Adrian Lewis takes step nearer to Premier League finals as rival Phil Taylor loses

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Adrian Lewis took a step closer to the Premier League darts play-offs after a 7-2 win over Robert Thornton.

But his Potteries rival Phil Taylor lost only his second game of the campaign in a 7-5 defeat to Peter Wright at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham.

Taylor, the 16-time world champion, opened the night’s proceedings against Scotsman Wright, who has in recent months had the measure over The Power.

Despite taking an early lead, including a break of throw, ‘Snakebite’ Wright fought back to take a 5-3 lead and he closed out the match to hand Taylor only his second defeat in the Premier League this year.

Lewis, who lost to Raymond Van Barneveld and Michael Van Gerwen in Bournemouth, bounced back to beat Robert Thornton 7-2.

He raced into a 6-1 lead before taking out 40 to take the win and move him closer to reaching the Premier League finals night at the 02 Arena in London next month.

Jackpot now sits three points ahead of nearest rivals James Wade and Wright on 17 points with just two games remaining against Taylor next week in Manchester before he closes out against World Champion Gary Anderson in Rotterdam in two weeks.

Taylor drops to second in the table behind world number one Van Gerwen on 22 points and will want to regain momentum against Lewis next week before ending the league campaign against the Dutchman in two weeks time.

(Additional reporting by Mark Blackburn)

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