Taylor and Van Gerwen average 111 apiece to open their Premier League accounts!

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Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen opened up their 2016 Premier League accounts with fantastic victories on night two at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena. Taylor averaged 111.20 en route to trouncing James Wade 7-1, whilst van Gerwen defeated world champion Gary Anderson in a repeat of last year’s Premier League final, with MvG averaging 111.88.

The match of the night was contested between Anderson and van Gerwen. Gary was ruled out of the opening week of this year’s Premier League due to a viral infection, but he showed no signs of ill effects against the Dutchman, averaging 106.23 and hitting 75% on the doubles, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the inspired ‘Green Machine’.

Anderson kicked off proceedings with a commanding hold of throw, converting 51 in two-darts for a 14-darter, but van Gerwen held in 13 darts, before breaking the Scot in 14 darts. MvG claimed his third consecutive leg with a superb 105 checkout, but Anderson responded by pinning D20 for an excellent 13-dart hold.

Michael regained his two-leg cushion with a clinical two-dart 70 kill, but Gary reduced the arrears to 4-3 with another 13-darter, this time on D16. However, the world number one was in relentless mood. He posted his fourth maximum and took out 47 for an 11-darter, before guaranteeing a point in the ninth leg, converting a fine 85 checkout for a 12-darter.

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Thornton ruled out of Premier League action through illness!

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World Grand-Prix Champion Robert Thornton has been ruled out of the second week of Premier League action at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena through illness.

Thornton has been suffering with a chest infection all week and has subsequently been ruled out on medical advice. As a consequence, the Scot has also pulled out of this weekend’s Dutch Darts Masters in Venray, with his scheduled second-round opponent set to earn a bye to the last 16.

James Wade and Phil Taylor, who are contesting the final match of this evening, were involved in a coin toss to determine who will take Thornton’s place, and Wade will now play twice by opening up the evening with a clash against Michael Smith.

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Premier League Darts- Week 2 Preview

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The Premier League road-show heads to Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena for week two of the Betway Premier League on Thursday. Gary Anderson will return to action after missing the opening week through illness, whilst Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor go in search of their first points of the 2016 season.

Michael Smith v James Wade

Michael Smith was set to face Robert Thornton in Newcastle this evening, but on Thursday morning, it was announced that Thornton would miss week two through illness, meaning James Wade plays twice, and takes on ‘Bully-Boy’ in tonight’s opener.

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