RAYMOND Van Barneveld ended Gary Anderson’s defence of the McCoy’s Premier League Darts title as the pair drew at the NIA in Birmingham last week ensuring that the Dutchman can still reach the Play-Offs in a fortnight.
He battled back from 5-3 down to lead 6-5 and secured a point at 7-6 with a 12-darter, only for van Barneveld to win the decider - with the draw meaning he now faces a shoot-out with James Wade in Newcastle next week for a top four place.
Van Barneveld won the game’s opening leg with a brilliant 138 checkout, only for Anderson to fire in 180s in the next two, stepping in to level after the Dutchman missed the bull for a 161 finish before posting a 12-darter to lead 2-1.
Van Barneveld fired in a maximum in the fourth, but the Scot moved clear as he posted double two to win a third successive leg.
The Dutchman hit 180s in the next two legs as he levelled with finishes of double four and double 14, before pouncing on three misses from Anderson to land double eight and break throw.
He then won a fourth successive leg by posting a superb 170 checkout - only the second of the season - to move 5-3 up.
Anderson replied strongly, finishing 60, 70 and 64 to win the next three legs and regain the lead at 6-5, although a 120 finish from van Barneveld would level the game with his third ton-plus checkout of the match.
Anderson moved 7-6 up to ensure he would avoid defeat, posting three 140s and finishing 81 on double 12 for a 12-darter, but he was unable to repeat the scoring in the game’s final leg as van Barneveld was first to a finish to post tops for the win which keeps him fighting for a Play-Off place.