VINTAGE VAN BARNEVELD WHILST DOLAN DECISIVE
World Darts Championship, Day Six Report
Raymond van Barneveld produced a vintage performance as he dominated his first-round match with Robbie Green, winning 3-0, and preceding this, Brendan Dolan played arguably his best performance on the World Championship stage, as he comfortably beat Christian Kist 3-1.
Barney was at his brilliant best as he won lost only two legs in the match, doing a demolition job on ‘Kong’. An average of 98.45 was solid from the Dutchman, with his checking out spectacular throughout the match.
The first two legs of the opening set were shared, as they both landed 86 checkouts. The next two legs though, went the Dutchman’s way, with a trademark 156 finish followed by a 64 out, completing the first set.
The next two sets were more of the same from RvB. Green was broken straight after the interval when after he missed a dart at double 16 for a 112 out, Barney landed a shanghai 120. And after a hold apiece, van Barneveld held again- wrapping up the set 3-1.
Green was visibly frustrated with his display, and the last set was whitewashed by RvB, with double 8 the match-winning double. The five-time Champion of the World will face Alan ‘Chuck’ Norris in the Last 32 after Christmas.
The match before this saw another stunning performance as Brendan Dolan produced a clinical darting display- continuing somewhat of a rejuvenation in form of late.
The Irishman set out his stall strongly in the first set, as he won it 3-0, with a tidy 70 checkout to seal it. The next set was complete contrast though, as this time, ‘the Lipstick’ Kist took all three legs to level at one set apiece- a quality 105 out ensured that they levelled up.
From there on though, it was all Brendan Dolan again. Checkouts of 78 and 102 saw him take the third set 3-0, and despite the first two legs of the fourth set being shared, Dolan kicked on to complete a 3-1 set victory.
The first match of the night saw Russian, Boris Koltsov, take on German, Dragutin Horvat, in a preliminary match, whereby the winner would face Simon Whitlock at the end of the night.
The match looked to be going Koltsov’s way as he took the first set 3-1, with smart checkouts of 97 and 84. However, in this best of three set encounter, the pre-match bookies favourite, Horvat, would ultimately prevail.
The next set saw the German level up with a 3-1 set win, although, he seemed under pressure as Koltsov edged two up in the last set. However, Horvat rallied to take the set 3-2. A fantastic 101 finish from Horvat in the fourth leg was the killer blow with Koltsov waiting on 36 for the match.
Horvat then completed the comeback when he landed double top for a 59 match, and therefore booking a match with Simon Whitlock last match on.
That match turned out to be a special ‘Wizard’ performance, as he completed a three set to nil win over Horvat, of which saw an array of scintillating finishing.
The first set was confident from the Australian as he took it 3-0, and he following that up with a 3-1 win in the next set, of which included a 91 checkout on the bullseye.
The final set was then magical from the Wizard. After taking the first leg, he took out a special 170 checkout for a 12 darter, and therefore moving a leg away from victory.
The match then concluded in a special fashion, with Whitlock pinning a 158 checkout with double 19, to mark a memorable return to form for the Aussie on the Ally Pally stage. Whitlock will play Darren Webster in the next round.
|Player||Player||Score||Match Average||180s||Checkout %|
|Boris Koltsov (P)||–||Dragutin Horvat (P)||1||2||76.51||75.58||0||2||40.00%||21.88%|
|Brendan Dolan||–||Christian Kist||3||1||95.12||88.67||2||1||56.25%||33.33%|
|Raymond van Barneveld||–||Robbie Green||3||0||98.84||90.08||3||1||56.25%||28.57%|
|Simon Whitlock||–||Dragutin Horvat||3||0||98.7||88.18||1||1||60.00%||14.29%|
Photo courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDC