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Premier Barney at the double

Raymond van Barneveld enjoyed a perfect week ten of the Betway Premier League to move into second in the competition and boost his play-off hopes.

The Dutchman saw off Dave Chisnall 7-5 in the opening clash of the night at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield - breaking a sequence of five consecutive draws.

He then saw-off Peter Wright - the big loser on the night with two defeats - by the same scoreline in the final game to leapfrog the Scottish thrower in the table.

Barney, who took out a 129 finish against Wright, told Sky Sports after his second win: "That 129 was the biggest shot of the night.

"When I got to six legs I was thinking, it's going to be a draw again, but then I won the last leg again - two wins on the night so I'm over the moon.

"It's stressful (playing two games on the night), tough but when I left home I said to my wife Sylvia: 'I'm going to win both matches' and I did so I'm very happy."

Earlier, Barney was never behind in the clash against Chisnall, but he could not shake off the St Helens ace, who took it to a deciding leg by landing double 10.

Chisnall then had three darts at double 19 to earn a point but could not finish and Barney took out double eight to claim the precious win.

Gary Anderson celebrated becoming a father again by beating Wright 7-4 in the second contest - so avenging last week's 7-5 defeat to the same opponent.

The 2011 champion raced to a 6-2 lead before his Scottish compatriot, who had won nine of their last ten meetings, hit back to make it 6-4.

But 'Snakebite' missed tops and Anderson took out double 12 on his second dart to win and move up to fifth in the table and boost his own play-off hopes.

Afterwards Anderson, whose son was born last Friday, confessed he had little sleep since.

"Since Thursday, I've not thrown a dart to be quite honest, I've been too busy changing nappies and what else goes with it, but the wee-man's here which that's want we want!" he said.

Work hard

Reigning world and Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen beat Robert Thornton 7-5 to stay top of the table - but was made to work hard for his victory.

Bottom-of-the-table Thornton, who survived last week's 'Judgement Night', broke the Dutch thrower with double two in a scrappy fifth leg to go 3-2 up.

'Mighty Mike' broke straight back and took the next two legs before Thornton missed double 12 for a nine-darter in the ninth leg.

However, he took out double six at his third attempt to make it 5-4 and then hit double two at the second time of asking to level.

But Van Gerwen was not to be denied, hitting double 16 to re-take the lead and then breaking Thornton in the final leg - when he was on for a nine-darter of his own but missed his eighth dart before returning to sink tops to win.

The other big winner on the night was the resurgent Phil Taylor, who won his fourth game in five weeks with a 7-4 victory over Adrian Lewis to leapfrog his opponent into fourth in the table for the first time this season.

The all-Stoke contest went with the throw for the first four legs before Taylor - who had been battered 7-3 by Lewis when they meet in week two - missed a 40 check-out and his opponent hit tops to break and move 3-2 up.

The Power hit back straight away with a second dart at double 16 but Lewis broke again with double ten.

Taylor responded with another break, taking out 180 and 02 finish, and then held his throw to move 5-4 up.

He next hit a 144 check-out - finishing with double 12 - to break and notched tops to complete the win, with saw Lewis drop out of the play-off positions and into sixth.

"The 180, 102 was the massive shot to be honest with you," said 'The Power' afterwards.

"I really thought it was going to be a draw, in my head I thought this is going to be a draw this, but the 144 was massive and the 102 was the best shot."