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Dolan’s up for van Barneveld

Brendan Dolan set up a mouth-watering second round clash with Raymond Van Barneveld after sending 31st seed Tony Eccles crashing out of the World Championship.

The Belcoo man was in stunning form during his 3-1 first round win at the Alexandra Palace yesterday.

All eyes will now be on next Monday night’s clash with five-time world champion Barneveld.

Dolan has already improved on last year’s showing when he was beaten by James Wade and he believes that gave him the determination to go at least one better this time around.

“It’s definitely the best performance I have produced on television,” said the 36-year old.

“I had the experience of playing here last year and that was a huge benefit for me today.”

Dolan set the tone early on when he broke Eccles’ throw before holding his own throw to lead the first set 2-0.

Eccles pulled one back before world number 45, Dolan, landed a double 16 to wrap up the first set.

Dolan took a 2-0 advantage in the second set, breaking his opponents throw in the second leg, after Eccles had missed an opportunity at double top.

Then a 64 checkout gave Dolan the second set.

Eccles briefly threatened a comeback when he hit two maximums on his way to claiming the third set 3-1 but that was as good as it was going to get for the The Viper.

Dolan hit his first and only 180 at the start of the fourth set, winning the first leg in 13 darts.

That was followed by an excellent 121 checkout on the bullseye to go to within a leg of victory.

A 14-dart finish in the third secured his passage throw to the second round and a date with Barney, who saw off the challenge of Warren Parry last night.

Van Barneveld sealed his place against the Fermanagh man with a dominant 3-0 win.

He did not drop a leg as the crowd roared him on against an out-of-sorts Parry.

“Every year I come back and I wonder why they want to cheer for a Dutchman,” Van Barneveld said. “They're fantastic.

“Warren played not what he can play. I think he was too nervous because of the crowd.

“I'm happy with the win and I'm back on December 28.”

Van Barneveld is hoping for another final showdown with world number one Phil Taylor.

“I desperately want to be in the final this year,” he said.

“Last year he beat me with 111, an amazing average. I hope to get revenge.”

Sixteenth seed Kevin Painter beat Austria's Mensur Suljovic in four sets to book a clash with either Vincent van Voort or Dylan Duo. There were also wins for 12th seed Alan Tabern, Mark Webster, Mark Dudbridge,and Gary Anderson.

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