Adrian Lewis’ play-off hopes were dealt a real blow as he suffered a whitewash defeat at the hands of Michael van Gerwen in a miserable double-header in Birmingham, as Peter Wright secured a place in the play-offs for the first time, on a dramatic night of action at the Barclaycard Arena on Thursday evening. Continue reading “Premier League Darts: Week 13 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 returned to the top of the Premier League table with a thumping 7-1 victory over James Wade, after Phil Taylor suffered a surprise defeat to Peter Wright, at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on Thursday evening.
Van Gerwen averaged 108.33 and hit 7/9 on the doubles, to avenge his opening week defeat suffered against Wade in February. Profligate doubling cost MvG on that occasion, but he was in imperious form in Birmingham, as he aims to top the Premier League table for the fourth year in succession.
Wade did very little wrong, averaging 102.4, but he was only afforded two darts at double in the entire contest. Van Gerwen’s combination finishing was majestic; the world number one recorded checkouts of 87, 99, 124 and 81, to move above Phil Taylor on legs difference.
Taylor suffered only his second defeat of the season at the hands of Peter Wright, who produced an incredible display of finishing to extend his unbeaten Premier League run against ‘The Power’ to five matches.
World champion Gary Anderson and fellow Scot Peter Wright face a defining double-header in the hunt for a Premier League play-off place at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena on Thursday night. Wright faces Phil Taylor whilst Anderson meets Raymond van Barneveld, before the Scots reconvene to face off in the evening’s curtain-raiser.
Elsewhere, Michael van Gerwen will aim to keep up the pressure on Phil Taylor when he faces James Wade, whilst Adrian Lewis meets Robert Thornton, who is five points adrift at the bottom of the table.
Peter Wright v Phil Taylor
Peter Wright’s play-off hopes will surely hinge on this week’s double-header against Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson. In many ways, this year has mirrored Wright’s debut Premier League campaign. Two years ago, Wright sat top of the tree after week eight, but fell away in the second half of the season.
The fixtures for the remainder of the 2016 Premier League have been announced as the battle for play-off places intensifies, and world number one Michael van Gerwen will face his arch nemesis Phil Taylor on home soil when the Premier League heads to Holland for the first time on May 12th.
Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena will host night 15 of this year’s competition, and five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld will hope to secure victory on home territory against Peter Wright.
After Dave Chisnall and Michael Smith were eliminated on Judgement Night in Cardiff, the remaining eight players will battle it out over the next six weeks to determine who will finish in the top-four and secure a spot at the O2 Arena for finals night on May 19th.
Each player will play twice on one league night within the next four weeks, before the final two league nights, at the Manchester Arena and the sell-out Premier League debut at Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena, feature four games on each night before the cut-off for Play-Off places.
Raymond van Barneveld moved one step closer to securing a play-off place at the O2 Arena by beating both Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis in Birmingham. Van Barneveld came from 4-0 down against the World Champion, winning 7 out of the last 8 legs to clinch victory, whilst also clinically defeating Lewis 7-2 in the evening’s finale. Nevertheless, Raymond’s win over Anderson was embroiled in controversy, after Anderson alleged that Barney encroached into the exclusion zone when retrieving his darts, with the Scot set to throw for a point.