McCoy’s Premier League Darts
Week Nine – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham

Kevin Painter 6-8 Raymond van Barneveld
Adrian Lewis 8-5 James Wade
Andy Hamilton 6-8 Phil Taylor
Simon Whitlock 8-2 Gary Anderson

Despite some great darts being thrown last night including a televised personal best 112.28 average for Raymond van Barneveld and a gutsy performance from Andy Hamilton against Phil Taylor,  the 2012 Premier League Nottingham fixture will probably be remembered by most for the needle between Adrian Lewis and James Wade. Having initially led 4-2, Wade seemed unhappy about something in the second half of their encounter, and Jackpot was keen to protest his innocence. After the match which the World Champion eventually emerged the 8-5 winner (105 ave), the source of the incident was identified as a loose floorboard on the stage – as demonstrated by Rod Harrington and Dave Clark!

The final game of the evening saw Simon Whitlock return to winning form. Following last weeks whitewash at the hand of James Wade, the Australian looked focused and determined as he defeated an understandably out of sorts Gary Anderson 8-2.

Latest League Table

P W D L +/- Pts
Phil Taylor 9 8 1 0 +37 17
Simon Whitlock 9 4 2 3 -1 10
Raymond van Barneveld 9 4 2 3 -2 10
Adrian Lewis 10 3 3 4 -4 9
James Wade 9 4 0 5 -4 8
Gary Anderson 8 3 0 5 -4 6
Kevin Painter 9 3 0 6 -11 6
Andy Hamilton 9 2 2 5 -11 6

 

PDC Match Report

RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD 8-6 KEVIN PAINTER

RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD achieved his highest recorded televised average of 112.28 as he held off Kevin Painter’s fightback to take an 8-6 victory in their McCoy’s Premier League Darts clash in Nottingham.

The Dutchman delighted a capacity crowd at the Trent FM Arena as he romped into a 7-3 lead before Painter took three successive legs to force a decider.

Van Barneveld, who had earlier hit five 180s, was first to a finish and landed double ten to secure his fourth Premier League victory of the season, producing his best average in a televised game in the process.

“I’m very happy with my average,” said van Barneveld. “I know what I can do and I showed that tonight. I’ve not been consistent week-on-week but I’m working hard.

“Kevin came back brilliantly from 7-3 down and I thought he would take out the 145 in that last leg, but he didn’t and I got the double ten and I’m happy to get the win.

“It’s a really tight league and everyone still has a chance of making the top four.”

The Dutchman took an immediate lead, punishing a missed tops from Painter for a 120 finish to hit double eight for a 13-darter to break before finishing 84 on double eight to win the second leg.

Painter finished 100 to get off the mark before van Barneveld won the fourth with a superb 11-darter.

Painter hit a 180 and double four to take leg five before the Dutchman took another double of legs in 13 and 11 darts, which included two 180s as he moved 5-2 up.

Painter finished 71 with van Barneveld waiting on a double to win leg eight, but the Dutchman landed back-to-back 180s in the next – which was his third 11-darter of the game – before taking out double eight for a 7-3 cushion.

Painter took out 76 to begin his fightback and then took out 90 on the bull for a 12-darter to break and 120 to force a deciding leg.

He was, though, unable to pressure van Barneveld, who initially missed darts at double top and ten before returning when Painter could not finish 145 to seal the win on double ten.

Painter said: “His finishing was brilliant and it felt like he didn’t miss anything until the final leg.

“I got back and gave myself a chance to get a draw, but I had a bad start to that last leg and left myself too much to do. There were a couple of legs earlier on where I had chances and didn’t take them, and it could have been a different story if I did.”

Leg-By-Leg

0-1 – Painter misses tops for a 120 finish and van Barneveld lands double eight for a 13-darter.

0-2 – van Barneveld confidently takes out 84 on double eight to double his lead.

1-2 – Painter takes out 100 on tops to get off the mark.

1-3 – van Barneveld maintains his flawless finishing to win a third leg.

2-3 – Painter opens with a 180, and although he misses the bull for a 126 finish he returns to land double four to pull back to within a leg.

2-4 – van Barneveld hits his first 180 to open the leg, and returns from missing double 18 for a 156 checkout – his first miss of the match – to hit the bed at the second time of asking.

2-5 – the pair trade 180s, but Painter misses the bull for a 122 checkout and van Barneveld takes out 100 in two darts to break and take his average up to 119.

3-5 – van Barneveld leaves 18, but Painter finishes 71 on double 16 to break for the first time in the match.

3-6 – van Barneveld starts a third leg with a 180 and hits another maximum to set up a possible nine-darter. He misses a seventh treble 20, but returns to finish double 16 for an 11-darter to break back.

3-7 – The Dutchman misses double 16 for a 149 checkout, but lands double eight on his next visit.

4-7 – Painter takes out 76 on tops to stay in the game.

5-7 – van Barneveld hits his fifth 180 to start the leg and he adds two more treble 20s before settling for a 140 in his second visit. Painter follows his opening 140 with a 180 in reply, and takes out 90 for a 12-darter to break throw on the bull.

