World Darts Championship: Raymond van Barneveld struggled to handle situation against Rob Cross, says John Part | Darts News


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John Part and Wayne Mardle give their verdict on Raymond van Barneveld’s second round performance against Rob Cross, who saw the five-time world champion fall out of this year’s tournament at Alexandra Palace

Last updated: 24/12/21 9:44

John Part and Wayne Mardle give their reaction to Rob Cross's victory over Raymond van Barneveld

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John Part and Wayne Mardle give their reaction to Rob Cross’s victory over Raymond van Barneveld

John Part and Wayne Mardle give their reaction to Rob Cross’s victory over Raymond van Barneveld

Three-time world champion, John Part, felt that Raymond van Barneveld “didn’t handle adversity very well when he started going up against him” during his second round defeat to Rob Cross at Alexandra Palace on Thursday night.

Van Barneveld’s return to the World Cup ended in a disappointing 3-1 defeat to former Cross champion.

Barney, a five-time world champion, retired after a first-round defeat at the tournament two years ago, only to return at the end of 2020.

He couldn’t have made a better start against Cross, the 2018 champion, making three 180s in the opening set and a checkout of 170 in the second leg.

But the 54-year-old Dutchman’s form deteriorated thereafter and Cross played well enough to dominate the final three sets, losing just three stages.

Van Barneveld's staggering 170 milestone saw the Dutchman take control of the first set

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Van Barneveld’s staggering 170 milestone saw the Dutchman take control of the first set

Van Barneveld’s staggering 170 milestone saw the Dutchman take control of the first set

Part, a winner on the PDC stage in 2003 and 2008, said Sky Sports: “He didn’t handle adversity very well when he started going against him. He’s not too used to these situations anymore – it’s been a while. It’s hard for him to go back in the assault if you will, and make things go wrong.

“Maybe Raymond wasn’t necessarily the best in those situations. Of course, he got past a few and I’m not criticizing him, but the way Rob came back to him, it was a brilliant performance by Rob Cross. Probably the best 90 game in the game. media I’ve ever had, even the most important.

“To fight back and assert himself, his celebrations along the way were really physical and he really put his authority on them. Raymond seemed to believe it a little bit unfortunately for him.”

“I hope he gets back in the saddle and plays Pro Tours and qualifies for whatever happens, but he has to keep playing and believe he can win, because he can, he really can.”

Wayne Mardle on Barney

Wayne Mardle hoped that Van Barneveld wasn’t as upset as he seemed when he dragged himself off stage.

“The body language was that he was in pain like he didn’t want to face it again,” said ‘Hawaii 501’.

“The problem with Barney is that he is very emotional, he is a very instinctive reaction to everything that goes by, so he would have loved the first match against Lourence Ilagan and hated that one, so he doesn’t want to be put in that situation again.

“It just didn’t work tonight and let’s just say – ‘tonight’. I hope he gets back in the saddle and plays the Pro Tours and qualifies for whatever happens, but he has to keep playing and believe he can win, because he can, he really can.”

Cross greeted the Ally Pally crowd for helping to create a unique atmosphere at night

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Cross greeted the Ally Pally crowd for helping to create a unique atmosphere at night

Cross greeted the Ally Pally crowd for helping to create a unique atmosphere at night

Cross admitted he struggled to manage the atmosphere initially, saying, “It was mental. 24 months with Covid I didn’t have a crowd like this and that first set I just couldn’t settle.

“Fair play with Raymond, he played absolutely brilliantly. I think from there I started to settle down a little bit more, but it was a difficult game. I played like this, so well, I spent a lot of time on it. I am like that. happy to have won “.

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