PDC World Championship - Barney cruises, Chisnall KO'd
RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD cruised into the second round of the World Darts Championship with a straight sets win over Jamie Lewis on Sunday night, as number seven seed Dave Chisnall was knocked out at Alexandra Palace by John Henderson.
Dutch star van Barneveld, the five-time World Champion, lost only three legs as he swept aside emerging Welsh youngster Lewis 3-0 in their opener in the £1 million tournament.
Van Barneveld opened the clash with a 180 before taking the first set 3-1, and repeated the scoreline in the next two before he completed a fine performance with a 141 finish to book his last 16 spot.
"If you just see the result then you think it's a comfortable win, but it wasn't," said van Barneveld. "Jamie played some really good darts and put me under pressure, so I'm really happy with the win.
"Jamie let me in with a few crucial doubles but he's a kid to watch in the future. I took my chances well and the 141 to win the match was great for me.
"I still feel I've got another World Championship title in me - I wouldn't be here competing if I didn't."
The number ten seed now plays Jamie Caven in the second round on Friday night, after the Derby ace knocked out another Dutchman, Jelle Klaasen, with a 3-1 win on Sunday night.
Caven raced through the first two sets without Klaasen winning a leg, hitting a spectacular 158 finish in the process, and though the former Lakeside Champion took the third set without reply, the Derby ace took the fourth 3-1 to seal his last 32 spot.
"I'm over the moon with that," said Caven, a first round loser to qualifier John Bowles 12 months ago. "It was a case of digging in and hitting him early, and I went 2-0 up really quickly.
"When he came back to 2-1 I wanted to try and see it out as quickly as I could, and I'm really happy that I did. I've put more than I ever have into the game this year and had a really good year, and I'm looking forward to whatever's in front of me."
Number seven seed Dave Chisnall, though, became the biggest casualty so far in the tournament as he lost out 3-2 to John Henderson in a fifth set tie-break, despite hitting 11 180s in a see-saw contest.
Scottish ace Henderson took out 122 on the bull to win the deciding leg of a tight first set, before taking the second without reply - including a showpiece 132 finish of bullseye, bullseye and double 16 - to move 2-0 up.
He also led 2-1 in the third set as he closed on victory, only for Chisnall to level the set and take out 121 in the decider to hit back, before he soared through the fourth set 3-0 to square the contest.
Chisnall's charge continued as he moved to the brink of victory at 2-1 in the fifth set, only to miss a total of four match darts in two legs as Henderson hit back to win the deciding set 5-3 and claim his first Alexandra Palace win.
"It's the best win of my career," said Henderson. "Even at two sets up I knew that Dave would really come back at me, and I felt my chance may have gone so I'm just so relieved to have won.
"It was a very hard game. I had to focus and really concentrate in that fifth set, and fortunately for me it worked out. I don't think I've ever played in a game like that - I feel speechless.
"I've got my first win on this great stage and I'm glad to have come through a very hard tie."
Northern Ireland's Brendan Dolan was the night's other winner, as he saw off Derby's Colin Osborne in straight sets.
Osborne had come into the tournament a week earlier as a replacement for the Philippines Qualifier Edward Santos, and defeated Denmark's Dennis Lindskjold 4-1 in their preliminary round game, but was unable to upset the number 15 seed.
Dolan took out 118 to win the opening leg before winning the set 3-1, and after edging the second in a deciding leg - which featured a 167 checkout from the Northern Irish ace - he came from a leg down in the third with three successive legs to seal a second round tie with Gary Anderson.
"Colin hasn't had a great year, but on any given day he can destroy you and I knew that, so I had to be at my best," said Dolan. "I worked at my scoring and as the game went on I think I got it.
"I didn't feel totally comfortable up there and I think there's a lot more in my scoring, but my finishing was very good. I believe I belong here now, whereas before I was hoping I could mix it with the best in the world.
