Week seven in the Betway Premier League lived up to all the hype, as a wall or noise coming from a sea of orange fans greeted the players. It was two of the Dutch heroes that thrilled the crowd the most, as Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld thrilled the 10,000 strong home supporters in Rotterdam.
The five times champion of the world Barney rolled back the clock, with a vintage performance as he beat the two times champion Gary Anderson 7-2. All you could hear was ‘Barney Army’ ring around the Ahoy Arena, as Barney averaged 108 beating the Scotsman.
“It was massive for me, a brilliant night,” said Van Barneveld, who emotionally addressed the Rotterdam crowd afterwards. “Gary has beaten me the last 11 times, but I kept believing in myself and tonight everything went well.
“I was finishing well, and in the end, a 7-2 result against the world number two is a big effort. Gary’s hard to beat and a tough competitor but I know I can beat anyone.
“To play in front of your home crowd means a lot and I didn’t want to let them down. I’m really happy with this victory and I believe I can make the Play-Offs.”
World champion Michael van Gerwen would play his old adversary Phil Taylor, in what would be a highly charged affair. Taylor would race into a three-leg lead, as the world number one was somewhat out of sorts. From then van Gerwen would find his form, and Taylor just didn’t have the answers. With van Gerwen 6-4 needed just one leg to win, Taylor tried to exchange words with the Dutchman, from then the crowd let Taylor know their feelings. Van Gerwen would run out a 7-4 winner, and again at the end, Taylor tried having sharp words with van Gerwen.
“It was difficult and it was a different kind of pressure for me tonight,” said Van Gerwen. “You want to give the fans something back and maybe we both didn’t play as well as we could.
“I got the job done and won, which was the most important thing.”
In the other games, James Wade would face the other Dutch star on the bill, as he beat an out of sorts Jelle Klaasen 7-3. It was relieved after that Jelle needs an operation on a wrist injury, which is scheduled for early May. World Number three and UK Open champion Peter Wright continued his excellent form, as an out of sorts Dave Chisnall went down by seven legs to four. The final game was again a highly charged game between Kim Huybrechts and Adrian Lewis. With the pair exchanging heated words, it was Lewis who settled the better, and ran out a 7-3 winner.
Next week the Premier League heads to Manchester, as we only have two weeks left until Judgment night.
James Wade 7-3 Jelle Klaasen
Peter Wright 7-4 Dave Chisnall
Raymond van Barneveld 7-2 Gary Anderson
Kim Huybrechts 3-7 Adrian Lewis
Phil Taylor 4-7 Michael van Gerwen
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By Phill Barrs