Van Barneveld stays perfect
Raymond van Barneveld maintained his perfect start to this season's Premier League as he beat Wes Newton in Aberdeen.
Having seen off Gary Anderson last week, Barney was on fine form once again in Scotland as he rattled in four maximums and three 100+ finishes on his way to a 7-2 victory over debutant Newton.
Having taken the opening leg, the Dutchman served notice of what was to follow as he fired his first 180 and a 116 check-out to ease into a 2-0 lead.
Newton hit back to get himself on the board, but van Barneveld would take out 116 and then 117 to move 5-1 ahead before producing a 12-darter to move within one of victory.
Newton managed to pinch himself a second leg, but it was merely delaying the inevitable as Barney closed out the contest in the next, finishing with a three-dart average of nearly 101.
Anderson gave the home crowds something to cheer as he edged a see-saw encounter with Simon Whitlock, eventually emerging a 7-5 winner.
The Flying Scotsman looked to be in trouble as he fell 3-1 behind, but then reeled off five legs to put himself on the verge of victory in front of his partisan fans.
But he then wobbled, missing five five match darts as he allowed Whitlock to get back within one at 6-5 and could only watch on as the Australian just missed out on a dramatic 157 out-shot that would have earned a draw.
A relieved Anderson finally got the job done on his next visit, hitting double-12 at the first time of asking to finish the job.
Andy Hamilton secured his first win of the competition with a 7-4 success against an out-of-sorts James Wade.
Having missed a double to take the first leg, Wade just could not get going in the early stages and quickly found himself 5-0 behind as Hamilton stayed rock solid on his doubles.
After the next two legs were shared, Hamilton rather took his eye off the ball as Wade made inroads and reduced the deficit to 6-4, but that would be as close as he got as Hamilton found double-16 under no real pressure to get over the line.
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