VAN DER VOORT WINS ALL-DUTCH FINAL
VINCENT VAN DER VOORT defeated Raymond van Barneveld 6-4 to win the fourth Speedy Hire UK Open Qualifier in an all-Dutch final at Wigan^s Robin Park Tennis Centre on Sunday.
Van der Voort gained revenge for his loss to van Barneveld in the 2007 UK Open final in nearby Bolton with a fine display in a high-quality final - which saw both players miss double 12 for a nine-dart finish.
After the first three legs went with the throw to leave van Barneveld ahead, with the five-time World Champion hitting legs of 14 and 15 darts, van der Voort opened the fourth with back-to-back 180s to set up a potential nine-dart finish.
He missed double 12 for the 141 checkout which would have completed the feat, although he returned to post double three for an 11-darter.
Van Barneveld then matched that in the fifth leg, also hitting successive 180s, treble 20 and treble 19 but also landing just inside double 12, before double six saw him edge 3-2 up in 11 darts.
Van der Voort levelled on double six and then took a crucial break of throw on with a fourth 180 of the final in a 13-darter.
He then checked out 64 in two darts to lead 5-3, and although he missed double 15 for a 150 game shot in the next as van Barneveld landed double nine to keep the game alive, van der Voort posted another 180 and finished 70 on double 16 to claim the win.
"It^s great to win another event," said van der Voort, who picked up two Players Championship victories last year.
"Raymond played really well in the final and throughout the day but to defeat him in the final makes it extra special.
"We will play again next weekend in the RTL7 International Masters in Zuiderduin and I^m looking forward to that. Hopefully I can be successful again there!"
Van der Voort had enjoyed some fine displays throughout Sunday^s event, defeating John Part 6-4 in the semi-finals and Mark Walsh by the same scoreline in the last eight.
He had edged past Matt Clark in the last 16 with a 6-5 victory, which followed up his earlier defeats of Martyn Turner, Richie Burnett and John O^Shea.
Van Barneveld^s run saw him reach his first PDC ProTour final since April 2009, although he has only made fleeting appearances in the non-televised tournaments since then.
However, his £3,000 prize money ensures he will qualify to compete in June^s Speedy Hire UK Open televised finals in Bolton as he bids for a third victory in that tournament.
His run on the day included a 6-2 semi-final defeat of Mervyn King, 6-4 wins over Robert Thornton and Alex Roy and a whitewash of fellow "Barney" Michael Barnard.
King, who defeated van der Voort in a Players Championship final in January, whitewashed World Champion Adrian Lewis on his way to the semis, where he was joined by resurgent John Part.
The Canadian has already won one Players Championship this year and was two games short of adding a second title before losing out to van der Voort.
Spain^s Antonio Alcinas reached the last eight before losing a deciding leg against Part, with Walsh, Thornton and Lewis also making the quarter-finals.
Speedy Hire UK Open Qualifier Four (Wigan, Sunday)
Chris Aubrey 6-1 Steve Perkins
Dean Jones 6-2 Edwin Griffiths
Dave Chisnall 6-0 Nigel Birch
Rocco Maes 6-4 Darrel Claydon
Jimmy Mann 6-2 Dave Ladley
Nicky Bache 6-4 Andy Hutchings
Ian White 6-0 Mike Gillett
Michael Rosenauer 6-2 Mark Jodrill
Michael Mansell 6-4 Paul Rowley
Mark Jones 6-3 Adrian Gray
Mark Tiller 6-2 Dylan Duo
Matt Jackson 6-3 Lee White
Andy Pearce 6-5 Andy Brown
Adrian Lewis 6-2 Matt Padgett
Steve Evans 6-0 John Walton
Tony Eccles 6-2 Devon Petersen
Chris Aubrey 6-3 Andy Jenkins
Chris Thompson 6-2 Tim Hope
John MaGowan 6-2 Mark Stephenson
Terry Jenkins 6-3 Tony Blundell
Simon Whitlock 6-1 Dean Jones
Darren Johnson 6-5 James Richardson
Louis Blundell 6-2 Mareno Michels
John Henderson 6-5 Mark Webster
Dave Chisnall 6-1 Kirk Shepherd
Magnus Caris 6-1 Geoff Whitworth
Mark Dudbridge 6-2 Andrew Hibbert
Mervyn King 6-0 Ashley Holgate
Rocco Maes 6-4 Alan Tabern
Barrie Bates 6-5 Ian Lever
Alex Roy 6-4 Terry Temple
Brian Woods 6-3 Peter Manley
Jimmy Mann 6-3 Steve Hine
Nick Fullwell 6-3 Prakash Jiwa
Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Paul Schofield
Michael Barnard 6-5 Peter Hudson
Dennis Smith 6-4 Nicky Bache
Mark Lawrence 6-1 Ian Jopling
Colin Monk 6-4 Shane O^Connor
Robert Thornton 6-2 Andy Relf
Nigel Heydon 6-3 Ian White
Wes Newton 6-1 Jason Crawley
