Michael van Gerwen finished top of the Premier League Darts table for the second consecutive year after ending the league phase in style.
The Dutchman, who will defend his title at London’s O2 next Thursday, defeated Peter Wright 7-5 in Brighton – with the aid of a sensational 110 average.
van Gerwen will face Gary Anderson in the semi-finals at next week’s play-offs.
“I’m very proud of myself for finishing top of the table again,” said the world number one.
“It is not an easy thing to do as there are so many great players in this tournament.
“But finishing first means nothing if you don’t go on to win it so I hope I can do that next week.
“I played really well tonight and if I carry that on at The O2 then I’ll have a great chance.
“Gary Anderson beat me last time we played so that gives me an extra motivation.”
The first two legs were shared before van Gerwen won an eventful leg three, hitting two 180s before completing a fine 11-darter to break after his opponent has missed a dart at bullseye for a 161 finish.
The World Champion then took out 88 in two darts to move 3-1 in front, only to see Wright successfully convert a spectacular 161 checkout.
van Gerwen then cleaned up 64 before punishing ‘Snakebite’ for two missed darts at doubles to break and go three legs clear.
The pair then exchanged breaks of throw, with van Gerwen taking out 87 to make it 6-3, but Wright broke back again in another leg that saw him miss the bull for a 161.
He then held to force a deciding leg, which van Gerwen kicked off with his fourth maximum before finishing the job on double 16.
By Chris Murphy
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