Premier League Darts: Adrian Lewis still bottom after draw with Gary Anderson
Last Updated: 14/03/13 9:31pm
Adrian Lewis: Still bottom of the Premier League after draw with Gary Anderson
Adrian Lewis remains rooted to the foot of the McCoy's Premier League Darts table after he played out a 6-6 draw with Gary Anderson in Manchester.
Lewis recorded only his second positive result of the campaign but stayed bottom of the league standings, while Anderson is now two points clear of the drop zone, which is currently occupied by Lewis and Wes Newton.
Anderson started well, winning the first leg against the throw and consolidating the break in the second. Lewis then managed to get a leg on the board before two maximums helped him level things up.
Honours even for Lewis and Anderson
Both players began missing doubles but the scrappy contest stayed on throw until the end, with Anderson hitting a 10-darter in the final leg to secure the point.
"I had chances to break Adie in a few legs but didn't hit the doubles - Adrian did the same. But I'll take the draw, it's a point," Anderson told Sky Sports.
Lewis added: "He had chances to break me and I had chances to break him, but it just didn't happen."
Meanwhile, Newton's hopes of avoiding elimination took a blow as he slipped to a 7-4 defeat to world championship runner-up Michael van Gerwen.
Van Gerwen unstoppable again
Dutchman van Gerwen held throw in the first leg before the next six were taken against the arrows, with Newton hitting a 110 checkout and a 10-darter during the run.
Newton threw a second 10-darter to finally hold throw to level things up in the eight leg, but his opponent pulled away to win the contest, completing the victory in an 11th leg which Newton started with six perfect darts.
"Wes played a really good game. I think it was a fantastic game for the crowd and everyone at home," van Gerwen said.
"After Adrian Lewis beat me last week I played a great tournament in Minehead, (where I was) three times over the 100 average, and I continued that tonight. I think I've proved to everyone that I can play every game with a 100 average or more."