Saturday | 07/04/2012

The Premier League night in Nottingham was dominated by “Floorboardgate”.  The contest between James Wade and Adrian Lewis was always going to be a highly charged affair given their recent history and, sure enough, it was a loose floorboard on the stage, close to the exclusion zone, that lit the blue touch paper.  James took the view that Adrian was the perpetrator and, from a healthy lead of 4 legs to 2 at the break, allowed the situation to undermine his game to such an extent that he lost a match where he was initially in firm control.

This incident took some of the deserved limelight away from a superb performance from Barney who created a record-breaking Sky TV average of 112.28 in defeating Kevin Painter.  Kevin, just as in his match with Phil Taylor in his record-breaking performance a few weeks earlier, did not play badly.  But, as we can all witness, standards now are incredibly high at this level.

One player who was not overawed at the prospect of playing Mr T was Andy Hamilton.  In fact he traded scores to such an extent that he was only a missed bullseye away from earning a creditable draw.  In the other match Simon Whitlock was far too good on the night for Gary Anderson.