Jelle beats Barney in all-Dutch darts world final

16th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

16 January 2006, AMSTERDAM — Dutchman Jelle Klaasen made history on Sunday when he beat fellow countryman Raymond van Barneveld in the final of the Darts World Championship in the UK.

16 January 2006

AMSTERDAM — Dutchman Jelle Klaasen made history on Sunday when he beat fellow countryman Raymond van Barneveld in the final of the Darts World Championship in the UK.

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende both conveyed their congratulations to the 21-year-old relative newcomer from Alphen in Brabant.

Klaasen beat titleholder Van Barneveld, known as 'Barney', 7-5 in the final at Frimley Green in Surrey on Sunday. Van Barneveld, 38, has won the title four times.

Klaasen started playing darts less then five years ago. He had not heard of Barney before he started playing himself. Van Barneveld has played darts since 1984.

A 100-1 outsider at the start of the tournament, Klaasen is the youngest ever champion. It is also the first time in the 29-year history of the tournament that a British player has not played in the final.

An estimated 3.4 million Dutch people, including Balkenende, watched the all-Dutch final on television.

The younger man took a 2-0 lead but Van Barneveld fought back to take a 4-3 advantage. Then Klaasen notched three maximums and two 12-darters as he stormed to the next six legs to restore a match lead of 5-4.

Barney levelled but Klaasen came back to take the 11th set with a 106 finish and clinched the title with a 101 finish in the next set.

Not everybody was impressed. Former world champion Eric Bristow, who is now affiliated to the rival Professional Darts Corporation, was dismissive of the standard of play during the British Darts Organisation's final. "It's been nice to watch some amateur darts," he said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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