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RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD 4 – 0 Gary Anderson

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

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