Barney's Premier League Decade

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Barney's Premier League Decade

FEBRUARY 16 marks a decade since Raymond van Barneveld made his debut in the PDC as he kicked off the 2006 Premier League season in Blackburn - here we look at his top five moments.

Van Barneveld moved onto the PDC circuit ten years ago, being unveiled at a pre-Premier League Press Conference in Manchester by PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.

He has since become a mainstay of the Premier League during its incredible expansion, and has enjoyed many great nights in the tournament, including two nine-darters and victory in the 2014 Play-Offs.

Here, we look at some of the most memorable nights in Raymond's Premier League history...

The Premier League newcomer made a stunning impact with an 8-1 victory over Ronnie Baxter, hitting three 180s to delight the King George's Hall crowd. Week Two saw him hit five ton-plus checkouts in an 8-4 defeat of Wayne Mardle in Sunderland and he would lose just once in the league stage of the season.

The 2010 season was a tough one for the Dutch star as he won just five matches and missed out on the Play-Offs for the first time, but a high point came when van Barneveld landed a brilliant nine-darter in Week 12 against Terry Jenkins in Aberdeen.

Van Barneveld's greatest rival throughout his career has been Phil Taylor, and while the pair have enjoyed many thrilling battles, none have been played to as high a standard as their 2015 meeting in Glasgow. Taylor threw the proverbial kitchen sink at van Barneveld, but the superb Dutchman emerged victorious 7-4 despite his rival's record losing average of 115.80.

Van Barneveld wrote his name into the history books with the first Premier League nine-darter as he achieved perfection against Peter Manley in Bournemouth. A memorable night also saw him draw with Phil Taylor in their first Premier League meeting.

Van Barneveld went into the 2014 Play-Offs with the unwanted record of losing in all six previous semi-finals, while he had also never defeated Phil Taylor in the Premier League. However, he smashed both records with an 8-5 win in their last four clash before he defeated fellow countryman Michael van Gerwen 10-6 in the final to finally claim the coveted trophy.