Andy Hamilton goes into his match against Simon Whitlock on week seven of the Premier League hoping to build on his victory against the 16-time world champion Phil Taylor in Manchester seven days ago.
The Hammer was at his very best as he despatched Taylor 7-3 to inflict his fellow Stoke player’s second consecutive win in this competition.
It was also his second win over the world number one in the same week after also beating him the Sunday before in Mainhead in the UK Masters quarterfinal. His win in Manchester brought up just his third career win over the Power.
Hamilton and Whitlock are both currently locked on six points in the league table and sit three points above the elimination zone, which makes this clash even more important as we edge towards the relegation stage of the tournament. The winner will climb closer towards the top of the pack though in a congested standings.
The Wizard is in really good form himself as he searches for his third straight win in Cardiff. He got off to a slow start to the 2013 competition but wins over James Wade and Wes Newton in recent weeks have helped him climb up the table where he currently sits in seventh place, one spot behind Hamilton who has a better leg difference.
The Australian checked out six ton plus finishes against the Machine in a high quality match that finished 7-4 in Whitlock’s favour.
Both players know all about playing in big games having both made it all the way to the World Darts Championship Final. They both exited in the last eight though in the 2013 renewal.