Phil Taylor secured his Premier League play-off spot with a fine comeback victory over Adrian Lewis, as Michael van Gerwen defied a partisan Scottish crowd to defeat Gary Anderson and seal top spot in the table, as the league phase concluded on a dramatic night of darts at the GE Oil & Gas Arena in Aberdeen on Thursday. Continue reading “2017 Premier League Darts: Week 15 Report!”→
The fixtures for the last six weeks of Premier League action have been confirmed, as the remaining eight players fight it out to secure a coveted play-off spot. Jelle Klaasen and Kim Huybrechts were both eliminated after nine weeks, therefore the top eight will now compete across six further nights in a bid to secure a spot at the O2 Arena in May.
Michael van Gerwen recorded the highest ever televised average in the history of professional darts in his 7-1 demolition of Michael Smith in week four of the 2016 Premier League at the GE Oil and Gas Arena in Aberdeen on Thursday evening.
Van Gerwen averaged 123.40, yet he missed three clear darts at D18 for a 7-0 whitewash, which would have seen him finish with a stratospheric average of 136! It was an absolutely remarkable display from start-to-finish, and it’s the first time that any player has averaged over 120 in the history of televised darts.
‘The Green Machine’ broke Phil Taylor’s 118.66 set in 2010, when ‘The Power’ whitewashed Kevin Painter 9-0 in the UK Open fourth round. The world number one only dipped below the 130 average in the final leg of the contest, and at one stage, he was set to break Kyle Anderson’s 134.84 average, posted in a Players Championship event last year.
MvG kicked off proceedings with a brilliant 11-darter to win the opening leg, before extending his lead in the second after posting a timely maximum and taking out 60 for a 12-dart leg. The pair traded maximums in a high-quality third leg and despite a late maximum from Smith, the Dutchman surged 3-0 ahead with another 11-darter.
Aberdeen’s GE Oil and Gas Arena hosts week four of the 2016 Premier League and there are some enthralling clashes in prospect. World champion and Premier League holder Gary Anderson makes his return to home soil against five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld, a Premier League winner himself back in 2014.
The Scottish duo of Peter Wright and Robert Thornton battle it out, in a clash between top against bottom. Elsewhere, world number one Michael van Gerwen takes on Michael Smith, 16-time world champion Phil Taylor meets last year’s semi-finalist Dave Chisnall, whilst Adrian Lewis and James Wade renew their rivalry in the night’s opener.
Reigning Premier League Champion Raymond van Barneveld kept alive hopes of retaining his coveted title, as he prevailed in the all-Dutch clash against Michael van Gerwen in Aberdeen. Van Barneveld was clinical and punished missed doubles from van Gerwen, to inflict the 25-year-old’s first defeat of his Premier League campaign.
If I had a pound for every time I’d heard Phillip Douglas Taylor written off by pundits and fans alike over the years, I’d be an extremely rich man. Last week, Taylor suffered a 7-2 humbling against his old-foe Raymond van Barneveld in week 10 of the Premier League in Sheffield. Van Barneveld had beaten Taylor 7-4 in Glasgow just one month ago, but last week’s defeat was far more damaging.
Michael van Gerwen has issued a statement apologising to his family after the Sun newspaper published an article alleging that the Dutchman had arranged secret liaisons with a woman named Stacey Owen.
The article claims that van Gerwen booked a £69 per night hotel room for himself and Ms Owen, despite only being married to his childhood sweetheart Daphne, for eight months. The full article can be found here….