Raymond van Barneveld rolled back the years on an emotional night in Rotterdam.
He produced a virtuoso performance in front of a 10,000 strong Barney Army in Holland to win the all Unicorn clash with Gary Anderson 7-2 to move into the top four.
"It was an amazing experience. I was so focused. I knew that I could not let the crowd down. The Orange Army was an incredible sight. I desperately wanted to play well and was nervous all day but that was a great performance and I can look forward to challenging for the play-offs," he said.
It was a big win for Barney and finally stops the rot after a run of 11 consecutive defeats against Anderson. This was the night for the darling of Dutch darts.
Anderson was always going to be up against it in front of a partisan crowd and so it proved. Van Barneveld raced into a 3-0 lead with 3 maximums, plus 12 and 13 darters.
The Scot stopped the rot and then just missed D9 for a 138 finish. Barney punished him and then banged in a brilliant 156 check-out for 5-1. Anderson replied with a 108 finish, only for the Dutch ace to reply with a fabulous 10 darter and he won the match on D16 with a 104 average and 7/10 on the doubles. It was a result that saw Anderson tumble down the table from 3rd to 7th.
It was some performance from Barney. It was some night!
Well, it could turn out to be a pivotal night for James Wade as the Unicorn man silenced the crowd with a 7-3 victory over Dutchman Jelle Klaasen. He is now third in the PL table.
Wade was never really in any trouble and he put in a professional performance against an injured opponent. Klaasen is struggling with tendonitis in the wrist on his throwing hand.
There were five breaks of throw in the opening six legs, but Wade kept picking out the doubles to lead 5-3. And when Klaasen missed five darts to get within a leg, the game was up and Wade then closed out a crucial victory with a cool 71 finish.
But it looks like the game is up for Kim Huybrechts, who is facing Premier League elimination.
The Unicorn Belgian ace slipped to a 7-3 defeat against Adrian Lewis. He now needs to win his last two games before the cut off and hope that Dave Chisnall loses his last two matches.
There was a bit of needle between Huybrechts and Lewis and Kim lost focus after starting so well. He went 3-1 in front with finishes of 72, 80 and 89, but then lost six consecutive legs. Lewis hit three consecutive 12 darters and took control.
Elsewhere, Michael van Gerwen came from 0-3 down to beat Phil Taylor 7-4 and Peter Wright stayed top of the table after beating Dave Chisnall by the same score.
James Wade 7-3 Jelle Klaasen
Peter Wright 7-4 Dave Chisnall
Raymond van Barneveld 7-2 Gary Anderson
Kim Huybrechts 3-7 Adrian Lewis
Phil Taylor 4-7 Michael van Gerwen
1 - Peter Wright 11pts
2 - Michael van Gerwen 10pts
3 - James Wade 8pts
4 - Raymond van Barneveld 8pts
5 - Adrian Lewis 7pts
6 - Phil Taylor 7pts
7 - Gary Anderson 7pts
8 - Dave Chisnall 6pts
9 - Kim Huybrechts 3pts
10 - Jelle Klaasen 3pts
Report from STUART PYKE
Photo courtesy Lawrence Lustig / PDC