‘Now he doesn’t need to talk about it’ – Price silences van Barneveld
Gerwyn Price quickly won the long-awaited World Championship duel against darts legend Raymond van Barneveld. The world number one took revenge on the 55-year-old and said after the match how much some of the Dutchman’s statements had annoyed him.
DThe direct comparison spoke in his favor with 8:2, he had won the last two duels in November at the Grand Slam of darts, he had never lost against his opponent on a TV set, and the form also seemed to speak to him, but finally Raymond van Barneveld is caught up with his own words during his duel against Gerwyn Price: “It’s a new match. It also reduces Gerwyn against me no matter what came before or whether he was number one,” he previously said. Not without beating the stats, of course.
In the end, the match in the third round of the World Darts Championship, played in “best-of-seven” mode, was reduced to just four sets. The world number one remained impressively stable and showed no weakness. With a 4-0 victory for the ‘Iceman’ against the reinvigorated five-time world champion, very few expected it, including himself. In the end, Price was only one point higher on average (94:93), but in the duel he scored 20 more throws in doubles than his experienced opponent and never gave up his throw.
The 55-year-old had not missed an opportunity to discuss his new strength. He is ready to do something big again. And at the latest since his passage in the semi-finals of the Grand Slam, he had to be trusted. However, the Dutchman didn’t stand a chance against Price. It is only in the decider of the third movement that hope is reborn for a short time. After Price missed four darts, crowd favorite “Barney” had a chance to make it 1:2, but missed the double eight.
The 18-year-old Welshman, on the other hand, put on a confident performance, even though the starting position had been quite tricky. He knew he wasn’t going to be dealing only with the five-time world champion that night. “I’ll play a ‘maybe Dutchman’ or an Englishman. It doesn’t make it any easier,” Price said after his early success over Luke Woodhouse, looking out at the audience. In the case of van Barneveld, who prevailed against the Englishman Ryan Meikle, nationality plays no role, he is celebrated frantically by his “Barney Army” all over the world – notably at Alexandra Palace, where he does not has not been in the past three years reached the third round.
And for Price, the stakes are high in London. Due to his title victory in 2021, he will initially lose 500,000 pounds in the world ranking calculated on the results of the last two years. We must reduce the delta turn by turn. “It’s an ultimate pressure that I’ve never felt before,” says the Welshman, who could drop to fifth in the world rankings. In order to defend his first place, he would have to win the title again and hope for an exit from defending champion Peter Wright before the semi-finals. A burden which, unlike his moderate debut against Luke Woodhouse, was no longer noticeable against van Barneveld.
In any case, with the mental toughness demonstrated on Tuesday evening, a lot of things seem possible again. “I beat Raymond on the TV scene. Now he doesn’t need to talk about it anymore,” Price chimed into the microphone after his victory, indicating how much his opponent’s chatter had bothered him.
In the round of 16, he now meets Ryan Searle, an Englishman, or the Portuguese Jose de Sousa. Another victory could lead to a duel with Gabriel Clemens in the quarter-finals if the Saarlander is the first German in World Cup history to reach the knockout stages. At the start of the evening, the “German Giant” beat Jim Williams 4:3 in an extraordinary thriller.
In the afternoon, alongside Dimitri van den Bergh and Jonny Clayton, the young Josh Rock also reached the round of 16. The 21-year-old Northern Irishman beat Nathan Aspinall 4-3 in a thrilling, high-quality game. Wednesday afternoon is dedicated to Gary Anderson, who like the last twelve wants to reach the round of 16, and tournament favorite Michael van Gerwen in the evening. In the last match, Strausberger Martin Schindler wants to surprise Michael Smith and reach the round of 16 as the second German.
Darts World Cup, results on 27.12.
Dimitri van den Bergh (BEL/15) – Krzysztof Ratajski (POL/18) 4:1 (3:2; 3:0; 0:3; 3:1; 3:1)
Nathan Aspinall (ENG/10) – Josh Rock (NIR) 3:4 (2:3; 3:1; 3:1; 1:3; 2:3; 3:0; 1:3)
Jonny Clayton (WAL/7) – Brendan Dolan (NIR/26) 4-1 (3-2; 3-2; 3-2; 2-3; 3-2)
Jim Williams (WAL) – Gabriel Clemens (D/25) 3:4 (1:3; 3:0; 1:3; 3:2; 3:1; 2:3; 1:3)
Gerwyn Price (WAL/1) – Raymond van Barneveld (NED/32) 4:0 (3:1; 3:1; 3:2; 3:1)
Peter Wright (SCO/2) – Kim Huybrechts (BEL/31) 1:4 (3:0; 0:3; 1:3; 2:3; 2:3)
Darts World Cup, program on 28.12.
3rd round (from 1:45 p.m.):
Ryan Searle (ENG/16) – Jose de Sousa (POR/17)
Danny Noppert (NED/9) – Alan Soutar (SCO)
Gary Anderson (SCO/11) – Chris Dobey (ENG/22)
from 8:15 p.m.:
Joe Cullen (ENG/13) – Damon Heta (AUS/20)
Michael van Gerwen (NED/3) – Mensur Suljovic (AUT/30)
Michael Smith (ENG/4) – Martin Schindler (D/29)
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