Premier League Darts 2014 Results: Scores and Analysis from Glasgow

Michael WadeAnalyst IIIFebruary 27, 2014

Michael van Gerwen lost to Raymond van Barneveld.
Michael van Gerwen lost to Raymond van Barneveld.Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

Michael van Gerwen's unbeaten start to the Premier League season came to an abrupt halt as he was beaten 7-5 by Raymond van Barneveld.

Elsewhere, Phil Taylor claimed his first win of the season at the fourth attempt, beating Simon Whitlock 7-3, while Peter Wright thrashed Adrian Lewis 7-1.

Below is a breakdown of all the results and the updated standings following Week 4's games.

2014 Premier League Results: Week Four
PlayerScorePlayer
Peter Wright7-1Adrian Lewis
Robert Thornton6-6Wes Newton
Simon Whitlock3-7Phil Taylor
Michael van Gerwen5-7Raymond van Barneveld
Dave Chisnall5-7Gary Anderson
Sky Sports
2014 Premier League Standings: Week Four
RankPlayerPlayedWonDrawnLostPoints
1Peter Wright43107
2Michael van Gerwen43016
3Raymond van Barneveld43016
4Wes Newton42115
5Adrian Lewis42024
6Gary Anderson42024
7Robert Thornton41123
8Dave Chisnall41123
9Phil Taylor41032
10Simon Whitlock40040
Sky Sports

Peter "Snakebite" Wright continued his unbeaten start to the season with a dominant 7-1 victory against two-time world champion Adrian "Jackpot" Lewis, who has now lost consecutive games.

Sky Sports presenter Dave Clark tweeted a picture of Wright's special haircut for the evening:

Lewis was booed on his way to the oche, with Scotsman Wright receiving the full support of the Glasgow crowd and he took a 1-0 lead, before Lewis pulled level.

Wright romped away in style though, checking out with 70 to make it 3-1, 95 to make it 4-1 and 104—18, treble 18, double 16—to make it 5-1.

With Lewis throwing to stay in the match, Wright missed six match darts before finally confirming the win by a massive margin.

Adrian Lewis lost to Peter Wright.
Adrian Lewis lost to Peter Wright.Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

In the second game of the evening Robert "The Thorn" Thornton held Wes "The Warrior" Newton to a 6-6 draw in an evenly contested tie but one which failed to ignite.

Neither player held more than a one-game lead at any point during the match and they remain in mid-table obscurity.

The evening's third match-up was a pressurised one as both Phil "The Power" Taylor and Simon "The Wizard" Whitlock tried to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat and move away from the foot of the table.

But it was Taylor who held his nerve to record an important 7-3 win, and leave Whitlock stranded in 10th place.

The official PDC Twitter account confirmed the result:

Whitlock took the first leg, but Taylor took a 3-1 lead, his first lead of the campaign. Whitlock pulled back to 3-2 but then fell 5-2 behind before going down 7-3.

Taylor's form had led to questions about his future, but he told Sky Sports:

There is no bigger perfectionist than me. I beat myself up every day, I'm terrible with myself. But I will put it right, trust me...If I can't put it together within the next 12 months then I'll finish because there'd be no point.

In another heavyweight clash Michael "Mighty Mike" van Gerwen's credentials as the early pacesetter were on the line against fellow Dutchman Raymond "Barney" van Barneveld.

Although he eventually went down 7-5, van Gerwen battled hard. Van Barneveld led 2-0, 3-1, 4-2 and 5-3 but could not close the match out against his dogged opponent.

However, after van Gerwen fought back to 6-5, van Barneveld calmly finished him off with a double 16 to put Wright top of the table.

A tweet from Sky Sports Darts shows the exceptional average needed by van Barneveld in order to see off van Gerwen:

In the final match of the evening, Dave "Chizzy" Chisnall faced Gary "The Flying Scotsman" Anderson, a local lad, who came out to "Flower of Scotland," getting the crowd right behind him.

Chisnall made the early running and led 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2, as the duo fired through the opening legs, but he could not open a substantial lead.

Anderson broke Chisnall to move ahead in the seventh leg before opening up a two-leg advantage at 5-3.

Gary Anderson beat Dave Chisnall.
Gary Anderson beat Dave Chisnall.Harry Engels/Getty Images

But Chisnall wouldn't roll over and fought all the way before going down 7-5. That result puts Anderson sixth, while Chisnall drops to eighth, just one point above the relegation spots.

The results from the fourth round of games open a number of interesting narratives to keep fans glued to the Premier League Darts.

Phil Taylor is capable of climbing well clear of danger at the bottom of the table, but he will not regain the form which has seen him dominate the sport for years.

Instead, it will be intriguing to see how van Gerwen recovers from his defeat against van Barneveld.

The Dutchman faces a tough battle with Wright for top spot but he is talented enough, as shown by his opening three wins this season, to fight back.