Raymond van Barneveld failed to reach the semi-finals of the World Series of Darts Finals in Amsterdam on Sunday. 'Barney' lost to Dave Chisnall in the quarterfinals. Michael van Gerwen and Danny Noppert managed to reach the half final battle.
Van Barneveld, who played his last tournament in the Netherlands, gave away an early break against Englishman Chisnall and was unable to strike in the final phase. Chisnall finally drew the match to him with 8-10.
The 52-year-old from The Hague won on Saturday in the eighth finals 6-4 against fellow countryman Jermaine Wattimena. Van Barneveld had a bye in the first round.
Next month, Van Barneveld will play his last official game at the World Cup in London, after the five-time world champion announced his retirement a year ago. Before that, he normally also plays the Players Championship Finals.
Van Gerwen and Noppert do win
Van Gerwen, who won the World Series in 2015, 2016 and 2017, was too strong for Clayton from Wales in his quarter final with 10-6. The number one in the world was still 0-2 behind due to an early break, but repaired the damage halfway (4-4) and took four legs in a row at 6-6.
Noppert seemed on his way to an easy win against White, but the Dutchman almost let the Englishman make a spectacular comeback. Noppert led 8-3 and 9-5 with a strong start, gave that lead away, but was back in time just in time: 10-9.
For a place in the final, Van Gerwen plays later in the day against Austrian Mensur Suljovic, who in his quarter final with 10-9 was also just too strong for the Pool Krzysztof Ratajski. Noppert takes on Chisnall.