Phil 'The Power' Taylor qualified for Premier League Darts play-offs
By James Dielhenn
Last Updated: 12/05/17 7:29pm
Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor claimed the final spot for the Premier League Darts play-offs, while Michael van Gerwen ended the season as the table-topper on Thursday in Aberdeen.
Taylor beat Adrian Lewis 7-5 but top four qualification was guaranteed beforehand when fifth-placed Dave Chisnall slipped to a 6-6 draw against James Wade.
Van Gerwen then finished as No 1 for the fifth straight year, nullifying Gary Anderson's home crowd and beating him 7-4. The result condemned Peter 'Snakebite' Wright, who beat Raymond van Barneveld 7-1, to second-place. Taylor finished above Anderson in third.
Next week's semi-finals
- Taylor v Wright
- Van Gerwen v Anderson
The race for the final spot in the top four was over when Chisnall fell 2-4 behind against Wade - a score-line which ended his hopes of the 11-leg swing that he needed over Taylor.
Chisnall manfully rescued a draw from 5-2 behind against Wade, who finished seventh in the league, to end the season in fifth.
Six-time champion Taylor, freed from pressure, played out a light-hearted contest against long-time friend Lewis who fell one shot short of hitting a nine-darter.
From 3-5 behind, Taylor rallied to confirm his 12th play-off spot in 13 years and consign Lewis to bottom of the table.
Taylor, who will retire at the end of 2017, has already beaten play-off foes Van Gerwen, Wright and Anderson in Premier League matches this season.
Wright's thrashing of Van Barneveld briefly put him top of the league, but Van Gerwen corrected that by silencing Anderson's Scottish compatriots in the crowd.
Next week at The O2, Van Gerwen plays Anderson again while Taylor meets Wright in the semi-finals before the respective winners will contest the Premier League title.
The Premier League Darts play-offs are next Thursday, live on Sky Sports.