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Breathtaking Barney wins World thriller!

Posted by Unicorn at 23:55 on 29th December 2015 in Unicorn Darts News

Breathtaking Barney wins World thriller!

It will go down as one of THE greatest games in World Championship history.

Team Unicorn's 5 times World Champion Raymond van Barneveld rolled back the years with one of his best ever displays to stun red hot Ally Pally favourite Michael van Gerwen!

It was stunning stuff. It really was. Barney won an epic by four sets to three.

And Team Unicorn World Champion Gary Anderson joined in the fun with a fabulous display as he thrashed Vincent van der Voort 4-0 dropping only one leg in the process. It's Anderson against James Wade in an all Unicorn quarter-final.

But this was brilliant Barney's night. He will now face Michael Smith in another all Unicorn quarter-final on New Year's Day.

Van Gerwen averaged nearly 106 but it didn't matter as Van Barneveld hit him with everything in his tungsten armoury. Every time the World No.1 looked like grasping control, Van Barneveld seized the initiative himself....time after time.

"I always felt Michael was vulnerable and as long as I kept pace with him I knew that I could beat him," Barney said. "It was all about keeping cool and keeping the pressure on and using all my experience. It worked a treat!"

You can say that again Raymond!

Van Gerwen took the opening set with the help of a 127 finish on the bull but back came the Unicorn man to win the next two sets.....a 121 check-out to break followed by D5 to level and in a deciding set in the third set a brilliant 174 set up shot left him 64 which he took out to move ahead.

The World No.1 responded with a clean sweep in set four which included a 170 finish. And it looked like Van Gerwen was going to move in front when he broke in the 5th set. But not a bit of it. Barney banged in a 124 to break back and nailed D6 to go back into the lead.

Van Gerwen produced a stunning 135 finish in a 6th set deciding leg to guarantee this epic went the distance.

In the decider Barney took out 101 and then 72 to break throw. Van Gerwen hit back with a 10 darter but he missed one dart at 'tops' to force a tie-break and Van Barneveld held his nerve to take out a fabulous 96 for the match.

He averaged 101 and Van Gerwen looked stunned at the end. This was the very best of Raymond van Barneveld.

"The birth of my grandson this week has changed so much for me. I feel relaxed and confident and I will relish the clash with Michael Smith just as I relished this game with Michael van Gerwen."

Well Anderson was at full throttle too.

He dismissed Vincent van der Voort with another great performance.

Three 180s in the opening threw legs took the Scot to the opening set and there was no looking back. He was relentless. He was ruthless.

He raced into a three set lead in under half-an-hour and it looked like being the perfect game....12 straight legs but he missed two darts at D12 to allow Van der Voort to pinch a leg. It only delayed the inevitable because in the next leg a 7th 180 from Anderson set up the victory on D5.

A 101.58 average but you still felt he was playing within himself.

"It was ok," he said. "I will need to improve against James that's for sure. But Vincent didn't turn up on the night and I had to be ruthless. It is still my World Championship and that's the way I want it to stay!" Anderson said.

Meanwhile Adrian Lewis charged into the quarter-finals with a 4-0 demolition of Mensur Suljovic. He lost only four legs and still hasn't dropped a set in the tournament. He plays Peter Wright or Dave Chisnall in the last eight.

Tuesday 2nd Round result:

Mervyn King 2-4 Jelle Klaasen

Tuesday 3rd Round results:

Raymond van Barneveld 4-3 Michael van Gerwen
Gary Anderson 4-0 Vincent van der Voort
Adrian Lewis 4-0 Mensur Suljovic
James Wade 4-1 Jamie Caven
Michael Smith 4-0 Benito van de Pas


Photos courtesy Lawrence Lustig / PDC

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