Betway Premier League Darts 2015
The 2nd night of Premier League darts in Bournemouth proved to be a statement of intent from the bookie’s favorites in this tournament.
World Champion Gary Anderson kicked things off against fellow Scotsman Peter Wright with a 7-1 thrashing to consolidate his impressive win against Phil Taylor last week. The Flying Scotsman averaged 106 in a win that firmly sees Anderson joint top with 2 wins out of 2.
Number 1 seed Michael van Gerwen followed suit with a 7-3 victory over Premier League debutant Stephen Bunting. Despite throwing an impressive 4 maximums, the PDC new boy could do little to stop the Dutchman, who averaged 109 and closed proceedings with a 138 checkout. The tournament favourite is looking exactly that at the moment.
The Power ousted any speculation of his fading form with a phenomenal performance against an out-of-sorts Adrian Lewis. Taylor, who averaged 108 on his way to a 7-2 win against is former apprentice, reminded the sold-out crowd why he is the 16 time World Champion, hitting 70% on his doubles and leaving Adie with little hope of a point.
James Wade proved why he deserves to return to the Premier League, with a convincing 7-2 win over Kim Huybrechts. The Machine averaged 104 and proved too clinical on his doubles for the fledgling Belgian, who could only muster a 93 average. Not bad, but not nearly good enough for this tournament. If Huybrechts needed a wake-up call, this was surely it.
The last match of the night had huge potential. Dave Chisnall, who has been punching far above his weight in the last month, was the bookie’s favourite. But with an on form Raymond van Barneveld capable of great things on his day, the odds were marginal. The pair exchanged legs, and at 5-4 with the throw, it looked like Barney was at least going to secure a point. Characteristically, however, Chizzy dug deep, and found his first 2 breaks of the match to secure a 7-5 win. A nail-biter to finish the night, and a fitting tribute to a quality evening in Bournemouth.
The results mean that Chisnall, MvG and Anderson all share the top spot, with 4 points and an 8 leg surplus each. After 1 draw and 1 win, James Wade occupies the 4th spot on his own with 3 points. Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis share 2 points apiece, but after the 7-2 trouncing of his Stoke rival, the 16 time World Champion edges ahead with a 3 leg surplus compared to Lewis’ 1.
Stephen Bunting holds 7th spot with just 1 point. Based on his 2 hard fought performances so far, we would expect him to start crawling up the table before long. Van Barneveld, Huybrechts and Wright occupy 8th, 9th and 10th positions respectively following 2 defeats out of 2 for the ill-fated trio.
Wright actually plays Barney next week, so the foot of the table is guaranteed to look a little different. James Wade will play Dave Chisnall in what should be a cracker. Phil Taylor will face the big scoring Stephen Bunting, MvG and Anderson match up in what is surely the headline fixture of the night and Adrian Lewis and Kim Huybrechts round off the evening in Liverpool. Whatever happens, one thing’s for certain: we’re in for a right treat.