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Premier League Darts: van Gerwen Shares Spoils With Lewis

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN 6 – 6 Adrian Lewis

Michael van Gerwen shared a draw with Adrian Lewis after surrendering a 6-3 lead in Exeter on Thursday evening.

The reigning World Champion hit four 180s and threatened a nine-darter at one point but was denied a fourth victory of the season.

“Adrian came back very well and I struggled to finish the job,” admitted van Gerwen, who will compete in the UK Open finals on Friday.

“Neither of us played our best but it was still a very good, entertaining game and I hope the crowd and viewers enjoyed it.

“Getting another point on the board is the most important thing and I can now focus on the UK Open this weekend.”

Defending Premier League champion  van Gerwen got off to the perfect start by breaking the Lewis throw in the opening leg and he doubled his lead with a fabulous 111 finish.

The Dutchman kicked off the third leg with his first 180 but Lewis pinned double 18 to deny ‘Mighty Mike’ another break.

‘Jackpot’ then took out 80 to restore parity before firing in his first maximum en route to reeling off a third straight leg to take the lead.

Both players hit 180s in the sixth leg, which van Gerwen won by pinning double two.

The world number one then took out 68 to break Lewis’ throw and regain the lead, before kicking off the eighth leg with six perfect darts. He missed the seventh requisite treble towards perfection but went on to seal an eleven-darter, moving 5-3 ahead.

van Gerwen cleaned up 56 to ensure move within a leg of victory but Lewis bedded double eight to keep his hopes of salvaging a draw alive.

Lewis forced a decisive leg with a fine 110 checkout and then claimed a share of the spoils by pegging double 18.

By Chris Murphy

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