Premier League Of Darts Week 6 Round Up
Raymond van Barneveld maintained his position at the top of the Premier League of Darts table and Phil Taylor suffered as second successive defeat as the darting bandwagon rolled into Manchester for week six on the Premier League trail.
Barneveld was in front all the way through with his match against Robert Thornton, he led 4-2, 5-3 and 6-4 but was pegged back by the gutsy Thorn who landed a maximum and finishes of 100 and 78 to claim the final two legs of the match and secure a point which sees Barney hold on to top spot and Thornton move into the top 4.
"I think the draw was a fair result,Ē said van Barneveld. "I have to take my hat off to Robert because he played really well and it was a good game.
"Itís Robertís first Premier League and heís enjoying it, and it makes it harder to beat him. Heís got so much confidence in his game at the moment and he puts you under pressure in every leg.
"I wasnít too happy with my scoring tonight but Iím happy with a point and itís great to be top still after six weeks.Ē
Thornton added: "I think neither of us probably deserved to win it, because neither of us were able to hold onto a lead.
"Iím going up there every week to enjoy myself, and if I can get one or two points then Iíll be happy enough.Ē
Thorntonís rise up the table was at the expense of Phil Taylor who suffered a second successive loss, this time to Andy Hamilton, it was in fact the second time inside a week that Hamilton had inflicted defeat on the sixteen time World Champion, the other being in the quarter finals of the UK Masters the previous Sunday.
The Hammer came out all guns blazing as Taylor seemed slightly preoccupied with events happening in the crowd and there only ever looked to be one winner. The final scoreline of 7-3 was in fact a fair reflection of the match and the points will be welcomed by Hamilton who now sits comfortably in mid-table.
"Itís probably the biggest two points of my Premier League career and it feels absolutely brilliant,Ē said Hamilton, who averaged 101.40 in the victory. "I know what Iím capable of and I finished well.
"To beat Phil again shows that Iím on top form, and it shows that last weekend wasnít a fluke. Iím throwing solid darts, scoring well and if I keep finishing well then thereís no reason I canít go a long way in this Premier League.
"I thrive on the pressure of the Premier League and the crowds.Ē
James Wade was unable to take advantage of Barneveldís dropped point as he too suffered defeat, the man from Aldershot falling victim to an impressive display from Simon Whitlock that saw the Australian take an early lead and push on to seal a 7-4 victory with an impressive 120 checkout.
"This is a huge win,Ē admitted Whitlock. "I need every point I can get, so Iím over the moon to get both points.Ē
Michael van Gerwen took full advantage as players around him in the table dropped points, claiming a 7-4 win over Wes Newton despite the man from Fleetwood producing two 10-dart legs during the match. The two points see van Gerwen move into second place in the table and will go a long way towards him reaching the semi-final in his debut season.
"Wes played well and it was a fantastic game, so Iím very happy with the win,Ē said van Gerwen. "Iím doing well at the moment, Iíve got another two points in my pocket and itís fantastic because Iíve put myself in a good position for the next few weeks.
"Iím working hard and enjoying myself, and thatís showing in my game. Wes was hard to beat but I think I was the better player and at the moment I feel like I can throw a 100 average every week.Ē
The nights other fixture saw Adrian Lewis looking to take advantage of Newtonís dropped points against Gary Anderson who was looking to move clear of the relegation zone. The draw then was perhaps not the best outcome for either man, although both would probably have settled for it before going on stage.
It was Lewis who was first to six legs, but he never had the opportunity to take a win as Anderson fired in scores of 180, 140 and 165 before landing double 8 for a 10-darter and a share of the spoils.
"We both missed some doubles there but Iím happy with that,Ē said Lewis. "We always seem to have exciting games and we had chances to break each other at times which we didnít take.
"When I got to 6-5 I wanted to relax and go on and win but Gary put in a brilliant leg. He dug in deep and showed a lot of bottle.Ē
|After Week Six||P||W||D||L||+/-||Pts|
|Raymond van Barneveld||6||4||1||1||+10||9|
|Michael van Gerwen||6||3||2||1||+9||8|
Article Courtesy Of Uk Darts Magazine