Barney's misses spare Taylor
Raymond van Barneveld spurned the chance to register a first Premier League win over Phil Taylor as the two long-time rivals played out a 6-6 draw in Dublin.
'Barney' had no less than five opportunities to break his duck in the competition against the 16-time world champion before eventually seeing Taylor take out 111 to rescue a point in the final leg.
In truth neither man found their best form when on stage for a second time on the night; 'The Power' was looking to secure a much-needed double having earlier beaten Andy Hamilton 7-3 to end a six-match run without a win.
However Taylor simply never found the same form against the Dutchman, constantly having to play catch-up once his throw had been broken in the fourth leg.
He pegged back his opponent with double 16 but then duly failed to level matters at three apiece when missing no less than half-a-dozen darts when needing only 32. Barney made him pay in that leg and moved 5-3 ahead thanks to a 120 finish on double tops.
Even though he had an aberration in the next, busting 11 by hitting 19, double four in the next guaranteed at least a point for van Barneveld.
That, though, is all he ended up with after fluffing his lines when it mattered most. In the 11th leg four chances went begging and when he missed double 16 in the 12th, Taylor duly stepped up to complete a 111 checkout.
It meant the 52-year-old took three points on the night having earlier comfortably won the battle of two Stoke throwers in the opening match.
A 107 finish set the tone from Taylor as he charged into a 4-0 lead against Hamilton and although he was pegged back to 5-3, a 12-dart leg pushed him to the brink before double 14 completed the job.
Barney, meanwhile, departed The O2 without a win from either of his matches having also been beaten 7-4 by compatriot Michael van Gerwen.
MVG was also a winner in the final match of the night as he defeated Adrian Lewis 7-5.
The other two matches in Dublin saw Hamilton defeated 7-3 by Simon Whitlock and James Wade beat Robert Thornton 7-4.
2009 Premier League champion Wade moved second in the league table, jumping above van Barneveld with his victory over Thornton.
The pair shared the game's opening eight legs, with Thornton finishing 140 and 118, but Wade secured a crucial break of throw in the ninth leg by taking out 68 before winning the next two legs to seal his seventh win of the season.
"It's a very tight league table and it could be an important win," said Wade. "To beat Robert at the moment, you've got to be playing well and I don't think I played a great game but I played the right game.
"It's another step in the right direction and I'm pretty close to sealing my place in the semi-finals."
Australian ace Whitlock's challenge to win a Play-Off place continues after he won a second successive game by defeating Hamilton.
The win takes Whitlock level on ten points with Hamilton, who lost twice on the night, with both now three points adrift of fourth-placed Taylor.
"I didn't play my best game but once I got in front I felt pretty comfortable," said Whitlock. "I think Andy struggled with playing two matches, and if he'd won his first match it might have been a different story.
"He doesn't usually throw many loose darts but there were a few loose darts in there and I took advantage of every chance I had. I need to win pretty much every game to make the Play-Offs and this is another step towards that."