6-7 – Painter finishes 120 with an improvised treble 20, double top, double ten combination to force a deciding leg.

6-8 – van Barneveld misses double top and double ten for the match, but when Painter cannot take out 145 he returns to land double ten and finally seal the win, ending with a 112.28 average.

ADRIAN LEWIS 8-5 JAMES WADE

WORLD CHAMPION Adrian Lewis hit back from 4-2 down to take an 8-5 victory over James Wade as his McCoy’s Premier League Darts revival continued.

The Stoke ace had to wait until week seven to pick up his first victory of the season, but has now won three of his last four matches to move above Wade in the league table.

Lewis now enjoys a week off in Sheffield – having played twice in the absence of Gary Anderson in Cardiff – but has revived his Play-Off challenge with the win, which came despite the pair being disrupted by a dislodged piece of stage.

After the pair shared the first two legs, Wade took command with a 14-darter to break throw before he bettered that with a superb 11-dart finish to move 3-1 up.

Lewis hit a 180 – for the third straight leg – in an 11-darter to reply and also landed a maximum in leg six, only to miss the bull for an 87 finish as Wade took out a showpiece 80 with two double tops to lead 4-2 at the break.

The World Champion, though, hit back strongly to win the next four legs, twice hitting double top and also finishing 64 on double eight as he moved 6-4 up.

Wade landed double five for a 13-darter to hit back in the 11th, posting his third maximum of the process, but Lewis immediately broke back in a key leg, hitting a 12-darter which featured his sixth maximum.

That moved him 7-5 up to ensure at least a point, and when Wade was unable to apply the pressure in the next he took out 78 on tops to ensure the victory.

“I thought I was the better player and I dominated the match,” said Lewis. “I should have gone into the break at three each but I missed the bull, and I dug in after that.

“The last time we played, in Glasgow, James was the better player but I was the better player tonight. I was averaging about 110 for most of the match and hit a lot of 180s.

“I didn’t jump on James at the start and I was waiting for him to kick in, and put myself under pressure. I knew I couldn’t afford to lose this game and I knuckled down and got the job done.”

Leg-By-Leg

1-0 – The World Champion lands double ten to win the opening leg.

1-1 – Wade hits double five to level.

1-2 – Lewis opens with a 180 but misses the bull for an 85 finish and Wade steps in on double ten.

1-3 – The pair trade 180s, with Lewis leaving 36 after nine darts only to see Wade finish 81 for a brilliant 11-darter.

2-3 – Lewis opens with a 180 and replies with an 11-darter of his own.

2-4 – Lewis hits a fourth 180 of the game, but misses the bull when needing 87 and Wade takes out a fine 80 with two double tops.

3-4 – Lewis hits back on double top.

4-4 – Lewis breaks to level by hitting double ten with his third dart.

5-4 – Wade hits a 180 in vain as Lewis lands tops to take the lead.

6-4 – Lewis wins a fourth successive leg, finishing 64 on double eight.

6-5 – Wade lands his third 180 of the game, and hits double five to pull back a fifth leg.

7-5 – Lewis leaves 81 with a sixth 180, and finishes the combination on double 16 to secure a point.

8-5 – Lewis lands tops to complete the win.

PHIL TAYLOR 8-6 ANDY HAMILTON

PHIL TAYLOR ensured his McCoy’s Premier League Darts Play-Off place with an 8-6 victory over Andy Hamilton at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham on Thursday – as the World Championship finalist missed the bull to claim a dramatic draw!

Taylor extended his unbeaten record this season to nine games and also recorded his eighth straight victory as he ensured his place in the semi-finals at The O2 in London on May 17.

However, the world number one was given a scare as gritty Hamilton gave himself a chance to secure a point in the game’s deciding leg, only to miss the bull and allow Taylor to land a relieving double eight.

Hamilton made a strong start to win the first two legs, hitting a 180 and double eight to take the opening leg before finishing 58 for a 14-darter in the second, albeit following missed doubles from Taylor.

The five-time Premier League champion produced his now typical response to win the next four legs, breaking throw with a 12-darter to get off the mark in leg three, hitting 180s in the next two and legs of 13, 14 and 13 darts to lead 4-2.

Hamilton took out 141 and 100 to win two of the next three legs, with Taylor landing a 180 in a 13-darter in between as he maintained a 5-4 cushion.

A fourth 13-dart leg of the game from Taylor gave him a 6-4 cushion, although he would pay for missing three darts at double eight in the next as Hamilton took out double 16 to hit back.

Taylor ensured a minimum of a point by landing his fourth 180 and double eight to lead 7-5, only to then miss two match darts as Hamilton took out 86 on the bull to force a deciding leg.

Hamilton, though, missed the bullseye to snatch a draw in the deciding leg, as Taylor was given a reprieve for his earlier miss at the middle double by returning to finish double eight and take both points.

“I’m really pleased to both win and make sure I’m in the Play-Offs,” said Taylor. “I’ve said all season that my target is winning back this title and this is another step towards that.

“The top four is the aim because it’s such a strong field and we’re all wanting to be in London next month, but I’m there now.

