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Wade ends Taylor hoodoo

James Wade snapped a 13-match losing streak against Phil Taylor with a battling draw on Week Four of the Premier League in Exeter.

In a rematch of the 2010 Premier League final, where Taylor fired in two nine-darters, Wade broke Taylor in the 12th and deciding leg to claim a share of the spoils.

The result keeps Taylor at the top of the standings but he now has a number of rivals breathing down his neck.

Dutch protege Michael van Gerwen and debutant Robert Thornton are tied with 'The Power' on six points after both men recorded 7-2 victories earlier in the night.

Thornton kicked off Week Four with a stunning demolition of out-of-sorts Scottish counterpart Gary Anderson.

'The Thorn' registered a 109.33 average - the best of this year's competition - as Anderson was restricted to just two darts at doubles.

Thornton told Sky Sports afterwards: "The crowd were brilliant and I just got up there and enjoyed myself. Everything I threw went in. I'm having fun and it's an honour to be here. It's definitely it's the best I've ever had to and against Gary I had to. I had to hit the ground running and I think I sprinted!"

Van Gerwen maintained his unbeaten start to the campaign with a comfortable win over Andy Hamilton.

The 2013 World Championship runner-up rattled in five 180s and continues to look a major contender for the title.