Raymond van Barneveld stunned in second round of the PDC World Championship by Darius Labanauskas
Raymond van Barneveld has crashed out of the PDC World Championship in the second round, in what could be his last ever appearance at the Alexandra Palace.
The Dutchman was beaten 3-2 by Darius Labanauskas in a match which saw him miss a huge amount of doubles and spend much of the contest shaking his head and looking downbeat.
Barney checked out at less than 24% over the match, averaging under 90 and rarely looked anywhere near his best.
The Dutch legend had announced that this will be his penultimate World Championship before retirement, but he may now struggle to make it back to Alexandra Palace next year.
Darius Labanauskas was not in the mood for nostalgia as he opened the game in impressive style, averaging over 102 in the first set to win it 3-1. Barney was struggling and averaging way down at just 79.
However, by the time he hit the winning double to claim the second set, Barney was averaging just a shade under 89 and looking a lot more comfortable up there.
Things got very edgy in the third set, though, as both spurned chances to win it, including Labanauskas busting three clear darts at double six with his first dart. However, as RVB missed four for the set, the Lithuanian crept in to go 2-1 ahead.
It remained scrappy throughout the fourth set with only flashes of quality as the first four legs were shared. Barney had the throw in the fifth, needing to win it to stay in the tournament and he took it comfortably with Labanauskas barely exerting any pressure.
It all came down to the fifth set with Labanauskas winning the opening leg on double one, despite missing 11 darts beforehand, while Barney also missed four and looked very down on himself.
Van Barneveld could then hardly muster a challenge as the Lithuanian won the next two to claim the set and the match.
Labanauskas will now play either Adrian Lewis or Ted Evetts in the third round.
The opening game of the night was thoroughly entertaining as Vincent van der Voort saw off the lively challenge of Lourence Ilagan.
The Filipino is a unique character on the oche, ducking and diving, pacing around, turning to the crowd between throws. It all seemed to be working very well for him at times, especially as he surged through the second set to level the game up at 1-1.
However, the mercurial Asian Tour winner could not keep up with the giant Dutchman over the following two sets as big Vincent got over the line relatively comfortably in the end, 3-1. The Dutch Destroyer will take on Darren Webster in the second round.
Devon Petersen danced his way to the stage to face Wayne Jones in a clash between two players who have not been at their best this year. Confidence and rhythm were clearly issues for both as the momentum swung between the two.
The big South African dominated the first half of the game, winning the first two sets, but Jones found some form and pushed hard to win the following two, taking the match to a decider.
Nerves were jangling, sweat was dripping down Petersens brow, while Jones face was becoming redder by the second. Neither man could stamp his authority in the final set as the first four legs were shared which left the African Warrior with the throw for the match.
The Englishman produced some ropey visits and was visibly fuming with himself, which let in Petersen for three clear darts at tops for the win. He missed them all, allowing Jones the exact same opportunity, which he too spurned. The South African returned to miss three more, then the Wanderer did the same again!
Petersen finally got over the line with double two in a low-quality but incredibly dramatic contest. Then the crowd got what they wanted with more pretty special dance moves as Petersen goes on to play Ian White next.
It was not a dream return to the Ally Pally stage for Anastasia Dobromyslova who was convincingly beaten 3-0 by Ryan Joyce.
The Russian star won the first leg of the match, but it pretty much went downhill from there as Joyce won the next six legs on the spin. Anastasia battled in the final set, winning two legs, but Joyce got over the line for a comfortable victory, averaging 90.
Joyce produced some impressive big finishes, especially in the first set when he took out 106, 122 and 95 in his three winning legs. He now plays Simon Whitlock in round two.