"I've worked hard at my darts to get this far and I'll work harder to get to the top. I do believe I will get to the top, I'm not at the top yet but with every day I'm playing, I'm getting closer."
The first round continues on Monday night, when Belgian brothers Kim and Ronny Huybrechts meet on the sport's biggest stage in what will be the latter's World Championship debut.
Former World Champion Steve Beaton will play the winner of the preliminary round tie between South Africa's Devon Petersen and Malaysia's Mohammed Latif Sapup, while Ronnie Baxter faces World Youth Championship finalist Ricky Evans and Mervyn King takes on top American Darin Young.
World Darts Championship
Sunday December 15
Dave Chisnall 2-3 John Henderson
Dennis Lindskjold 1-4 Colin Osborne (P)
Raymond van Barneveld 3-0 Jamie Lewis
Brendan Dolan 3-0 Colin Osborne
Jamie Caven 3-1 Jelle Klaasen
Monday December 16
Ronnie Baxter v Ricky Evans
Devon Petersen v Mohammed Latif Sapup (P)
Kim Huybrechts v Ronny Huybrechts
Steve Beaton v Petersen/Sapup
Mervyn King v Darin Young
Preliminary Round (P) - Best of Seven Legs
First Round - Best of Five Sets
JOHN HENDERSON 3-2 DAVE CHISNALL
(3-2, 3-0, 2-3, 0-3, 5-3)
JOHN HENDERSON came through an incredible five-set battle to send world number seven Dave Chisnall crashing out of the 2014 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship.
Henderson took the first two sets and was within touching distance of a straight sets win before Chisnall came roaring back to win the next five legs and force a deciding set.
The number seven seed held the initiative in the decider, but let four darts to win the match slip away and Henderson held his nerve to claim a famous victory.
"I feel speechless at this moment. I'm just so relieved to have won," said a delighted Henderson.
"Even at two sets up I knew that Dave would really come back at me which he did and I felt my chance may have gone.
"Somehow I managed to stick in during the deciding set and I've now got my first win on this great stage. I would have to class this as my biggest win."
Henderson won the opening two legs of the match only for Chisnall to reply and claim the next two, and the number seven seed looked on course to take the set in the deciding leg.
However, Henderson stunned his opponent with a brilliant 122 checkout to take the first set before doubling his advantage by taking the second without reply, including a party-piece 132 checkout of two bullseyes and double 16.
Chisnall was 2-1 down in the third set and a leg away from going out but found double 18 to his liking as he hit the bed in five successive legs to force a deciding set.
The fifth set proved to be a dramatic affair as Chisnall missed three chances to win the match in the fourth leg and was off-target with another match dart, at the bullseye, in the sixth.
Those errors proved to be expensive for the World Grand Prix finalist as Henderson won the decider 5-3 in the tie-breaker to progress to the second round.
0-1 - Henderson registers a 180 with his first three darts of the match but misses a dart at double 16 for a 12-darter. However, Chisnall fails with two attempts to hold throw and Henderson returns to hit double eight.
0-2 - The Scotsman continues the good start as he hits double 20 for a 14-dart finish.
1-2 - Chisnall fires in a 180 and wins the leg on double 16 thanks to an accurate third dart.
2-2 - The St Helens star hits another 180 but Henderson is to a finish first. However, a missed dart at double top to win the set sees Chisnall take out an excellent 83 finish on the bullseye.
2-3 - A dramatic deciding leg sees Chisnall hit a third 180 in as many legs to leave 32 only for Henderson to respond to respond with a superb 122 checkout, completed on the bullseye.
0-1 - Chisnall kicks- ff with a maximum but two missed darts at double 16 are expensive as Henderson takes out a 72 finish on double six.
0-2 - The world number seven hits a 180 for the fifth leg running, but five missed darts at tops allow the Scotsman take his opportunity in style as he takes a fabulous 132 checkout courtesy of two perfect shots at the bullseye followed by double 16 to stun his opponent.
