Dave Chisnall moved a point clear at the top of the Betway Premier League table with a sensational 7-2 win over Gary Anderson in Exeter on Thursday.
The Morecambe man’s unbeaten start to the season continued as he picked up his fourth win in five matches as he swept aside the new World Champion.
Chisnall landed six 180s and finished seven doubles from 12 attempts in a fine display as he averaged 110.78 to thrill the sell-out 4,500 crowd at the Westpoint Arena.
The 2014 Grand Slam of Darts runner-up established an early 2-0 lead before Scottish star Anderson hit back to 4-2, but Chisnall landed 180s in the next three legs as he stormed to victory.
“It feels great to be top of the table,” said Chisnall.
“I felt good coming into the game and against the World Champion I knew I had to do something special tonight.
I raise my game against the top boys and that showed tonight
“I played well last week against Kim and I took that on into this week, but played a little bit better and my practice is paying off. Once I got in front there was no looking back.
“People said to me that I needed to get the points early on because I’ve got the top boys going into the last few weeks (before Judgement Night) but I raise my game against the top boys, and that showed tonight.
“This sets me up nicely for the UK Open this weekend.”
Chisnall now sits a point clear of Michael van Gerwen, who also remained unbeaten but had to settle for a draw for a second successive week following his stalemate with Peter Wright.
Phil Taylor sits in third place on seven points after he extended his unbeaten run to four matches with a 7-5 comeback win over James Wade.
Kim Huybrechts claimed the first win of his debut Premier League season as he edged to a 7-5 win over reigning champion Raymond van Barneveld with Stephen Bunting also enjoying his maiden victory in the Premier League as he defeated Adrian Lewis 7-3 to bounce back from three successive losses.
The Betway Premier League continues next Thursday at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham where Chisnall takes on Bunting.
The players first head to the Coral UK Open at the Butlins Minehead Resort with the leading 32 qualifiers, including Chisnall, entering the ‘FA Cup of darts’ at Friday night’s third round stage.
The UK Open sees a field of 115 professional players joined by 32 Rileys Amateur Qualifiers.
The event, which runs until Sunday, is live on ITV4.