“Andy did really well and we both enjoyed the game. The crowd were great and we both got into the atmosphere – any maybe at times that took away from our own darts.

“When it got to 7-5 I took my foot off the gas a little bit, but I knew only I could lose the game. Andy’s a real grinder and he won’t give in – and I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes on to make the Play-Offs now.”

Hamilton competed in Nottingham only six days after his father Jim passed away, and he admitted: “Under the circumstances I’m proud of myself after everything that’s happened in the past week.

“To get six legs from Phil, and even have a dart to get a draw, was more than I could have wished for. It would have made my night if I’d hit that bullseye, but it wasn’t to be.”

Leg-By-Leg

1-0 – Hamilton hits a 180 and punishes a missed double nine from Taylor by landing double eight to win the opening leg in 15 darts.

2-0 – Taylor misses the bullseye and Hamilton finishes 58 to break and double his lead.

2-1 – Taylor takes out 82 on tops to get off the mark.

2-2 – Double 16 allows Taylor to level.

2-3 – The world number one hits the same double to move ahead.

2-4 – Taylor scores 168 to leave 36, and lands double 18 to move two legs clear with a 13-darter.

3-4 – Hamilton lands a 180 and takes out 141 to hit back and stop Taylor’s run of winning legs.

3-5 – The pair trade 180s and both miss darts at the bullseye before Taylor lands double 18 to hold throw.

4-5 – Taylor misses two darts at tops for a 100 finish, and Hamilton takes out the same checkout in two darts to pull back to 5-4.

4-6 – Taylor lands double 16 to win his sixth leg.

5-6 – Taylor misses three darts at double eight and Hamilton posts double 16 to hit back.

5-7 – Taylor ensures that he will remain unbeaten this season by landing double eight, having opened the leg with a 180.

6-7 – Taylor hits a 180 to leave 42 after nine darts, but misses two darts at double 16 for the match and Hamilton takes out 86 on the bull to force a deciding leg.

6-8 – Taylor misses the bull fo a 124 finish, and Hamilton then misses the bull himself on 84, and Taylor returns to seal the win on double eight.

SIMON WHITLOCK 8-2 GARY ANDERSON

SIMON WHITLOCK bounced back from his McCoy’s Premier League Darts whitewash with a superb 8-2 defeat of reigning champion Gary Anderson at the Capital FM Arena.

Whitlock endured his worst night since making his Premier League Darts debut in 2010 when he lost 8-0 to James Wade in Cardiff a week ago.

However, he responded superbly with a 101 average to defeat Anderson, who returned from missing last week’s event to attend his father’s funeral in Scotland but was unable to find the form which took him to the title last May.

He did have some moments of brilliance, notably an effortless 143 to win the second leg, but misses at double top at crucial moments proved costly as Whitlock took command.

The Australian had opened the game with a 13-darter and, after Anderson’s fine effort to level, he took five successive legs to move 6-1 up, hitting two 180s and a 14-darter in the process.

Anderson finished double ten to win his second leg of the match, but even a 180 was not enough in leg nine as Whitlock produced a sensational ten-dart finish – scoring 180, 140 and 149 to set up double 16.

The pair also traded 180s in leg ten, but Anderson was unable to land tops and Whitlock took out 74 to secure the points in style.

“It was very important to bounce back well,” said Whitlock. “To get an 8-0 flogging wasn’t real good, but I showed a lot of character tonight.

“I went out there with a positive mind and put last week to bed by playing my best tonight. You have to throw a 100 average to win nowadays, and if you do that you’re going to win a lot of games.

“I’m back up to second but I’ll be happy to be in the top four – the McCoy’s Premier League is going to be a very tight finish but I’m in a good position.”

Anderson admitted: “It was a struggle tonight.

“I’ve not really had chance to play for two or three weeks and it was going okay on the practice board, but it was terrible up on stage.

“It will come good again and now I can get my head sorted and get back to practising. Two or three wins will put me back up the table and I’ve still got a game in hand.”

Leg-By-Leg

1-0 – Whitlock kicks off the match with a 13-dart finish, completed on double 16.

1-1 – Anderson completes and effortless 143 checkout to get off the mark.

2-1 – Whitlock hits tops to hold throw and win the third leg.

3-1 – The Australian breaks for the first time by landing a tricky double eight.

4-1 – Whitlock hits a 180, and is given a reprieve for two misses at double four when Anderson fails to land tops for a 104 checkout, allowing him back to post double four with his third dart.

5-1 – Whitlock posts a maximum and hits double ten to take a commanding lead.

6-1 – Anderson hits a 180 but Whitlock takes out 64 on double 16.

6-2 – Both players initially miss tops, but Anderson returns to land double ten to end Whitlock’s run of winning legs.

7-2 – Whitlock hits a sensational ten-dart leg, scoring 180, 140 and 149 to leave double 16, with Anderson replying with a 180 but unable to pressure the Australian.

8-2 – Whitlock opens with a 180 but Anderson hits another maximum of his own to leave 70, only to miss tops and allow his opponent in to seal the victory with a 74 checkout, completed on tops.

Source – PDC/Lawrence Lustig