After the tungsten tear up on the south coast, the 2017 Betway Premier League looks to be the closed we have ever seen. Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor and James Wade remain the only unbeaten three players in this year’s tournament. Jelle Klaasen also picked up his first two points at Brighton, sending Dave Chisnall to the bottom of the table.
The first game of the evening was the battle at the bottom as Dave Chisnall took on Jelle Klaasen. The Dutchman bossed this game and set the tone with an 180 with his first three darts; he followed that up with a stunning 152 finish leaving chizzy chasing shadows. Chizzy is the world number 6 but looked far from that in this game, as Jelle was far too good on the night winning 7-3. The second game was a tungsten slugfest as MvG took on Adrian Lewis. On paper, this looked a MvG banker as Lewis has been well below his best over the last two years. The blue touch paper was lite in the first leg, as MvG started with an eleven dart leg. Lewis replied with three legs on the spin; the Brighton crowd were then on their feet as back to back ton-plus finishes. The world champion started with an 116, but Jackpot sends the noise levels through the roof with a 170 top of the shop. The Pair couldn’t be split at the end of 12 legs and had to make do with a point each.
“I didn’t play too badly but I missed a few things here and there, and you’re not allowed to do that, especially against Adrian,” said Van Gerwen.
“I started off really well, but I didn’t feel great today, I’ve had a bit of a cold and my focus wasn’t really there – but you have to do it with your arm and your head. At least I got a point and I can’t complain too much.”
Lewis said: “I thought I did quite well at the end to get a point. I thought I had the chance to run away with it but I didn’t take my opportunities, that’s down to a lack of confidence I think.
“Results haven’t really been going my way as such, but hopefully I’m on the turn now. I could have got a lot more out of the game – 12 months ago I’d have put the game to bed but today I didn’t, but he showed his quality and that’s why he’s world number one.”
Gary Anderson and James Wade were next up, and this game was like a game of two halves. Wade started like a house on fire, and found himself in a 5-1 lead. The Anderson would roll off five legs on the spin to lead 6-5. Wade just doesn’t know how to lose at the moment, as the Machine won the last leg to remain unbeaten in this year’s Premier League. Wade is really going under the radar in this year, and could be a significant danger. Phil Taylor and Kim Huybrechts were next up, in a game that turned into an ill-tempered affair. The history between these two goes back a fair way now, and clear for all to see that they didn’t like each other. Huybrechts moved out of the bottom two, after picking up a point but it’s a game he should have won. As Taylor stumbled to a point, after Huybrechts missed match darts.
The last match of the was Peter Wright against Raymond van Barneveld. In the early stages, Wright missed darts at doubles and let RvB stay in the game. Wright finally broke to lead 6-4, only to hand back the advantage straight away. Barney would be forced to take out 140 to take a point away from Brighton.
Dave Chisnall 3-7 Jelle Klaasen
Michael van Gerwen 6-6 Adrian Lewis
Gary Anderson 6-6 James Wade
Phil Taylor 6-6 Kim Huybrechts
Raymond van Barneveld 6-6 Peter Wright
By Phill Barrs