Week two of the PDC Premier League rolled into Nottingham, as the top stars did battle as the scramble to avoid relegation on Judgement Night has started. After the weekend when Peter Wright won two UK Open qualifiers, all eyes was on his clash with world champion Michael van Gerwen. For van Gerwen’s standards, it had been a miserable week, only drawing last week with Gary Anderson and not winning any of the qualifiers at the weekend, which included a defeat to Peter Wright in Wigan. Wright started the match well however missed darts to take the opening leg, and was duly punished by the world number one. Van Gerwen from that moment raced into six legs to nil lead, averaging around the 110 mark as Wright’s decision to change darts looked to have come back and bite him. Van Gerwen missed a dart to whitewash the world number three, as Wright rallied and managed to get three legs on the board as he went down by seven legs to three.
World number two Gary Anderson was also in impeccable form once again, as he got his first win in this year’s Premier League. Anderson was involved in a fast and frantic shootout with Dutchman Jelle Klaasen. Klaasen came out of the blocks like lightning, as in the first leg the Dutchman hit an 180 and was clinical with an 80 finish. This only awoke the Scotsman, as Anderson checked out 119 to draw level then raced into a three one lead. Klaasen was done, as he checked out 122. That was as good as it got though as Anderson would win seven three. James Wade and Phil Taylor would play out a six-all draw, in a game, Taylor would have been happy to get away with a point. Wade dominated Taylor, but the sixteen times world champion used all his know how to cling on to Wade’s coattails. With the score at five all, Taylor produced a moment of brilliance, after Wade had missed darts to go six five up Taylor took out 142 and looked as if he would take all two points. Wade wouldn’t be denied as he broke straight back, as both players remain unbeaten in this year’s Premier League.
Kim Huybrechts would get his first point on the board, as the Belgian ace would draw six all with the great Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld. This match swung like a pendulum and a point each was a fair reflection of the game. Huybrechts raced into a three one lead, only to see that evaporate and then trail van Barneveld. A tricky 79 finish put Huybrechts back into the lead and guarantee him a point; Barney was ice cool under pressure to hold throw giving him a share of the spoils. Adrian Lewis did a demolition job on an out of sorts Dave Chisnall; Jackpot bounced back from a disappointing result last week. The result leaves Chizzy fighting for his Premier League place, as the bottom two will leave us on Judgement night and Chizzy is yet to get any points on the board.