Phil Taylor finished the night on top in Newcastle.

Phil Taylor finished the night on top in Newcastle.

Phil Taylor topped the league table after the first night of Premier League Darts at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on Thursday night.

World number one Michael van Gerwen came up against world number two Gary Anderson and the pair shared the points in a 6-6 draw.

Taylor comfortably defeated Dave Chisnall 6-3 despite Chisnall’s 160 checkout and five 180s.

There were also wins for Raymond van Barneveld, James Wade and Peter Wright.

In the showcase game of the night, van Gerwen went a break up against the Scotsman but a fine 130 checkout saw Anderson pull level.

The two slugged out a fast-paced and thrilling encounter but neither could find a break and the points were shared.

Kim Huybrechts fell to defeat in his second Premier League appearance as James Wade came through to win 7-5.

Wade broke The Hurricane’s throw in the first leg and went 2-0 up. Huybrechts broke back with comfortable 48 finish but Wade’s next break proved vital as he took out double 10 to claim a hard-fought victory.

Fans favourite van Barneveld was next to take stage in front of a 7,000 sell out crowd and the Dutchman mastered a fine comeback to defeat Adrian Lewis.

Lewis raced into a 4-1 lead with van Barneveld looking slightly lackadaisical but Barney bounced back with an out of the ordinary 65 checkout.

Another break pulled van Barneveld level and he almost snatched the win in fine style – just missing the bull to take out 170.

Lewis missed darts on double nine, leaving van Barneveld to punish Jackpot by taking out double eight to win 7-5.

Sixteen-time champion of the world Phil Taylor was next on stage and The Power proved too much for Chisnall. Taylor wasn’t at his best but he did enough by taking out 75 to win 7-3.

Chisnall hit the most 180s of the night and the highest checkout but found himself bottom of the table come 11pm.

Up next was the big game – van Gerwan vs Anderson – and the Dutchman started brightly by averaging 112 as he went 3-1 up.

A superb 130 checkout pulled The Flying Scotsman level in the eighth leg and the two slugged out four more high-quality legs to draw 6-6.

Jelle Klaasen, in his second Premier League season, fell to defeat to an ever enthusiastic Peter Wright.

All was even until the tenth leg when Wright hit double eight to break Klaasen. The one break proved enough for Wright who came through to win 7-4 in the night’s final game.

The competition moves to Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena next Thursday where Peter Wright faces up to Michael van Gerwan.


Kim Huybrechts 5-7 James Wade

Raymond van Barneveld 7-5 Adrian Lewis

Phil Taylor 7-3 Dave Chisnall

Gary Anderson 6-6 Michael van Gerwen

Peter Wright 7-4 Jelle Klaasen