Night three of the Betway Premier League in Leeds certainly didn’t disappoint, as the Yorkshire crowd were treated to a tungsten tear up. The first game of the night set the bar the rest of the field had to try and hit. First up we had an all-Scottish affair as world number two Gary Anderson took on world number three Peter Wright. It was the world number three who upset the form book, as he averaged 109 and took out four ton-plus finishes. In truth, Anderson did little wrong as he averaged 106 himself. Wright won the game 7-5, in one the best Premier League game we have had the pleasure of watching. After Wright told Sky Sports “”I’m pleased to get the win, whose 109.48 average was his highest in the Premier League. “I think I can play better, but it was a win.I was disappointed with how I played against Michael van Gerwen last week, and I’ve let players in with my mistakes but I’m learning, and I didn’t let Gary back in tonight.”
Phil Taylor maintained his unbeaten start to the Premier League,in his last game at Leeds Taylor would battle great rival and friend Raymond van Barneveld. At 3-3 Taylor ran off three legs on the spin to grab the match by the scruff of the neck and looked to be heading to a comfortable win. Barney then missed the bull for a roof-raising 161 to break back at 6-4, Taylor wouldn’t be giving RvB a second chance, and he saw out the match 7-4. The all Dutch affair saw world number one Michael van Gerwen take on Jelle Klaasen. The Sky cameras were very selective with angles during the practice darts, but once the action started this match caught fire very quick. Hot off the back of his two nine-darters at the weekend, MvG ran off the first two legs as we all feared for Jelle. The former champion of the world showed all his class and that he belongs at this level, as he stunned MvG by winning three legs on the bounce to lead for the first time. MvG would go on to win the match 7-4, thanks to a few big scores at the right time but watching Jelle last night a win is only round the corner.
Like normal James Wade is going somewhat under the radar, the Machine is in the top four after a 7-4 victory over Adrian Lewis. From 4-3 down Wade showed why he’s spent over a decade on the top ten. Wade produced four legs that would have beaten anyone, going 11, 12, 11 and 15 to win the match 7-4. “It’s very nice to get a win,” said Wade. “It wasn’t as comfortable as you’d want but you know that Adrian can turn it on, he’s one of the best in the world, so a win like this is massive. The legs of 12, 11 and 11 are probably the best I’ve strung together this season so far. I was a bit lazy, but I’m taking players for granted when they’re not playing their best.” Last on was Dave Chisnall against Kim Huybrechts. Chizzy had been disappointing so far in this year’s Premier League, Kim picked up his first point last week against Barney so would have been hoping to build on that. The form book went out the window, as Chizzy found his A game, hitting five 180s and checking out 141 to break the Huybrechts throw. The battle at the bottom is now as tight as the fight at the top, in the closest Premier League, we have seen so far. Next week we head to Brighton for what sure to be a tear up on the south coast.
By Phill Barrs