The second day of the PDC World Darts Championship today and some great darts again as we maybe have seen the last of the legend Raymond van Barneveld on the professional stage.
Darius Labanauskas 3-1 Matt Edgar
Darius Labanauskas was pretty much on point all through the first game of the day with Edgar not really putting up much of a fight. Labanauskas won this easy 3-1.
Yuki Yamada 3-1 Ryan Meikle
The Japanese player Yamada started off timid in this match with The barber Ryan Meikle winning the first set but then Yamada turned up and started hitting his finishes when Ryan started to miss. Meikle will know he was nearly on a double every leg and should have won this match, good experience for the future. I dont expect Yuki Yamada to get lucky again next round.
Luke Woodhouse 3-0 Paul Lim
An off colour Paul Lim here in this next match. Luke Woodhouse’s first foray into the PDC World Championship and he beat one of the crowds favourites quite convincingly. Who doesnt love a Paul Lim 180, but he just didnt click today.
Luke Humphries 3-2 J. Wattimena
What a match here between Wattimena and Humphries ending up 2-2 sets all and 5-5 legs all, with a deciding leg. Humphries fresh from his win in the 1st round yesterday is now through to round 3 and again showing his class as he shown last year. He will be a difficult opponent for anyone in the next rounds.
Mark McGeeney 3-1 Matt Campbell
Former BDO number 1 McGeeney admitted after the match he was nervous all day and that only his stable mate from Unicorn Darts Gary Anderson turning up helped him steady himself. McGeeney played decent enough here, but will have to up his game in the next round.
Z. Lerchbacher 3-2 Jamie Hughes
What a game here between Dudleys Jamie Yozza Hughes and Zoran Lerchbacher from Austria. A lot of people fancied Hughes to do a number on Lerchy here, but Zoran stood up well here and went 1-0 and 2-1 ahead. Lerchbacher missed darts to win out 3-1 when Hughes hit an unbelievable 80 outshot with nearly 3/4 of the double obscured to stay in at 2-2.
Back and forth in the last set and with the legs at 2-2 Zoran won the last and deciding leg on double 8 to break Hughes’ heart. On count back the legs were 12-12. Unlucky Jamie Hughes.
Darin Young 3-1 Ray Van Barneveld
This game had been hyped up as potentially the last of Barnevelds professional career and after Darin took the first set it looked like it. Missed doubles by both players in the first with Young taking the set on double 2 with last dart in hand.
The next set Barneveld breezed through to win, but some slack darts from Barney and good ones from Darin including a 160 checkout in the 3rd set allowed the North American to step ahead 2-1 in sets. In the fourth set Barneveld knew he had to win to keep his last PDC World Championship dreams alive and went down 2-0 in legs with the match seemingly against him, he produced back to back 14 dart legs to bring himself back into contention 2-2 in legs.
He started the last leg great and was on 96 required and well ahead, but missed four darts at his favourite double 18 and one at double 9. Darin Young stepped up with 74 required and with a call from Russ Bray to quieten the crowd he hit 18, 16 and tops with his last dart.
Sad end to a legends professional darts career. Barneveld was unlucky in patches and sublime in others, pretty much what his career was like over the course of the last 30 years. Well done to Darin for having the gojones to finish the leg and match out.
Kim Huybrechts 3-0 Rob Cross
Rob Cross the second seed at the PDC World Championship is out after Belgium’s Kim Huybrechts whitewashed him tonight in the final game.
Cross won the first leg but Kim reeled off the next 3 for set one and then the next 3 for set two.
2-0 up going into the break. Kim won the next leg so that was 7 legs in a row. Cross dug out the next leg to go 1-1 in the third set but Kim pulled out a 152 checkout after Cross messed about on his set up play. Then in the last leg Kim pulled out 180, 140, 130 and 51 in 2 darts for an 11 dart leg and a 3-0 whitewash of Rob Cross. Well done Kim Huybrechts.
A fantastic day of darts to watch on Sky sports. Tomorrow there is no let up with Brendan Dolan in action against Nitin Kumar, Ian white playing Darius Labanauskas, Mikuru Suzuki against James Ruthless Richardson and rounding off the night Michael Smith opens up his assault against Luke Woodhouse.