Van Barneveld rues missed chances in Van Gerwen defeat at the World Darts Championship

A dejected Barney departs the Ally Pally stage (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Raymond van Barneveld admits he failed to punish a “vulnerable” Michael van Gerwen in their thrilling World Championship Quarter-Final and that his best efforts were “not good enough.”

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Van Barneveld came from 3-1 down to force a deciding set on Friday night but was ultimately made to pay for crucial missed doubles as Van Gerwen closed out a nail-biting 5-4 triumph.

Van Gerwen, who defeated Barney 6-2 in last year's Semi-Finals, averaged 103, hit twelve 180s and 50 per cent of his attempts at doubles as he edged a breath-taking contest.

Van Barneveld looked to have his Dutch rival on the ropes in the final set but was left to rue three missed darts at double 16 to go within a leg of victory.

A dejected Van Barneveld admitted: "The funny part was, in all matches in the past there was so much tension and on stage I was alright.

"Today was different, I was calm on the practice board but so nervous on stage, I couldn't believe it.

"In the first set I missed three darts then a 96, I could've been four nil up.

"Michael was vulnerable tonight I think and I still couldn't make it.

"Every time it was 60, 60 and I was thinking 'Ray what are you doing?'"

The five-time World Champion was aiming to repeat the heroics which saw him defeat MVG in the Last 16 two years ago to the day, but was instead left to ponder what might have been.

Van Barneveld missed three darts to take the opening set and a further two darts to claim the third set after he had taken out 121 to level the match.

The next two sets went the way of RVB, and after 'Mighty Mike' had got his nose back in front, Barney rallied again to force a decidier.

The duo traded the first two legs of the deciding set, but the turning point came in leg three as Van Barneveld squandered three darts at double 16 to allow Van Gerwen to punish with a 96 finish.

The world number one needed no second invitation to wrap up the win as he took out 80 to avert the need for a tie break.

"I came here four hours before the match to practice and it didn't happen tonight," added Van Barneveld.

"He was punishing every single shot, from the first set with that 88 finish then the 84 on the bull, every time he got a shot, he hit it so that was really frustrating.

"When I broke his throw in the last set I was thinking 'here we go' then that double 16, why did it not go in?

"At the end of the day he's still winning so it doesn't matter what you do. 

"I tried my best but it's not enough and if it's not enough you have to wait another year.

"To me, losing is losing, it doesn't matter how you played. 

"I will never watch this match back.

"You have to be reasonable, it wasn't good enough."


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Van Barneveld rues missed chances in Van Gerwen defeat at the World Darts Championship

Raymond van Barneveld admits he failed to punish a “vulnerable” Michael van Gerwen in their thrilling World Championship Quarter-Final and that his best efforts were “not good enough.”

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