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Newton out of Premier League as MVG stuns Whitlock

ESPN staff
April 3, 2014
Dave Chisnall came from behind to avoid elimination © Getty Images

Wes Newton suffered elimination from the Premier League for the second year in a row after he was beaten 7-5 by Dave Chisnall.

The bottom two players after nine weeks of play to be eliminated, a format introduced last year, had been Newton and Gary Anderson in 2013, and once again Newton is one of the names to have fallen on judgement night, this time alongside Simon Whitlock.

Whitlock was eliminated last week, and the final spot was between Chisnall, Newton and Robert Thornton. And it was Chisnall who edged out Newton in a tense battle to survive.

Newton led 5-4 and was one leg away from sending Chisnall out, but 'Chizzy' dug deep to claim three legs on the spin to keep his debut appearance in the Premier League going.

Reigning world and Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen staged a tremendous fightback against Whitlock to draw 6-6.

Playing in his final match in this year's competition, Whitlock led 6-2 with top finishes of 116 and a fine 170. However, Van Gerwen with three ton-plus finishes managed to salvage a point to win four consecutive legs and avoid defeat.

Raymond van Barneveld and Adrian Lewis also shared the points in a 6-6 draw, with Lewis blowing a 4-1 advantage, as well as missing match darts at double top and double 19.

Phil Taylor continued his recovery with a dominant 7-4 victory over Robert Thornton. Six-time champion Taylor had lost three of his first four matches of the competition, but with his fourth victory in five weeks is now one point off one of the play-off places.

Peter Wright got the better of fellow Scot Gary Anderson 7-5. The world championship runner-up trailed throughout the encounter as Anderson led on throw, but he secured the all-important break in the 11th leg to move 6-5 in front after Anderson missed three darts. Wright then sealed victory on double five to collect his fifth win in his debut at the event.

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