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Premier League Roundup from Andy Philip

Andy Philip sent in this great wrap up of last week’s Premier league darts. Andy’s roundups and blog can be found at www.sportshack.moonfruit.com.

Phil Taylor avenged his only defeat in this seasons Premier League with an 8-3 victory over World Champion Adrian Lewis in his 100th Premier League game. Both players averaged over 100 but Taylors 107.45 comfortably trumped Lewis 100.89. The result guaranteed that Taylor will finish in one of the top two spots in the league while Lewis is in the fight for a play-off spot in sixth place.

James Wades recent resurgence continued as he inflicted the fourth consecutive 8-1 defeat on Mark Webster. Wade averaged 106.25 and hit three 100+ finishes including a 170 as Webster lost his seventh straight game and remained rooted to the foot of the table with no chance of a top four finish.

Raymond van Barneveld moved a step closer to ensuring he makes the play-offs earning a point in only the second draw of the season. Both of the draws have involved Terry Jenkins who just about kept alive his slim hopes of making the play-offs. Jenkins 99.51 average was his highest of the season so far.

Simon Whitlock was on the receiving end of a Premier League record eleven 180’s in a match from Gary Anderson. Whitlock took the match the distance with five 180’s himself but lost 8-6. The sixteen 180’s in the match was a Premier League record too but that is little consolation to Whitlock who is only in the top four on leg difference. Anderson is now almost certainly guaranteed his play-off spot but will look to win all his remaining games to take some form into the Wembley showdown.

888.com Premier League Darts
Week 11, N.I.A. Birmingham
James Wade 8-1 Mark Webster
Terry Jenkins 7-7 Raymond van Barneveld
Simon Whitlock 6-8 Gary Anderson
Phil Taylor 8-3 Adrian Lewis

JAMES WADE 8-1 MARK WEBSTER

In a battle of the left-handers James Wade comfortably came out on top to move himself fifth in the league and give himself a great chance of making the play-offs for the fourth succesive year.

The 2009 champion beat Mark Webster 8-1 which was Websters fourth straight 8-1 reversal and seventh succesive defeat since he averaged 110 in week four when defeating World Champion Adrian Lewis.

Wade started the match without a treble in his first six darts but then hit a 140 before finishing the leg with a 120 finish (t20,20,d20) to take the early lead. Wade won the next in just fifteen darts this time with a 110 finish (t20,10,d20). He almost won the next in just twelve darts but missed at double 18 for a 116 finish but on his next visit to the board hit the double nine with his first dart. After Webster missed the bull for a 164 finish in the next Wade finished his 58 for a twelve-dart leg despite hitting the single one with his first dart of the combination. Wade himself missed the bull for a 164 finish in the next and then missed his favourite double ten in his next visit before securing the leg and a 5-0 lead on double five. The last leg before the break was won in just twelve darts by Wade with a magical 170 finish that guaranteed him the £1,000 bonus for the highest finish of the night. After the interval Wade lost his first leg of the night. Leg seven being the only leg where Wade did not score a 140 in the match. Webster started the leg with a 180 and went on to win it on double ten. Any hopes of a Webster revival were quickly crushed by Wade who broke the throw with a thirteen-dart leg and then secured the victory in the next with an 87 finish after scores of 140,134 and 140. The dominant manner of Wades victory will be a wake up call to the other players in the Premier League. Wade hit 8 out of 11 doubles on his way to a 106.25 average and now has ten points, the same as fourth placed Simon Whitlock.

TERRY JENKINS 7-7 RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD

Raymond van Barneveld averaged over 100 for the second time in three weeks but again did not record a victory. The big Dutchman only averaged 86 in last weeks victory over World Champion Adrian Lewis but was happy enough with the point that takes him onto 13 points and gives him a three point advantage over those immediately below him with only three games left to play. Terry Jenkins would now need a miracle to qualify but will do all he can to avoid finishing bottom.

A scrappy first leg was won by Jenkins who needed four darts before finally hitting his double and holding his throw. A tidy leg from Barney in the next saw the scores levelled with an eighty finish before the Dutchman hit a 180 and a 140 in the next on his way to an eleven-dart leg that saw him take the lead for the first time. Barney extended his advantage in the next by holding his own throw hitting double ten on his last dart with Jenkins needing only 56. Barney missed the chance to further extend his lead in leg five after leaving himself 170, Jenkins hit a 177 to leave himself 20 and put pressure on the 170 finish. Barney missed his first dart and Jenkins hit the double ten with his second dart. Despite his first dart of the next leg bouncing out Barney wrapped the leg up in fourteen darts to take a two leg lead into the break. The first leg after the break saw Jenkins hit his first 180 of the night to set up a 105 finish that he confidently took out (t19,8,d20) to reduce the lead to a single leg. Another 180 in the next leg for Jenkins was not enough as Barney won the leg with a 76 finish (t20,d8) for a fourteen-dart leg that restored his two leg lead. Jenkins again reduced the deficit in the next. A solid fifteen-dart leg was enough. His third 180 since the break came in the next leg which he won in just eleven darts to level the game at 5-5. The next leg was won against the throw by Barney. After Jenkins had missed double nineteen for a 155 finish Barney held his nerve to finish 106 (t20,6,d20) and take the lead again. Both players missed big finishes in the next, Barney first missed double top for a 117 finish before Jenkins missed double top for a 120 finish, instead hitting the single one. Barney then missed his next three darts at a double to give Jenkins the chance to level the match again which he did. The penultimate leg of the match saw Barney hit a 156 to leave himself just 16 with Jenkins still needing 202, Jenkins hit his fourth 180 of the match to pressure Barney who needed two darts at double eight to again take the lead and guarantee himself a point. Starting the last leg with scores of 81 then 100 Barney was put to the sword by Jenkins who hit a 140 then followed it up with another 180 before Barney responded with a 180 of his own. Jenkins left himself 83 to get the draw and Barney put him under pressure by leaving himself just 40. Jenkins held firm though and after hitting single seventeen then single sixteen he cooly hit the bull to gain a point and secure his second draw of the season.

