Raymond van Barneveld was 6-3 down last week, but came back to draw. With the tables turned, he closed out the win.

The Dutchman did not make the same mistakes Daryl Gurney did during the tie in Dublin. Van Barneveld converted his advantage into a 7-5 win over Mensur Suljovic. Barney checked out an imperious 167, and sealed the victory with a 12-darter. And the five-time world champion was pleased with the fruits of his labour in Wales.

“Mensur’s a top player and he kept fighting back. I got one chance and I took it in that last leg,” van Barneveld said.

“Last week I was happy to get a point after being 6-3 up but this week I knew I had to get the win when I was in the same situation, so I’m happy tonight.

“It’s nice to be in the top four, but this is only after two weeks.”

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Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Author: Edward McCosh