Barney & Taylor Progress to the 2013 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship Semis

Raymond van Barneveld (102.32) 5 v 1 ( 97.36) Simon Whitlock (3-1, 3-0, 2-3, 3-2, 3-2, 3-0)

Raymond van Barneveld opened his quarter-final clash against Simon Whitlock with a break of throw to secure the first leg in a set which he went on to win 3-1, despite his Australian opponent taking the second leg with a 116 checkout . Barney’s tungsten was trained on the lipstick as he posted a 100+ average including 3 x 180’s over the initial 4 legs.

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Barney punished Whitlock again in the second set; a 135 checkout (Bull T15 D20) gave him a 2 leg advantage and a third leg without reply facilitated the set for the Grand Slam Champion.

After a slow start The Wizard kicked off the third set with an 11 dart leg that included a  pair of 180’s , Barney converted 76 to take the second leg, the next two legs were shared as Whitlock pushed his own average to 100+ and hit his sixth 180 of the match.

The fifth and deciding leg saw Whitlock miss 6 match darts before nailing D4 in a leg where Barney was unable to match his scoring; a missed attempt at 170 being the Dutchman’s only chance to take the third set.

With a set on the board and momentum on his side Whitlock started the fourth set strongly, only for van Barneveld to level with a 112 finish. Again the second and fourth legs were shared taking the set to a deciding leg which Barney won, finishing 86 on the bulls eye for a 3-1 lead.

The fifth set was again decided by a final leg,  the end result being an emotional Barney cleaning up 18 after both players missed 3 figure checkouts, to put himself within one set of a semi-final appearance at 4-1.

That set came relatively easily as the fear now rested with the beard which allowed Barneveld to take the next set to nil for a brilliant 5-1 victory. On paper this scoreline flatters the Dutchman, but he ultimately won the decisive legs in the close sets and hit the big finishes reflected by 52% success on doubles and a 102.32 average.

Afterwards van Barneveld said “I’m starting to play the board not the opponent, I think Simon had a good record against me, he is a gentleman and true professional dart player in defeat. I want to beat the best so would like to play Phil Taylor next.”

Phil Taylor (101.38) 5 v 0 (96.38) Andy Hamilton (3-0, 3-0, 3-1, 3-0, 3-1)

World Darts ChampionshipPhil Taylor drew first blood in his contest against Andy Hamilton taking the first set without reply off the back of The Hammer’s missed doubles. Having won the opening leg against the throw (Taylor won the pre match bull-up but declined to throw first) Taylor punished his Stoke rival’s misses in legs 2 and 3 to taking the set without reply.

Checkouts of 118 and 40 from Taylor saw him forge a 2-0 lead in the second set as Hamilton again left the door open, the third leg was more one sided as Taylor cruised two sets ahead.

Seven missed attempts at a double and a  2 set deficit did not weaken Hamilton’s fighting spirit, he took the first leg of the third set on tops with The Power sat on 130. Taylor drew level though and went on to take the third leg as Hamilton missed D13 for a 146 finish, aided by a 177 he took the set in the next.

At 3-0 in favour of the 15 times World Champion the match turned into a procession, as Taylor upped his game taking the fourth set and his average to 100+ thanks to accuracy on doubles and succesful cover shots on treble 19 in an exhibition like performance.

A consolation second leg of the match for Hamilton opened the fifth set, but Taylor reeled off 3 legs winning the match on double 10 to set up the mouthwatering semi-final that Raymond van Barneveld had earlier called him out for.

“I’m shattered and ready for bed,” said Taylor. “I didn’t think it was easy, Andy just kept missing doubles.”

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