 

SIMON WHITLOCK 6-8 GARY ANDERSON

A record breaking match saw the Flying Scotsman emerge the victor. The two players hit a record breaking sixteen 180’s in the match and Anderson hit eleven of these for an individual record. Despite missing twenty-one doubles Anderson still averaged 103.51 and consolidated his second place in the table.

The first leg was typical Gary Anderson, he started the match with a 180 hit another two visits later then took four darts to hit his double. Whitlock levelled in the next though as Anderson again missed three darts at a double and Whitlock hit his on his second dart. Whitlock took the lead in the next leg for the first and only time in the match. Anderson not managing a three figure score in five trips to the oche. Despite a 180 from Whitlock in the next Anderson held his throw. Needing just thirteen darts to win the leg, finishing on double eighteen. Both players hit a 180 in the next leg, Whitlock missed a dart at double eighteen to regain the lead before Anderson again needed four darts to hit his double. The last leg before the break saw Anderson hit his fourth 180 of the match en route to a thirteen-dart leg that gave him a two leg advantage. After the break a solid leg from Whitlock saw him win leg seven. The next was won in just twelve darts by Anderson including a 104 checkout (20,t20,d12), Whitlock bettered this in leg nine. A 180 on his way to an eleven-dart leg including a miss at double eighteen was the Aussies response. Anderson then began a run of scoring that saw him hit seven 180’s in five legs including two in leg ten that restored his two leg advantage at 6-4. Whitlock was battling gamely though and nearly checked out 130 in leg eleven. Hitting the outer bull before winning the leg on his next visit. Leg twelve highlighted the abilities and flaws of both players. Both hit 180’s but Whitlock missed three chances to win the leg before Anderson finally won it on his sixth attempt.

Leg thirteen was started with back-to-back 180’s by Anderson and when his seventh dart also landed in the treble twenty the 9-darter seemed a real possibility. Dart eight missed its target though but Anderson needed only 32 after nine darts. What followed was comical as Anderson missed six chances to win the match before Whitlock took his chance with his fourth attempt at a double. Anderson started the final leg with another 180 and although Whitlock also managed one in the leg Anderson finished 59 (19,d20) for an eleven-dart leg and his fourth straight victory.

 

PHIL TAYLOR 8-3 ADRIAN LEWIS

Both players averaged over 100 in a match that at one point had both players averaging in excess of 120. The eagerly awaited rematch from the opening night saw Taylor avenge his defeat and leave Adrian Lewis needing a sharp upturn in form if he is to make finals night.

Taylor made it ten wins in a row, his last seven he has averaged over 100 while Lewis suffered his third straight defeat.

Lewis started strongly and missed a dart at double eighteen for a 113 finish and an early break. Taylor held his throw winning the leg in fifteen darts including a 180. After just twelve darts in the next Lewis left himself double tops but Taylor checked out 139 (t20,t13,d20) to double his advantage. Taylor started the next leg with a 180 and finished it with a double fourteen in just thirteen darts. Despite Taylor hitting two 180’s in the next leg Lewis held his throw, winning the leg in just eleven darts to register his first leg. Leg five saw Taylor miss his first double, hitting the outer bull instead of the bull when attempting a 121 checkout but he won the leg on his next visit. The same happened to Lewis in the next leg as he also missed the bull for a 121 finish but won the leg to trail by two legs going into the interval. The first couple of legs after the break saw both players miss doubles. Taylor missing two in each leg but winning both legs and giving himself a four leg advantage at 6-2. Leg nine saw Taylor back to his best, after starting the leg with a 180 Taylor needed only 50 after nine darts and put dart ten into the bullseye with Lewis still needing 316. Lewis now needed to win the remaining five legs to get a point. He rallied in the next and won it to keep his faint hopes alive but Taylor wrapped up the match with a 130 finish in leg 11 (t20,t20,d5) and confirmed his position at the summit of the table.

Next week at the ECHO Arena, Liverpool should see some movement in the table. Mark Webster vs Terry Jenkins sees the bottom two players meet before Gary Anderson takes on Phil Taylor in a top of the table clash. Raymond van Barneveld will be looking to ensure qualification against the in-form James Wade and Adrian Lewis and Simon Whitlock both desperately need points in their quest for a top four finish.

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