it was a victory which was totally warranted.
Thame said: ‘Arron beating Phil was something else.
‘It was quite weird, to be honest, but people really enjoyed it.
‘He played really well. Both men averaged mid-90s, so it was a good standard.
‘Phil looked in charge. He was 2-1 and 3-2 up.
‘But Arron got back to 3-3 and Phil missed 97.
‘Then Arron took out a shot for a 15-dart leg, so he deserved it.
‘Phil didn’t give it to him – Arron beat him. The crowd loved it and went mad.’
Van Gerwen overcame van der Voort’s challenge with a 113.89 average in the final after defeating Waterlooville-based Aussie Simon ‘The Wizard’ Whitlock in the semis.
Monk’s challenge came to an end with a 4-2 last-four defeat to van der Voort. Cosham’s Andy Jenkins earlier lost to Whitlock 4-1.
Thame felt the evening was the best Untouchables event staged in the area.
‘It was a brilliant night. I’d say it was the best one we’ve done. There was a very high standard of darts on show in front of a capacity crowd,’ he said.
‘It was a great atmosphere and great to see four of the best five players on the planet.
‘Phil stayed until 2am after the show. He had time for everyone and he was in there with Michael van Gerwen until the death.
‘They were well supported and enjoyed the night.
‘Vincent van der Voort has been in the final two years running and played some great darts.
‘Michael is Michael and has taken the Players’ Championship and three exhibition nights in three that he’s won, with 102 his worst average.
‘He’ll take a lot of positives from that. When these players meet each other they want to beat them.
‘Michael played Simon in the semis and it was one of the best games I’ve seen in an exhibition.
‘It was 4-2 with eight 180s and both men were on form.
‘These men don’t want to lose each other, whether it is for 50p or £50,000.’
The focus will now switch to the next big darts event in Southsea on May 9. A Night of Champions will see the likes of van Gerwen, James Wade, Dennis Priestley and Ted Hankey all vying for honours.
Tickets are priced £60 (VIP), £35 and £20, and are available from 08450 180 180.