Raymond van Barneveld produced a fantastic performance to beat Gary Anderson in front of a PDC record crowd of 9,000 at Dublin’s O2 in the McCoy’s Premier League.
The five-time world champion moved up to second in the table on level points with Simon Whitlock, after the Australian drew with Andy Hamilton.
‘Barney’ sent the Irish crowd into raptures as he beat the defending championing in a breathtaking affair. The five-time World Champion, who averaged over 107, was delighted with his performance.
He said: “To hit an average like that this week is brilliant. I’m delighted to get the win in front of a brilliant crowd, who were fantastic to me. It was a real buzz. I’m really happy to be second in the table, and to be proving people wrong.”
Whitlock earned a hard fought draw against Hamilton earlier in the evening, delighting the Irish crowd with a fabulous 152 checkout in the process.
He said: “It was a brilliant feeling when that went in. When I’m on stage in the Premier League I feel like I’m in the best place in the world, and the crowd were really behind me here. It was fantastic.”
James Wade was beaten by runaway league leader Phil Taylor, while Adrian Lewis beat Kevin Painter in the night’s other match.
Wade and Whitlock face each other next week in Cardiff, where van Barneveld takes on Lewis.
By Chris Murphy