Published: 10:17 02/05/2012
Three draws in last week’s Premier League Darts means the battle for places in the playoffs remains wide open with two weeks to go.
You don’t expect to see many draws in darts, but they happen with some regularity in Premier League Darts and last week’s matches showed that far from being pointless, drawn games can add drama to the event.
Draws can spell good news for darts punters at Paddy Power too, the leading online bookmaker has one of its world famous Money Back Specials available on Premier League Darts, refunding losing correct score bets if the match ends in a draw. With three-quarters of the matches going that way, last Thursday was a night for the bookie to forget.
Phil Taylor’s predictable win against Simon Whitlock was the least absorbing of the night despite the great averages in Taylor’s 8-3 victory. James Wade’s fight back from 1-4 to draw 7-7 with Kevin Painter was much more dramatic. Andy Hamilton kept his playoff hopes alive by clinging on for a draw against Raymond van Barneveld who was left one point out of the playoff places.
World Champion Adrian Lewis missed out on securing his playoff spot in another dramatic draw against Gary Anderson which featured Lewis picking his dropped dart from the floor to nail bullseye and a 170 finish to take the fourth leg.
While draws are a regular occurrence in Premier League Darts, three in one night doesn’t happen very often. Just twice previously in fact, the first time was on March 23, 2006 and again on April 16 2009.
Week 13 continues at NIA in Birmingham on Thursday with Phil Taylor the only player guaranteed to feature in the playoffs at London’s O2 on May 17 while the other seven players still have a chance to some degree.
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Premier League Darts – Week 13
Simon Whitlock v Andy Hamilton
Gary Anderson v Raymond van Barneveld
Kevin Painter v Adrian Lewis
James Wade v Phil Taylor