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Brilliant Barney Clinches Back-to-Back Titles In Barnsley

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Raymond van Barneveld completed a memorable weekend in Barnsley, beating Ian White 6-2 in Sunday's final to seal a UK Open qualifying double at the Metrodome.

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The Dutch ace continued his resurgence in 2012 by completing a perfect weekend in Barnsley, with his back-to-back triumphs and a nine-dart finish seeing him take home a total of £12,400 prize money and rising back up to eighth in the world rankings.

His consistency during Sunday's sixth UK Open Qualifier saw him defeat Germany's Bernd Roith, Kevin Dowling, Tony West and Darren Johnson to reach the last 16, where he was pushed all the way by Wes Newton before prevailing 6-5.

He then overcame former World Champions Dennis Priestley and Richie Burnett to reach the final, where he defeated Stoke's Ian White 6-2.

White - appearing in only his second PDC ProTour final - led 2-1 early on as he raised hopes of repeating the victory he took over van Barneveld in the Grand Slam last November.

Van Barneveld, though, hit back to level on double 16, then produced legs of 14 and 11 darts to pull clear at 4-2 before finishing 48 and 81 to complete the triumph.

"Not many players win both tournaments in a weekend so I'm really proud," said van Barneveld.

"That says a lot about the kind of player you are; I'm working out now in the gym, I feel fit, I feel awake and I feel confident.

"The first couple of games I wasn't pleased with but after that I gained confidence and the rest of the day was awesome," added the five-time world champion.

Runner-up White had previously reached the final of a UK Open Qualifier in Barnsley last February, when he lost to Steve Brown, and he suffered the same fate again, although the £3,000 runner-up prize money will see him enter June's UK Open televised finals in Bolton in the third round.

He produced some superb darts during the day, notably knocking out Michael van Gerwen and Simon Whitlock as well as Mark Jones, namesake Stuart White and Richie Howson, and reeled off five successive legs to defeat Colin Lloyd 6-2 in the semi-finals.

Lloyd's run to the last four was his best this year as he fights to preserve his place in the world's top 16, and included fine performances to defeat three-time World Champion John Part and world number three James Wade in the latter stages.

Welshman Burnett reached his first individual semi-final since last year's World Grand Prix as he defeated Mervyn King, Matt Clark, Robert Thornton and Brendan Dolan on the day.

Essex's Richie Howson reached his first ranking quarter-final since winning a PDC Tour Card at Qualifying School in January, and he was joined in the last eight by Wade, Dolan and Priestley.

The final two of eight UK Open Qualifiers will be played in Birmingham on May 5 & 6, with £600 the current qualifying total for players in the top 96 or better on the UK Open Order of Merit.

