Raymond van Barneveld and James Wade both booked their places in the quarter-finals of the PDC’s inaugural European Tour event, with third round victories on Sunday afternoon.
‘Barney’ posted an impressive 102.47 average in a 6-2 triumph over Mark Webster in the Austrian Darts Open, while Wade swept past Kim Huybrechts 6-1.
But Youth World Championship finalist Michael van Gerwen was edged out 6-5 by James Richardson.
Van Barneveld raced into a three leg lead, hitting a 121 finish in the third, to take control against Webster.
The left-hander, from Wales, checked out 71 in one of the two legs he won, but a rampant ‘Barney’ went on to set up a quarter-final clash with another Welshman, Richie Burnett.
Wade faces Wes Newton in the last eight on Sunday evening, after ‘The Machine’ claimed a commanding victory over Kim Huybrechts.
The world number three hit two 180’s and a one-hundred checkout in his success over the much-fancied Belgian.
Van Gerwen hit an impressive eleven 140’s in his match against Richardson but lost out in a last leg decider.
Joe Cullen, Justin Pipe and Dave Chisnall complete Sunday evening’s quarter-final line-up, with the semi-finals and final taking place immediately after at the Arena Nova.
By Chris Murphy
Austrian Darts Open – European Tour Event One
Third Round Results
Richie Burnett 6-3 Dean Winstanley
Mark Webster 2-6 Raymond van Barneveld
Joe Cullen 6-4 Mark Walsh
Gary Anderson 2-6 Justin Pipe
James Richardson 6-5 Michael van Gerwen
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Kevin Painter
Wes Newton 6-3 Denis Ovens
James Wade 6-1 Kim Huybrechts
Richie Burnett v Raymond van Barneveld
Joe Cullen v Justin Pipe
James Richardson v Dave Chisnall
Wes Newton v James Wade