0-3 - Henderson is off-target with one shot at double 18 for the set, but Chisnall fails with two more attempts at double top and Henderson lands double nine to leave the number seed in trouble at two sets down.
1-0 - Chisnall hits double four with a pressure third dart to make positive opening to set three.
1-1 - Henderson records his third 180 of the game and goes on to take out 82 on tops for an excellent 12-darter.
1-2 - Chisnall hits another maximum but a missed attempt at double 18 gives Henderson a shot at 80 which he takes out on double ten to go a leg away from victory.
2-2 - Both players struggle to find their range before Chisnall breaks the tension with a 150 score to leave 36, which he converts at the first attempt on double 18.
3-2 - Chisnall shows his class under pressure as he hits consecutive 140s before landing double 18 once again, for a 121 finish.
1-0 - Chisnall continues the form of the previous set with scores of 180, 100, 140 and hitting double 18 for a third leg running for a 13-dart finish to break throw.
2-0 - The World Grand Prix runner-up finds the double 18 bed once again to convert a 99 finish after Henderson had hit a 180.
3-0 - Chisnall lands a ninth 180 before adding scores of 140 and 145 and hitting double 18 for a fifth leg in a row to complete a superb 11-darter.
1-0 - Chisnall fires in his tenth maximum and takes a 70 finish on double top after Henderson missed a dart at the bullseye for a 121 checkout.
1-1 - The Scotsman stops the rot as he takes out 61 in just two-darts to win his first leg in seven.
2-1 - Chisnall takes out 50 on his faithful double 18 to move a leg away from a remarkable comeback victory.
2-2 - An 11th maximum puts Chisnall in command of the leg, but three darts to win the match go begging and the Scotsman hits double ten.
3-2 - Henderson hits a 180 but fails with three chances to break throw and Chisnall holds his nerve to hit double top with an accurate third dart.
3-3 - Chisnall is just off-target with an attempt at the bullseye for a 135 checkout to win the match. The world number is then left stunned as his opponent takes out 113 on double top to level.
3-4 - The nerves are really showing as both players miss two opportunties to win the leg before Henderson hits double nine to break throw.
3-5 - Henderson hits a timely 180 and goes on take out a 67 finish to end Chisnall's World Championship hopes for another year.
COLIN OSBORNE 4-1 DENNIS LINDSKJOLD
COLIN OSBORNE took advantage of his late call-up into the 2014 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship to defeat Denmark's Dennis Lindskjold with a 4-1 win in their preliminary round clash at Alexandra Palace
Lindskjold, who defeated Finland's impressive Jani Haavisto to earn his place this year's competition, made a winning start to the match as he took the opening leg on double one after both players had missed a host of doubles.
Osborne, who came into the competition following the withdrawal of the Philippines Qualifier Edward Santos, gained confidence with an excellent 122 finish, completed on the bullseye, to win the second leg before taking out 73 for a 2-1 lead.
The former UK Open finalist hit double ten to win the fourth leg and posted double 16 in the next to confirm a first round clash against Brendan Dolan later on Sunday evening.
1-0 - The nerves show early on as both players miss a host of chances to claim an early lead before the Dane hits double one.
1-1 - Osborne levels in style by converting an excellent 122 finish on the bullseye.
1-2 - The former World Championship quarter-finalist takes out a 73 finish to break his opponent's throw.
1-3 - Osborne moves a leg away from victory thanks to an accurate dart at double ten.
1-4 - The Derby based thrower hits double 16 to set up a first round tie against Brendan Dolan.
RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD 3-0 JAMIE LEWIS
(3-1, 3-1, 3-1)
RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD strolled into the last 32 of the 2014 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship with a 3-0 victory over Jamie Lewis, ending the game with an impressive average of 98.56.
The highly rated Welshman hit just three of 14 attempts at doubles as van Barneveld capitalised on numerous occasions to move into the second round after just 28 minutes on stage.
