Raymond van Barneveld thrilled the vociferous ‘Barney Army’ in Rotterdam after storming to an emphatic win over world number two Gary Anderson. Elsewhere, Michael van Gerwen also delighted the Dutch crowd with victory over Phil Taylor, on a thrilling night of action at the Ahoy Arena in Holland on Thursday evening. Continue reading “2017 Premier League Darts: Week Seven Report!”→
Raymond van Barneveld has admitted that he’s ‘feeling emotional’ ahead of his return to the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam this evening. The five-time world champion received arguably the reception of his career in last year’s inaugural Premier League visit to Rotterdam, and he’s relishing the prospect of performing on home soil once more. Continue reading “‘Emotional’ Barney relishing Rotterdam return!”→
Raymond van Barneveld claimed that the breathtaking reception he received from the 10,000 Dutch fans packed into Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena, was ‘the best moment of his career’.
Van Barneveld produced a valiant fightback from 6-4 down against Peter Wright to claim a share of the spoils on home soil on Thursday evening. However, this night will be remembered for the electric atmosphere generated by the ‘Barney Army’, rather than the result itself.
The five-time world champion admitted: “It was probably the best moment in my career. You can win titles; you can win many titles, but to be honoured like this, is probably the best that can ever happen.”
Van Barneveld was the first ever Dutchman to win a World Championship title and he claims he is proud of the legacy he has created in Holland. “Everyone started to play Darts because of me. Michael van Gerwen is there now; we have Jelle Klaasen, we have Christian Kist; all world champions!”
“It was a bumpy road for me, and it’s still a bumpy road for me. I did good things for Darts in Holland, and there was a lot, a lot of respect for me tonight, and I’m really proud of that,” van Barneveld added.
Michael van Gerwen delighted a 10,000 partisan Dutch crowd by beating Phil Taylor and securing top spot in the Premier League table in Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena on Thursday evening. Van Gerwen edged out ‘The Power’ 7-5 in a thrilling contest to ensure he tops the league phase for the fourth year in succession.
MvG posted two maximums in the opening leg, but it was Taylor who clinched the spoils, after ‘The Green Machine’ spurned five darts at double. However, the world number one responded magnificently, converting checkouts of 90 and 80 to claim a crucial break of throw.
Despite this, the 16-time world champion secured an instant break back after Van Gerwen squandered two darts at tops, with Taylor taking out 41 in two darts. The next four legs all went with throw, with the encounter tantalizingly poised at four apiece. MvG was dominating the averages, but Taylor was displaying tremendous resilience.
Taylor fired in a timely 140 as he aimed to hold throw once more, but Van Gerwen raised the roof with a spectacular 164 checkout on the bullseye. The Dutch star then needed just one more leg to guarantee top spot, but he was made to sweat for a little longer, as Taylor took out D10 to level up proceedings, after Michael had missed a dart at tops.
The Premier League enters unprecedented territory on Thursday night, as the tournament enters the Netherlands for the first time in its history. Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena hosts the final week of league action and the stakes are incredibly high.
Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor is undoubtedly the main event of the evening. Both are locked on 24 points and the winner will top the table and subsequently collect the £25,000 winner’s bonus awarded for whoever finishes first.
Elsewhere, Adrian Lewis and Gary Anderson clash in a repeat of last year’s World Championship final, with Lewis knowing that a point should be sufficient to secure a play-off spot, alongside Van Gerwen, Taylor and Anderson.
Peter Wright trails Lewis by the solitary point and he must defeat home-favourite Raymond van Barneveld to have any realistic chance of qualifying for the O2 Arena. Elsewhere, James Wade and Robert Thornton will also do battle on Dutch soil.