The clash between Van Gerwen (32) and Van Barneveld (54) can be called a real classic. The two last met in 2019. Van Barneveld then stopped as a darts player, but he also returned. This was the first match between the two darts greats since his comeback.
Five-time world champion Van Barneveld started the match strongly: five of his first six darts ended up in the triple 20. Nevertheless, Van Gerwen kept the leg he started, after which the Brabant defending champion immediately broke his opponent. ‘Barney’, however, came back nicely to 2-2.
It was only when it was 3-3 that three-time world champion Van Gerwen started to cheer, who also started to cheer more fanatically. Van Barneveld remained stoic, but could no longer keep up with his compatriot’s high scores. Van Gerwen finished it off via double 20. In the eighth finals, the six-time winner of the Players Championship Finals will face Scotsman Gary Anderson around 8.50 pm on Saturday evening.
The averages did not differ much in the end. Van Gerwen threw 95.62 per die. Van Barneveld, yesterday still good for a great average of 103.99, today came no further than a still acceptable 93.40. ‘MVG’ hit 60 percent of his doubles, his opponent from The Hague 42.86 percent.
Trouble Wright and Lewis
Peter Wright and Adrian Lewis got into a fight in the second lap. Shortly after Wright threw his winning dart into the board (6-5 win), the two got into a heated argument. Then both former world champions left the stage sulking. Wright did not want to tell the camera what the discussion was about afterwards.
Van der Voort and Noppert also managed to qualify for the eighth finals of the Players Championship Finals, in which they will play against each other. 45-year-old Van der Voort defeated Englishman Andy Boulton in an exciting match 6-5. The Dutchman threw an average of no less than 97.57 per three arrows.
In his second round match, 30-year-old Noppert managed to get rid of the higher-rated Belgian Dimitri Van den Bergh surprisingly easily with 6-2. Until 2-2, the match was evenly matched, but then the Frisian pressed the accelerator more deeply and his opponent was barely involved. Noppert’s average was 96.02.
Van der Voort and Noppert will compete for a place in the quarterfinals on Saturday evening around 10:30 PM.
Van Gerwen is the boss of Van Barneveld in the first clash since 2019 | darts
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