Raymond van Barneveld last Thursday, his first victory in the Premier League of Darts booked. He knocked in Berlin to be a guest player Max Hopp with 7-3. Michael van Gerwen lost with 5-7 of Daryl Gurney, and his head lost.
Van Barneveld began the seventh round after two draws and four defeats as hekkensluiter in the Premier League, so he should fear after nine rounds to fall off. He grabbed at player Hopp just about his last chance.
Five-fold world champion Van Barneveld, who after this season will say goodbye, stood with confidence at the oche, after he last weekend in Players Championship 8 in the final was.
‘Barney’ had the first leg, still in German, but put then on and walked into the Mercedes-Benz Arena rap out to a lead of 4-1. Hopp came back to 4-3, but thanks to a finish of 170 came From Barneveld at 5-3, then he does not explain more gave.
Despite his first victory Of Barneveld is still last in the state, but catching up on Michael Smith, who with 7-2 of Mensur Suljovic lost, it is only to a point. The legsaldo of the Hagenaar is a lot less.
Van Gerwen had his day, not against Gurney. (Photo: PDC/Lawrence Lustig)
Second defeat for Van Gerwen
The defeat against Gurney was for Van Gerwen was only the second this year in the Premier League. He lost earlier in the fourth round in Exeter James Wade.
The world champion hit in the seventh group competition in Gurney on paper is not a strong opponent. The Northern Irishman had only won twice in the Premier League and was second to last.
‘Mighty Mike’ took in Berlin, however, is not its best level. He came in a 2-0-lead, but saw ‘Superchin” then take the initiative. Gurney made the party at 6-5 in thirteen darts and fourth as his third victory in the Premier League.
Cross, who earlier in the evening with 7-4 of Gerwyn Price won, is the new leader. He has two points more than Van Gerwen. The game between James Wade and Peter Wright, produced no winner on (6-6).
The next round is on march 27th at the program in Rotterdam. A day later also in Rotterdam, the ninth and last round of the first phase is finished.
Results, position and program Premier League Darts