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Raymond van Barneveld

Updated: Sunday, 18 Nov 2012 22:24 | Comments

Van Barneveld was emotional after his victory
Van Barneveld was emotional after his victory

Raymond van Barneveld won his first major title since 2007 at the William Hill Grand Slam of Darts on Sunday.

The five-times world champion beat fellow Dutchman Michael van Gerwen 16-14 in a thriller at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall. He’d earlier beaten Andy Hamilton in the semis. 

Van Gerwen, last month's World Grand Prix champion, was struggled to continue the heavy scoring and clinical finishing which had knocked out former champions Phil Taylor and Scott Waites this week.

Van Barneveld took out 101 and 134 as he held the advantage early on, winning four straight legs to lead 6-2 before holding off van Gerwen's fightback to seal the win.

Van Gerwen pulled back to trail only 12-11 at one stage, hitting his fourth 170 checkout of the tournament in the process, but could crucially never level the game as he lost out to his compatriot.

Van Barneveld sealed the win with an 11-dart leg before breaking down in tears as he lifted his first major individual title since the Las Vegas Desert Classic five years ago. 

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