Adrian Lewis landed a spectacular nine-dart finish to secure his fifth victory in six Premier League matches, whilst Gary Anderson produced a sensational display to defeat Peter Wright on an electric night of darts at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Thursday evening.
The night’s biggest story saw Lewis hit a majestic nine-darter to defeat Raymond van Barneveld in a pulsating affair to remain on course to secure a play-off place. ‘Jackpot’ was in sensational form; following up the perfect leg by recording his second highest televised average of 111.52; to record a 7-4 victory over the legendary Dutchman.
Lewis drew first blood with an assured 14-darter in the opening leg, before conjuring up a stunning 140 outshot to double his lead. Van Barneveld fired back with an effortless 128 kill (T18, T14, D16), before a dramatic fourth leg ensued.
Barney kicked off the leg with his second maximum, but ‘Jackpot’ responded in kind, before going on to record the first PDC televised nine-darter since his perfect leg against James Wade in last year’s Premier League- 364 days ago. This was Lewis’ 5th televised nine-darter of his career, and incredibly his third against Van Barneveld.
Barney wasn’t deterred and responded with his second maximum, but Lewis was firing on all cylinders and took out a brilliant 98 finish to move 4-1 ahead. RvB found D8 to stay in contention at 4-2, but the two-time world champion continued his electrifying form to pin D18 for a 13-darter to restore his three-leg lead.
Van Barneveld refused to give up in the face of Lewis’ brilliance and the Dutchman reduced the deficit to 5-3 with a fine 76 checkout. Nevertheless, ‘Jackpot’ then guaranteed himself a point with another 13-dart hold on tops, after RvB was unable to take out 81.
Lewis crashed in two maximums in a dramatic tenth leg, but he was unable to secure victory after wiring the bull for an 84 checkout. Van Barneveld followed up his fifth maximum with a nerveless 70 finish to stay alive, but the Stoke star found the bullseye in the following leg to complete a magnificent triumph, with a 70% checkout success rate.
Gary Anderson is up to third in the table after recording three points from his double-header in Merseyside. ‘The Flying Scotsman’ was in sixth position prior to tonight’s action, but got his campaign firmly back on track with a stunning display against his fellow countryman Peter Wright.
‘The Flying Scotsman’ endured early issues on the doubles, but reeled off six straight legs to stun Snakebite and round off a magnificent 7-2 win with a 113.44 average and six maximums. Wright averaged 103.85 and landed four maximums himself, but there was little he could do to thwart the two-time Premier League champion.
The pair exchanged maximums in a high-quality opening leg, but Wright converted a 116 finish to hold throw, as Anderson wasn’t afforded a dart at double despite leaving 61 after nine darts. The two-time world champion levelled on D10 moments later, before spurning seven darts at double as Wright snatched the leg via D5.
However, this sparked a remarkable surge from ‘The Flying Scotsman’, who produced an exhibition of scoring and doubling to record arguably his biggest win of the season to date. He hit maximums in each of the next two legs to complete successive 12-darters, before finding tops for a 14-dart hold and a third leg in succession.
Wright was doing little wrong but was helpless in the face of Anderson’s brilliance. Gary rounded off a sensational 10-darter to seal control at 5-2, before recording his fifth straight leg with an incredible 126 kill on the bull. Snakebite couldn’t take out 82 in the ninth leg, which allowed a rampant Anderson to close out victory with a 13-darter.
Earlier in the evening, Anderson had survived seven match darts from Dave Chisnall to salvage a point from a topsy-turvy affair. ‘Chizzy’ averaged 98.98 and landed six maximums, but spurned a multitude of opportunities to prevail as Anderson escaped with a point after averaging 101.46.
Anderson drew first blood via D8, before Chisnall levelled with a 72 outshot. The St Helen’s star then broke throw with a 14-darter, before taking out 72 for the second time in the contest to establish a 3-1 cushion. Nevertheless, ‘The Flying Scotsman’ enjoyed a fine surge to wrestle back the initiative.
The two-time world champion stopped the rot on D8 after Chisnall missed the bull for a 170 finish, before defying Chisnall’s third maximum to square up the contest at three apiece. The Scot then converted a clinical 88 kill to clinch his third straight leg, before following up his second maximum by hitting tops for a 5-3 advantage.
