Adrian Lewis triumphs in Stoke darts derby against Phil Taylor

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Phil Taylor was knocked off the top of the Premier League table as fellow Stokie Adrian Lewis eased to an important 7-4 victory in Glasgow.

It was the first loss of the 2017 Premier League season for Taylor, as he dropped to third in the table, while Lewis jumped out of the bottom two.

After deciding to skip the UK Open last week, Taylor started well, immediately breaking the throw of Lewis, only for his understudy to break straight back.

The players then exchanged holds of throw before Lewis, who hit seven 180s on the night, broke again in the eighth leg.

The six-time champion Taylor looked uncharacteristically poor hitting the doubles, landing only 29% of those attempted, and so the often inconsistent Lewis was able to see out the match.

Elsewhere on the night, last week’s UK Open champion Peter Wright moved to the top of the table after he edged out James Wade 7-5, while Michael Van Gerwen returned from injury to beat Kim Huybrechts.

Raymond Van Barneveld came from 4-1 down to beat Jelle Klaasen 7-5, and Scotland’s Gary Anderson eased to a 7-3 victory against Dave Chisnall in the final match of the night.

The Premier League season continues next Thursday as the world’s best players head to Rotterdam, where Taylor faces off against Van Gerwen and Lewis plays Huybrechts.

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