Barney will end Anderson’s World Darts Championship bid
Raymond van Barneveld has admitted he is not getting carried away – despite showing style and steel to make it to the quarter-finals at Alexandra Palace.
‘Barney’ has struggled with form this season following a blackmail plot in his native Holland, but looked to be back to his best in his last 32 game against Kevin McDine.
His action was as smooth as ever and the Englishman never threatened the 2007 world darts champion.
However, Van Barneveld didn’t have things his own way in his last 16 clash against Derby’s Colin Osborne. ‘Barney’ was 3-2 down at one point before coming back to win 4-3 and book his quarter-final place against Anderson.
The Dutchman said: “This is the tournament that you want to win. But I don’t look beyond the next round.”
He would do well not to look too far into the future, with Anderson playing some brilliant darts.
The Scotsman whitewashed Andy Smith 4-0 in his last round game and has beaten Van Barneveld in their previous two meetings.
Despite those wins, ‘Barney’ still leads Anderson 6-2 in their head-to-head encounters and – after showing both sides of his game so far in the tournament – his experience should see him through to the semi-final at 11/8.
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