However, with the world number two seemingly closing in on victory, Chisnall fought responded superbly. He crashed in two maximums en route to an 11-darter to reduce the arrears to 5-4, before pinning tops for a 15-darter to level up proceedings at 5-5, before a dramatic finale ensued.
Anderson spurned four darts to secure a point in a nervy eleventh leg and Chisnall capitalised; sinking D8 to complete a 74 checkout and guarantee a share of the spoils. Yet, the roles were reversed moments later. After leaving 20 after just 9 darts, ‘Chizzy’ squandered seven match darts, as Ando eventually found D10 to salvage a point.
In his earlier match, Wright surrendered a 5-1 advantage against Michael van Gerwen in a dramatic tussle. ‘The Green Machine’ endured a nightmare in the finishing department early on, but rallied impressively to claim a share of the spoils with a 103.48 average, as Snakebite was left to rue two missed match darts.
Snakebite secured the opener in unlikely circumstances, as MvG found the wrong bed having missed the bull for a 170 outshot in the preceding visit. Wright then doubled his tally moments later with a nerveless 108 checkout, after MvG had wired D12 for a 98 finish.
Van Gerwen’s doubling woes continued in the third leg. The world number one missed two darts at D8 for a 67 kill, as Wright displayed tremendous composure to take out 80 and confirm another 14-dart break of throw. Snakebite then found D18 for a 13-darter and a fourth straight leg, before MvG finally opened his account with a 15-darter on D8.
Wright’s clinical finishing continued as he dispatched a two-dart 76 combination to establish a commanding 5-1 cushion, but MvG stayed alive on tops after the Scot wired D12 for a 144 finish. This sparked a fightback from ‘Mighty Mike’, who followed up three consecutive 140’s with a 13-dart leg to reduce the deficit to 5-3.
However, Van Gerwen’s fightback was halted after he produced a sloppy scoring leg on his own throw, and Wright pounced to register a 14-dart break of throw and guarantee himself a point. The world number three had the darts in two of the remaining three legs, but he was unable to close out victory over ‘The Green Machine’.
Snakebite missed tops for a spectacular 160 finish which would have rounded off a 7-3 triumph, which allowed MvG to stay afloat with a 13-dart break via D8. The Dutchman then crashed in two maximums to complete an 11-darter and force a decider, before exploiting another missed match dart from Wright to claim a point with a classy 68 kill.
Elsewhere, James Wade produced a stirring fightback after reeling off four successive legs from 5-3 down to stun Phil Taylor and keep his slender play-off hopes alive. Taylor appeared in control for the majority of the contest, but ‘The Machine’ prevailed with a 93.88 average to clinch just his second victory in eight matches.
Taylor eased in to an early lead after a sloppy start from the left-hander. ‘The Power’ secured a comfortable hold on D16, before doubling his lead with an 84 finish and a 14-darter. However, Wade responded with a vital 64 kill on D10, before levelling up the match via the same target.
‘The Power’ regained the initiative after cleaning up an 82 kill, but Wade restored parity once more by converting a fine 106 outshot on D13. The 16-time world champion found D4 to edge ahead once more, before securing a crucial break with a clinical 96 finish. However, with Taylor in control, Wade produced an unlikely comeback.
The Stoke-on-Trent veteran squandered five clear darts at double to secure a point in the ninth leg, which allowed Wade to break straight back via D18. The eight-time major winner then drew level on D6, before producing two stunning legs of darts to deal Taylor’s play-off hopes a major blow.
‘The Machine’ fired in his first maximum to pressure Taylor’s throw, before conjuring up a brilliant 120 finish for a 12-darter to secure a point, with Taylor sat on tops. The 56-year-old was stunned and Wade completed victory with a nerveless 87 finish, to register his fourth straight leg and a second successive 12-darter.
Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC
Betway Premier League
Night 11 – Thursday April 13
Echo Arena, Liverpool
Gary Anderson 6-6 Dave Chisnall
Michael van Gerwen 6-6 Peter Wright
Adrian Lewis 7-4 Raymond van Barneveld – Adrian Lewis Hits Nine-Dart Finish
Phil Taylor 5-7 James Wade
Peter Wright 2-7 Gary Anderson