MICHAEL VAN GERWEN made it eight consecutive victories in the Unibet Premier League with a comfortable success over Simon Whitlock in Sheffield.
The world number one increased his lead at the top of the table to four points with a 7-1 triumph on Thursday evening.
The Dutchman heads to next week’s double-header in Rotterdam in fine form as he bids to win the league phase for a sixth straight season.
“It’s another two points for me and I think I played a steady game and had some good finishing, so I can’t complain.
“It wasn’t easy, especially at the beginning because Simon played well but you have to be strong and that’s what I did, especially with my finishing. The 121 and 106 were important and they came at lovely moments.
“I was still above the 100 average and you want more – I was at 108 for most of the game – but I got the win and that’s the most important thing.
“I want to be in the semi-finals and to be top of the table so I hope I can do some more great things in the next six games.”