How the Premier League Darts unfolded in Dublin
Raucous Dublin crowd treated to thrilling night at 3Arena
Last Updated: 22/02/19 12:32pm
The Premier League continued to throw up plenty of draw with see-saw contests, a battling Barney and more final leg drama.
Last year's finalist Michael van Gerwen was disappointed to miss out on a whitewash but maintains a perfect start, while Michael Smith, runner-up at The O2 sunk to the foot of the the table.
Raymond van Barneveld proved he has the stomach for a fight and Gerwyn Price and James Wade duked out a thrilling contest to start proceedings.
|Gerwyn Price||6-6||James Wade|
|Peter Wright||7-5||Steve Lennon|
|Michael van Gerwen||7-2||Rob Cross|
|Daryl Gurney||7-5||Michael Smith|
|Mensur Suljovic||6-6||Raymond van Barneveld|
The 'contenders' remain without a victory but once again acquitted themselves well. To the delight of the crowd, Steve Lennon rose to the occasion pushing Peter Wright all the way after a blistering start and memorable entrance to 'Whisky in the Jar.'
It was more just the walk-on. I started getting pins and needles and shaking like a leaf. But that was brilliant.
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Moment of the night
Lennon's entrance was special but Barney's exit deserves special mention, the great doyen of darts even found time to take the microphone from Dave Clark - "They love the Barney Army but I want to give them more."
"Not many players get a reception like this - he has put so much into this, maybe he has changed the game.
If it hadn't been for him all the great Europeans we are seeing, Michael van Gerwen too, they may not have even picked up a dart.
"That man was the reason Phil Taylor was so good, he had a rival.
What comes next? Night Four - Thursday, February 28 at the Westpoint Arena, Exeter
|Luke Humphries||vs||Gerwyn Price|
|Daryl Gurney||vs||Rob Cross|
|Mensur Suljovic||vs||Peter Wright|
|Michael van Gerwen||vs||James Wade|
|Michael Smith||vs||Raymond van Barneveld|
As it stands
It's all to play for the players behind Premier League powerhouse Michael van Gerwen. The race for the top four and battle to avoid elimination could be a thriller.
The Premier League is back in England next Thursday when World Championship quarter-finalist Luke Humphries joins the roadshow and Van Gerwen chases a win that would give him four wins to start a Premier League for the first time.
The Premier League heads to the Westpoint Arena, Exeter on Thursday, February 28. You can also stay up to date with all the action by following us @SkySportsDarts and get all the latest news, previews and interviews www.skysports.com/darts