BARN-STORMER Barney sent crashing out of World Darts Champs after defeat by world No 108 at Ally Pally

Darius Labanauskas stunned the former world champion with a 3-2 win their second-round clash in north London

18 December 2018 - 10:58

Raymond van Barneveld crashed out of Ally Pally – and now has a date in court.

The Dutch legend suffered one of the worst defeats of his world championship career as he was beaten 3-2 by world No.108 Darius Labanauskas.

It is the first time in seven years the 51-year-old has lost in the first hurdle of a tournament he famously won on his debut in 2007.

Barney, playing in his penultimate world event, will now travel to Holland to support his wife Silvia who was subject of a robbery in their home this summer.

The case is scheduled to take place today and Barneveld exclusively told SunSport his wife had a gun pointed at her head during the attack – which took place while he was playing darts abroad.

It has been an extremely difficult time for him and his family and sadly for Barney there will be no professional respite at the end of a terrible season on the oche.

Barney said:“I can’t explain why I played so poorly. I’m not sure what happened because everything went right before this match. I felt really good before I got on the stage and was practising well but for some reason that changed when I got on stage.

“I don’t know if it was tension or what it was but I had enough chances and I didn’t take them. I should’ve won the third set and I didn’t so all of the confidence I had, I started to lose.

“I really have no explanation for this performance and I can’t tell you how much this defeat hurts. It is very painful.”

Labanauskas showed his intent by winning the opening set with a 102.05 average – while Van Barneveld only hit 79.66.

 Raymond van Barneveld was left to lament a poor performance and an early exit
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Raymond van Barneveld was left to lament a poor performance and an early exit

Barney had four chances to win the third set but his overall wastefulness was punished in one of the game’s biggest upsets.

For a player of his standing, his finishing was atrocious as he missed an incredible 29 double attempts across the five sets.

Anastasia Dobromyslova, meanwhile, felt like crying after she lost her Battle of the Sexes clash with Ryan Joyce.

Russia’s three-time world ladies’ champion failed to make sporting history for the sisterhood as she was thrashed 3-0 by world No.74 Joyce in the first round.

No woman has ever beaten a man at world level and both Lisa Ashton last Thursday and now Dobromyslova missed their chances to rectify that situation.

Dobromyslova, 34, whose average was a poor 77.32, said: “I didn’t enjoy that. If I didn’t smile about it, I'd cry. Ryan played better. I had loose scores and missed doubles.

“Though I lost, I didn’t disgrace myself. I wasn’t score 2, 3 or 4. I had some loose darts but was there or thereabouts.

“It is a huge stage, huge crowd, it’s the world championship, you have to deal with it. If you aren’t good enough, you give interviews as a loser not as a winner.

“I haven’t learned I need to practise more. I should put more hours in. Because I have lost, I don’t want people to say women aren’t good enough."

 

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