PDC World Championship: Van Barneveld stuns Van Gerwen

Raymond van Barneveld
Raymond van Barneveld had lost the previous three matches to Michael van Gerwen

World number one Michael van Gerwen was knocked out of the PDC World Championship last 16 by five-time world champion and Dutch compatriot Raymond van Barneveld.

Van Barneveld, 48, has failed to win the title since 2007 but stunned the 2014 champion to win a thriller 4-3.

The 16th seed plays eighth seed Michael Smith in the quarter-finals at Alexandra Palace, London.

Van Gerwen's average of 105.78 is the highest ever for a loser in the event.

Van Barneveld told Sky Sports: "In the second set, I started to believe in myself, the emotions came.

"The World Championship means everything to me. The whole year I play fantastic, but this is something extra.

"Michael is a true champion and we are good friends. I have been the man here five times and I believe I can be again."

Van Gerwen added: "It is always sad when you lose. Raymond played well and I missed too many shots at the important moments.

"It hurts a lot but what can you do? I can only blame myself."

PDC world darts quarter-finals
Raymond van Barneveld v Michael SmithGary Anderson v James Wade
Adrian Lewis v Peter Wright or Dave ChisnallAlan Norris or Mark Webster v Phil Taylor or Jelle Klaasen

Van Gerwen won a competitive opening set, before watching Van Barneveld level by winning the second as both averaged over 104.

Van Gerwen levelled again after Van Barneveld took a 2-1 lead, before once more falling behind.

Throwing a 121 checkout, with Van Barneveld on three match darts, Van Gerwen made it 3-3 under intense pressure, before his rival eventually secured victory.

Van Gerwen had won 11 of their previous 14 meetings this year.

In other third-round matches, Scotland's defending champion Gary Anderson beat Vincent van der Voort 4-0 to progress to a quarter-final against James Wade, who continued his pursuit of a first final at Alexandra Palace with a 4-1 victory over fellow Englishman Jamie Caven.

Adrian Lewis secured a similarly one-sided victory, also winning 4-0, against Mensur Suljovic of Austria, while Dutchman Jelle Klaasen beat Mervyn King 4-2 in a second-round encounter.

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