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Raymond van Barneveld was eliminated from the Premier League following a crushing 7-1 defeat to Daryl Gurney on a difficult night for the Dutch legend in Rotterdam on Wednesday.
Former Premier League champion Van Barneveld needed at least a draw to prolong his hopes of survival into Thursday’s Judgement Night, but came up short against Gurney, who put in a professional display in front of a partisan crowd at the Rotterdam Ahoy.
Competing in his final Premier League before his retirement at the end of the year, Van Barneveld gave himself hope of escaping the drop with a win over Max Hopp in Berlin, but the five-time World Champion was unable to get near his best form despite the support of the 10,000-strong orange faithful.
A series of well-timed finishes from Gurney condemned Van Barneveld to elimination for the first time in his 14-season Premier League career, while the Players Championship Finals winner marches on to a homecoming in Belfast on Night Ten.
It was a better night for Van Barneveld’s fellow countryman Michael van Gerwen, who soared back to the top of the table with a one-sided 7-1 victory over Peter Wright on the first night of the Dutch double-header.
Night 8 Wednesday March 27th
1-Rotterdam Ahoy Arena, Netherlands
(93.15) Gerwyn Price 5-7 Michael Smith (93.87)
(104.24) James Wade 6-6 Dimitri Van den Bergh (101.25)
(92.83) Rob Cross 5-7 Mensur Suljovic (88.71)
(87.34) Peter Wright 1-7 Michael van Gerwen (100.74)
(81.96) Raymond van Barneveld 1-7 Daryl Gurney (89.84)
Judgement Night Thursday March 28th
2-Rotterdam Ahoy Arena, Netherlands
Daryl Gurney v Mensur Suljovic
Peter Wright v Gerwyn Price
Rob Cross v Jeffrey de Zwaan
Raymond van Barneveld v Michael van Gerwen
James Wade v Michael Smith
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Fifth Place £65,000
Sixth Place £55,000
Seventh Place £50,000
Eighth Place £45,000
Ninth Place £30,00
Tenth Place £25,000
League Leader's Bonus £25,000
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Ahoy Arena, Ahoyweg 10, 3084 BA Rotterdam, Netherlands