Tom’s Weekly Darts Round-Up

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Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld faced off in what could be one of the last times they face each other on the big stage.

There has been a lot of Darts thrown this week from around the Globe, starting off with week three of the Betway Premier League which was held in Leeds at the First Direct Arena as over 8,000 people were in attendance and the darts on display did not disappoint.

Peter Wright kicked off the evening with his finest performance on TV to date as he but in a flawless display as he defeated Gary Anderson 7-5 as he hit THREE ton plus finishes and an average of 109.48.

‘Snakebite’ is playing arguably the best darts of his career just after he won three of the six Coral UK Open qualifiers in Wigan just recently.

James Wade climbed to third position in the Betway Premier League table as he defeated Adrian Lewis 7-4 in Leeds as he averaged a steady 98.21 average to secure the win against an off-form Adrian Lewis who averaged just 88 as his Premier League woes continue.

The game which everyone was looking forward to the most was the clash between two darting icons in Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld in which could be one of the last battles they will have on TV as ‘The Power’ announced he will retire after the World Championship in December.

It was Taylor who managed to earn his 57th win against the Dutchman Van Barneveld as he won 7-4 in a very close encounter, there was no splitting the pair but a crucial break of throw in the eighth leg gave Taylor a two leg advantage and Van Barneveld just couldn’t get the break back that he needed.

After the match, Van Barneveld delivered a very heart-felt speech praising ‘The Power’ and all that he has done for the sport.

Michael van Gerwen cemented his place at the top of the table as he managed to defeat compatriot Jelle Klaasen in which was a very close encounter. Van Gerwen raced into a 2-0 lead only for Klaasen to reel off three legs on the spin to lead 3-2 hitting an 11-darter to take the fifth leg.

Van Gerwen responded in typical fashion as he won two legs on the spin in 15 and 14 darts to lead 4-3, However Klaasen wasn’t finished as he levelled at 4-4 but that was the last leg he won as Van Gerwen won three legs on the spin as he won 7-4 with an average of 102.78.

The Final game of week three featured two players who desperately needed a win as they were in search of their first win in this years Premier League as Dave Chisnall took on Kim Huybrechts.

Chisnall was in inspired form as he got his first win under his belt as he defeated the Belgian 7-4 which included a stunning 141 checkout and an average of 101.2 as he hit five maximums as he moved himself out of the bottom two.

On Friday evening at a darts event in Cheltenham, Peter Wright produced darts from out of this world as he whitewashed Michael van Gerwen 4-0 with a mind-blowing 133.60 as he had legs of 12,11,10 and 12 darts as he hit Seven perfect darts, to put it in perspective Van Gerwen had an average of 120.86 and never even got a leg.

On Saturday and Sunday at Robin Park in Wigan were the first four PDC Unicorn Development Tour events of 2017 in which there was an array of young darting talent on show.

On Saturday afternoon the very talented Belgian youngster Kenny Neyens hit a NINE-DARTER in his second round win over Mikey Rees.

It was an excellent weekend overall for the Belgian as he reached TWO finals and a semi-final by doing so placing himself in second position in the PDC Development Tour order of merit.

What a weekend it was for young Luke Humphries of Berkshire as he won two out of the four PDC Development Tour events as he tops the order of merit picking up £4,000.

Photo: Lawrence Lustig

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