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Barney stunned by bricklayer at Ally Pally

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Raymond van Barneveld has slid down the rankings this year © PA Photos
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Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld's recent slump continued as he was stunned by James Richardson at the World Darts Championship.

Richardson, a bricklayer from Northamptonshire, secured two checkouts of 145 and one of 120 on his way to a shock 3-0 triumph.

Van Barneveld failed to win a match in November's Grand Slam, and was beaten in the second round of the Players Championship last week. Nonetheless, he arrived at the Worlds in confident mood, having changed to a new set-up.

Yet his bubble was burst by Richardson, the world No. 85, who never looked overawed by the occasion from the minute he paraded on stage before the first dart landed.

Van Barneveld ended with the higher average - 91 to Richardson's 89 - but it was the English player who had more success at finding his doubles, and he threw 140+ on 12 occasions.

Grand Prix runner-up Brendan Dolan was sent packing by Kim Huybrechts, who was making his Alexandra Palace debut. Huybrechts hit the doubles with regularity, ending the match with a finishing percentage of 45%.

Mark Dudbridge, a finalist in 2005, was beaten 3-0 by an inspired Dave Chisnall, who averaged a shade under 99. Mark Walsh accounted for Warren French in the final match of the evening, clinching it 3-1.

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