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Raymond van Barneveld continued his impressive start in the McCoy’s Premier League with victory over Wes Newton in Aberdeen, while Michael van Gerwen and Robert Thornton played out an exciting draw to remain unbeaten after the first two weeks.

‘Barney’ averaged over 100 for the second consecutive week as he cruised to a 7-2 victory over Wes Newton.

van Gerwen and Thornton grabbed a point each in a high quality affair, which saw all twelve legs go with the throw.

There was disappointment for James Wade and Simon Whitlock however, as they lost out to Andy Hamilton and Gary Anderson respectively.

Phil Taylor defeated his World Cup team-mate Adrian Lewis in the night’s other match.

Week three sees the tournament reach Bournemouth, where van Gerwen and van Barneveld will do battle next Thursday.

Thornton faces Wes Newton, while Whitlock takes on Taylor.

Wade is up against Lewis.

By Chris Murphy

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