Raymond van Barneveld just couldnt win the first race of his second life on the Pro Tour of the PDC. Barney had to acknowledge his superior at Stephen Bunting.
Last week De Hagenaar retook his tour card, with which he can take part in the bigger tournaments of the PDC. On the opening day of the Super Series, he was close to his first victory, but eventually he went to Bunting.
Van Barneveld looked at a 3-0 and a 5-1 lag in Bolton, but had an excellent final sprint. The Dutchman came back to 5-5, but woke Bunting up again. Through a twelfdarter in the decisive leg, Bunting finally won the match.
Only Klaassen to last 16
Among others Michael van Gerwen, Vincent van der Voort, Dirk van Duijvenbode and Danny Noppert made the second round in Bolton. They died later in the tournament. Jelle Klaasen was the only Dutchman who reached the eighth finals. In it he lost to the Englishman Nathan Aspinall: 6-2.