Darts: Barneveld's mastery

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The Independent Online
Raymond Barneveld, the Dutch No 1 seed, who is attempting to become the first European player outside Britain to win the title, gave an astounding display in the Embassy World Darts Championship at Frimley Green last night.

Barneveld crushed the 1996 champion, Steve Beaton, 5-0 in the quarter- finals and needed only 50 minutes, which included a five-minute break after the fourth set, to complete his victory.

Barneveld scored so highly that he was almost invariably first to the double and as the match progressed so did his darts. Barneveld's highest check-out was 161 in the third set, while Beaton had a 141 in the second.

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