Barney: Five or six more years


Raymond van Barneveld has targeted lifting a major trophy in 2017 and says he has no plans to retire from darts for another five or six years, despite fears he may quit sooner.

Barney, who will be turning 50 on Premier League night in Belfast, was knocked out of this year’s World Championship by his Dutch compatriot and eventual winner, Michael van Gerwen.

Despite recording a mind-blowing 109 three-dart losing average in his 7-2 defeat to the world No 1 at Alexandra Palace, Van Barneveld said he was still hurting from the record-breaking semi-final match.

“I’m still not happy, but that’s normal,” he told Sky Sports News. “A fantastic 109 average with 68 per cent on doubles and only four sets short.

“It’s not only that fact that I played so well against …

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