Monday 19 February 2018

Raymond van Barneveld stuns Michael van Gerwen in PDC World Championship classic

Raymond van Barneveld celebrates his victory over Michael van Gerwen
Raymond van Barneveld celebrates his victory over Michael van Gerwen

Raymond van Barneveld beat world number one Michael van Gerwen 4-3 in a thriller at Alexandra Palace to reach the quarter-finals of the PDC World Championship.

In a classic and dramatic affair between the two Dutchmen, Van Gerwen won a competitive opening set with a powerful display, before watching Van Barneveld level by winning the second as both averaged over 104.

Van Gerwen levelled again after Van Barneveld took a 2-1 lead, before once more falling behind.

Throwing a 121 checkout, with Van Barneveld on three match darts, Van Gerwen made it 3-3 under intense pressure, before his rival eventually secured victory. Van Gerwen's average of 105.78 is the highest ever for a loser in the event. Van Barneveld will next meet Michael Smith.

Gary Anderson had earlier won 4-0 against Vincent van der Voort to progress to a quarter-final fixture against James Wade. The Scot dropped only a single leg in a dominant performance.

Adrian Lewis secured a similarly one-sided victory, also winning 4-0, against Mensur Suljovic. Lewis is yet to drop a set, and lost only four legs against Suljovic. He will meet either Peter Wright or Dave Chisnall on Friday.

Earlier on Tuesday afternoon, Wade continued his pursuit of a first final at Ally Pally with a 4-1 defeat of Jamie Caven.

Having convincingly won his first set, Wade allowed Caven to level at 1-1 in the second before rediscovering improved form thereafter to secure his spot in the quarter-finals.

Smith had been far more impressive. In one of the competition's most one-sided contests, he overcame Benito van de Pas 4-0.

Jelle Klaasen also won, outlasting Mervyn King 4-2 in the day's first contest, concluding the final session of the second round.

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