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GARY ANDERSON secured a Betway Premier League Play-Off place with a 7-3 win over James Wade on Thursday, as Phil Taylor overcame Michael van Gerwen with a memorable victory at The Sheffield Arena.

Peter Wright ended Adrian Lewis’ Play-Off hopes with a 7-2 victory as he prepared for his own appearance in the semi-finals with a ninth win of the season. Legs of 13 and 14 darts gave Wright an early 2-0 lead, despite a pair of maximums from Lewis, before the 2011 runner-up hit back to level.

Wright, though, landed a 180 of his won as he took th e fifth and pounced on two missed doubles from Lewis to break and take a 4-2 lead, before reeling off the next three legs to complete the win. Dave Chisnall continued his brilliant form by extending his unbeaten run to six matches with a 7-5 win over Raymond van Barneveld, averaging over 109 as he kept up his bid for a Play-Off spot.

Van Barneveld defied two 180s to win the game’s opening leg, hitting a maximum of his own, and also led 2-1 before Chisnall took three in a row to push himself clear, with the burst including a superb 142 checkout.

A pair of double eight finishes pulled Van Barneveld level, but Chisnall took the next two to move 6-4 up and secure a point, and though the Dutchman finished 70 to send the match into a decider, a 64 finish continued the St Helens ace’s Play-Off challenge.

The visit to Sheffield saw Taylor deny Van Gerwen the chance to secure top spot in the league table with a 7-3 win which also sees the six-time champion maintain his fourth place in the race for Play-Off spots.

After missing three doubles to win the opening leg, Van Gerwen hit back to lead 2-1 only for Taylor to seize the initiative with a superb 96 finish of single 20, double 18 and double top to level.

Taylor then took the next four in a run which included an 11-darter and a 90 finish following three further misses from Van Gerwen, who rallied briefly with an 11-dart finish of his own before the Stoke legend completed the win.

Taylor now sits in fourth place, two points clear of Dave Chisnall going into next week’s final league night in Aberdeen – meaning that he needs just a point from his game with Adrian Lewis to secure qualification for the Play-Offs in his farewell season.

Chisnall’s push for a semi-final spot continued as he extended his unbeaten run to six games by defeating Raymond van Barneveld 7-5, averaging over 109 in the process.

Van Barneveld defied two 180s to win the game’s opening leg, hitting a maximum of his own, and also led 2-1 before Chisnall took three in a row to push himself clear, with the burst including a superb 142 checkout.

A pair of double eight finishes pulled Van Barneveld level, but Chisnall took the next two to move 6-4 up and secure a point, and though the Dutchman finished 70 to send the match into a decider, a 64 finish continued the St Helens ace’s Play-Off challenge.

Wright, meanwhile, sits just a point behind Van Gerwen in the battle to claim the £25,000 League Winner’s Bonus after he ended Lewis’ Play-Off hopes with a 7-2 victory. Legs of 13 and 14 darts gave Wright an early 2-0 lead, despite a pair of maximums from Lewis, before the 2011 runner-up hit back to level.

Wright, though, landed a 180 of his own as he took the fifth and pounced on two missed doubles from Lewis to break and take a 4-2 lead, before reeling off the next three legs to complete his ninth win of the season.

The final league night at The GE Oil & Gas Arena in Aberdeen next week will see Chisnall face Wade before Taylor takes on Lewis in matches which will decide the fourth qualifier for the Play-Offs.

Wright then takes on Van Barneveld, before reigning Premier League champion Van Gerwen meets Anderson in a repeat of January’s World Championship final.

Betway Premier League

Night 14 – Thursday May 4th

The Sheffield Arena

(100.53) Peter Wright 7-2 Adrian Lewis (92.80)
(100.65) Raymond van Barneveld v Dave Chisnall (109.36)
(87.35) James Wade 3-7 Gary Anderson (94.32)
(102.99) Michael van Gerwen 3-7 Phil Taylor (100.41)

Night 15 – Thursday May 11
GE Oil & Gas Arena, Aberdeen
Dave Chisnall v James Wade
Phil Taylor v Adrian Lewis
Peter Wright v Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen v Gary Anderson
Tickets: 08444 77 9000 or via www.ticketmaster.co.uk/AECC

Play-Offs – Thursday May 18
The O2, London
Semi-Finals
Final
Tickets: 0844 856 0202 or via www.axs.com
For tickets, visit www.pdc.tv/tickets

League Table after night 14

P

W

D

L

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LWAT

Pts

Michael van Gerwen (Q) 15 9 4 2 +29 34 22
Peter Wright (Q) 15 9 3 3 +24 28 21
Gary Anderson (Q) 15 7 4 4 +15 35 18
Phil Taylor 15 7 3 5 +5 32 17
Dave Chisnall 15 6 3 6 -5 25 15
Raymond van Barneveld 15 6 2 7 -4 26 14
Adrian Lewis 15 6 1 8 -12 25 13
James Wade 15 5 2 8 -13 23 12
Jelle Klaasen (E) 9 1 1 7 -16 15 3
Kim Huybrechts (E) 9 0 3 6 -23 11 3