Barney 1/4 to stay atop of Dutch pile
Another disappointing season for Raymond van Barneveld culminated in a first round loss to James Richardson at the World Championships, but Sky Bet still offer odds of 1/4 that he is the highest ranked Dutchman at the end of this season.
Barney finished the 2011 campaign in ninth place but is defending in excess of £100,000 this season as his 2010 World Matchplay runner-up finish (£50,000), 2010 World Grand Prix semi-final appearance (£20,000) and 2011 World Championship quarter-final money (£25,000) are, amongst others, put on the line. The PDC Order of Merit only considers prize money won in the previous 24 months and so at the end of this season these winnings will not be included in Barney’s ranking.
Vincent van der Voort is currently less than £28,000 behind Barney in the Order of Merit, back in 14th position. However, the Dutch Destroyer is 11/4 to overhaul his World Cup of Darts partner in the rankings at the end of the 2013 World Championships as he is also defending a substantial £25,000 gained from a run to the 2011 PDC World Championship quarter-finals.
Next best of the Dutchmen is Co Stompe down at number 26 in the rankings followed by youngster Michael van Gerwen in 37th. Their slim chances of ending the season as Netherland’s top ranked darts player are reflected by respective odds of 20/1 and 50/1 in this market.