Darts: Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis and Andy Hamilton claim Premier League wins
PHIL Taylor, Adrian Lewis and Andy Hamilton made it a perfect night in the McCoys Premier League with victories in Cardiff.
Taylor, who had lost his last two matches, recaptured his top form to bursh aside Wes Newton 7-2 at the Motorpoint Arena.
The 52-year-old, from Wychwood Park near Crewe, had never lost three successive games in the competition, and he ensured he wouldn't pick up an unwanted record with a superb display, which included finishes of 126 and 115.
"There was a lot of pressure on me," said Taylor, who is now third in the table.
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"It's the toughest Premier League there's ever been and I've been worried I might not even qualify for the top eight in a couple of weeks."
Lewis' finishing was equally devastating as he leapt out of the relegation zone with a 7-5 win against Robert Thornton.
With the bottom two being relegated in a fortnight, Lewis, from Cross Heath, made it three weeks unbeaten.
The 28-year-old produced a fine 155 finish and clinched the points on double five in front of a 4,000 sell-out crowd.
"The 155 was massive as I went 5-4 up, but I let Robert back in and nearly let him get a draw. I was relieved to get the win in the end."
Hamilton produced a gritty display to see off Simon Whitlock 7-4.
Hamilton, from Dresden, said: "It was always going to be a crucial battle, but I love a battle.
"We're all fighting for places and don't want to be in the bottom two, so the main thing is I picked up another couple of points."
Dutchman Michael van Gerwen continues to top the table following a 7-1 demolition of Gary Anderson, while James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld shared the spoils following a 6-6 draw.
Results (week seven): Andy Hamilton 7, Simon Whitlock 4; Gary Anderson 1, Michael van Gerwen 7; Robert Thornton 5, Adrian Lewis 7; Wes Newton 2, Phil Taylor 7; James Wade 6, Raymond van Barneveld 6.
How they stand: 1 Michael van Gerwen 10pts; 2 Raymond van Barneveld 10pts; 3 Phil Taylor 8pts; 4 James Wade 8pts; 5 Andy Hamilton 8pts; 6 Robert Thornton 7pts; 7 Simon Whitlock 6pts; 8 Adrian Lewis 5pts; 9 Gary Anderson 5pts; 10 Wes Newton 3pts.