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PHIL TAYLOR eased to victory over Gary Anderson in the battle of the 888.com Premier League Darts’ top two at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Thursday, but the race for places in next month’s Play-Offs intensified as Adrian Lewis jumped back to fourth in the table.

Taylor picked up his 11th straight win this season with a comfortable 8-3 defeat of second-placed Anderson, who is now assured of a top-four finish despite his loss.

PHIL TAYLOR eased to victory over Gary Anderson in the battle of the 888.com Premier League Darts’ top two at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Thursday, but the race for places in next month’s Play-Offs intensified as Adrian Lewis jumped back to fourth in the table.

Taylor picked up his 11th straight win this season with a comfortable 8-3 defeat of second-placed Anderson, who is now assured of a top-four finish despite his loss.

The Scot had hit 11 180s in a win over Simon Whitlock last week, but never got going as Taylor opened up an early 4-0 lead before going on to complete a league double over his rival.

“The fans expected fireworks and I thought Gary was going to play brilliantly,” said Taylor. “I could relax a little bit because I’ve qualified and I played okay.”

Anderson admitted: “Last week I played well but this was atrocious compared to that. Phil wasn’t as good as he has been but I never got going – my darts didn’t flow right and he beat me up.”

Raymond van Barneveld remains in third place behind Anderson, and moved onto 14 league points following a draw with James Wade, who took out 138 to win the deciding leg of their contest in front of 7,000 fans in Liverpool.

Van Barneveld had hit checkouts of 124 and 121 in leading 5-3 and also ensured a point at 7-6, but a superb 12-dart leg from Wade gave him a point and extended his unbeaten run to four matches.

Wade is now locked on 11 points with fourth-placed Lewis, who ended his three-game losing run in style with an 8-5 win over Simon Whitlock.

Whitlock is now a point adrift of the pair going into the final two games, and Lewis admitted: “It could be the biggest win of the tournament for me.

“I’ve got Terry Jenkins next week and Gary Anderson on the final week, but James and Simon have to play Phil Taylor, and I can’t see them getting anything out of that so I’ve got the best chance out of the three of us.”

The tournament continues at the BIC in Bournemouth next Thursday, before Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena hosts the final league night on May 12, which will be followed by the Play-Offs at the Wembley Arena the following week.

888.com Premier League Darts
Week 12 – Echo Arena, Liverpool
Mark Webster 4-8 Terry Jenkins
Gary Anderson 3-8 Phil Taylor
Raymond van Barneveld 7-7 James Wade
Adrian Lewis 8-5 Simon Whitlock

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