Phil Taylor beats Michael Van Gerwen in Premier League Darts in Sheffield

Phil Taylor beat Michael Van Gerwen 7-3 in the 14th round of Premier League Darts at Sheffield Arena last night.

Taylor, the 16 time world champion needed a victory over the current world champion to remain in the semi-final positions in the table before the final round of the event next week in Aberdeen.

Van Gerwen lost by four legs, despite outscoring Taylor with Van Gerwen’s average of 102.99 significantly higher than Taylor’s 100.41.

But Van Gerwen remained top of the table with 22 points following his loss, but the gap between him and second place was narrowed to one point after Peter Wright beat Adrian Lewis 7-2.

Gary Anderson secured his semi-final place after defeating James Wade 7-3. Anderson remains third in the table on 18 points, one ahead of Taylor and three ahead of fifth placed Dave Chisnall.

In what was the tightest match of the night, Chisnall defeated fan favourite Raymond Van Barneveld 7-5. Chisnall was in imperious form all evening, recording the night’s highest average of 109.36 but was unable to shake off the wily Dutchman until the closing stages. Both players combined for seven maximums and 33 tons in a match of high quality darts. In the 13th leg, Chisnall managed seal the victory when he checked out from 64, hitting a triple 16 and a double eight to record an impressive victory.

With the final round next week in Aberdeen, Chisnall needs to beat James Wade and hope Phil Taylor loses to Adrian Lewis in order to secure the final playoff spot before the playoffs at the 02 Arena on May 18th.