DAVE Chisnall was the first of two throwers to fall to Raymond van Barneveld as the second phase of the Betway Premier League Darts season continued at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield last night.
Van Barneveld, one of two darters to double up on the night, also had a victory over Chisnall's next opponenet Peter Wright, as Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson also won in Yorkshire.
Dutch ace van Barneveld moved up to second in the Premier League table with his brace of triumphs, twice claiming 7-5 victories.
He firstly edged out Chisnall in a thriller, with the World Grand Prix finalist hitting five 180s and a 164 finish only to miss two darts to claim a draw in the game's final leg, as van Barneveld followed up earlier finishes of 116 and 110 to claim the win.
The five-time World Champion later returned to the stage to defeat Wright by the same scoreline.
"It's tough playing twice but I wanted to win both matches and I did, so I'm very happy," said van Barneveld, who had drawn his last five games ahead of the visit to Sheffield.
"Dave played some absolutely awesome darts in our game and hit so many 180s, but he missed his chance to get a draw at the end and I was happy with that win.
The tournament continues at a sold-out GE Gas & Oil Arena in Aberdeen next week, with van Gerwen taking on both Taylor and Lewis in his double-header.
Lewis also plays Gary Anderson in a repeat of the 2011 Premier League final, while van Barneveld takes on Thornton and Chisnall plays Wright.
Betway Premier League Darts, Week Ten, April 10, Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield:
Dave Chisnall 5-7 Raymond van Barneveld
Peter Wright 4-7 Gary Anderson
Michael van Gerwen 7-5 Robert Thornton
Phil Taylor 7-4 Adrian Lewis
Raymond van Barneveld 7-5 Peter Wright
Chisnall v Raymond van Barneveld
0-1 - Chisnall lands a 180, but misses double eight for a 136 finish as van Barneveld follows three 140s by taking out 81 on the bull to break.
0-2 - Chisnall posts another maximum, but the Dutch ace finishes 116 to double his lead.
1-2 - Chisnall opens with a third 180 of the game before double ten gets him off the mark.
1-3 - Chisnall lands yet another maximum, but misses the bull for a 124 finish and two darts at double eight, allowing van Barneveld to hold on double 16.
2-3 - The pair trade 180s before Chisnall takes out 73 on tops to hit back.
3-3 - Chisnall breaks to level with a superb 11-darter, taking out 81 on double 12.
3-4 - van Barneveld misses double 19 for a 118 finish, but when Chisnall misses two darts at double eight to take out 64, the Dutchman returns to pin double 19 for a break of throw.
3-5 - A 110 finish, taking out double 18, sees van Barneveld regain a two-leg cushion.
4-5 - van Barneveld lands his second maximum of the game to leave 121, but Chisnall finishes a brilliant 164 checkout to hit back.
4-6 - Double eight sees van Barneveld secure at least a point from the game.
5-6 - Chisnall lands double ten to win a fifth leg and take the game into a decider.
5-7 - van Barneveld lands his third 180 of the game, but misses the bull for an 85 finish to claim the win - only for Chisnall to miss two darts at double 19 to claim a point, allowing the Dutchman back in to hit double eight an take the victory.