Template - Date: Betway Premier League – Cardiff
RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD created the longest winning run of the 2017 Betway Premier League as he swept past James Wade in Cardiff on Thursday, where Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson and Phil Taylor also picked up two points.
Dutch star Van Barneveld, the 2014 Premier League champion, has risen into the top four with his recent run of form to claim three straight wins, and continued that with a ruthless display against Wade. Van Barneveld limited Wade to just one dart at a double as he won the opening five legs without reply, before the left-hander finished 36 and 70 to take two of the next three.
However, the Dutchman – who had claimed his sixth leg with a superb 12-darter – took the ninth on double seven to secure another two points in his bid to secure a Play-Off spot in May.
Reigning Premier League champion Van Gerwen returned to the top of the table with an impressive 7-1 win over Dave Chisnall, averaging 104.25 and hitting 50 percent of his darts at a double. The Dutchman had lost his first game of the season a week ago against Van Barneveld, but showed no mercy as he defied five 180s from Chisnall with a dominant display.
Two-time Premier League winner Anderson hit finishes of 143 and 170 in a superb 7-3 win over Adrian Lewis, averaging 107 as he came from 2-1 down to claim his third win in four games.
Six-time Premier League champion Taylor also had to come from behind before he saw off Jelle Klaasen 7-5 in a deciding leg. Klaasen – who had been eliminated before his ninth league match – raced into an early 4-1 lead before Taylor, aided by an 11-darter, turned the game around to claim his second successive win.
The night had seen just eight players in action, with Kim Huybrechts – who had already been eliminated – absent to remain in Belgium with his terminally ill mother, meaning that Peter Wright was awarded a 7-0 victory in his intended opponent’s absence.
The Betway Premier League continues with the visit to Dublin’s 3Arena next Thursday, as the second phase of the season begins with five games.
Betway Premier League
Night Nine – Thursday March 30th
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
97.50 Phil Taylor 7-5 Jelle Klaasen 91.78
107.13 Gary Anderson 7-3 Adrian Lewis 96.67
95.38 Raymond van Barneveld 7-2 James Wade 84.97
104.25 Michael van Gerwen 7-1 Dave Chisnall 100.79
After Week 9
|Michael van Gerwen||9||6||2||1||+19||21||14|
|Raymond van Barneveld||9||5||2||2||+8||18||12|
|Jelle Klaasen (E)||9||1||1||7||-16||15||3|
|Kim Huybrechts (E)||9||0||3||6||-23||11||3|
* Kim Huybrechts withdrew from Night Nine, and having already been eliminated from the event, Peter Wright was awarded a 7-0 victory.