Van Barneveld sets up Cross showdown after superb return to PDC World Darts Championship against Ilagan
Van Barneveld averaged 96 with two 180's, 36% on the doubles and a high checkout in 121 and he has set up a top tungsten showdown of former World Champions against Rob Cross next.
Ilagan pinned a 180 and left 40 putting pressure on Van Barneveld who missed 62. The Filipino ace missed his chance though and Barney took it out.
The former pinned a 50 checkout, Barney missed 143 for a 2-1 lead but Ilagan was well back allowing the doyen of Dutch darts back for double 16 and 2-1. A 62 checkout saw him conclude it and he went off stage at 1-0 up.
Van Barneveld pounced after Ilagan missed darts to claim an opening hold. He followed that up with a 60 checkout. A 121 checkout saw Barney go 2-0 in sets ahead.
Double 13 saw Van Barneveld hold throw and go 1-0 up. Ilagan held throw after Barney missed a chance for another break.
He missed bull for a 68 checkout and Barney returned for double five. A 180 and double nine saw Van Barneveld claim victory.