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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 June 2006, 22:03 GMT 23:03 UK
Van Barneveld claims Open victory
Raymond van Barneveld
Van Barneveld is a four-time Lakeside world champion
Raymond van Barneveld took the first steps towards ending Phil Taylor's domination of the Professional Darts Organisation with a win in the UK Open.

The Dutchman, who switched to the PDO from the British Darts Organisation earlier this year, beat newcomer Barrie Bates 13-7 in the final in Bolton.

The competition format, with a free draw for each round, meant top-ranked players could meet at any stage.

And Van Barneveld beat Taylor 11-10 in a thrilling quarter-final clash.

Taylor, the 13-time world champion, had already beaten top seed Colin Lloyd in his quest for a third UK Open title in four years before being pitted against Barney.

At 6-2 ahead, it looked as though 'The Power' would complete another routine victory, but he allowed Van Barneveld back into the match.

The tension mounted as the match reached sudden death at 10-10.

Taylor held the advantage throughout the deciding leg but incredibly missed three doubles to finish it off.

It's been a hell of a day for me with Holland winning 1-0 in the World Cup and my friend Arjen Robben scoring the goal

Raymond Van Barneveld

That let in the 39-year-old from The Hague, who hit treble 19 and then double top to win.

Van Barneveld still had two more matches to win before he could get his hands on the trophy.

But he saw off 65-year-old Northern Irish grandfather John Magowan before beating Bates, a 36-year-old builder's merchant from South Wales.

Bates has made rapid strides in the game this year, winning two non-televised events, but he found the Dutchman too strong.

"This is probably the best tournament in the world and I'm so happy to have won it," said Van Barneveld, a four-time Lakeside world champion.

"It's so hard to play so many matches and keep focusing on the next one.

"I was exhausted after I knocked out Phil. That win meant the world to me because he had beaten me so many times.

"I thought I could play darts but he's something else - the ultimate professional of this sport.

"Then I had to focus on beating John Magowan and Barrie Bates. It's unbelievable to have come through it.

"It's been a hell of a day for me with Holland winning 1-0 in the World Cup and my friend Arjen Robben scoring the goal."

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