Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld produced the performance of the tournament thus far as he whitewashed Adrian Lewis in round-two of the World Grand Prix, as world champion Gary Anderson safely progressed to the last eight at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin, on Tuesday evening.
However, the story of the night was Raymond van Barneveld, who reached his first Grand Prix quarter-final since 2010 after dismantling two-time world champion Adrian Lewis in straight sets. Van Barneveld was superb, hitting D16 with unrelenting precision, averaging 97.21 and converting 53% of his attempts at double.
The opening set was a topsy-turvy affair which went to a fifth and deciding leg after the pair traded breaks. Lewis had the advantage of throw but he squandered five set darts at D18 and D9 respectively, and Van Barneveld pinned D4 with his last dart in hand to steal the set, which sparked a passionate roar from the legendary Dutchman.
Barney then whitewashed Lewis in the opening leg of set two after Lewis failed to pin a starting double within 12 darts. Jackpot was badly affected by his missed doubles in the opening set and the 49-year-old Den Haag ace was in uncompromising mood, extending his lead to 2-0, winning the set without reply.
Lewis fired in a maximum in the opening leg of set three but Barney was unperturbed, converting 72 on tops for a precious break of throw. The Stoke ace landed his fifth maximum in the following leg but then spurned three darts at D18,and Van Barneveld pinned D10 to win his sixth straight leg and move within a leg of victory.
Jackpot eventually stopped the rot with a commanding 13-dart hold to halve the deficit in the third set, but Van Barneveld closed out victory in emphatic fashion, with successive visits of 134, 134 and 145, before landing tops for a sublime 13-dart salvo.
Elsewhere, Gary Anderson cruised into the last eight with a convincing 3-1 win over his Australian namesake, Kyle Anderson. The Scot averaged 96.88 and landed five maximums, and despite Kyle also hitting five 180’s and converting 45% of his double attempts, his debut Grand Prix campaign ended in a second-round defeat.
Gary clinched the opening leg of the match by pinning D8, before doubling his lead in style. The world number two kicked off the second leg with a maximum 160 score, before registering his first maximum en route to an 11-darter. ‘The Original’ opened his account on D10, but Gary sealed the set with a 12-darter, by virtue of a fine 96 finish.
The Australian broke Gary’s throw in the opening leg of set two; punishing the Scot’s profligacy with a 76 finish. However the roles were reversed moments later, as Kyle squandered opportunities and allowed the world champion to draw level. This galvanised Gary, who went on to extend his lead in sets with successive finishes of 85 and 118.
The first three legs of set three all resulted in breaks of throw, with Kyle taking out 90 on the bull, only for Gary to respond with an 81 checkout. The Scotsman was in cruise control of leg four and appeared destined to seal victory, but he incredibly spurned SEVEN match darts, as ‘The Original’ preserved his hopes by hitting tops.
Kyle made the most of his unlikely opportunity and won his first set with a commanding 14-dart hold, culminating with a clinical two-dart 82 finish. However, Gary responded strongly and clinched the fourth set without reply, to remain on course for a maiden Grand Prix title.
The world champion will face Kim Huybrechts in the last eight, after the Belgian secured a place his first Grand Prix quarter-final thanks to a thumping 3-0 victory over former world champion Stephen Bunting.
‘The Hurricane’ was in majestic form, finishing with an average of 98.47. He also hit 9 of his 13 attempts at a finishing double, at a hugely impressive ratio of 69%. Bunting simply had no answer for the Belgian’s brilliance, winning just two legs in the entire contest.
Finally, another man through to his maiden Dublin quarter-final is Benito van de Pas, who recovered from a set down to dump out nine-time major finalist Terry Jenkins. Jenkins won the opening leg in sumptuous style with a 156 checkout, and ‘The Raging Bull’ went on to clinch the opening set.
However, van de Pas responded with vengeance, restoring parity at one apiece before moving 2-1 ahead after Jenkins squandered three darts to win the third set. The veteran Herefordshire ace stormed into a 2-0 lead in set four, but his profligacy continued to cost him and ‘Big Ben’ capitalised.
Van de Pas reduced the arrears to 2-1 in the fourth set with a clinical 76 kill, before forcing a deciding leg after Jenkins failed to convert 80. Benito had the advantage of throw in the decider, and after Jenkins failed to register a dart at double from 74, the Dutchman eventually pinned D5 to set up a quarter-final clash with his compatriot RvB.
Unibet World Grand Prix
Tuesday October 4 (7pm)
Second Round x4
Terry Jenkins 1-3 Benito van de Pas
Stephen Bunting 0-3 Kim Huybrechts
Gary Anderson 3-1 Kyle Anderson
Adrian Lewis 0-3 Raymond van Barneveld
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