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

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Peter Wright of Scotland celebrates winning the fifth set during the final of the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships against Michael van Gerwen of The Netherlands at Alexandra Palace on January 1, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2014

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
PositionPlayerPlayedLeg DifferencePoints
1Michael van Gerwen7+1811
2Peter Wright7+1711
3Raymond van Barneveld7+89
4Adrian Lewis7+18
5Robert Thornton8-16
6Phil Taylor7-46
7Gary Anderson7-56
8Dave Chisnall7-55
9Wes Newton6-95
10Simon Whitlock7-203
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2014 Premier League Darts - Week 7 Results
Player 1ScorePlayer 2
Dave Chisnall6–6Simon Whitlock
Robert Thornton6–6Adrian Lewis
Gary Anderson5-7Michael van Gerwen
Wes Newton1-7Phil Taylor
Peter Wright6-6Raymond van Barneveld
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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.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Dave Chisnall of England in atcion during his third round match against Simon Whitlock on day eleven of the 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace on December 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo
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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.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Adrian Lewis of England in action during his semi final match against Michael van Gerwen of The Netherlands on day fifteen of the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace on December 30, 2013 in London, Eng
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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

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 29:  Phil Taylor of England poses for a portrait ahead of the Sydney Darts Masters at Luna Park on August 29, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
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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.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Peter Wright of Scotland celebrates winning the fifth set during the final of the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships against Michael van Gerwen of The Netherlands at Alexandra Palace on January 1, 2014 in London, Englan
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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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