Raymond van Barneveld described his thrilling 6-5 victory over Corey Cadby as a ‘big win’ as he avenged his defeat to the reigning world youth champion earlier today.
The five-time world champion was knocked out 6-4 by the young Australian in the first round in Melbourne last week, but gained revenge with a deciding-leg win in their TABtouch Perth Darts Masters opener.
“Barney” looked to be cruising to victory as he led the contest 3-0 and 5-2, but Cadby fought back and an incredible 161 checkout in the 10th leg sent the match into a decider, which van Barneveld won to progress to the quarter-finals tomorrow.
“It’s good to get a little bit of revenge against Corey, he’s a great talent so that’s a big win for me,” van Barneveld said.
“I thought I had him the whole way through the match and then he takes out the 161 and I thought it was going to happen all over again.
“I’m glad I kept my cool and the 180 in the last leg was massive. That’s a great win for me.”
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