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Preliminary Round
Richie Howson 6-1 Matthew Dicken 
Daniel Starkey 6-1 Peter Evison 
Steve Brown 6-1 Darrell Claydon
Mark Hylton 6-5 Terry Temple 
Jim Walker 6-0 Daniel Day
Adam Hunt 6-1 Rocco Maes 
Andy Hamilton 6-0 Gary Butcher
Arron Monk 6-1 Matthew Waddoups 
Matthew Edgar 6-3 Andrew Johnson
Michael Smith 6-3 Geoff Whitworth 
Johnny Haines 6-4 Gareth Pass 
Vincent van der Voort 6-4 Jimmy Mann
Terry Jenkins 6-2 Tom Jones
Simon Whitlock 6-0 Andrew Hibbert 
Michael Mansell 6-4 Aaron Turner
Dennis Smith 6-4 Andy Relf 
Ronnie Baxter 6-2 Reece Robinson
Co Stompe 6-4 Andy Turnbull
John Part 6-0 Brandon Walsh 
Mareno Michels 6-5 Connie Finnan
Dean Winstanley 6-1 Mark Stephenson 
Peter Wright 6-1 Steve Farmer 
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Steve Maish
Andrew Gilding 6-5 Steven Clews 
Adam Smith-Neale 6-5 Nigel Birch 
Colin Lloyd 6-5 Sam Hill
Mick McGowan 6-3 Karl Forrington
Joe Cullen 6-2 John Turnbull
Scott Rand 6-4 James Hubbard
Mark Lawrence 6-1 Craig Pope 
Devon Petersen 6-0 Andy Hodges
Dyson Parody 6-2 Paul Barham 
Chris Aubrey 6-3 Dylan Duo 
James Wade 6-3 Prakash Jiwa 
Keith Stephen 6-0 Simon Burt 
Joe Murnan 6-4 Jelle Klaasen 
Darren Webster 6-1 Dave Smith
Dave Honey 6-2 Martyn Turner 
Ian Lever 6-3 Neville Roberts 
Ian Moss 6-4 Steven Barrow
Barrie Bates 6-4 Jack Hill
Alan Tabern 6-1 Lee White 
Denis Ovens 6-1 Kurt Van De Rijck
Matt Clark 6-3 John Henderson 
Norman Fletcher 6-2 Paul Hodkin 
Kevin McDine 6-0 James Stoneley 
Gaz Cousins 6-3 Paul Nicholson 
Kevin Painter 6-0 Mark Webster 
Andy Brown 6-4 Philip Wathen 
James Richardson 6-1 Tony Tasker
Matthew Tedstone 6-4 Stephen Hardy
Steve Evans 6-4 Jamie Lewis 
Antonio Alcinas 6-0 John Scott 
Michael Barnard 6-5 Michael Peel
Adrian Gray 6-0 Darren Williams
John Bowles 6-2 Fred Smith 
Lewis Venes 6-0 Joe Thompson
Liam Kelly 6-3 Darren Latham
Tony West 6-3 Shaun Griffiths 
Steve Hine 6-0 Daniel Bunker
Kevin Dowling 6-3 Nick Fullwell
Raymond van Barneveld 6-4 Bernd Roith 
Adrian Lewis 6-4 Mark Walsh
Peter Manley 6-3 Adrian Bolitho
Wes Newton 6-4 Andy Smith
Jamie Guilfoyle 6-5 David Nelson

First Round
Damien Sherwood 6-3 Ashley Holgate 
Richie Howson 6-3 Mick Todd 
Daniel Starkey 6-1 Steve Brown
Mark Hylton 6-3 Jim Walker
Patrick Pace 6-3 Darren Whittingham
Gino Vos 6-5 Nigel Heydon 
Adam Hunt 6-5 Andy Hamilton
Matthew Edgar 6-4 Arron Monk 
Mike Veitch 6-3 James Young 
Stuart White 6-4 Anthony Littleton
Michael Smith 6-4 Johnny Haines
Vincent van der Voort 6-5 Terry Jenkins
Ian White 6-5 Mark Jones
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Les Wallace
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Michael Mansell
Dennis Smith 6-3 Ronnie Baxter
Roland Scholten 6-3 Ross Smith
Co Stompe 6-4 William O'Connor 
John Part 6-2 Mareno Michels
Dean Winstanley 6-5 Peter Wright
Aden Kirk 6-4 Christopher Dale
Ian Jopling 6-1 Ken Dobson
Andrew Gilding 6-1 Dave Chisnall 
Colin Lloyd 6-2 Adam Smith-Neale 
Mark Dudbridge 6-1 Peter Hughes
Andy Pearce 6-2 Matt Padgett 
Joe Cullen 6-0 Mick McGowan 
Scott Rand 6-1 Mark Lawrence
Wayne Jones 6-0 Toon Greebe 
Justin Pipe 6-2 Paul Rowley
Devon Petersen 6-4 Dyson Parody
James Wade 6-2 Chris Aubrey
Dave Ladley 6-3 Mark Frost 
Ted Hankey 6-2 Paddy Meaney
Keith Stephen 6-4 Joe Murnan
Darren Webster 6-1 Dave Honey
Lee Whitworth 6-3 Steven Pearson
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Stuart Kellett
Ian Moss 6-2 Ian Lever 
Alan Tabern 6-3 Barrie Bates 
Mervyn King 6-0 Nathan Richards 
Richie Burnett 6-0 Martin Whatmough 
Matt Clark 6-3 Denis Ovens 
Kevin McDine 6-0 Norman Fletcher 
Robert Thornton 6-1 Kim Huybrechts 
Jamie Caven 6-4 Jerry Hendriks
Kevin Painter 6-1 Gaz Cousins 
James Richardson 6-1 Andy Brown 
Dennis Priestley 6-0 John Walton 
Magnus Caris 6-2 James Thompson 
Steve Evans 6-0 Matthew Tedstone 
Antonio Alcinas 6-5 Michael Barnard
Colin Osborne 6-4 Peter Hudson
Carlos Rodriguez 6-3 Brian Woods
Adrian Gray 6-5 John Bowles
Liam Kelly 6-2 Lewis Venes 
Joey Palfreyman 6-4 Steve Grubb
Darren Johnson 6-3 Steve Beaton
Tony West 6-3 Steve Hine
Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 Kevin Dowling 
Alex Roy 6-2 Andy Firth
Josh Jones 6-4 Matt Jackson
Adrian Lewis 6-1 Peter Manley
Wes Newton 6-2 Jamie Guilfoyle

