Steve Beaton edged out Raymond van Barneveld on the opening night of action at the European Darts Open.

Barney has been on a bit of a resurgence as of late but this was halted by the fellow former World Champion. He spoke afterwards and admitted you can’t get a tougher draw so he’s delighted.
“You can’t get a much tougher draw than Raymond in the first round so I’m delighted to get the win,” said Beaton.
“But I always say you have to play the best to be the best in darts and even though it was a bit edgy I took my chances to win it which is pleasing.
“Against Rob I know I will have to play a lot better and take my chances again when I get them.”
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Author: Samuel Gill