World Cup of Darts: Round 2: The Netherlands vs Austria
RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD 4 – 3 Dietmar Burger
The five-time world champion had to wait until the early hours of the morning to get on stage and begin the defence of the title he won in 2010. His opponent played well but van Barneveld found an extra gear and claimed the win.
‘Barney’ hit double 16 to edge in front but Burger won the next two legs to turn the game around. The Austrian hit a 180 in the next leg and van Barneveld responded with a 174 before levelling the match.
Berger took a 3-2 lead before the defending champion took out a neat 64 checkout to set up a deciding leg. The Dutchman then sealed victory and the first point of the match for his country.
VINCENT VAN DER VOORT 3 – 4 Mensur Suljovic
Vincent van der Voort suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of Mensur Suljovic in the early hours of Saturday morning in Hamburg.
The Dutchman had to wait until nearly 2am to get started and was denied victory despite showing glimpses of his brilliant best.
Suljovic took the lead before van der Voort took out 64 to level. The quick-fire Dutchman then produced a stunning 140 finish, much to the delight of the German crowd who constantly sang his name throughout the match.
The Dutch Destroyer was pegged back by his Austrian opponent, who won the next two legs to take a 3-2 lead. Van der Voort responded with a tidy 48 finish to set up a decider, which Suljovic won with a 14 dart leg.
Van der Voort and van Barneveld will be last on stage again today, when they take on their opponents in a doubles decider.
By Chris Murphy