Raymond van Barneveld was the star of the show as the Premier League Darts made its stop in Sheffield Thursday night. The Dutch legend won both of his matches as he doubled-up in the League's Week 10.
Elsewhere, league leader Michael van Gerwen demolished bottom-placed Robert Thornton, while Phil Taylor emerged victorious from his clash with Adrian Lewis.
|Player name||Score||Player name|
|Dave Chisnall||5-7||Raymond van Barneveld|
|Peter Wright||4-7||Gary Anderson|
|Michael van Gerwen||7-5||Robert Thornton|
|Phil Taylor||7-4||Adrian Lewis|
|Raymond van Barneveld||7-5||Peter Wright|
|Michael van Gerwen||10||7||2||1||+22||16|
|Raymond van Barneveld||11||5||5||1||+12||15|
|Wes Newton (E)||9||2||2||5||-15||6|
|Simon Whitlock (E)||9||1||3||5||-20||5|
Van Barneveld and Peter Wright were the two men doubling-up in Sheffield, but the pair faced very different fortunes under the bright arena lights.
Big Barney was first up, taking on Dave Chisnall. The Englishman started like a rocket, banging in 180s for fun in the opening legs. It looked for all the world as though Barney was going to go down in the first of his two matches.
But then the Dutchman found his feet, trading maximums with Chisnall before dispatching him 7-5, hitting his third 180 of the match in the final leg.
Wright looked like he couldn't buy a win in Sheffield tonight. The Englishman just couldn't get things going as he stepped up to the oche to take on Gary Anderson. The Scot took Wright apart with some solid throwing, and before the crowd could catch their breath, Anderson had taken the match 7-4.
The top vs. bottom clash saw reigning Premier League champion van Gerwen take on Thornton, and the gulf in class between the two throwers was there for all to see. Thornton failed to hit double 12 for a nine-dart leg with the score at 5-4, and van Gerwen went on to punish the hapless Scot.
There is a reason van Gerwen is top of the table, and it was plain to see his quality as he threw back-to-back 180s in the final leg. A score of 7-5 perhaps doesn't paint a fair reflection of the dominance shown by van Gerwen.
You could hardly have fitted a piece of paper between Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis, so closely matched were the two sharpshooters. The two traded legs throughout their match, but it was the Power who had just enough left in the tank when it came to the final showdown.
Avenging his defeat by Lewis earlier in the season, Taylor posted a brilliant tops to seal the win. The two men from Stoke definitely put on a show for the crowd in the packed Sheffield Motorpoint Arena.
Then came van Barneveld and Wright to round off proceedings. The two men played each other for their extra tie on the night, with van Barneveld just about keeping the upper hand throughout the match.
Barney, who threw down a 129 finish against Wright, told Sky Sports after his second win:
That 129 was the biggest shot of the night.
When I got to six legs I was thinking, it's going to be a draw again, but then I won the last leg again - two wins on the night so I'm over the moon.
It's stressful [playing two games on the night], tough but when I left home I said to my wife Sylvia: 'I'm going to win both matches' and I did so I'm very happy."
The legendary Dutchman threw well enough to keep out in front, eventually taking the final match of the night seven legs to five.