Annals pride at Barney match-up

Harry Annals with Raymond Van Barneveld
Harry Annals with Raymond Van Barneveld
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HARRY ANNALS traded darts with five-times world champion Raymond Van Barneveld and confessed: It doesn’t get any better than that.

The Petersfield Academy prospect opened Saturday’s sell-out Untouchables event against the man known as Barney at the Pyramids Centre in Southsea.

And Annals admitted it was with a mixture of nerves and excitement as he made the walk to the oche, in anticipation of the greatest moment of his fledgling darts career.

He said: ‘The whole thing was unbelievable, really.

‘I practised with Barney before the game and I was quite nervous.

‘He was giving me advice, telling me to go for my treble 20s more because I had been throwing at treble 19s as I had lost a bit of confidence.

‘But as soon as my name was announced, the nerves seemed to go and I just took it all in.’

Annals, who attends Felpham Community College in Bognor, ended up losing the game 4-0 but praised the home support who helped to make his moment in the spotlight ‘unforgettable’.

‘To have the crowd supporting me was fantastic and greatly appreciated,’ he said.

‘I am just annoyed I couldn’t nick a leg off of him when I had a dart at a double.

‘When you miss them, then you know Barney is going to make you pay.’