"I feel fortunate to have won in straight sets as Jamie played some good stuff," said the Dutchman who last won the World Championship title in 2007, defeating Phil Taylor 7-6 in one of the greatest games ever seen.
"Jamie did have a quite a few chances to win legs and I was there to take the opportunities on offer. The 141 to win the match was pretty crucial as Jamie was in control of the leg and had the throw in the fifth leg of the set.
"I still feel I have another World Championship title in me. I wouldn't be here competing if I didn't have that belief."
Lewis, making his second appearance on the Alexandra Palace stage won the opening leg of the match before van Barneveld took command of the game as he won six of the next seven legs to establish a 2-0 advantage.
That left the Welshman a mountain to climb, and despite producing better form in the third set he could not stop van Barneveld sealing a straight sets victory, completing the match with a superb 141 checkout.
0-1 - van Barneveld starts well with a 180 but a missed dart at tops sees Lewis hold throw on double ten.
1-1 - The five-time World Champion levels on double 14 in a leg which included another 180 from the Dutch star.
2-1 - Both players register 180s before van Barneveld breaks throw on double four after Lewis wastes a host of chances to regain the lead.
3-1 - van Barneveld hits double top to seal the opening set and leave the young Welshman under pressure.
1-0 - van Barneveld wins a fourth leg in a row to make a positive start to the second set.
2-0 - One missed dart at double 12 from Lewis allows van Barneveld a chance to break, which he takes thanks to an accurate dart at double three.
2-1 - Lewis produces his best darts of the match so far as he kicks off with a 180 before winning the leg with a two-dart 84 finish.
3-1 - The Welsh ace hits a 180 to take command the leg as he leaves 32 after 12 darts. His opponent applies pressure a 180 of his own to leave 24, and Lewis succumbs as three missed darts at double 16 allow the Dutchman to step in to win the leg on double six and move 2-0 ahead.
1-0 - van Barneveld capitalises on two missed darts at doubles from his opponent as he converts a 60 finish in two darts.
2-0 - The Dutchman posts a sixth 180 before hitting double 18 to move a leg away from a place in the second round.
2-1 - Lewis hits double 16 at the first attempt with van Barneveld waiting on a two-darter to win the match.
3-1 - The Welshman looks on course to win a second leg in a row as he leaves 55 after 12 darts, only for van Barneveld to confirm victory in style with a 141 checkout.
BRENDAN DOLAN 3-0 COLIN OSBORNE
(3-1, 3-2, 3-1)
BRENDAN DOLAN sealed a place in the second round of the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship with a 3-0 win over Colin Osborne at Alexandra Palace thanks to some excellent finishing as he hit nine out of 14 attempts at doubles.
Dolan, who lost to Raymond van Barneveld in the third round 12 months ago, won the first set 3-1 in an opener which featured a 118 finish from the Northern Irish ace in the first leg of the match.
Osborne, who defeated Denmark's Dennis Lindskjold earlier in the evening to secure a first round encounter with the number 15 seed, established a 2-1 lead in the second set before Dolan hit a 167 checkout in the fourth leg before winning the set with an excellent 13-darter.
That gave Dolan total command of the contest and he wrapped up the match on double six to set up a last 32 clash against Scotland's Gary Anderson on Sunday.
1-0 - Dolan takes out a 118 finish on double top to make an impressive start to the match.
1-1 - Osborne levels by converting an 84 finish after Dolan missed double 16 for a 95 finish.
2-1 - The former World Grand Prix runner-up regains the lead thanks to an accurate attempt at double 12.
3-1 - Dolan is off-target with a dart at tops for a 125 finish but Osborne is unable to capitalise as he misses one attempt at double 18. The Northern Irishman returns to hit double ten and win the first set.
0-1 - Both players record maximums before Osborne goes on to hold throw by hitting double eight.