Second Round
Richie Howson 6-5 Damien Sherwood 
Mark Hylton 6-1 Daniel Starkey 
Gino Vos 6-4 Patrick Pace 
Matthew Edgar 6-1 Adam Hunt 
Stuart White 6-2 Mike Veitch 
Michael Smith 6-5 Vincent van der Voort
Ian White 6-3 Michael van Gerwen
Simon Whitlock 6-5 Dennis Smith
Roland Scholten 6-2 Co Stompe
John Part 6-3 Dean Winstanley
Ian Jopling 6-2 Aden Kirk 
Colin Lloyd 6-2 Andrew Giilding 
Andy Pearce 6-3 Mark Dudbridge 
Joe Cullen 6-4 Scott Rand
Justin Pipe 6-3 Wayne Jones 
James Wade 6-5 Devon Petersen 
Dave Ladley 6-2 Ted Hankey
Keith Stephen 6-5 Darren Webster
Brendan Dolan 6-1 Lee Whitworth 
Alan Tabern 6-5 Ian Moss
Richie Burnett 6-4 Mervyn King 
Matt Clark 6-2 Kevin McDine 
Robert Thornton 6-4 Jamie Caven
Kevin Painter 6-5 James Richardson
Dennis Priestley 6-1 Magnus Caris
Antonio Alcinas 6-5 Steve Evans
Colin Osborne 6-0 Carlos Rodriguez 
Liam Kelly 6-3 Adrian Gray
Darren Johnson 6-3 Joey Palfreyman
Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 Tony West
Josh Jones 6-4 Alex Roy 
Wes Newton 6-2 Adrian Lewis
Losers £200

Third Round
Richie Howson 6-0 Mark Hylton
Matthew Edgar 6-4 Gino Vos 
Stuart White 6-4 Michael Smith
Ian White 6-2 Simon Whitlock
John Part 6-0 Roland Scholten 
Colin Lloyd 6-1 Ian Jopling 
Joe Cullen 6-0 Andy Pearce 
James Wade 6-2 Justin Pipe 
Keith Stephen 6-4 Dave Ladley 
Brendan Dolan 6-5 Alan Tabern
Richie Burnett 6-1 Matt Clark
Robert Thornton 6-0 Kevin Painter 
Dennis Priestley 6-4 Antonio Alcinas
Liam Kelly 6-4 Colin Osborne
Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Darren Johnson
Wes Newton 6-2 Josh Jones 
Losers £400

Fourth Round
Richie Howson 6-4 Matthew Edgar
Ian White 6-4 Stuart White 
Colin Lloyd 6-2 John Part 
James Wade 6-0 Joe Cullen
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Keith Stephen 
Richie Burnett 6-2 Robert Thornton
Dennis Priestley 6-0 Liam Kelly
Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 Wes Newton
Losers £600

Quarter-Finals
Ian White 6-2 Richie Howson
Colin Lloyd 6-5 James Wade
Richie Burnett 6-2 Brendan Dolan
Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Dennis Priestley
Losers £1,000

Semi-Finals
Ian White 6-2 Colin Lloyd
Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 Richie Burnett
Losers £2,000

Final
Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 Ian White
Winner £6,000
Runner-Up £3,000
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Brilliant Barney Clinches Back-to-Back Titles In Barnsley

Raymond van Barneveld completed a memorable weekend in Barnsley, beating Ian White 6-2 in Sunday's final to seal a UK Open qualifying double at the Metrodome.

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