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Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld proved there is no substitute for world-class talent as he clinched the Untouchables Choice Bet Darts Championship.

The Dutch master fired a spectacular 161 check-out on his way to the title in front of a packed house at the Pyramids, as the region's local stars stood toe-to-toe with the cream of the darts crop.

Van Barneveld cruised past Petersfield's Jack Marriner in the first round with a 5-0 demolition before a 5-3 win over James Wade in the semi-finals and a 6-3 victory over Mervyn King in the final.

Fratton's Steve Filby put on a creditable display and won two legs against Australian star Simon Whitlock but went down 5-2.

Meanwhile, Cosham's professional Andy Jenkins failed to find his best against an in-form King and went down 5-1.

Wade took his place in the semi-finals with a 5-2 success against Peter Manley, while Whitlock went down to King 5-1 in the other last-four showdown.

Organiser Jason Thame felt local qualifiers Filby and Marriner had enjoyed their opportunity against some of the biggest names in the sport.

Thame said: 'Steve Filby gave a good account of himself and won the first leg against Simon Whitlock.

'The crowd were really up for it but Whitlock just had that extra bit of class.

'Jack found it pretty tough going against van Barneveld but it will be great experience to have played against him.'

After the success of the competition, Thame is looking to bring another top-class darts event back to Portsmouth next year.

He said: 'It was a great turnout for the event. It was a packed house and the feedback has been amazing.

'The Pyramids are very keen on doing it again around the same time next year.

'I'd like to do it annually and we may even look to go to a bigger venue because of the success.'

Thame also suggested world champion Phil Taylor – the only star name not at the event – could yet be tempted to take part next year.

He said: 'It's something I will look at but you have to make the figures work.

'It may happen in the future.'

RESULTS: Van Barneveld 5 Marriner 0; Wade 5 Manley 2; King 5 Jenkins 1; Whitlock 5 Filby 2.

Semi-finals: Van Barneveld 5 Wade 3; King 5 Whitlock 2. Final: Van Barneveld 6 King 3.