Night Three - Thursday February 21
BIC, Bournemouth James Wade 7-4 Adrian Lewis
Robert Thornton 6-6 Wes Newton
Simon Whitlock 2-7 Phil Taylor
Michael van Gerwen 7-3 Raymond van Barneveld
Andy Hamilton 7-5 Gary Anderson
James Wade v Adrian Lewis
0-0 - James Wade will throw first
1-0 - Lewis starts slowly, hitting a 180 to leave 46 only for Wade to land double five to deny him a chance to break.
1-1 - Lewis opens with a 177 and hits a 140 in being first to a finish, but he misses three darts at double 16 to allow Wade a shot at 84 - only for the 2009 champion to miss the bull and allow the Stoke ace in to hit double 16 with his sixth dart to take the leg.
2-1 - Lewis hits another 180 and a 140, but misses two darts at double 18 for a 96 finish to break as Wade lands double ten to edge back ahead.
3-1 - Wade lands a 180 in reply and hits tops to break throw.
4-1 - The left-hander posts a second maximum, with double top pushing him three legs clear.
4-2 - Lewis hits tops to hit back with his second leg of the game.
5-2 - Wade hits his third 180 of the game before landing double ten for a 14-darter.
5-3 - Lewis misses two darts at double 18, but Wade is just off-target on double 11 for a 124 finish to break and the world number two returns to land double 18 at the third time of asking.
6-3 - Wade secures a point by finishing 76 on tops.
6-4 - Wade opens with a 180 but wires double ten for a 140 checkout to take victory, allowing Lewis to hit tops and keep his hopes alive.
7-4 - Wade secures his second victory of the season by finishing 68 on double ten, leaving Lewis without a point following two matches.
Robert Thornton v Wes Newton
0-0 - Robert Thornton will throw first
0-1 - Newton makes an ideal start, opening the game with a 180 and, after Thornton misses the bull for a 121 finish, taking out 70 on tops to break.
0-2 - Newton hits another maximum, with Thornton replying in kind but only able to watch on as the Fleetwood ace pins double five to move two up.
1-2 - Thornton hits a 180 to be first to a double, and although he initially misses his chance to get off the mark, a miss at the bull from Newton allows him in to land double four to win leg three.
1-3 - Thornton posts his third maximum of the game, but a missed bull from the Scot allows Newton to finish 111 to regain his cushion.
2-3 - Newton opens with a 180, but Thornton takes out 114 to hit back.
2-4 - Newton lands his fourth maximum of the game and takes out 131 in style to win leg six.
3-4 - Newton misses double 16 for another break of throw, and Thornton lands tops for a 60 finish to pull back to one leg behind.
3-5 - Thornton misses two darts at double four to break, and Newton lands double eight to edge back clear.
3-6 - Newton takes out his third ton-plus finish of the game with a 120 checkout to ensure at least a draw and his first point of the season.
4-6 - Newton misses double seven for an 88 finish for the game, and Thornton takes out 98 on double 19 to stay in the game.
5-6 - Thornton posts his fourth maximum of the game, and double five sees him force a deciding leg.
6-6 - Thornton hits his fifth 180 in leaving 81 after nine darts, and although he misses double 12, six and three, he returns to grab a point.
Simon Whitlock v Phil Taylor
0-0 - Simon Whitlock will throw first
0-1 - Taylor breaks throw immediately on double two.
1-1 - Whitlock breaks back by finishing 140.
1-2 - Taylor breaks again by taking out 72.
1-3 - Whitlock posts a 180, but Taylor finishes 127 to move two legs clear.
2-3 - Both players hit 180s, but Taylor misses darts at double 12 and six and Whitlock returns to land double 12 to hit back.
2-4 - Whitlock misses the bull for a 121 finish, and Taylor pounces with a 76 finish on tops.
2-5 - Whitlock hits a 180 but Taylor takes out 90 on double 15 to break and move his average up to 111.
2-6 - Taylor misses two darts at double 18 for an 87 finish, but Whitlock misses the bull to take out 164 and the reigning champion returns to land double nine with his third dart.
2-7 - Whitlock hits a 180, but misses double 11 and two darts at double four to keep the game alive, and Taylor punishes him with double top, ending with a 107.33 average to Whitlock's 101.80.
Michael van Gerwen v Raymond van Barneveld
0-0 - Michael van Gerwen will throw first
1-0 - van Gerwen lands double eight to win the opening leg.
1-1 - van Gerwen misses double five for a 130 finish and two further darts to win the leg as he allows van Barneveld in to finish 86 on the bull.
2-1 - van Gerwen misses the bull, but van Barneveld is unable to finish 76 on double 18 and the youngster posts double four to move back ahead.
2-2 - van Gerwen opens with a 180, but van Barneveld wins the leg by taking out 48 on double 16.
3-2 - van Barneveld this time misses the bull for an 86 finish, and van Gerwen hits tops to move back ahead.
4-2 - van Barneveld hits two 180s in the leg, but misses a pair of darts at double 16 and van Gerwen finishes a 14-darter on tops to break.
4-3 - van Gerwen opens with a 180 and is first to a finish, but misses three darts at double 18 to allow van Barneveld to break back by finishing 70 on double eight.
5-3 - van Gerwen kicks off with a 177 and adds 140 and 168 in setting up a ten-darter which he completes on double eight.
6-3 - The youngster hits back-to-back ten-darters, this time scoring 180, 105, 180 and double 18.
7-3 - van Gerwen opens with a 177 - the fifth time in ten legs he opens with a maximum score - before punishing three misses from the Grand Slam champion by sealing the win on double eight.
Andy Hamilton v Gary Anderson
0-0 - Andy Hamilton will throw first
0-1 - Anderson hits a 180 and breaks throw on double ten.
1-1 - Double 18 sees Hamilton break back.
2-1 - Hamilton finishes 84 on double eight to move ahead.
3-1 - Double ten sees Hamilton break throw to lead by two.
4-1 - Hamilton finishes 90 to win a fourth successive leg.
4-2 - Anderson lands another 180, and has enough cushion to initially miss four doubles before landing double one.
5-2 - Hamilton stuns his opponent with a sensational 152 finish.
5-3 - Anderson takes out 96 in two darts to hit back.
5-4 - Both players hit 180s, with Hamilton missing four darts for a point as Anderson takes out 68 to reduce the gap to one leg.
5-5 - Anderson levels in a dramatic leg, missing six darts at doubles only for Hamilton to miss the bull and two further darts, allowing the Scot to post double two.
6-5 - Hamilton finishes double ten with his third dart to ensure a minimum of a draw.
7-5 - Both players open with 180s, and Anderson adds a second maximum to set up a possible nine-dart finish. He misses a seventh treble 20, but leaves 16 only to then miss three darts to claim a draw as Hamilton steps in to snatch both points and victory on double 16.
Latest League Table
|After Week Three||P||W||D||L||+/-||Pts|
|Raymond van Barneveld||3||2||0||1||+4||4|
|Michael van Gerwen||3||1||2||0||+4||4|
Week Four February 28 - Westpoint Arena, Exeter
Robert Thornton v Gary Anderson
Andy Hamilton v Michael van Gerwen
James Wade v Phil Taylor
Wes Newton v Adrian Lewis
Raymond van Barneveld v Simon Whitlock