Protection continues on Sunday with one other bumper double session beginning at 12.30pm on Sky Sports activities Darts and once more at 7pm
By Paul Prenderville at Alexandra Palace
Final Up to date: 14/12/19 11:10pm
5-time world champ Raymond van Barneveld’s profession ends in defeat to Darin Younger
Raymond van Barneveld’s hopes of a fairy-tale finish to his skilled darts profession are over after he was overwhelmed Three-1 by Darin Younger within the first spherical of the World Darts Championship.
Virtually 30 years in the past, a 25-year-old Barney started his Worlds journey, dropping Three-Zero to Australia’s Keith Sullivan on the legendary Lakeside Nation Membership.
And virtually three a long time and 5 world titles on it was the identical first spherical hurdle that introduced the curtain down on an illustrious profession for Barney as Younger didn’t learn the script and left the Ally Pally crowd in surprised silence with no dream finale to the nice Dutchman’s profession.
An emotional Barney spoke to Sky Sports activities’ Rod Studd afterwards and, with the sentiments nonetheless uncooked, was virtually misplaced for phrases on how the night performed out, insisting that he wouldn’t forgive himself for his ultimate yr taking part in out so disappointingly.
An emotional Raymond van Barneveld spoke to Sky Sports activities after the defeat
No dream end for legendary Barney
After a spine-tingling entrance, that continued with the gang bellowing ‘Barney Military’ lengthy after after ‘Eye of the Tiger had subsided, Barney began slowly regardless of a gap leg 180 and it wasn’t to get significantly better as Younger booked a second-round showdown with Jeffrey de Zwaan.
The pair traded the opening legs earlier than Younger took benefit of a bunch of missed doubles from the Dutchman to assert the opening stanza Three-1.
A extra comfy Barney upped the ante within the second set and whereas the doubles continued to trigger him concern, his scoring was sufficient to make sure he took full benefit, averaging 100 and sweeping all three legs to stage the competition.
However Barney’s ultimate yr has been something however simple and having blazed by the second set, his stage dropped once more whereas Younger remained constant and did sufficient to carry his by and edge right into a 2-1 lead, leaving Van Barneveld on the brink.
Barney bows out
‘Large Daddy’ Younger was undaunted, transferring right into a 2-Zero lead within the fourth set, having acquired the ball rolling within the opening leg with an excellent 160 however the Dutchman battled again, a few legs took the set the space.
Nonetheless there was time for Van Barneveld to stir, he took out the following two legs, firing a few maximums alongside the best way to rekindle the gang’s residence.
Nevertheless it was to not be as a forlorn Van Barneveld frittered away 4 darts to take the match to a deciding fifth set and Younger pounced taking out tops for a memorable win.
Hughes and McGeeney additionally victorious
Mark McGeeney was considered one of three debutants to rack up a victory on their first look at Alexandra Palace, however the information wasn’t nearly as good for Jamie Hughes, one other current crossover from the BDO.
The pair have reached the latter phases of the BDO World Championship, McGeeney was the runner-up in 2018 and Hughes is twice a Lakeside semi-finalist however solely McGeeney booked a second spherical spot on day two in north London.
McGeeney raced out of the blocks on his solution to a Three-1 win over Canada’s Matt Campbell, taking out finishes of 110 and 126 had him cruising right into a 2-Zero. Campbell pinned the very best of the competition, to attract himself again into the competition however the stylish McGeeney had an excessive amount of and moved right into a showdown with 32nd seed Ricky Evans.
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Hughes got here up quick in his contest with Zoran Lerchbacher that went the space, the Austrian
‘Cool Hand’ steals afternoon headlines
Lower than 24 hours after victory over Devon Petersen, Luke Humphries was again on the massive stage in a day cracker.
The reigning world youth champion received a sudden-death decider towards 18th seed Jermaine Wattimena to achieve the third spherical. Humphries hit 9 180s, averaged virtually 98 and twice got here from a set down earlier than successful Three-2 in a gripping encounter that had the Ally Pally crowd enthralled.
What a recreation of darts, Humphries v Wattimena, each younger males a credit score to our sport.
— Rod Harrington (@rod180) December 14, 2019
PDC World Championship: Saturday afternoon’s outcomes
First Spherical Darius Labanauskas Three-Zero Matthew Ed Ryan Meikle 1-Three Yuki Yamada Luke Woodhouse Three-Zero Paul Lim Second Spherical Jermaine Wattimena (18) 2-Three Luke Humphries
Debutant Luke Woodhouse put an early finish to the hopes of 65-year-old Paul Lim, whose 24th World Championship look ended with a Three-Zero defeat.
‘Woody’ is on the different finish of the dimensions, making his debut within the occasion he averaged 96 to advance to a gathering with final yr’s runner-up Michael Smith on Sunday evening.
Darius Labanauskas, who knocked out Barney final yr, kicked off Saturday’s play by beating Matthew Edgar for the second yr in succession and Japan’s Yuki Yamada received the battle of debutants, coming from a set right down to beat Ryan Meikle Three-1.
What’s in retailer on Sunday
It is the primary of two women’ nights within the first spherical on Sunday – a day that options 9 completely different nationalities. However all eyes will likely be on Japan’s reigning BDO girls’s champion Mikuru Suzuki takes centre stage, she faces James Richardson within the night session.
Mikuru Suzuki will make her Ally Pally debut when she takes to the stage on Sunday evening
Suzuki secured her debut by successful by on the Remainder of the World qualifier to guide her place within the 96-player discipline.
Additionally in motion is final yr’s runner-up, Michael Smith, who performs within the ultimate match of the evening to ended a bumper weekend of 16 matches throughout 4 classes in two days.
The fourth seed takes on Woodhouse, whereas Andy Boulton takes on Danny Baggish with Arron Monk and Jose Justica finishing the night’s line-up.
PDC World Championship: Sunday’s order of play
Afternoon Session Kyle Anderson vs Xiaochen Zong (R1) Ross Smith vs Ciaran Teehan (R1) Brendan Dolan vs Nitin Kumar (R1) Ian White (9) vs Darius Labanauskas (R2) Night Session Arron Monk vs Jose Justica (R1) Andy Boulton vs Danny Baggish (R1) James Richardson vs Mikuru Suzuki (R1) Michael Smith (four) vs Luke Woodhouse (R2)
Within the afternoon Brendan Dolan and Nitin Kumar meet for the precise to play two-time champion Gary Anderson on Monday evening.
Australia’s Kyle Anderson appears to be like to place a troublesome season behind him when he performs China’s Xiaochen Zong, Ross Smith performs Ciaran Teehan and ninth seed Ian White brings the curtain down on the afternoon when he faces Lithuania’s Labanauskas.
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