Stoke’s Phil Taylor defeats Jelle Klaassen in Cardiff

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Stoke’s Phil Taylor beat Dutchman Jelle Klaasen 7-5 in last night’s Darts Premier League, hitting an average of 97.5%.

Klaasen had already been eliminated from this year’s League, so was playing for pride alone, while Taylor is fighting for a top four play-off place.

Taylor is currently lying equal fourth on the same points as Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis.

Taylor started the game poorly going 4-1 down, however The Power came fighting back to win four legs on the bounce and hold off Klaasen for a 7-5 win.

It was clear to darting fans that Klaasen had a problem with his wrist that was causing him some discomfort.

The Cardiff fans came out in their numbers to watch their darting heroes, creating a spectacular noisy and boisterous atmosphere, spurring the players on.

The rest of the night saw world number two Gary Anderson beat Stoke’s Adrian Lewis very convincingly, with a 7-3 win, a 107 average and 77% checkout, a superior performance from the flying Scotsman.

Raymond Van Barneveld kept up fine form with a 7-2 win over Englishmen James Wade.

The final match saw Michael Van Gerwen hammer Dave Chisnall 7-1, with three 180s, a 104 average and 50% on the doubles, returning him to the top of the premier league table.

However last night’s result are shadowed in the news of premier league player Kim Huybrechts’ mother Gaby sadly passing away, with the darting community paying their respects.

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