Effective Raymond van Barneveld knocks out Luke Humphries at European Darts Open

Raymond van Barneveld has qualified for the final day of the European Darts Open at the expense of Luke Humphries. The 57-year-old from The Hague recorded a handsome 6-4 victory over the reigning world champion.

It was mainly the doubles that broke Humphries down. The Englishman recorded a finishing percentage of only 22 percent, while Van Barneveld had a checkout percentage of 40 percent.

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In the first leg, Humphries already missed seven doubles to get on the scoreboard. Van Barneveld took profit with his second dart on the double and then doubled his lead with a 14-dart leg. However 'Cool Hand Luke' fought his way back into the match with a 12-dart leg and a 14-darter to get back to 2-2.

Van Barneveld then regained the lead with a 14-darter, before Humphries tied the score again with a 13-darter. Then it was Van Barneveld who managed to produce a 13-darter to make it 4-3. Humphries then levelled the score again with a 109 finish.

Humphries then failed to break the Dutchman in the ninth leg. The world number one missed two chances on tops, after which Van Barneveld managed to reach 5-4 via double 6. Humphries missed four more doubles in the tenth leg to force a deciding leg. Van Barneveld then hit the double 10 to take the win.

Dimitri van den Bergh could not repeat his good form of the opening round in the last 32. The Belgian had impressed on Friday night with a 6-1 victory over Ryan Meikle with an average of 109, but now went down 6-3. This time Van den Bergh threw an average of 98, compared to 100 for Rock.

The difference was made early in the match. Rock won the first three legs after hitting a 13-darter and a 14-darter. The Northern Irishman closed the match in fine fashion in the ninth leg with a 160 finish.

Peter Wright finally managed to win again as he reached the final day of an European Tour event for only the third time this year. The Scotsman produced a fine display to see of Ritchie Edhouse 6-3 with an average of 97.49.

Finally, Martin Schindler also progressed to the third round of the European Darts Open on Sunday. The German managed to win 6-4 against Karel Sedlacek in front of his own crowd in Leverkusen.

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