Template - Date: Betway Premier League BELFAST
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN spoiled Raymond van Barneveld’s 50th birthday celebrations with a 7-2 victory in their Betway Premier League clash at The SSE Arena on Thursday night, as Dave Chisnall picked up two victories in Belfast.
Van Barneveld reached the landmark anniversary on the same day as his all-Dutch clash with the World Champion, but saw Van Gerwen avenge his loss in Manchester last month with a dominant display. The pair shared the game’s opening four legs – with Van Barneveld powering in a 140 checkout in leg two and Van Gerwen hitting back with an 11-darter in the third – before the world number one pulled clear.
Double eight moved Van Gerwen back ahead before he broke throw for the first time on double ten, a 14-darter opened up a 5-2 lead, a 92 finish with two double 18s secured a minimum of a point and double eight completed the triumph.
Van Gerwen remains two points clear of Peter Wright, whose Play-Off challenge continued with a 7-3 win over James Wade. Wright – using a new set of darts on stage – also shared the opening four legs before three in a row moved him clear, and though Wade responded with an 81 finish, the UK Open champion took the next two for victory.
“It wasn’t the best performance but it’s a win, two points and it keeps me in the top four,” said Wright. “Getting the win was the aim tonight and I did that. “I did enough to get the win but neither of us were at our best. I’ve been practising with these darts for a couple of weeks and felt good with them, but they didn’t go like I thought they would tonight.”
Betway Premier League
Night 12 – Thursday April 20th
The SSE Arena, Belfast
103.97 Dave Chisnall 7-3 Adrian Lewis 95.56
104.38 Phil Taylor 7-4 Gary Anderson 102.60
92.53 Peter Wright 7-3 James Wade 92.24
103.09 Michael van Gerwen 7-2 Raymond van Barneveld 93.55
104.72 Dave Chisnall 7-2 Phil Taylor 94.91
|Michael van Gerwen||12||8||3||1||+26||28||19|
|Raymond van Barneveld||13||6||2||5||+1||24||14|
|Jelle Klaasen (E)||9||1||1||7||-16||15||3|
|Kim Huybrechts (E)||9||0||3||6||-23||11||3|