PHIL TAYLOR, with a 112-dart average, continued his incredible run of form at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast last night.
Gary Anderson, the defending champion, returned to somewhere near his best by beating James Wade 8-5. The Flying Scotsman is now the 4-1 joint second favourite to retain his title.
World champion Adrian Lewis battled back to draw 7-7 with Andy Hamilton. Lewis, who has drawn his last two matches, has been pushed out from 7-2 to 4-1.
Kevin Painter caused a minor upset by beating the Aussie Simon Whitlock 8-3. The win didn’t cause too much of a stir in William Hill’s trading department with bookies leaving him unchanged at 28-1 for the Premier League.
Company spokesman Tony Kenny said: ‘There seems to be nothing The Power can’t do with a set of darts. Every week he seems to bring something new to the oche and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go odds-on after next week’s visit to Exeter.”
Premier League of Darts latest betting: 11/10 Phil Taylor, 4/1 Adrian Lewis, 4/1 Gary Anderson, 7/1 Whitlock 16/1 Van Barneveld 16/1 Wade, 28/1Hamilton, 33/1 Painter.