Raymond van Barneveld and Michael van Gerwen preferred to avoid each other Thursday night. In Ahoy Rotterdam the two Dutch darts giants face each other during the second day of the Premier League Darts in the port city.
It looks like a top match on paper. The two best darters of the Netherlands against each other and then also for their own audience. Van Barneveld does not like it, as he told the AD.
“This is not fun for me, for Michael, and I do not think for people in the audience and at home. They want to stand behind the Dutch during the game and that is not possible now. This is as if the Dutch national team is playing against the Dutch national team. ”
“You prefer the room one hundred percent behind, now the audience will be divided,” said the five-time world champion. Van Gerwen also preferred to have seen another opponent.
“Peter Wright or Rob Cross would have been my dream opponent. If it had been up to me, I would not have played against Raymond. I would have preferred to see two nice matches for the people. ”
Premier League Darts 2018
Eleventh round of play – April 18th
Michael Smith v Gary Anderson
Rob Cross v Daryl Gurney
Raymond van Barneveld v Simon Whitlock
Peter Wright v Michael van Gerwen
Rob Cross v Gary Anderson
Twelfth game round – April 19
Simon Whitlock v Michael Smith
Daryl Gurney v Gary Anderson
Rob Cross v Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen v Raymond van Barneveld
Daryl Gurney v Simon Whitlock