Irresistible Taylor shortened for Premier League Crown
Phil Taylor, with a 112-dart average, continued his incredible run of form at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on Thursday night. The fifteen-time world champion powered his way to a scintillating 8-4 victory over Raymond Van Barneveld and is now the 11/10 (from 11/8) favourite with William Hill for the 2012 McCoy's Premier League.
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.
The current world champion Adrian Lewis battled back to draw 7-7 with 'The Hammer' Andy Hamilton. Lewis, who has drawn his last 2 matches, has been pushed out from 7/2 out 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.
'There seems to be nothing 'The Power' can't do with a set of darts,' said William Hill spokesman Tony Kenny, '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 betting odds: 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 - all 8 quoted - odds supplied by William Hill - the official betting partner of the McCoy's Premier League.