Raymond van Barneveld edges out Stephen Bunting

Published: Sunday 27th December 2015 by The News Editor

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Raymond van Barneveld squeezed out Stephen Bunting for the second year in a row to reach the last 16 of the PDC World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace.

The pair met 12 months ago in the quarter-final stages, with Van Barneveld eventually triumphing by the odd set and the Dutchman was once again taken to a decider in Sunday night’s second-round match.

At 2-2 in the seventh set, and needing to win by two clear legs, the game was still in the balance but Van Barneveld, who earlier in the day announced he had become a grandfather, held his nerve to edge another thrilling encounter 4-3.

The 48-year-old, seeded 16th this year, admitted he felt fortunate to progress, telling Sky Sports 1: “I’m the lucky one tonight, I think Stephen should have won.

“I was so tired, maybe this belly is still full from Christmas. I tried to keep on going. He played well but I could have played a lot better than this and I’m lucky.”

The first four sets went against the throw before Van Barneveld stole a march with his fourth and fifth ton-plus finishes of the match and an 11-dart leg moving him 3-2 ahead, only for Bunting, the 17th seed, to capitalise after his opponent missed four darts at doubles before a 57 checkout allowed the 30-year-old from St Helens to level.

Van Barneveld, who struggled with his doubles throughout, gave his opponent another let-off in the second leg of the seventh set, but he rebounded by nailing double 12 and then tops to take the match.

Bunting, who made 15 180s in the match and averaged 98.18 to Van Barneveld’s 94.63, was once again magnanimous in defeat, saying: “(It was a) fantastic game again, we always have really good games and now I hope he goes all the way and goes on to win it.”

Van Barneveld’s compatriot Vincent van der Voort, seeded 15th, battled back from 2-0 down to storm to a 4-2 win over Kyle Anderson.

The Dutchman, who reached the quarter-finals last year, sealed victory with a fabulous 134 checkout to set up a third-round clash with reigning champion Gary Anderson.

World number eight Michael Smith averaged over 100 to see off 1996 BDO world champion Steve Beaton 4-2 and he will next face Benito van de Pas after the Dutchman defeated Belgium’s Dimitri Van den Bergh by the same scoreline.

Published: Sunday 27th December 2015 by The News Editor

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