Peter Wright tops the league following a third consecutive victory. Former champions Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson also locked horns on a fantastic night of action but with five huge clashes lined up, who would come out on top?
Gary Anderson was taught a harsh lesson in the battle of the heavyweights. Phil Taylor has proved doubters wrong throughout his illustrious career, and he looks to be back to his best following the dominant victory over Anderson. As for the Scotsman, the problems continue to come, loose darts thrown into the 5’s and 1’s gave Taylor plenty of leeway on the scoring, while his finishing was far from pristine. The World Championship will have to improve if he is to retain his Premier League crown.
Adrian Lewis’ 100% record was brought to an abrupt end. The odds suggested eventual victor Michael van Gerwen heavy favourite but the form of Lewis suggests otherwise. With the score all even and MVG heavily outscoring Lewis, the upset looked to be on the cards. But just when the back to back world champion was gaining the advantage, the Dutchman pounced to turn the match n its head. Reeling off three consecutive legs, leaving Lewis trailing in the dust behind him.
Peter Wright maintained his unbeaten record by taking another couple of points off of James Wade. The confidence was clearly flowing as Wright was un-rocked by ‘The Machine’s’ superb start. Wright matched Wade step by step until a spectacular 161 checkout got 9000 Dubliners off their feet, and gave him the lead for the first time. From then on it was plain sailing for Snakebite as he secured the 7-4 victory.
Honours were shared in the St Helens shoot-out as Michael Smith claimed his first Premier League point. The gloom and doom looked to be descending on the débutante from the opening leg. But following a flurry of mediocre scoring from Dave Chisnall, Smith was given a helping hand, back into the match. The two were inseparable in the final few legs with Smith clinging on to a point, up and running at last.
Determined to forget last Thursday’s nightmare performance, Raymond van Barneveld got back on track with two points against rock bottom Robert Thornton. As ever the raucous crowd were right behind the big Dutchman, a sensational 153 finish getting them off their seat. Despite the ruthless double hitting, Thornton was able to cling onto hope of rescuing a point. The game was finely poised as the match went to a deciding leg. The experience of Barney would shine through as he made it two wins out of three.