Nine-dart Taylor lights up Aberdeen
Phil Taylor threw a nine-dart leg en route to picking up the first win of his Premier League season as he came from 4-1 down to defeat Kevin Painter 8-5 in Aberdeen.
The result, and performance, saw The Power shortened from 13/8 to 11/8 with Bet365 to win the Premier League, a title he has won five times previously in his illustrious career.
“Kevin was playing really well and had hit some fantastic finishes to take the lead, and I knew I had to do something extraordinary to crack him,” said Taylor.
“I thought I would do a nine-darter earlier in the match but it came at the perfect time. It's always the tough games that you do something like this because you're not thinking about it, and it shows that everything I'm doing at the moment with my preparation, I'm doing right.”
Gary Anderson and Simon Whitlock also picked up their first wins of the season, beating Andy Hamilton 8-2 and James Wade 8-4 respectively.
Adrian Lewis and Raymond van Barneveld couldn’t be split in the first match of the night as Barney took out a 126 finish on the bull to secure a point. It was the second consecutive 7-7 draw for both players who now each have two points.
“At 2-0 up I thought it was going to be my night, but he came back really well to go 5-2 up,” said the Dutchman. “I got it back to five-all but the 126 was fantastic because Adrian had a brilliant leg to leave 51 after nine darts.”
Wade is now the only player in the Premier League without a point on the board after a string of missed doubles accentuated his now customary slow start to the competition. The Machine is out to 16/1 in the outright Premier League betting odds.
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• Wade v Painter: Bookies continue to disregard Artist
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• Lewis v Hamilton: Champ to notch first victory
• 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