Imperious Taylor goes odds-on
Phil Taylor is now the odds-on favourite to win the Premier League with many bookmakers following another emphatic performance to beat Raymond van Barneveld on Thursday night.
Ladbrokes have cut The Power’s odds on regaining the Premier League title that he has won five times previously from 5/4 to 10/11 following a third consecutive week of posting a three-dart average around the 110 mark.
Barney hit four 180s, 10 140s, 100% of his doubles and a 105.93 average, but could only get four legs on the board as Taylor powered his way to an 8-4 victory.
“I'm delighted with both the performance and the victory," said Taylor after the match. “I think it's going to be the hardest Premier League ever and I know I have to keep working hard to stay ahead of everyone else.”
Taylor’s win moved him to the top of the table on five points from three games, leaving Barney with just two points to show for his efforts so far. However, the Dutchman came out of the game with great credit, never letting his head go down as he has done so often in the past.
“I really enjoyed the game but there's very little you can do when Phil plays as well as that,” said Barney. “He hardly gave me a chance and even at 4-0 down I wasn't playing that badly.”
Elsewhere on the night Adrian Lewis recorded his third consecutive 7-7 draw in a hard fought battle with Andy Hamilton, Simon Whitlock tasted defeat in the league for the first time as a clinical Kevin Painter recorded an emphatic 8-3 victory and Gary Anderson rediscovered his form to beat James Wade 8-5 with a 102 average.
• Hamilton v Van Barneveld: Barney's bubble to burst
• Anderson v Lewis: Odds make Jackpot the value
• Whitlock v Taylor: Power to fill the lipstick
• Wade v Painter: Bookies continue to disregard Artist
• Taylor v Van Barneveld: Another Barney renaissance
• Anderson v Wade: Unfortunate Wade to get off the mark
• Painter v Whitlock: Artist to battle all the way
• Lewis v Hamilton: Champ to notch first victory
• Nine-dart Taylor lights up Aberdeen
• Taylor v Painter: Power has measure of Artist
• Anderson v Hamilton: No value in inconsistent Scot
• Lewis v Van Barneveld: Dutch delight in second home
• Whitlock v Wade: In-form Wizard has the edge
• Anderson v Painter: Light the red touchpaper
• Lewis v Taylor: Repeat performance for Jackpot
• Barney considered quitting
• Hamilton v Wade: Hammer time in Manchester
• Whitlock v Van Barneveld: Wizard has edge
• Hammer made wooden spoon favourite