World Darts Championship: Rob Cross comes from a set down to knock out Raymond van Barneveld | Darts News

Rob Cross recovers from a set down to defeat Dutch darts dean, Raymond van Barneveld in a superb second round match at Alexandra Palace; “I haven’t experienced this in a long, long time,” says ‘Voltage’, who will play Daryl Gurney in the next round.

Last updated: 23/12/21 22:23


Rob Cross came from a set to beat Raymond van Barneveld

In the most anticipated match of this year’s World Championship to date, Rob Cross defeated Raymond van Barneveld in the battle of the former champions, while Jose De Sousa produced a special comeback to beat Jason Lowe on the final day before the Christmas break. .

The crowd was firmly behind five-time champion Barney, who lit the blue touchpaper with an explosive opening set, which included an opening with 13 darts, the second 170th final of the tournament and a double top to clinch the 3-1.

Barney was surprised by this incredible 170-point milestone before winning the opening set against Cross

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Barney was surprised by this incredible 170-point milestone before winning the opening set against Cross

Barney was surprised by this incredible 170-point milestone before winning the opening set against Cross

Cross responded by greatly improving his mediocre 77 first set average to 103.29. The 2018 winner scored a superb 128 in the second leg before knocking out 93 to level a pulsating race that already featured eight 180s.

The standard was incredible with two champions refusing to hook up in a monotonous match.

Cross's extraordinary 128 saw him take control of the second set, which he won

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Cross’s extraordinary 128 saw him take control of the second set, which he won

Cross’s extraordinary 128 saw him take control of the second set, which he won

‘Voltage’ took control of the decisive leg of the third set, getting enough time to snatch it thanks to the double 4.

Pain was spread across Van Barneveld’s face and his spirits really exploded as Cross landed an 86 checkout before pinning the double top to send the Dutchman home.

Darts World Championship – Thursday night results

R2 Danny Noppert 3-1 Jason Heaver
R2 Gabriele Clemente 3-0 Lewy Williams
R2 Rob Cross 3-1 Raymond Van Barneveld
R2 Chris Dobey vs Rusty-Jake Rodriguez

Former Lakeside finalist Danny Noppert, on his fourth appearance to Ally Pally, came from a set to defeat rookie Jason Heaver.

Noppert took out this 104 to win the second set

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Noppert took out this 104 to win the second set

Noppert took out this 104 to win the second set

Heaver proved he could combine it with the best after reaching the semi-finals of the Players Championship 7 earlier this year, and finished the opening set 3-1 with 75% doubles, but the Dutchman put together its game to straighten things out thanks to a 104 checkout.

Despite modest averages, Noppert wiped out the next two sets to earn a third-round spot and a bout with Ryan Searle.

Clemens produced some magic, eliminating this 143 during his win over Welsh Williams

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Clemens produced some magic, eliminating this 143 during his win over Welsh Williams

Clemens produced some magic, eliminating this 143 during his win over Welsh Williams

Gabriele Clemente scored a stunning 143 on the way to a complete win against an out-of-the-ordinary Lewy Williams.

In a match that saw the one-millionth dart being thrown in the PDC Darts World Championship, the German giant set up a meeting with this year’s hottest player, Jonny Clayton.

Live Darts World Championship

December 27, 2021, 12:30 pm

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Darts World Championship – Monday 27 December at the World Cup

Afternoon R3 Ross Smith vs Dirk Van Duijvenbode
R3 Michael Smith vs William O’Connor
R3 Florian Hempel vs Raymond Smith
Evening R3 James Wade vs Vincent Van der Voort
R3 Gerwyn Price vs Kim Huybrechts
R3 Jonny Clayton vs Gabriele Clemente

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December 27, 2021, 7:00 pm

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Darts World Championship – Thursday afternoon results

R2 Damon Heta 3-1 Luke Woodhouse
R2 Brendan Dolan 0-3 Callan Rydz
R2 Mensur Suljovic 2-3 Alan Soutar
R2 Jose de Sousa 3-2 Jason Lowe

Portuguese ace De Sousa survived a major fright as he reacted 2-0 down to beat Jason Lowe, who got the finals of 125 and 118 to clinch the first set with an average of 108.

Lowe then punished debauchery from the seventh seed to extend his lead, only for “The Special One” who won nine of the last 11 stages, completing the comeback with a sublime checkout of 124.

De Sousa sank this 124 checkout to complete a superb comeback win over Lowe

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De Sousa sank this 124 checkout to complete a superb comeback win over Lowe

De Sousa sank this 124 checkout to complete a superb comeback win over Lowe

De Sousa will face Alan Soutar in the third round, after the Scotsman also reacted from two sets to stun 26th-seeded Mensur Suljovic, surviving eight incredible darts matches in the process.

Soutar nailed this amazing 144 checkout to defeat Suljovic from two sets below

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Soutar nailed this amazing 144 checkout to defeat Suljovic from two sets below

Soutar nailed this amazing 144 checkout to defeat Suljovic from two sets below

Suljovic appeared in total control after winning eight of the first nine stages, but the Austrian belied his lines and his hopes of Ally Pally went up in smoke when the Dundee fireman known as “Soots” produced a magnificent checkout 144 winning.

Rydz pulled this chest out with two double highs to defeat Dolan

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Rydz pulled this box out with two double tops to defeat Dolan

Rydz pulled this box out with two double tops to defeat Dolan

Somewhere else, Callan Rydz produced his television career performance to take out Brendan Dolan in two sets, averaging 102.73, recording four 180s and converting 64% of his doubling attempts to create a confrontation with Nathan Aspinall.

Australian pitcher Heta fought against the boos to defeat Woodhouse

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Australian pitcher Heta fought against the boos to defeat Woodhouse

Australian pitcher Heta fought against the boos to defeat Woodhouse

In the early afternoon, Damon Heta was clinical as he crushed Luke Woodhouse’s hopes 3-1, averaging 94.65 to arrange a showdown with world number 2 Peter Wright after Christmas.

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