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Klaasen gives Barneveld a First Round Exit at the WDT

Jelle Klaasen 3-1 Raymond van Barneveld

This makes the second year in a row that young Jelle Klaasen has caused Barneveld’s early exit at the Bullit World Darts Trophy.


Van Barneveld was defeated by Michael van Gerwen 12 months ago and again came unstuck against a young Dutchman following Klaasen’s classy display.

Klaasen punished missed doubles from the World Champion to take the first set 3-0 against the darts, hitting two maximums and a 96 finish.

Van Barneveld hit straight back by winning the second set without reply, twice breaking Klaasen’s throw to square the game.

The third set proved crucial, with van Barneveld opening with a 13-darter before missing three darts at the double in the next as Klaasen levelled and then moved 2-1 up.

Klaasen gave himself a chance to win the set in the next leg, but was off-target on double 14 for a 121 checkout only for van Barneveld to take out a brilliant 161 – the highest in the tournament so far.

However, the roles were reversed in the decider, with both players trading 180s before van Barneveld wasted five darts for the set, and Klaasen stepped in on double ten.

The pair landed further maximums in the opener of the fourth set, with Klaasen taking out 149 for a 12-darter before van Barneveld replied in kind.

A 92 checkout put Klaasen within a leg of victory, and a 120 “Shanghai” finish gave him victory – repeating his 2006 Lakeside triumph over his fellow countryman.

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