Taylor destroys Whitlock; MVG wins
Phil Taylor produced yet another Premier League masterclass to beat Simon Whitlock 7-2 on night three of the new season in Bournemouth.
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'The Power' averaged 107.33 during a superb performance against the Australian, who himself played pretty well but could just not get a look in against the six-time Premier League champion.
Taylor has dominated meetings with Whitlock and made it 32 wins out of his 38 matches against The Wizard to move onto five points from three games so far this season.
The first three legs of the match went against throw, with Whitlock needing a superb 140 checkout just to get on the board, but from the minute Taylor nailed a 126 outshot for a 3-1 lead he never looked like being pegged back.
"It was a cracker," Taylor told Sky Sports. "Simon was brilliant there believe it or not. The score didn't reflect the game as Simon played superb, I think he's walked off here a happy fella because of his form as well and how he's playing.
"This tournament is not a sprint, you're not going to win it over the first four or five weeks, you've got to play well week in and week out. Some of these lads have to be travelling all through it and some of them will be shattered come the end of it.
"I'm going home to my pipe and slippers and have a good weekend."
Michael van Gerwen proved to be the Dutch master as he beat illustrious compatriot Raymond van Barneveld 7-3.
Both Dutchmen entered the contest unbeaten, but Premier League debutant van Gerwen had settled for two draws whilst Barney topped the table with two wins out of two.
It was the youngster who emerged with that unbeaten record intact though, as he averaged over 103 to claim his first ever Premier League win and a memorable one coming against the best Dutchman ever to play the game.
Van Gerwen had moved ahead a couple of times but was pegged back by Barney each time, including in the second leg when he nailed a bullseye to take out 86 for 1-1.
After 4-3 van Gerwen unleashed some of his very best darts - he almost hit back-to-back nine-darters in the World Championship but this time had to settle for back-to-back ten-darters to clinch a point.
Far from resting on that, van Gerwen took the very next leg to clinch a 7-3 victory which took him level with Barney on four points from three matches as they sit just behind league leader Taylor.
"It's not about the big effort, it's about winning the game," van Gerwen told Sky Sports. "It feels good for me to beat Raymond in a big game like this. It's my first win in the Premier League and it means a lot to me.
"I always like to beat another Dutch guy and Raymond is the most famous Dutch darts player ever, but it's not just about beating him it's about winning the game.
"It's not even about the score, whether its 7-5 or 7-3 its two points in the pocket. I've got four points now and I'm doing well."
Wes Newton got a point on the board at the third attempt but was left kicking himself after letting a 6-3 lead slip away in his 6-6 draw with fellow debutant Robert Thornton.
Newton led 2-0 then wa Shanghai 120, along with other brilliant checkouts of 131 and 111, moved into a 6-3 lead, guaranteeing at least a point.
But with the match on the line Newton missed a dart to clinch it, and Thornton battled back well to remain unbeaten in his first Premier League campaign.
"I'm a bit disappointed being 6-3 up not to get my first win," said Newton. "But Robert's unbeaten and he's hard to beat, I'm still a bit gutted but I'm off and running now and starting to play a bit better."
One man showing no signs of getting any better is Adrian Lewis, who is now dead last in the table without a point to his name after another tame effort during his defeat to James Wade.
Looking lethargic and just not at the races, Jackpot could only average 91 during a 7-4 defeat against Wade, who averaged just over 100.
Andy Hamilton edged out Gary Anderson 7-5 in the final match of the night in Bournemouth, with Scotsman Anderson having a wretched evening on the doubles but still somehow taking the match all the way.
From 5-2 down Anderson somehow levelled it up at 5-5 despite still missing a flurry of doubles, but after his latest bout of jitters saw The Hammer secure a point, he again fluffed his line when going for a point to give Hamilton the win.