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Last Updated: Monday, 10 January, 2005, 08:21 GMT
Van Barneveld wants Taylor clash
Raymond van Barneveld
Newly crowned BDO world champion Raymond van Barneveld wants a showdown with his PDC counterpart Phil Taylor.

The Dutchman claimed his fourth world title by beating England captain Martin Adams 6-2 in the final of the Lakeside World Championship on Sunday.

And, of a possible match against Taylor, he said: "I have a lot of respect for him. It would be good for darts if we could take each other on.

"Why not do that every year? It happens in boxing when fighters unify titles."

Taylor won his 12th world title after beating Mark Dudbridge 7-4 in the Ladbrokes World Championship on 3 January.

And he has already had one showdown between the BDO (British Darts Organisation) and PDC (Professional Darts Corporation) champions.

That encounter, against 2003 champion Andy Fordham, saw Taylor win 5-2 when his opponent was forced to withdraw after suffering an asthma attack.

And Van Barneveld, who is now only one short of Eric Bristow's record of five BDO world titles, would be happy to have the chance to play Taylor.

"I spoke to Phil only last week," he said.

"He is a good friend of mine, although we don't see each other very often because we play for rival governing bodies.

"When I spoke to him he told me he would be cheering me on in this tournament because, like him, I am the world number one."

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