Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson draw while Peter Wright averages 119.5

on 2017-03-03 00:29:32

 
Phil Taylor remains unbeaten in the Premier League Darts this season

Phil Taylor bade farewell to Westpoint with a high-quality draw against Gary Anderson in the Premier League Darts on Thursday night.

The 16 times world champion, who will retire at the end of the season, and double world champion Anderson both averaged comfortably over 100 as they slugged out a superb 6-6 draw.

Taylor fought back from 5-3 down against a rampant Anderson, who managed six 180s in the match.

With reigning champion Michael van Gerwen missing through injury, the result sent the Power to the top of the Premier League Darts table.

Peter Wright stole a part of the limelight with the second-highest darts average in televised history.

He averaged 119.5 as he swept Adrian Lewis aside 7-2 for two valuable points. The televised record belongs to van Gerwen with his 123.4 last year.

With van Gerwen absent it meant Dave Chisnall had to play two matches, and he made the perfect start with an emphatic victory over an out-of-sorts Raymond van Barneveld.

Chisnall started the evening languishing at the foot of the table, but he hit six 180s and averaged just over 101 on his way to a 7-2 victory.

And he remained unbeaten with a 7-5 win over previously-undefeated James Wade to breathe new life into his season.

Van Barneveld struggled from the start, particularly with his doubles, and though he showed flashes of his brilliant best, he struggled to hit his stride on a frustrating night for the five times world champion.

In the second match of the evening, Kim Huybrechts salvaged a draw with good friend Jelle Klaasen, who missed four match darts in their 6-6 draw.

Klaasen was leading 6-3, but a combination of sloppy finishing and a fine Huybrechts comeback led to a stalemate.

 

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