Raymond van Barneveld missed out on a place in the World Championship quarter-finals after being edged out by Mark Webster at Alexandra Palace on Friday.
The Dutch ace’s chances of winning a sixth World Championship were ended, for this year at least, as he lost a last leg decider to the Welshman.
van Barneveld won the first set 3-2, but only after Webster had missed five darts at doubles to take it 3-1.
‘Barney’ missed a dart at tops to double his lead as the second set also went the full distance, with Webster finding the bed that the Dutchman didn’t to level the match.
Clinical finishes of 86, 96 and 110 gave van Barneveld the third set but Webster levelled up again, taking out 101 in the fifth leg decider, in which he hit two 180s.
‘Barney’ upped his 180 tally to seven as he raced through the fifth set, winning three straight legs with a 120 checkout in the last.
But Webster replied in kind, reeling off three legs in a row to force a deciding set.
And the Welshman made it six in a row as he won the match in style, twice punishing his opponent for missing a dart at a double, before sealing his place in the last eight with a 68 finish.
Webster will take on either Michael van Gerwen or Gary Anderson on Sunday evening.
By Chris Murphy
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