The capacity crowd in Liverpool were treated to a night of drama and tension as all eight players strained every muscle and sinew in their throwing arms to clinch a place in the K.O. stages of this year’s McCoys Premier League – and 75% of the contests ended up all square.
The one exception was the match between Phil Taylor and Simon Whitlock where Mr T showed that he had fully recovered from the shock of losing his match last week by disposing of his nearest challenger by 8 legs to 3.
At 3 – 1, thanks to a 161 check out, Simon looked on course to win the match but he missed his chances at doubles to extend this lead. Fatal against Phil.
In the first contest of the evening Kevin Painter, with 10 dart and 11 dart finishes, allowed leads of 4 – 1 and 7 – 4 to evaporate and James Wade forced the draw.
Much the same could be said of Andy Hamilton as he too saw a 4 – 1 lead diminish to give him his third draw in successive weeks.The night witnessed a welcome return to form and fighting spirit from Gary Anderson who turned around a 6 – 3 deficit to Adrian Lewis into a draw. However, it will take an unlikely combination of results to guarantee the reigning champion a spot in the K.O. stage.