James Wade eased past two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis 7-4 at the BIC Bournemouth in week three of the McCoy’s Premier League darts.

Having held his throw in the first leg, Wade capitalised on Jackpot’s missed doubles to move 3-1 ahead and stayed  in control for the remainder of the fixture – wiring double 10 for  a 140 checkout to win 7-3 before victory was sealed on the same number in the next leg.

McCoy’s Premier League Darts Week Three Results

Week Three
February 21 – BIC, Bournemouth
James Wade 7 v 4 Adrian Lewis
Robert Thornton 6 v 6 Wes Newton
Simon Whitlock 2 v 7 Phil Taylor
Michael van Gerwen 7 v 3 Raymond van Barneveld
Andy Hamilton 7 v 5 Gary Anderson

Afterwards Wade commented, “I’ve won 2 out of 3 and with a home crowd behind me tonight. The new format has made us all play a little bit better.

“People say it’s the best and most interesting Premier League  format. Tonight I won against a two times world champ, Adrian didn’t play well, but it shows I made the most of an easy opportunity.”

Robert Thornton reeled of the last 3 legs of their match to force the draw and deny Wes Newton his maiden Premier League victory. The Warrior had broke the Scotsman’s throw in the opening leg and went on to established a 6-3 lead courtesy of three 100+ finishes and 4 180’s.

Wes said, ” I’m a bit gutted to only get the draw having been 6-3 up but fair play to Robert he kept the pressure on but it’s a point on the board.

“I’m starting to play well again  – it was a good game and I’m up and running now. It’s a big game for me and Adrian next week and a must win situation for both of us.”

A 101+ average for Simon Whitlock was insufficient to topple Taylor, The Power produced his best form to take the game 7-2 and elevate himself to the top of the Premier League table, as Whitlock uncharacteristically missed 75% of his attempts at doubles.

Dutch rivals Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld shared the first 4 legs of their much anticipated match before van Gerwen made a breakthrough to forge a 4-2 advantage. Back to back 10 dart legs from Mighty Mike then moved him to within one leg of the match as he went on to complete a quickfire 7-3 victory.

Michael said of his performance and 104 average, “Its not about big averages its about winning the game and my first win in the Premier League means a lot to me. I always like to beat another Dutch guy and Raymond is the biggest Dutch player ever.”

Andy Hamilton achieved the highest checkout of the 2013 Premier League so far in the evenings final game against 2011 Champion Gary Anderson, but let a 4-1 advantage slip away as the Scotsman leveled the game at 5 each. Hamilton regrouped to take the 11th leg to ensure at least one point.

6 perfect darts from Anderson in the final leg should have facilitated the draw but he didn’t take his chance to kill off the leg, opening the door for The Hammer to checkout double 16 under pressure for a 7-5 win which places him fourth in the table.

2013 Premier League Darts Table Standings

Correct after week 3

P W D L +/- Pts
Phil Taylor 3 2 1 0 +9 5
Raymon van Barneveld 3 2 0 1 +4 4
Michael van Gerwen 3 1 2 0 +4 4
Andy Hamilton 3 2 0 1 +3 4
James Wade 3 2 0 1 +3 4
Robert Thornton 3 1 2 0 +2 4
Gary Anderson 3 1 0 2 -3 2
Simon Whitlock 3 1 0 2 -3 2
Wes Newton 3 0 1 2 -8 1
Adrian Lewis 3 0 0 3 -11 0



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