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Premier League Darts: Van Gerwen Spoils Barney’s Party

MVG inflicted a birthday defeated on Raymond van Barneveld in Belfast

Michael van Gerwen, Premier League Darts 2017 - Leeds

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN was in no mood for giving out gifts as he stormed to a 7-2 victory against Raymond van Barneveld, denying his opponent a perfect 50th birthday celebration.

World number one Van Gerwen avenged his defeat against ‘Barney’ earlier in the season with a brilliant display in Belfast on Thursday.

The first four legs were shared before ‘Mighty Mike’ won the last five to effectively cement his place in the play-offs and remain at the top of the table.

“It was a good win and I did the job tonight,” said Van Gerwen. “I expected Raymond to play better on his birthday but there was only one winner tonight.

“He was not himself, I think it had to do with his birthday and the game against me put a bit of pressure on him on this day and he wasn’t as focused.

“It had to be difficult for Raymond but I had a job to do; I want to be top of the table again and I have to do my duty.

“I love to play well and that keeps me motivated. I’ve been top for the last three years and I want to do it again.”