1-1 - Dolan levels in clinical fashion courtesy of a 120 checkout.
1-2 - Osborne regains the lead in the set by taking out a 68 finish on double top.
2-2 - Dolan hits the bullseye for a fabulous 167 checkout - his third ton-plus finish of the match.
3-2 - The Northern Irishman produces an excellent leg of darts as he kicks-off with a 180 before hitting a 145 to leave double 18, which he posts at the first attempt.
0-1 - Dolan hits a maximum but Osborne wins the leg on double 16 to break his opponent's throw for the first time.
1-1 - Osborne misses a dart at double 12 for a 101 finish and Dolan hits double 16 to break back immediately.
2-1 - Osborne wires double top for a 116 finish and Dolan lands double four to move a leg away from victory.
3-1 - Dolan hits a 180 but a missed dart at double 12 for a 103 finish gives Osborne a glimmer of hope. However, the Derby-based thrower is unable to land two attempts at doubles and Dolan closes out the game on double six.
JAMIE CAVEN 3-1 JELLE KLAASEN
(3-0, 3-0, 0-3, 3-1)
JAMIE CAVEN ended the hopes of 2006 Lakeside Champion Jelle Klaasen with a 3-1 victory in the first round of the 2014 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship on Sunday evening.
The world number 23, who won back-to-back Players Championship titles in May, will now face five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld on Friday for a place in the third round of the competition.
The opening set saw Caven take advantage of missed doubles from his opponent to claim a 1-0 lead before taking the second set without reply, which featured a fabulous 158 checkout.
The third set started with Klaasen still yet to win a leg, but he overturned that negative in style as he won the third set in a blink of an eye to reduce the gap.
However, Caven regained his authority of the game as he took the first two legs of set four, which included a 115 finish, before wrapping up the contest in the fourth leg.
"I'm really pleased to have won tonight over Jelle, a former World Champion. I've had some tough losses here in the past so I'm thrilled," said Caven, who was defeated by John Bowles at this stage of the competition 12 months ago.
"Jelle was missing a lot of doubles early on and I took my chances well to get those first six legs of the match and get that cushion of a two sets lead.
"He won the third set really quickly and I knew I had to hit him hard at the start of the fourth, and that 115 finish to win the opening leg was big for me.
"I'm looking forward to playing Raymond in the next round and I really fancy the task. If both of us play to our top level I think it will be a cracker."
1-0 - Klaasen is guilty of four misses darts at double five and Caven edges the first leg by hitting the same bed.
2-0 - Caven doubles his lead by taking out 74 on double top.
3-0 - Caven misses two chances to win the set but Klaasen is unable to take out 96 and Caven lands double ten to wrap up the set in a little over five minutes.
1-0 - Caven hits double four to hold throw and win his fourth leg in a row.
2-0 - The world number 23 turns on the style as he hits treble 19, treble 17 and the bullseye for a sensational 158 checkout.
3-0 - Klaasen continues to struggle on the doubles and lets six opportunities to get a leg on the board slip away, as Caven lands double two to pull further ahead.
0-1 - Klaasen posts a 180 before hitting double 18 for an excellent 13-darter to claim his first leg of the match.
0-2 - The former Lakeside Champion suffers more agony on the doubles as he fails with seven attempts. However, Caven gives the Dutchman a lifeline as he was off-target with six chances of his own, allowing Klaasen to hit double one to break.
0-3 - Klaasen hits double two to wrap up the set in a little under five minutes to give Caven something to think about.
1-0 - Caven stops the Klaasen blitz as he takes out a 115 finish on double top.
2-0 - Caven hits his first 180 of the game to leave double 12 which he hits at the first attempt to record an excellent 13-darter.
2-1 - Klaasen replies with a 13-dart-finish of his own to keep his hopes alive.
3-1 - The Dutchman kicks off with a 180, but a missed dart at bullseye is costly as Caven hits double top to complete a fine victory.