Result: Phil Taylor whitewashed by Michael van Gerwen

Phil Taylor is whitewashed on the opening night of the Betway Premier League by world champion Michael van Gerwen.

Darts world champion Michael van Gerwen has whitewashed Phil Taylor on the opening night of the Betway Premier League.

The world number one raced into a 7-0 lead in the best of 12 clash at Liverpool's Echo Arena, with 'The Power' failing to register a single leg.

Victory for the 24-year-old, who won four legs against the throw averaging 109.59, takes him to the top of the early table standings.

Elsewhere, Dave Chisnall beat Robert Thornton 7-5, while there was also victories for Peter Wright and Raymond van Barneveld, who saw off Wes Newton and Gary Anderson respectively.

The final match of the night sees Simon Whitlock face former World Champion Adrian Lewis.

Michael van Gerwen of the Netherlands in action during his quarter-final match Clinton Bridge of Australia against during day two of the Sydney Darts Masters on August 30, 2013
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