Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld clinched the inaugural Cambridge Darts Masters title with victory over two-time world finalist Simon Whitlock at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on Friday evening.
Van Barneveld was also joined by his compatriot Benito van de Pas and three-time Lakeside world champion Martin Adams in the star-studded exhibition event, but it was the legendary Dutchman who claimed the spoils. Elsewhere, former world finalist Bobby George was also present to entertain and compete against members of the crowd.
Nevertheless, when the competitive action got underway, Barney sealed his place in the final with victory over Benito van de Pas – his sixth successive win against ‘Big Ben’. Whitlock then defeated BDO stalwart Martin Adams in the second semi-final, to set up an enthralling final against the Dutch darting deity.
However, it was Van Barneveld who prevailed in the final; averaging 104 to overcome the Australian ace and scoop the inaugural Cambridge Darts Masters crown. The 50-year-old now heads to the PokerStars Championships in Monte Carlo this weekend, before he faces a crunch Premier League clash against Dave Chisnall in Sheffield next Thursday.