Brendan Dolan 6-4 Kevin Dowling
Gary Anderson 6-3 Andy Pearson
Jamie Caven 6-5 Steve Grubb
Kevin Painter 6-1 Darren Latham
Steve Beaton 6-1 Jamie Atkins
Andy Smith 6-5 Scott Rand
Mark Frost 6-3 Michael Rosenauer
Andy Hamilton 6-1 Jon Archer
Colin Lloyd 6-1 Ryan Harrington
Mark Walsh 6-2 Adrian Bolitho
Colin Osborne 6-4 Michael Mansell
Richie Burnett 6-1 Darren Whittingham
Vincent van der Voort 6-1 Martyn Turner
John O^Shea 6-0 Mick McGowan
Michael Smith 6-4 Mark Jones
Matt Clark 6-0 David Coyne
Joe Cullen 6-3 Arron Monk
Shaun Griffiths 6-1 Jelle Klaasen
Lee Palfreyman 6-3 Tony Ayres
Ronnie Baxter 6-3 Stephen Hardy
Peter Wright 6-3 Adam Smith-Neale
Roland Scholten 6-1 Andy Hodges
Wayne Mardle 6-5 Mark Tiller
Denis Ovens 6-1 Marko Kantele
Paul Nicholson 6-1 Richie Corner
Antonio Alcinas 6-1 Sam Allen
Steve Maish 6-5 Matt Jackson
Aodhagan O^Neill 6-4 Michael van Gerwen
John Part 6-0 Mike Roberts
William O^Connor 6-1 Mick Todd
Andy Pearce 6-1 Steve Farmer
Dennis Priestley 6-0 Ken Dobson
Mark Hylton 6-0 Norman Fletcher
Dyson Parody 6-3 Steve Brown
Wayne Jones 6-2 Simon Jones
Adrian Lewis 6-1 Steve Evans
Tony Eccles 6-0 Chris Aubrey
Chris Thompson 6-1 John MaGowan
Simon Whitlock 6-2 Terry Jenkins
Darren Johnson 6-1 Louis Blundell
John Henderson 6-4 Dave Chisnall
Magnus Caris 6-3 Mark Dudbridge
Mervyn King 6-4 Rocco Maes
Alex Roy 6-4 Barrie Bates
Brian Woods 6-1 Jimmy Mann
Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Nick Fullwell
Michael Barnard 6-2 Dennis Smith
Mark Lawrence 6-3 Colin Monk
Robert Thornton 6-5 Nigel Heydon
Wes Newton 6-2 Brendan Dolan
Gary Anderson 6-4 Jamie Caven
Kevin Painter 6-4 Steve Beaton
Mark Frost 6-5 Andy Smith
Andy Hamilton 6-5 Colin Lloyd
Mark Walsh 6-2 Colin Osborne
Vincent van der Voort 6-3 Richie Burnett
John O^Shea 6-4 Michael Smith
Matt Clark 6-3 Joe Cullen
Shaun Griffiths 6-2 Lee Palfreyman
Ronnie Baxter 6-2 Peter Wright
Wayne Mardle 6-1 Roland Scholten
Denis Ovens 6-4 Paul Nicholson
Antonio Alcinas 6-5 Steve Maish
John Part 6-1 Aodhagan O^Neill
Andy Pearce 6-3 William O^Connor
Mark Hylton 6-4 Dennis Priestley
Wayne Jones 6-3 Dyson Parody
Adrian Lewis 6-1 Tony Eccles
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Chris Thompson
Darren Johnson 6-1 John Henderson
Mervyn King 6-4 Magnus Caris
Alex Roy 6-4 Brian Woods
Raymond van Barneveld 6-0 Michael Barnard
Robert Thornton 6-3 Mark Lawrence
Wes Newton 6-3 Gary Anderson
Mark Frost 6-3 Kevin Painter
Mark Walsh 6-4 Andy Hamilton
Vincent van der Voort 6-3 John O^Shea
Matt Clark 6-5 Shaun Griffiths
Wayne Mardle 6-3 Ronnie Baxter
Antonio Alcinas 6-2 Denis Ovens
John Part 6-3 Andy Pearce
Mark Hylton 6-3 Wayne Jones
Adrian Lewis 6-4 Simon Whitlock
Mervyn King 6-4 Darren Johnson
Raymond van Barneveld 6-4 Alex Roy
Robert Thornton 6-4 Wes Newton
Mark Walsh 6-1 Mark Frost
Vincent van der Voort 6-5 Matt Clark
Antonio Alcinas 6-3 Wayne Mardle
John Part 6-2 Mark Hylton
Mervyn King 6-0 Adrian Lewis
Raymond van Barneveld 6-4 Robert Thornton
Vincent van der Voort 6-4 Mark Walsh
John Part 6-5 Antonio Alcinas
Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 Mervyn King
Vincent van der Voort 6-4 John Part
Raymond van Barneveld 4-6 Vincent van der Voort
Final - Leg-by-leg
0-0 - Raymond van Barneveld wins the bull and throws first
1-0 - van Barneveld hits two 134 scores to set up double top for a 14-dart opening leg.
1-1 - van der Voort levels by hitting double eight at the fifth time of asking.
2-1 - van der Voort hits a 180 to apply the pressure, but van Barneveld holds throw with double 18 for a 15-dart leg.
2-2 - van der Voort lands two more 180s (for three in a row in the match) to set up a possible nine-darter, but misses double 12 for a perfect leg! However he hits double three for an 11-dart finish.
3-2 - van Barneveld opens with two 180s in reply but matches van der Voort in missing double 12 for a nine-dart leg! He returns to hit double six for another 11-darter.
3-3 - van der Voort wins the sixth on double six, with his opponent waiting on 40.
3-4 - van der Voort breaks with a 13-dart finish, featuring a 180 and double eight.
3-5 - van der Voort moves a leg away from the win with a neat two-dart 64 finish
4-5 - van der Voort misses double 15 for a 150 game shot, and van Barneveld returns from a previous miss at double 18 to hit double nine
4-6 - van der Voort takes victory with a 70 finish, landing double 16 to claim victory against his fellow Dutchman.