Premier League Darts 2014 Results: Scores, Standings and Analysis from Leeds

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Premier League Darts 2014 Results: Scores, Standings and Analysis from Leeds
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Phil Taylor gave his best showing of the 2014 Premier League Darts season on his way to claiming a third win of the campaign on Thursday.

The previously out-of-form star was just one of 10 stars on show at Leeds' First Direct Arena, with the high-quality action extending to five blockbuster matches.

Following on from the latest leg of the Premier League Darts season, read on for a breakdown of the evening's results, as well as a look at where the players stand in the table.

2014 Premier League Darts Standings
Position Player Played Leg Difference Points
1 Michael van Gerwen 7 +18 11
2 Peter Wright 7 +17 11
3 Raymond van Barneveld 7 +8 9
4 Adrian Lewis 7 +1 8
5 Robert Thornton 8 -1 6
6 Phil Taylor 7 -4 6
7 Gary Anderson 7 -5 6
8 Dave Chisnall 7 -5 5
9 Wes Newton 6 -9 5
10 Simon Whitlock 7 -20 3

2014 Premier League Darts - Week 7 Results
Player 1 Score Player 2
Dave Chisnall 6–6 Simon Whitlock
Robert Thornton 6–6 Adrian Lewis
Gary Anderson 5-7 Michael van Gerwen
Wes Newton 1-7 Phil Taylor
Peter Wright 6-6 Raymond van Barneveld

Match Recaps

Dave Chisnall 6-6 Simon Whitlock

Just as was the case in Exeter a fortnight ago, Leeds' fixture list got started on level terms, with Dave Chisnall and Simon Whitlock sharing the spoils from their opening encounter.

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Having lost the first five matches of his Premier League Darts season, Whitlock has now claimed points in two of his last three matches, building on the success of a Week 5 win over Robert Thornton.

PDC Darts World break the meeting down by the numbers, with Chisnall besting his opponent in dart averages but losing out to Whitlock when it came to checkout percentage:

The Australian does remain at the bottom of the standings, but there are positive signs of life beginning to emerge in his run of form.

Robert Thornton 6-6 Adrian Lewis

Robert Thornton must be reaching a stage of some frustration after drawing his third game in four weeks on Thursday, the sixth 6-6 draw that the Premier League campaign has produced in the last three matchdays.

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It's especially infuriating for the Scot when one considers he had two match darts at his disposal come the match's climax, but he wasted the opportunities, allowing Adrian Lewis to claim a point from their clash.

Thornton could have moved level on points with "Jackpot" had he managed to seal the win, but he remains level with the Stoke native thanks to this most recent result.

Michael van Gerwen 7-5 Gary Anderson

Michael van Gerwen's title claim credentials were put to the test in Leeds, with Gary Anderson possessing the potential to bring the Dutchman down should his concentration lapse.

And "Mighty Mike" was put to the test by his Scottish opponent, who at one point assumed a 5-4 lead before losing the last three legs in a row to walk out empty-handed.

PDC Darts World show that the match was a mixed bag as far as the statistics were concerned:

Anderson was in good form after winning back-to-back matches in Weeks 4 and 5 but has now lost twice in a row, and it's these fixtures that need to be sealed should a player be looking to stage their own assault on silverware.

Phil Taylor 7-1 Wes Newton

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If Phil Taylor's awful start to the season was all a carefully planned ruse, then he's going about the revival of his season in the right way, giving a campaign's best en route to a 7-1 drubbing of Wes Newton.

PDC Darts World show just how dominant "The Power" was on his way to victory:

The veteran has now won successive matches for the first time this season and has gone from bottom of the standings to mid-table contender in just a fortnight.

Newton was bested in every way in Leeds and never really got off the mark, such was the efficient manner of Taylor's display.

One man who was particularly happy with Taylor's surge was ex-England cricketer Freddie Flintoff:

Raymond van Barneveld 6-6 Peter Wright

Peter Wright's unbeaten start to the season was extended to seven matches in Leeds, where a third 6-6 draw of the night only led to more fireworks.

The Scot came close to seeing that streak end, falling 6-5 behind to Raymond van Barneveld, but the Dutchman blew his chance at sealing the deal, and Wright pounced on his opportunity to take a result.

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Van Gerwen takes to the top of the standings as a result, and Wright is now tied with the reigning champions on points but is just second to his rival on leg difference.

"Barney," meanwhile, sits just a couple of points back in the table in what was a very intriguing night for the big guns.

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