Barney ends MvG's World Record run

Barney ends MvG's World Record run

Raymond van Barneveld put a halt to the fellow Dutchman's record streak of 44 televised matches unbeaten.

A quite sensational performance from Raymond van Barneveld saw him end Michael van Gerwen's World Record streak of 44 televised matches unbeaten.

Earlier in the night, van Gerwen won 7-4 despite a typically plucky showing from 'The Machine', James Wade. 

Van Barneveld needed no time to settle into the all Dutch affair and was on fire from the off, storming into a 3-0 lead and nearly hitting a 9-darter on the way, agonisingly missing double 12 by a whisker. However, his opponent showed why he is where he is, charging back to level at 3 legs all. 

But Barney didn't fold. He put on a marvellous display of darts, and at 6-4 up he had a dart at double 16 to win the match. He missed, Mighty Mike made it 6-5 and you would forgive all watching for thinking the 49 year old had lost his chance. 

Yet Raymond conjured one last magical leg, breaking throw to claim a 7-5 victory and ending van Gerwen's 44 match unbeaten run on TV, stretching 179 days. Barney averaged 101.2 on the night and hit five maximums compared to MvG's one.