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Betway Premier League Week 4: Exeter Westpoint Arena

02 Mar | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Betway Premier League Week 4: Exeter Westpoint Arena

Betway Premier League Darts Arena Preview. The Westpoint Arena

Westpoint Arena – Exeter
Capacity: 7,500
Week 5
Thursday 5 March

Week Five. Westpoint Arena. Since 2009, this intimate arena in Clyst St Mary has played host to some of the most exhilarating Premier League Darts around, and this year is sure to be better than ever.

The serene Devon countryside is contrasted by the fast-paced intense darting action inside, especially when Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen go toe to toe at the oche, in a repeat of the 2014 World Championship Final, and let’s just say we expect it to get fiery, especially after the attempted mind-games in the league last year by ‘Snakebite’. Don’t miss a match-up with true European flavour either, as Holland vs. Belgium sees Raymond van Barneveld take on Kim Huybrechts.

Betway Premier League Rewind: Last year in Exeter…

Week 5 Thursday 6 March 2014

From 2010 to 2013, Westpoint hosted Week 4 of the darts, but 2014 saw it upgraded to Week 5 where it became Draw City. Of the five games on the night, the first three all ended 6-6. It started with World Championship finalist Peter Wright coming back from 3-1 down to share the points with Robert Thornton. It continued as five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld missed a dart in the deciding leg for the match, allowing Dave Chisnall to grab a point. And it was third draw lucky as Adrian Lewis clawed himself back from 6-3 down to 6-6 against reigning Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen, who seemed less than impressed by the result.

In the only two games not to be drawn, Phil Taylor continued his horrendous run of form – suffering his fourth defeat in five weeks. As opponent Gary Anderson said after his 7-5 win, “I was waiting for him to kick in”. He never did.

The final game of the evening was perhaps the most exciting. Despite sitting rock-bottom of the Premier League, Australian fan favourite Simon Whitlock downed opponent Robert Thornton 7-5, even picking up the highest checkout of the night with a 150 stunner. Thornton was playing his second match of the night after Wes Newton withdrew with illness, but after winning his first, he found the Wizard had too many tricks up his sleeve.

Full results:

Peter Wright 6-6 Robert Thornton 
Raymond van Barneveld 6-6 Dave Chisnall
Adrian Lewis 6-6 Michael van Gerwen
Phil Taylor 5-7 Gary Anderson
Simon Whitlock 7-5 Robert Thornton