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Raymond van Barneveld made the perfect start at the Grand Slam of Darts by whitewashing Mark Walsh 5-0 in his opening group game in Wolverhampton.

The five-time World Champion averaged over 96 in an excellent triumph, which included a brilliant 141 checkout.

“I’m very happy with that start,” said van Barneveld, who is still to meet Christian Kist and Wayne Jones in Group H.

“Mark is tough competitor and I wouldn’t expect to beat him 5-0.

“I have to focus for tomorrow night’s game now.

“My game as been up and down so I want to do well here and get some form ahead of the World Championships.”

‘Barney’ got his campaign underway in style, taking out 141 for a break of throw in the opening leg.

The Dutchman hit double nine to take the second leg before his first 180 helped him on his way to a 3-0 lead.

He made it four by taking out 61 on double four and completed a comfortable victory with a neat 68 out shot.

By Chris Murphy

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