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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 January, 2005, 20:58 GMT
Van Barneveld reaches semi-finals
Raymond van Barneveld
Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld stayed on track for another Lakeside World Championship title with a 5-0 win over compatriot Vincent van der Voort.

The 37-year-old, the winner at Frimley Green in 1998, 1999 and 2003, closed out the win with a superb 170 checkout - the highest possible.

Van Barneveld has yet to drop a set in his path to the semi-finals.

He will play Darryl Fitton in the last four after the fifth seed thrashed Scottish qualifier Robert Thornton 5-0.

"The 170 was a good way to finish," said Van Barneveld. "When I am so focused I feel like I can hit everything, and it was magnificent to win the game like that."

Fitton, a former British Open champion from Stockport, said: "I've been playing badly for the last few months, but it's all coming together now.

"I've been wanting to get this far ever since I lost to Andy Fordham at the same stage last year."


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