Ray­mond looks to get back to the top

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NEW-LOOK Ray­mond van Barn­eveld reck­ons his four eyes will help get re­venge against Dutch ri­val Michael van Ger­wen in The Uni­bet Masters on Satur­day.

Van Barn­eveld stunned the dart­ing world when he wore glasses for the first time in com­pe­ti­tion at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship last week­end.

He beat Si­mon Whit­lock, Vincent van der Voort and Peter Wright to reach the semi-fi­nals, where world cham­pion Van Ger­wen needed a nine-darter to end his ri­val’s chal­lenge.

Van Barn­eveld has now vowed to stick with the glasses as he bids to re­tain his place inside the world’s top 16 ahead of his re­match with re­cent World Grand Prix win­ner Van Ger­wen in Ed­in­burgh.

He said: “I’m 47 and I never thought that I’d play darts wear­ing glasses, but why not?

“As long as the tre­bles and dou­bles keep go­ing in, then I’ll stick with them.

“I’ve had th­ese glasses since De­cem­ber, but I didn’t wear them.

“I went to an op­ti­cian be­cause, with my di­a­betes, I was get­ting some blurred vi­sion some­times, but you don’t want to wear them be­cause ev­ery­one would start talk­ing about it.

Afraid

“My man­ager pushed me to try the glasses in a prac­tice ses­sion, and it’s like see­ing the dart­board in HD.

“I was giv­ing the glasses to other play­ers and they said that they could see the board more clearly.

“My vi­sion is much bet­ter and I played some good darts dur­ing the week­end, but I also didn’t hit the av­er­ages I wanted to.

“Hope­fully in the next few months I can get my con­fi­dence back, but they’re def­i­nitely help­ing me.

“I’ve got to get used to it, but I was afraid that my dart may hit the frame of my glasses, but it doesn’t and I’ve got a new vi­sion.”

Tick­ets for The Uni­bet Masters on Novem­ber 1-2 at the Royal High­land Cen­tre in Ed­in­burgh are still avail­able through pdc.seet­ick­ets.com or by call­ing 0844 871 8807.

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