PDC World Championship: Raymond van Barneveld cruises through to last four

By Mark Kendall - Twitter: @SkySportsMK.   Last Updated: 29/12/12 7:02am

  • Share:

Sky Bet

Raymond van Barneveld progressed to the semi-finals of the PDC World Darts Championship as he produced an awesome performance to thrash Simon Whitlock 5-1.

The Dutchman was at his fluent best as he simply overpowered his Australian opponent, firing in nine maximums and finishing with an average of 102.32.

"A couple of months I started believing in myself and thinking, 'Ray, you have a good life so just play your game, you know you can play well."
Raymond van Barnveld

Van Barneveld set the tone for a dominant display as he opened with a 13-darter to break in the opening leg. Whitlock responded with a 116 check-out to level, but van Barneveld took the next two to clinch the set.

A wonderful 135 checkout (bull, treble-15, tops) was the highlight of a one-sided second set as Barney moved further ahead, but Whitlock - who was by no means throwing badly - showed good character to take the third in the deciding leg, eventually hitting double-four.

But that was as good as things got for the Australian as van Barneveld found big shots when he needed them to remain in control, a check-out of 86, which included a bull finish, seeing him move 3-1 ahead.

The fifth set also went to a deciding leg, but van Barneveld chose the ideal time to deliver his seventh maximum and then found double-four under heavy pressure to deliver a real body-blow to his rival.

'Barney' then raced through the next set, an 11-darter moving him two legs clear before he found double-16 to close out the match and clinch only his second victory over Whitlock in their last nine meetings.

A delighted van Barneveld told Sky Sports afterwards: "Simon has a good record against me, but that was a different van Barneveld. A couple of months I started believing in myself and thinking, 'Ray, you have a good life so just play your game, you know you can play well'.

"Then I won the Grand Slam (of Darts) and from that point of view I started thinking, 'just play the board, don't play your opponents, play the board' and that's what I'm doing."

A magnanimous Whitlock added: "I threw everything at Raymond but I just wasn't good enough, he played absolutely brilliantly. I'm walking away with a smile on my face, I couldn't do much better."

  • Share:

Related

2013 PDC World Darts Championship

Phil Taylor claims the Sid Waddell trophy

2013 remembered

We look back at a brilliant World Darts Championship and pick out our Ally Pally highlights.

The future of darts is in safe hands after Sky Sports agreed a new broadcast deal

Darting delight

Sky Sports has signed a new five-year broadcast deal with the Professional Darts Corporation.

Phil Taylor: won his 16th World title at Alexandra Palace in January

Sky extends PDC deal

Sky Sports has signed a new five-year broadcast deal with the Professional Darts Corporation.

Poll

Most Popular

Features

Matchplay results

Matchplay results

The latest results from the 2014 World Matchplay darts at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

World Matchplay pics

World Matchplay pics

Have a look at our favourite images from round one of the World Matchplay at the Winter Gardens.

Matchplay build-up

Matchplay build-up

We bring you all the news, previews and interviews ahead of the World Matchplay darts.