The evening session got underway with five-time World Champion in action as he took on Alan ‘Chuck’ Norris, the atmosphere at Alexandra Palace was electric as renditions of ‘Barney Army’ were projected around the arena.
Van Barneveld controlled the opening as he found his first 180 of the match and RVB set up tops but Norris had a go at 146 and he hit the first two trebles of the combination but narrowly missed the D16 as Van Barneveld returned to find Tops to take the opening leg.
Van Barneveld went on to dominate leg two also as he found his second maximum in as many legs and the Dutchman found D3 to extend his lead to 2-0 after missing two darts at double previous to that.
Van Barneveld sealed the first set with a 15-dart leg as he took out 80 on D5.
Norris joined in on the maximums in the first leg of the second set following RVB kicking off the leg with a 177, Van Barneveld missed a dart at D8 for a 127 allowing Norris a chance at 68, Norris missed two darts at D4 and Van Barneveld went on to win his fourth leg on the spin as he picked out D4.
Norris missed a dart at the Bull for a 170 in leg two, and he was punished immediately by RVB as he took out D12 for a 15-darter to double his lead in the set.
Van Barneveld continued his dominance in leg three as he hit back-to-back maximums leaving 41 after just nine darts thrown but the pair had a case of double-trouble but it was the Dutch man who won his SIXTH leg on the spin to lead by two sets to nil at the break.
Van Barneveld took his seventh straight leg as he took out 96 for a 14-darter just after Norris hit a 171 to apply a bit of pressure.
Van Barneveld hit his fifth maximum in the next leg and he took out D8 for a 2-0 lead in the third set and his eighth leg on the trot.
The Dutchman was on fire at this point as he went three sets clear winning his ninth consecutive leg as he picked out tops for a 13-darter.
Van Barneveld was not letting up as he kicked off the fourth set with an 11-darter which included two maximums to clinch his TENTH consecutive leg.
Norris won his first leg of the match to level the set at 1-1 as he took out Tops for a 64 finish after RVB had set up D8 for his 11th leg in a row.
Norris gained some monentum after taking his first leg as he found Tops for a 13-darter to lead 2-1 in the fourth set.
Van Barneveld levelled the set to go within a leg of match as he took out a terrific 121 finish on D14 for a 12 dart leg.
Van Barneveld produced Darts of the highest order as he set up D8 after just nine darts throw and he took it out for an 11-darter to book his place in the last 16 where he will meet Adrian Lewis, it was a phenomenal display from the Dutchman as he averaged 103.59 and dropped just two legs.
Van Barneveld Post Match:
“I was really focused and I really enjoyed the game,”
“I practiced hard before this tournament but just rested over Christmas. I’ve been doing this a long time and I think I know what to do”
“I feel comfortable and confident. When you feel like that, you can beat all of them.”
Match Report by – Tom Beresford
Van Gerwen saw off the challenge of an inspired Cristo Reyes to prevail in an absolutely sensational second-round clash. Van Gerwen averaged 105.24, hit 23 140’s, eleven maximums and converted 38% of his double attempts, as Reyes averaged 106.07; the highest losing average in the history of the World Championship.
“Cristo played phenomenal darts”
“I’m sure everyone enjoyed it. There was high averages and big finishes. It was a really good game of darts and what everybody wants to see”
“It gives me a good feeling for the rest of the tournament. I’m really glad I was prepared and showed everyone what I can do
“I won four-nil but it was winning ugly,”
“I’ll move on and get ready for the next round and I know I will have to play better but I got the win. It’s a scrappy win but I’ll be practising tomorrow to make sure I improve”
|Player||Player||Score||Match Average||180s||Checkout %|
|Raymond van Barneveld||–||Alan Norris||4||0||103.59||97.03||7||2||42.86%||18.18%|
|Phil Taylor||–||Kevin Painter||4||0||92.73||90.52||2||3||35.29%||23.53%|
|Michael van Gerwen||–||Cristo Reyes||4||2||105.24||106.07||11||5||36.84%||57.89%|
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