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Clark beaten by flu rather than Barney

PUBLISHED: 12:22 02 January 2008 | UPDATED: 16:08 23 July 2010

By Jonny Weeks JASON Clark was left feeling sick as a pig after his dreams of beating the reigning PDC world champion were shattered last week. The Kilburn star had hoped to dump Raymond van Barneveld out of the tournament in their second round clash at A

By Jonny Weeks

JASON Clark was left feeling sick as a pig after his dreams of beating the reigning PDC world champion were shattered last week.

The Kilburn star had hoped to dump Raymond van Barneveld out of the tournament in their second round clash at Alexandra Palace, but was defeated 4-1 as both players struggled with illness.

"We needed paramedics up there, we were so bad," Clark told the Times.

"I came down with flu the night before and by the time we started playing I just couldn't concentrate.

"I tried to grin and bear it but it was impossible.

"But apparently he's the only one who's allowed to be ill," Clark added, referring to way van Barneveld was excused of criticism for his defeat to Kevin Painter in the following round.

In truth, Clark might have beaten the Dutchman had he taken his opportunities in the opening two sets which both went to deciding legs.

Clark missed two darts at double top to win the first set before van Barneveld snatched double top for 3-2.

Clark then registered an 11-dart finish and a check-out of 96 in the second set, only for van Barneveld to edge the fifth leg once again.

The champ cruised the third set 3-0 before Clark took the fourth set 3-2, finishing on a double 16 to save his place in the tournament a while longer.

The opening two legs of the fifth set where shared, but van Barneveld hit three maximums in two legs and completed the win with an 11-dart finish.

"I was very disappointed, but I'll be back," said Clark. "I let him win, it was mine for the taking, but it's gone now.

"Barney's not a great player all of the time. He's like the rest of us, he throws some bad games and I knew if I'd been well I could have had him.

"I'm not at all surprised he went out in the next round to Kevin.

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