Raymond van Barneveld progresses to second round of the European Championships

Van Barneveld progresses to second round
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Raymond van Barneveld comes from behind to reach the second round of the European Championships.

Raymond van Barneveld came from behind to defeat Andy Hamilton 6-4 and progress to the second round of the European Championships in Düsseldorf.

Dutchman van Barneveld fought back from 3-1 down to win five of the final six legs, averaging 101.98 in the process.

"I'm very pleased," said the 44-year-old. "I struggled in the first couple of legs and at 3-1 down I knew I had to fight back, and I think I played really well.

"Andy was fantastic in the World Matchplay and we always have great battles when we play, and this was another. It was a great game to be involved in."

Van Barneveld now faces Mark Walsh in the last 16.

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