Taylor shocked by Anderson
A review of Thursday's Premier League darts action in Nottingham as Gary Anderson defeated Phil Taylor.
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Gary Anderson claimed his first televised win over Phil Taylor since joining the PDC after recording a 7-5 success in week five of this year's McCoy's Premier League Darts in Nottingham.
The Scot, who had won only one out of his four matches going into the clash, handed Taylor his first defeat of the campaign in a back-and-forth contest.
Anderson went 2-0 down early on but fought back to level matters and then stayed with Taylor in the middle legs, notably taking out 100 to make it 3-3.
Anderson made a breakthrough by taking out 60 on Taylor's throw in the ninth leg, but the 16-time world champion broke back at the first time of asking.
Both players missed doubles in the 11th leg but Anderson finally hit double five to break again and just about kept his composure to complete the win in the next leg.
"I think I averaged 95, I've averaged 108s, 109s and 111s against Phil and been battered off the board, so to beat him on a 95 - I'll take that one.
He added: "In practice I've been hitting 112, 113 averages but I can't do it up here yet. Hopefully it will come and if it does I will be alright."
Raymond van Barneveld is one point clear at the top of the table after he made it four wins out of five by edging past Andy Hamilton 7-5.
The first nine legs of the contest went with throw before the five-time world champion prevailed following three consecutive breaks.
The first break came when van Barneveld hit a maximum to set himself up to take out 38, but Hamilton broke back straight away after the Dutchman missed a match dart at double top.
Van Barneveld was not made to pay, however, as he hit double 16 to complete the victory in the next leg.
Adrian Lewis finally kicked his campaign into life as he claimed a 7-4 victory over Michael van Gerwen.
Lewis went into the contest having lost his first four matches while van Gerwen was unbeaten, but it was the double world champion who prevailed in comfortable fashion.
Dutch star van Gerwen missed four darts at a double in the fourth leg, allowing Lewis to gain the first break of throw by taking out double eight.
Lewis then checked out 87 to make it 4-1 and although van Gerwen kept the pressure on with some heavy scoring, the Englishman held his nerve to round out the win.
"I was dreading it to be honest. I know the form Michael's in and to go up there and beat him tonight - I'm very proud of myself," Lewis told Sky Sports.
He added: "(The last four weeks) have tested me but now I've got the first one under my belt I can press on."
Meanwhile, James Wade produced a superb display to hand the in-form Robert Thornton his first defeat of the campaign as the Scotsman was thrashed 7-1.
Wade set the tone by breaking his opponent's throw as he took out double 12 in the second leg, a lead he soon increased to 5-0 as he peppered the treble 20 regularly.
The 29-year-old broke again in the sixth leg with a brilliant 121 checkout before Thornton hit back to avoid the whitewash, but another 121 finish from Wade soon put the contest to bed.
Wade told Sky Sports: "I became so tired of the game about a year ago that it was just a battle against myself. Now I want to play darts, I'm enjoying it and it's becoming an easy game to play again."
Simon Whitlock rounded out the evening with a 7-5 win over Wes Newton, the Australian going 4-1 down before storming back to take the victory.