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Lewis boosts play-off hopes, while Taylor is beaten by MVG

Friday, March 17th, 2017 7:16am

Adrian Lewis moved to within a point of the play-off places in the Premier League last night.

He secured his third win of the tournament with a 7-3 victory over Belgium Kim Huybrechts.

But there was disappointment for Phil Taylor.

He raced into a 3-0 lead against Michael van Gerwen before going down 7-4 to the world number one.

Taylor hit finishes of tops, 96 and 73 as he opened up a 3-0 lead, but van Gerwen clawed his way back level before finishing 82 and 78 to assume command.

The Power hit back in leg nine, but the Dutchman was not to be denied as he picked up a fourth win of the season to remain second in the table ahead of his double-header in Manchester next week.

"It was difficult and it was a different kind of pressure for me tonight," said Van Gerwen. "You want to give the fans something back and maybe we both didn't play as well as we could.

"I got the job done and won, which was the most important thing."

Peter Wright remains top after a 7-4 win over Dave Chisnall. 

The Betway Premier League continues at The Manchester Arena next Thursday, with Van Gerwen playing twice to make up his game in hand after being forced to miss the visit to Exeter a fortnight ago with a back injury.

The world number one plays Wade and Van Barneveld in Manchester, while Anderson faces Huybrechts, Wright meets Taylor and Klaasen takes on Lewis, with Chisnall sitting out the night after playing twice in Exeter.

 

Betway Premier League

Night Seven - Thursday March 9

Rotterdam Ahoy

James Wade 7-3 Jelle Klaasen

Peter Wright 7-4 Dave Chisnall

Raymond van Barneveld 7-2 Gary Anderson

Kim Huybrechts 3-7 Adrian Lewis

Phil Taylor 4-7 Michael van Gerwen

 

League Table

After Night Seven

P

W

D

L

+/-

LWAT

Pts

Peter Wright

7

5

1

1

+11

14

11

Michael van Gerwen

6

4

2

0

+12

14

10

James Wade

7

3

2

2

+5

16

8

Raymond van Barneveld

7

3

2

2

+1

12

8

Adrian Lewis

7

3

1

3

+2

13

7

Gary Anderson

7

2

3

2

+1

14

7

Phil Taylor

7

2

3

2

+1

14

7

Dave Chisnall

8

3

0

5

-10

12

6

Kim Huybrechts

7

0

3

4

-11

10

3

Jelle Klaasen

7

1

1

5

-12

11

3

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