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Van Barneveld boosts Premier League survival hopes with victory in Berlin

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The Dutchman secured his first win of the 2019 Premier League campaign against Germany’s Max Hopp.

Raymond van Barneveld boosted his survival hopes in Berlin

Raymond Van Barneveld boosted his chances of avoiding relegation in his final Premier League campaign before retirement with a 7-3 victory over home favourite Max Hopp on night seven in Berlin.

With Michael Smith suffering a 7-2 hammering by Mensur Suljovic, the veteran Dutchman knew he could close the gap to a point with his first win of the tournament.

And the five-time world champion did just that to give himself a chance of surviving ahead of back-to-back nights in his homeland next week.

Van Barneveld regained some of his confidence last weekend, finishing runner-up in the Players Championship 8 in Wigan, and carried that on with the first 170 of this year’s competition.

Rob Cross took advantage of Michael Van Gerwen’s slip-up to move two points clear at the top of the table.

The former world champion claimed a fourth consecutive win, beating Gerwyn Price 7-4, while Daryl Gurney came back from 2-0 behind to stun Van Gerwen 7-5.

Peter Wright surrendered a 5-2 lead before holding his nerve in a decider to draw 6-6 with James Wade.

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