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Lewis Powers Barney in Premier League

 Adrian Lewis

Lewis leaves Barney trailing

Taylor battles back for victory as King sees off Wade


Adrian Lewis saw off Raymond van Barneveld in the second round of Premier League Darts, while there were also wins for Phil Taylor and Mervyn King.

Lewis bounced back from his defeat to King last week to beat van Barneveld 8-3, while Taylor was made to work before maintaining his 100 percent record with an 8-6 triumph over Ronnie Baxter.

King also ensured he has two wins from two outings as he saw off James Wade with a clinical 8-4 success that avenged his defeat to the left hander in last year's final.

The night's other contest saw Simon Whitlock and Terry Jenkins each leave with a share of the spoils after a 7-7 draw.

But it was Lewis who stole the show in Bournemouth as he romped to victory over van Barneveld who was returning to the scene of his nine-darter in the competition back in 2006.

Lewis started in blistering fashion and stormed into a 6-0 lead, averaging 111 and taking out finishes of 121 and 102 along the way.

He missed four darts to move 7-0 clear as his opponent took the next two legs to stop the rot, but Lewis then hit double-13 to move to the brink of victory.

Van Barneveld staved off the inevitable with a 116 check-out, but the end came in the next leg as Lewis hit double-16 to seal a highly-impressive triumph.

Fast start

Like Barney, Taylor was also on the receiving end of an explosive start as Baxter pulled into a 4-0 lead against The Power.

However, the world champion maintained his composure and an 11-darter sparked him into life as he reeled off the next seven legs to leave his rival shell-shocked.

Baxter did fight back to 7-6 to force a final leg, but he could not stay in touch when it mattered and Taylor could afford a missed dart at double-12 before returning to close out victory.

King at the double

King produced a fabulous display of double-shooting to ensure he kept pace with Taylor as he hit eight doubles from 13 attempts to overcome a below-par Wade.

Wade had opened a 2-0 advantage, but King raised his game to take five legs on the spin and an 11-darter saw him move 6-2 ahead.

Wade took the next, but a 120 out-shot from King put him within one and, although Wade briefly made him wait, the Norfolk thrower ended the contest as he found double-16.

In the remaining clash, Jenkins fought back from 3-0, 5-2 and 7-5 down to claim a battling point against Whitlock.

Things looked bleak for The Bull when Whitlock moved 7-5 clear, but he dug deep to find an 11-darter to prolong the match and then stepped in with a fine 104 finish to earn a draw

19th February 2010, 15:07
Page updated 19th Feb 2010, 15:07
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