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Jelle Klaasen and Kim Huybrechts were eliminated from the Betway Premier League on Thursday with defeats in Manchester, as Michael van Gerwen moved to the top of the league table, despite a 7-5 loss to Barney in the final match.
With the bottom two players in the league table eliminated following next week’s ninth league night in Cardiff – when the players have each met once – defeats for Huybrechts and Klaasen left them three points adrift of Dave Chisnall.
The pair will now exit the tournament as the remaining eight players begin their battle for the Play-Offs next month. Belgian ace Huybrechts was defeated 7-2 by Gary Anderson, as the Scot hit checkouts of 130, 104 and 132 to boost his own Premier League challenge with a third win of the season.
Klaasen, meanwhile, went down 7-5 to Adrian Lewis as the Stoke star won his third successive game, twice pulling clear after the Dutchman levelled before inflicting his opponent’s sixth loss of the season.
Six-time Premier League champion Taylor bounced back from two successive defeats by edging out Peter Wright 7-5, with the UK Open champion hitting a 156 checkout but paying the price for 12 other missed doubles.
Betway Premier League
Night Eight – Thursday March 23rd
The Manchester Arena
104.20 Michael van Gerwen 7-4 James Wade 100.84
91.55 Kim Huybrechts 2-7 Gary Anderson 102.51
102.45 Peter Wright 5-7 Phil Taylor 98.75
81.25 Jelle Klaasen 5-7 Adrian Lewis 84.39
101.20 Raymond van Barneveld 7-5 Michael van Gerwen 101.93
Judgement Night – Thursday March 30th
Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Raymond van Barneveld v James Wade
Phil Taylor v Jelle Klaasen
Gary Anderson v Adrian Lewis
Michael van Gerwen v Dave Chisnall
Peter Wright v Kim Huybrechts