MICHAEL VAN GERWEN is still the Premier League Darts Champion.
The world number one successfully defended his title in dramatic style after surviving six missed match darts from Peter Wright in Thursday’s final.
Van Gerwen had earlier defeated Gary Anderson in the last four at London’s O2 to reach his fifth decider in as many years.
It looked like it was destined to be Wright’s night, however, when the Scotsman raced into a 7-2 lead.
But the World Champion rallied back brilliantly to level up at 8-8 and 9-9.
Wright edged back ahead with a 96 finish and then left 32 after nine-darts in the following leg to set up the chance to win the title.
‘Snakebite’ squandered six darts to seal glory and Van Gerwen punished in typically ruthless fashion, levelling and then producing a 12-darter to claim victory for the third time.
“It’s a fantastic moment for me,” said Van Gerwen. “I think that was a great final and I’m really glad I can walk away with this trophy again.
“I missed a few chances and Peter finished well, he did what he had to do but after the break I played really well and I had a great comeback.
“Peter started playing well again and I don’t know how he missed six darts for the match. A player of his quality normally hits the double, but for some reason he missed them. This was a really crazy game.
“Peter was really close today but I kept myself relaxed and stepped in at the right moment. It’s been great, absolutely fantastic.”
Van Gerwen had begun the night with a 10-7 win over Anderson as the world’s top two ranked players clashed at the semi-final stage.
Van Gerwen had pulled clear from seven-all to claim his spot in the decider, despite Anderson firing in seven 180s and a 160 checkout, before then seeing Wright and Taylor fight out a tension-filled 19-leg semi-final.