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Day 9 darts evening session review: Barney books MvG battle!

| 28.12.2015

Holly Thackeray | December 27, 2015

Day nine reaction

  • Barney beat Bunting once again in a dramatic 4-3 thriller
  • James Wade breezed past Wes Newton 4-0
  • Michael van Gerwen sank Darren Webster 4-0 in spectacular solo fashion

Make sure to take a peek at our afternoon and evening previews for day 10 at the Ally Pally.

Barney bests Bunting to seal third round rumble with MvG

The headline darting dust-up between Raymond van Barneveld and Stephen Bunting on day nine of the 2016 PDC World Darts Championship did not disappoint, with magnificent maximums and ton-plus finishes galore.

Though there could only be one winner, and this time it was once again oche favourite Barney who inched it to set up a third round date with fellow Dutchman Michael van Gerwen, who himself toyed with opponent Darren Webster.

Meanwhile, James Wade continued his excellent but efficient start to the tournament by decimating fellow English arrowsmith Wes Newton. Missed any of tonight’s terrific matches? Read on…

Raymond van Barneveld 4-3 Stephen Bunting (1-3, 3-0, 1-3, 3-1, 3-2, 0-3, 4-2)

This star-studded scuffle between new granddad Barney and young Bunting really should have drawn the curtain on this dramatic evening of oche artistry, but instead it made for a magnificent appetiser.

Things got off to a wayward start, with both players missing plenty of doubles and chances to check out. Though The Bullet was most lethal in the opening set, which he clinched at the expense of wasteful Van Barneveld, three maximums to the good.

Barney was much slicker after the break, however, bouncing back to school Bunting with a whitewashing in the second. The Bullet returned ruthlessly to steal in again for the third as his Dutch opponent missed another double, but Van Barneveld stayed steady in the face of the Englishman’s intimidating 180 prowess, as the St Helens star notched 15 eye-watering maximums overall.

A bull-finish to break throw once again turned the tables to put Van Barneveld in control, in this topsy-turvy tussle, as the veteran clocked a classy 121 checkout to level sets. The clash grew in quality as it got down to the wire, with some stylish scoring in the form of a 131 and then a dazzling double 12 from Barney to take a 3-2 lead.

Bunting being able to capitalise on Van Barneveld’s stumbles was a theme that continued, as the Dutchman missed yet another three darts at the double to allow his rival back in and concede a deciding set.

It was familiar tungsten territory for the darting duo who too it all the way in the previous edition of this competition, and this time it was deja-vu all over for Bunting, who fell at the last, as Barney pulled tops out of the bag to deliver a deadly blow. Van Gerwen is the third round prize awaiting, but will surely punish those scuffed doubles with far more venom.

James Wade 4-0 Wes Newton (3-0, 3-0, 3-1, 3-2)

It was another match to spend easing through the gears for The Machine, who was meticulous on the oche as he denied Newton even a chance at double while storming to the opening set, beginning with a rather brilliant 14-dart first leg.

Another break of throw later and Wade was firmly in the driving seat, with no sign of putting on the breaks, as The Warrior was left in his wake with a second successive set whitewashing.

Newton made no response until the third, when he recorded a rare leg in relief, as Wade looked a little too at ease. Though three chances to draw level on legs with doubles saw Newton stumble, with The Machine unusually also scuppering two shots before speeding 3-0 clear.

If The Warrior had a chance to rally that was it, and a temporary two leg lead in the fourth set did little but ignite Wade to speed up his success and set up a third round fray with Jamie Caven, who should provide his compatriot with more to think about.

Michael van Gerwen v Darren Webster (3-0, 3-0, 3-1, 3-0)

It took Mighty Mike, with a point to prove after his near miss in the last round, mere minutes to blast his way to a 1-0 lead in sets, in a blistering beginning to the battle which saw him also surge to a tremendous 110 average.

The Green Machine put forward a peerless performance, providing a solo spectacle featuring ton-plus finishes in abundance plus a bull in the opening two sets, with Webster failing to have a dart at the double for a long stretch.

Demolition man was the unfortunate recipient of his nickname, as MvG continued to take apart his rival in a truly dominant display, though he did break the Dutchman’s chance of taking nine legs on the trot by stealing one back for a rare moment of triumph.

It was hard not to feel for Webster is Mighty Mike romped through the third and fourth set with similar abandon, though it proved quite the spectacle, and not even Van Barneveld (28/1 with Coral to take this title) up next will concern him while in this ferocious form.


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Holly Thackeray

Holly is a member of the content team, and can often be found on the sports desk writing about favourite topics Serie A and East Asian footballing nations. A recent darts convert, she is also a fully-fledged member of Barney's Army and a proud Leeds-born Manchester United fan.