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Premier League Week 1 Review

Night one of the Betway Premier League is all done and dusted, and we saw wins on the opening night for; Phil Taylor, Peter Wright, Raymond van Barneveld and James Wade. While Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson would take a point each, as the two best players in the world couldn’t be split.

Before a dart was thrown on paper van Gerwen and Anderson was the standout game in Newcastle, and the world number one and two certainly didn’t disappoint. The tone was set from the very first leg, when van Gerwen broke the Anderson throw finishing 89 on the bull. The world champion raced into a three legs to one lead, with legs of 12,13 and 11 darts. This only seemed to spur on the former double world champions as Anderson was finding his groove, as he broke back to make it four-all with a 130 finish on double five. From that moment the tie had draw written all over it, as the pair were so dominant on their own throw, neither really looked like breaking the other. Van Gerwen has again set the bar in the first week as the Dutchman averaged 107.74, and Anderson 103. If anyone of the other eight players wants to top the table, then they will have to find away fast these two at the moment.

 

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In the first game of the night, James Wade beat Kim Huybrechts 7-5, Wade did what James Wade does, wins close games. The Machine arguably has the best finishing in the top ten, and this was on show again in Newcastle as tops and tens came to his aid. Raymond van Barneveld beat Adrian Lewis seven legs to five, but in truth Lewis through the game away. Lewis raced into a 4-1 lead, and then missed darts to go 5-1 up. From that moment the twice world champion never really recovered, and Barney roared back to five each. RvB then held throw to heap the pressure on Lewis, and again Jackpot missed darts for a point as RvB would make no mistake when the chance was presented to him.

Phil Taylor with new darts in hand would play Dave Chisnall. Both players fell short of the standard they have both set over the last few years. Taylor was the better player over the match as he won 7-3, Chizzy will be bitterly disappointed as he never looked like troubling Taylor this week. The final game of the evening was Peter Wright against Jelle Klaasen; this game swung one way then the next as both players will feel they should have got something from the match but it was Wright who would win 7-4. Wright had the better of the early stages, but Klassen roared back into the game. At four legs all Wright would hold his throw then break the Klaasen throw, Wright then had the chance to win the match on his throw after breaking at the perfect time.

Night One – Thursday February 2
Kim Huybrechts 5-7 James Wade
Raymond van Barneveld 7-5 Adrian Lewis
Phil Taylor 7-3 Dave Chisnall
Gary Anderson 6-6 Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright 7-4 Jelle Klaasen

League Table

After Night One

P

W

D

L

+/-

Pts

Phil Taylor

1

1

0

0

+4

2

Peter Wright

1

1

0

0

+3

2

Raymond van Barneveld

1

1

0

0

+2

2

James Wade

1

1

0

0

+2

2

Michael van Gerwen

1

0

1

0

0

1

Gary Anderson

1

0

1

0

0

1

Kim Huybrechts

1

0

0

1

-2

0

Adrian Lewis

1

0

0

1

-2

0

Jelle Klaasen

1

0

0

1

-3

0

Dave Chisnall

1

0

0

1

-4

0

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