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Barneveld Moves On, Will Face Baxter in Next Round

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Raymond van Barneveld waltzed into the last 16 of the 2009 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship on Sunday night, ending the hopes of Wes Newton with a superb display.

Van Barneveld followed up his straight sets win over qualifier Mark Stephenson with another fine display to see off Newton, dropping only five legs.

He now meets Ronnie Baxter in the last 16, having regained his form following a change of darts back to a design he last used in 2006.

“As soon as I went back to them I felt great and got a lot of confidence back in practice, and having two averages over 100 on stage is very good,” he said.

“I’m very pleased with the way I’m playing and it will be a good game against him.”

Baxter had won through to the last 16 in similarly strong style earlier on Sunday, sweeping past Denis Ovens 4-1 after finding himself a set down.

Jelle Klaasen was another strong performer, taking a brilliant 4-0 win over fellow Dutchman Jan van der Rassel to reach round three without dropping a set.

Klaasen takes on Andy Hamilton on Tuesday, with the world number seven having come from 2-1 down to defeat qualifier Tony Ayres, hitting a 170 checkout among six ton-plus finishes.

Mervyn King also took three successive sets in a comeback win against Mark Walsh, and now faces qualifier Dennis Smith in the last 16.

Wales’ Barrie Bates hit six ton-plus finishes of his own in a 4-2 win over American Barrie Bates, and he takes on Mark Dudbridge on Monday night in the third round.

Phil Taylor and Kevin Painter also clash as the first games in the last 16 take place, following the final four second round contests, which feature world number James Wade and the meeting between veteran duo Dennis Priestley and John MaGowan.

Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship
Second Round – Sunday
Barrie Bates (WAL) 4-2 Bill Davis (USA)
Ronnie Baxter (ENG) 4-1 Denis Ovens (ENG)
Andy Hamilton (ENG) 4-2 Tony Ayres (ENG)
Jelle Klaasen (NED) 4-0 Jan van der Rassel (NED)
Raymond van Barneveld (NED) 4-1 Wes Newton (ENG)
Mervyn King (ENG) 4-2 Mark Walsh (ENG)

Monday December 29
Second Round
1.10pm – Adrian Lewis v Paul Nicholson
2.30pm – Dennis Priestley v John MaGowan
3.50pm – Colin Osborne v Vincent van der Voort
7.10pm – James Wade v Tony Eccles

Third Round
8.30pm – Phil Taylor v Kevin Painter
9.50pm – Barrie Bates v Mark Dudbridge

JELLE KLAASEN 4-0 JAN VAN DER RASSEL
(3-2, 3-2, 3-0, 3-0)
JELLE KLAASEN produced an excellent performance to defeat fellow countryman Jan van der Rassel in straight sets at Alexandra Palace and book a third round place.

Klaasen has yet to drop a set in the 2009 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship, following up his first round win over Colin Lloyd by hitting seven maximums in a superb win.

Klaasen missed three darts at doubles to break throw at the start of the match, but quickly took the next leg to level.

Van der Rassel led once again with a 12-dart finish, which included two maximums before Klaasen replied in 11 to level.

In the deciding leg the youngster hit another maximum and won the set with an 80 finish, with his opponent waiting on double four.

Van der Rassel managed to break Klaasen’s throw at the start of the second set, but Klaasen won the next two legs, hitting a 93 finish for a 2-1 lead.

Van der Rassel, who defeated last year’s runner-up Kirk Shepherd on Tuesday, hit his fourth maximum of the game in the process of taking the fourth.

But it was Klaasen who doubled his advantage by winning the deciding leg, hitting his fifth maximum of the game followed by a clinical 64 finish.

Klaasen started the third set superbly with another maximum, and then broke throw with an 88 finish to build up a 2-0 lead.

Van der Rassel’s fifth maximum of the game was not enough in the third leg, as Klaasen landed double 16 to go one set away from the match.

Klaasen took the first two legs of the fourth set to tee up victory, and a superb 12-dart finish secured the win and a third round clash against Andy Hamilton.

RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD 4-1 WES NEWTON
(3-1, 3-0, 1-3, 3-0, 3-1)
RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD marched into the last 16 of the 2009 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Wes Newton.

The 2007 World Champion ended the match with a 102.57 average, following up a strong opening victory over Mark Stephenson to set up a clash with Ronnie Baxter in the last 16.

Van Barneveld started the match well, winning the first leg in 13 darts before Newton landed his first maximum of the game in taking the second.

The Dutch star hit a 180 of his own in taking the third, and two missed doubles from Newton allowed him to wrap up the first set.

Van Barneveld stormed through the second set to double his advantage, breaking throw in the first leg, after Newton missed three darts at double five, and then hitting legs of 12 and 13 darts to move 2-0 up.

He also took the opening leg of the third set in fifteen darts, before Newton replied to take the next leg with a fine 122 checkout, finishing on the bullseye.

Van Barneveld missed a dart at double 16 in the third and Newton took advantage, hitting double top to break the Dutchman’s throw and then a fine 102 finish to take the set and halve the deficit.

The five-time World Champion quickly restored his two-set advantage by winning the fourth set without reply, hitting a 13-darter in the first and the next two with Newton sat on a finish to go 3-1 up.

The duo traded 13-darters at the start of set five, but van Barneveld took the third and then landed double eight against the darts to seal victory.

“I’m very pleased with the way I’m playing,” said van Barneveld. “My doubles are going in well and I feel good using my old darts again.

“As soon as I went back to them I felt great and got a lot of confidence back in practice, and having two averages over 100 on stage is very good.

“I’ve got Ronnie Baxter next and they are always good games against him, but it will be a battle.”

Newton admitted: “Early on my finishing cost me some legs and if you don’t take your chances against Raymond you won’t beat him.

“I won the third set but I wanted to build on that and get back into the game, but it didn’t happen. I’ll take some positives from the game though and hopefully have a good 2009.”

MERVYN KING 4-2 MARK WALSH
(1-3, 3-1, 2-3, 3-1, 3-1, 3-1)
MERVYN KING came from behind to defeat Mark Walsh 4-2 and reach round three of the 2009 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship.

The match proved to be a tight contest for long periods before King put in a timely surge to reach the last 16, where he will now play Dennis Smith on Tuesday.

Walsh took a 2-1 lead in the opening set, courtesy of a 101 finish, which he then followed up with a break of throw to take a 1-0 lead.

King took the first leg of the second set with a 92 finish, but Walsh replied with a two-dart 96 to level matters.

Walsh missed two darts at doubles to break throw in third leg, allowing King to take a 2-1 lead, and the man from Watford missed two more darts to win the next leg as King hit double eight to square the match.

Walsh, who defeated Jamie Caven in the first round, started the third set well with a 13-dart finish, which included his first maximum of the game and the next three legs of the set where shared before he held throw in the decider to regain the advantage.

King led 2-1 in the fourth set before making Walsh pay for a missed dart at double top by hitting double 12 to restore parity.

The Norfolk thrower hit a two-dart 100 checkout to start the fifth set, and took the second leg to start the set in fine style.

Walsh held throw in the third on double 18, but King landed double nine in the fourth leg to win the set and go ahead for the first time in the match.

Walsh hit his fourth maximum of the game at the start of the sixth set, but it was King who the leg, converting a 73 finish.

In the second leg Walsh was off-target on double top twice and King stepped in to go 2-0 ahead and within sight of victory.

Walsh managed to win the third leg on double four, but King wrapped up the win on double eight to secure his third round place.

“Mark had a good start but when I fell behind I did what I needed to do, took one leg at a time and clawed back into it,” said King.

“I’ve been playing really well and thought I was up for this, but it didn’t happen early on. I feel good and am practising well and I’ve lived to fight another day.

“If I can take my practice game onto stage then anything can happen in the next round.”

Walsh admitted: “It hurts because I’ve lost and I feel I was the better player.

“My scoring was better and I was more consistent but my doubles cost me. I threw away the second set, which I should have won 3-0, and Mervyn was taking his chances when he got a dart at a double.”

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