Raymond van Barneveld stormed into the semi-finals of the Ladbrokes World Championship with a fine 5-1 triumph over Simon Whitlock on Friday evening.
van Barneveld, who won the Grand Slam of Darts last month ending a five year wait for a major title, remains on course to be crowned World Champion for a sixth time after another awesome display.
‘Barney’ hit nine 180s and averaged over 102 en route to victory, as he set up a last four clash with either Phil Taylor or Andy Hamilton. more
Raymond van Barneveld cruised to a straight sets victory over Gary Anderson on Thursday evening to reach the quarter-finals of the Ladbrokes World Championship.
The five-time World Champion took a step closer to another triumph with a comfortable success at the Ally Pally.
“I’m really pleased with the win,” said van Barneveld, who last won the tournament in 2007.
“I never expected to win it 4-0 but I was very confident.
“I’m in the mood to beat anyone and I know I can go all the way.”
‘Barney’ hit 180′s in each of the first two legs, which were shared, going on to take the first set 3-2.
The Dutchman bedded his third maximum in the first leg of set two, but fell behind before winning three legs on the spin to double his lead.
A fourth 180 helped van Barneveld edge in front in the third set and he pinned double top to break.
Anderson broke back immediately but ‘Barney’ won the next leg to take the set.
The reigning Grand Slam champion then reeled off three legs in row to complete an impressive whitewash.
van Barneveld faces Simon Whitlock on Friday evening.
By Chris Murphy
The 2012 Grand Slam of Darts winner continued his quest to win a second consecutive major title, with a fairly comfortable victory over Dolan.
‘Barney’ took the first two sets but found himself in a precarious position when Dolan won five straight legs.
But, with his opponent needing one leg to level the match, The Dutch ace took the next three to move 3-1 ahead before closing out the victory.
“I’m happy with the win,” said van Barneveld, the five-time World Champion, who had averaged over 108 in his first round triumph.
“Brendan fought back well but I was really pleased to win the fourth set. That probably got me the match.
“If you look at the averages compared to the first match, it wasn’t my best but I was a little tired.
“The most important thing is that I’m through and looking forward to the next match.”
van Barneveld began in a similar vein of form to his first round victory, averaging over 102 as he took the first set three nil and hitting his first 180 in the process.
The first two legs in the second set were shared, before the Dutchman’s second maximum helped to put him in front.
He then grabbed a break of throw to double his lead in the match.
Dolan hit back, however, as the Northern Irishman took out finishes of 100 and 124 to pull a set back.
‘The History Maker’ produced an eleven-darter to break in the opening leg of the third, before pinning a 103 to checkout to move within a leg of parity.
But ‘Barney’ stopped the rot and reeled off three consecutive legs, which included a 93 checkout and his third maximum, to take the set and go 3-1 up.
Dolan held his throw in the first leg of the fourth set before van Barneveld pegged him backed, with the aid of his fourth 180.
The Dutch legend grabbed a break of throw, bedding double nine, before finishing off the match with a clinical 62 finish.
van Barneveld will meet Anderson in the third round on Thursday 27 December.
By Chris Murphy
Images courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDC
Raymond van Barneveld rolled back the years with a sensational first round display in the Ladbrokes World Championship on Sunday evening.
The five-time World Champion hit eight 180s in a 3-0 defeat of Michael Smith, in which he posted an incredible 108.31 average, his highest ever at the Alexandra Palace.
The popular Dutchman dropped just one leg en route to the second round as he ensured there would be no repeat of last year’s early exit from the £1 million tournament.
“Last year I was in shock when I lost to James Richardson,” admitted ‘Barney’, who won his first major title for five years at the Grand Slam of Darts last month.
“I was so devastated and I knew I had to work hard, dig in and play in every tournament in order to get back to form.
“I came here feeling so happy because the Grand Slam made me feel like I can win again.
“Playing like this I can beat anyone and I’m going to try and play at this level in every round.”
Smith took the opening leg but ‘Barney’ hit back with a brilliant eleven darter, which included his first 180.
His second maximum came in the third leg as he grabbed a break of throw before pinning double 16 to wrap up the first set.
The Dutch star produced a fabulous 121 finish in the first leg of set two and followed it with two maximums as he doubled his lead.
van Barneveld almost produced a nine-darter as he sealed the second set, throwing seven perfect darts before missing the treble 19, as he raised his match average to 112.
‘Barney’ kicked off the third leg with a break of throw before taking out 78 in clinical fashion.
He finished the job in style, having time for an eighth maximum before sealing the win with a terrific 111 checkout.
van Barneveld will take on Brendan Dolan in the second round on Saturday 22 December.
By Chris Murphy