Peter 'Snakebite' Wright leads Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen in Premier League Darts
By James Dielhenn
Last Updated: 11/03/17 5:09pm
Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright’s streak of form continued as he went top of Premier League Darts with a 7-5 win against James Wade.
The fluorescent Wright was buoyed by his home crowd in Glasgow on Thursday, taking advantage of Phil Taylor's defeat to Adrian Lewis to pip him to top spot in the table.
Wright won the UK Open last week to register his first major televised title, and his confidence was evident in front of partisan Scottish fans.
Winning 5-2, Wright appeared to have the result sewn up but had to stave off a Wade fightback inspired by 13-dart leg.
Wright missed a dart for the match allowing Wade to narrow the score to 6-5, but the Scotsman finished the job in the next leg.
Taylor, who was previously top of the table, was dealt his first defeat of the season by his former protégé, Lewis.
Taylor has dropped to fourth after losing 7-4 to Lewis, who claimed his biggest scalp of the campaign to kick-start his own bid for Judgement Night qualification.
The game was nip-and-tuck until Taylor failed to take out 70, allowing Lewis the game's first two-leg lead at 5-3, which he never relinquished.
Michael van Gerwen was fortunate to escape Scotland with maximum points, winning 7-5 against Kim Huybrechts who missed four darts to guarantee himself a draw.
Van Gerwen is now one point behind league-leader Wright but has a game in hand, after missing last week through injury.
Huybrechts produced a stubborn performance but remains second-bottom after throwing four errant darts that gifted Van Gerwen the victory.
Raymond van Barneveld overcame Jelle Klaasen despite staring down the barrel of a 5-1 deficit in the early stages.
A brilliant 154 checkout from Van Barneveld inspired a comeback and led to a 7-5 win. The veteran's ton-plus finishes condemned Klaasen to the foot of the table, and kept his own season alive.
The biggest cheer of the night was reserved for 'The Flying Scotsman' Gary Anderson who solidified third-place with a 7-3 win over Dave Chisnall.
Anderson threatened a whitewash by roaring into a 5-0 lead but Chisnall reeled off three legs in a row to make the scoreboard more respectable. Anderson, geed on by his home crowd, eventually got over the line.
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