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Van Barneveld works hard to see off Dolan

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Raymond van Barneveld takes aim © PA Photos
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Raymond van Barneveld produced a fitful display, but still had enough to claim a 4-1 win over Brendan Dolan in the second round of the World Darts Championship.

Five-time world champion Van Barneveld had the highest average of the first round, an imposing 108.31, and he looked like matching that as he roared out of the blocks. His form dipped for a couple of sets and Dolan forced his way back into the match, but Barney took a tight fourth set before going on the claim the win.

Van Barneveld took the first set at a canter, scoring heavily and finding the outer ring at will. A break saw Van Barneveld's level drop off, but so poor was Dolan he was unable to take the string of chances he was presented with and Barney was able to take the second set.

Van Barneveld's poor form continued in the third and Dolan forced a foot in the door by taking the set. It sparked both players into life and the fourth set see-sawed, with Barney hitting a 180 and following it with a double 19 to take the set.

Dolan failed to find a second wind and Van Barneveld kept his composure to close out the match and set up a meeting with Gary Anderson in the last 16.

"If you look at averages, this compared to the first match it is not so good," Van Barneveld said. "But I am happy with the win."

Kevin Painter withstood a fightback from Ronnie Baxter to book his place in the third round with a 4-3 win.

Painter looked to be cruising at 3-1, having won seven legs on the spin, but Baxter got up a head of steam to force a deciding set. Baxter took the first two legs of the decider, but Painter is a gritty battler and won four legs on the spin to progress.

"It was an incredible game to be involved in, but I felt that I had thrown it away, when I was 2-0 down in the final set," Painter said. "Somehow, I managed to recover and get myself together. I took a couple of good finishes at vital times and that's what saw me through."

Colin Lloyd has emerged from a lengthy spell in the doldrums to power back into form and he proved too good for Mark Webster - winning 4-2.

Lloyd should really have closed out the match 4-1, but he allowed Webster back into the contest. But the former world No. 1 steeled himself and closed out the match with a brilliant 10-dart leg.

"I did not think I should have been 3-0 up and when he started coming back at me my backside started to cramp a little bit," Lloyd said. "But I got through it."

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