World number one Michael van Gerwen stole the show on the Emerald Isle, on what was an exciting night in Dublin. MvG was first on against James Wade, as Wade played twice that night. Wade produced one of his best Premier League performances, as he lead the world champion 4-2 at one point. As the world number one, van Gerwen produced some scintillating darts to race into a 6-5 lead. In the last leg, Wade left 41 after just nine darts and didn’t get a go at it, as van Gerwen checked out 138 to leaving Wade heartbroken.
Van Gerwen ended with an 113.62 average to Wade’s impressive 110.82, and the World Champion said: “A good game comes from two players and James was phenomenal, and I want to give all credit to him.
“It was probably James’ highest average in a long time, so I’m really glad I won it in the end. After I was 4-2 down, I knew I had to do something extra if I was going to win the game, and I did that.
“Somehow I managed to do the 171 and the 138 when he was on 41 after nine darts. That takes a lot of capability, pressure and confidence to do that. I’m really glad I won this game, and I needed it.”
Phil Taylor moved back into the playoffs with a victory over his old rival Raymond van Barneveld, Taylor ran out a 7-3 winner. In truth RvB never got into the match, and let Taylor sail off into the sunset, which was somewhat surprising as RvB had played so well over the last four weeks.
“It’s two points in the bag, and it keeps me up there in the league table,” said Taylor. “I’m still enjoying it and still trying to get into the Play-Offs.
“Raymond’s playing some great darts, and he always seems to be there, and over the years we’ve had so many great battles. Playing him in Dublin was extra special.”
Peter Wright dodged a defeat against Dave Chisnall, winning the last three legs to snatch a draw from being 6-3 behind. Chizzy was back to his very best and will see this as a point dropped.
“Obviously I wanted the two points, but I didn’t play exceptionally tonight and Dave punished me,” said Wright. “When I was 6-3 down I knew I only had to break Dave’s throw once, and I did that, and it’s a good point.
“Dave’s shown the crowd just how well he can play and if he carries on playing the way he is then he’s going to take plenty more points off the guys in the run-up to the finals.”
Chisnall admitted: “I was happy to get the point but also disappointed not to get the two points because I was in control when I went 6-3 up and I slackened off.
“A big thing for me was keeping the darts straight and fluent, and I did that tonight. Peter’s one of the best in the world, a class act, and I knew he would come back at me so a point’s good.”
Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis would play each other again, after Anderson beat Lewis last week. In truth, if Anderson had hit doubles then he would have won again in Dublin, but the former champion of the world had a stinker on the outer ring, as he only had a checkout percentage of 13%. Credit to Lewis as Jackpot went about his business and punished every opportunity he was given by Anderson to win 7-3.
In the last game, we had Wade and Barney back for a second helping. Wade couldn’t hit the same heights as he did in the first game of the night. It seemed to frustrate Wade that he wasn’t playing as well and RvB made up for his earlier defeat. RvB ran out a 7-2 winner, to move him back up to third in the table.
Night Ten – Thursday, April 6
James Wade 5-7 Michael van Gerwen
Raymond van Barneveld 3-7 Phil Taylor
Dave Chisnall 6-6 Peter Wright
Adrian Lewis 7-3 Gary Anderson
James Wade 2-7 Raymond van Barneveld