Betway Premier League Birmingham
MvG and Peter Wright qualified for the Betway Premier League Play-Offs at The Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on Thursday, as Gary Anderson claimed a key win over Raymond van Barneveld.
Reigning Premier League champion Van Gerwen followed up a draw with Dave Chisnall with a whitewash over Adrian Lewis to continue his challenge to claim a third title in the event. The Dutchman now sits three points clear of Wright in the bid to claim the £25,000 League Winner’s Bonus with two weeks of the regular season remaining.
Peter Wright all-but-secured his place in the Play-Offs with a 7-3 win over Phil Taylor as the six-time champion clings on to his own spot in the top four. Taylor followed up 180s in the opening two legs with a 93 finish in the third to lead 2-1, but Wright levelled and then took out clinical checkouts of 104, 116 and 96 in successive legs to move 5-2 up.
Taylor shared the next two, but the missed bull in the tenth leg allowed Wright to take out 78 to secure a precious two points. Gary Anderson gained a key victory in his bid to secure a top-four finish and challenge for a third Premier League title as he overcame Raymond van Barneveld 7-4.
After starting with a 13-darter, Anderson moved into leads of 3-0 and 4-1 – the latter aided by a 161 checkout – only to see Van Barneveld hit back to level with three in a row of his own. Three misses from the Dutchman in leg nine, though, allowed Anderson to land double eight to regain the lead before he took out the next two to move into third spot in the table.
Michael van Gerwen came from 6-3 down to deny Dave Chisnall a third straight victory as the English ace paid the price for missing three match darts. Reigning champion Van Gerwen took out 84 and 87 to share the opening four legs, but Chisnall took the next three to pull clear and landed double one in leg nine to secure at least a point.
Double eight kept Van Gerwen in the game before he capitalised on three misss at double 18 from Chisnall in the next to force a deciding leg, which saw the Dutchman fire in a 180 before finishing double four for a 13-darter to share the spoils.
Lewis had seen his Play-Off hopes dented by a 7-4 loss to eighth-placed James Wade in the night’s opening fixture, as the 2009 champion kept alive his feint hopes of reaching the top four. Although Lewis led in the opening leg, Wade hit back with finishes of 70, 66 and 100 as he led 4-3, with the Stoke ace levelling in the eighth but missing doubles in the next two legs as the left-hander pulled away for the win.
Betway Premier League
Night 13 – Thursday April 27th
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
93.74 James Wade 7-4 Adrian Lewis 96.68
99.04 Dave Chisnall 6-6 Michael van Gerwen 101.95
95.69 Phil Taylor 3-7 Peter Wright 94.32
105.49 Gary Anderson 7-4 Raymond van Barneveld 101.98
94.53 Adrian Lewis 0-7 Michael van Gerwen 110.75
Night 14 – Thursday May 4th
The Sheffield Arena
Peter Wright v Adrian Lewis
Raymond van Barneveld v Dave Chisnall
James Wade v Gary Anderson
Michael van Gerwen v Phil Taylor
Tickets: 0114 256 5656 or via www.sheffieldarena.co.uk
Night 15 – Thursday May 11th
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