James Wade is the first winner in this year’s Premier League seeing off Raymond Van Barneveld 7-4.
‘The Machine’ averaged 99 and hit four 180’s en route to a win over the Dutch legend. Wade began the first match of the night by firing in two 180’s before claiming the leg with Barney missing early chances.
Missed doubles were a theme of the contest for Barney. This allowed the Aldershot ace to go two-one up with him missing two at double sixteen. Barney came back and smashed in a 104 checkout to make it two-all but was once again frustrated with Wade regaining the upper hand.
He gained the lead though going 4-3 up but from there he didn’t win another leg with Wade claiming the win. This was done with a brilliant 124 checkout on the bull to get his first Premier League points on the board.
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Night One schedule
James Wade (99.24) 7-4 (95.15) Raymond van Barneveld
Gerwyn Price v Daryl Gurney
Chris Dobey v Mensur Suljovic
Michael van Gerwen v Michael Smith
Peter Wright v Rob Cross
Tags: James Wade, Premier League Darts 2019
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Author: Samuel Gill