MICHAEL VAN GERWEN defeated James Wade in a ruthless and spectacular fashion to clinch victory in one of the Premier League’s best ever battles in Dublin on Thursday.
The world number one produced a sublime 138 finish in the decisive twelfth leg with Wade waiting on 41 points, which would have earned him a draw.
Van Gerwen ended the game with a 113.62 average to Wade’s impressive 110.82, and the World Champion said: “A good game comes from two players and James was phenomenal, and I want to give all credit to him.
“It was probably James’ highest average in a long time, so I’m really glad I won it in the end. After I was 4-2 down I knew I had to do something extra if I was going to win the game, and I did that.
“Somehow I managed to do the 171 and the 138 when he was on 41 after nine darts. That takes a lot of capability, pressure and confidence to do that. I’m really glad I won this game and I needed it.”