Raymond van Barneveld has his sights set on home comforts after a big win in Leeds.
The ever-popular Dutch master came from 5-2 down to defeat Gerwyn Price. Pivotal breaks sealed by 121 and 101 checkouts set up an 89 finish for the win, which was taken out on the bull. Victory means a huge step towards survival for van Barneveld. It would mean the Netherlands national icon would appear in Rotterdam. Thanks to the meeting in Exeter being called off, the Ahoy Arena will host two Premier League nights. That has added an extra incentive for the 2014 Premier League winner.
“The PDC announced there would be two nights in Rotterdam this year so as a Dutchman you want to be there and not be eliminated before that, so this is a really big win,” said Barney.
“This is a very important win for me and I’m happy. Maybe Gerwyn deserved a point but sometimes that’s how it goes.”
Next up for the five-time world champion is a meeting with Gary Anderson in Nottingham. Van Barneveld leapfrogged the Flying Scotsman thanks to his win over Price.
“I didn’t give up. It’s so important to qualify for the second half of the season, and I’m on five points now but I’ve still got to get ready for the next four weeks,” the 50-year-old said.
“The crowd were fantastic and I loved it on stage tonight, I got an amazing reception.”Tags: PDC | Premier League Darts 2018 | Raymond van Barneveld
Author: Ed McCosh