MICHAEL VAN GERWEN reeled off seven straight legs to defeat Michael Smith in Glasgow as he move two points ahead of his opponent at the top of the Unibet Premier League Darts table.
Van Gerwen, who has never failed to finish first in the league phase, lost the first two legs but recovered to hit finishes of 148, 116 and 107 in a convincing win.
“I wouldn’t say it’s the best of my performances but I am not making many mistakes,” said the world number one. “I’m doing okay but I’m winning my games and sometimes that’s a strong point.
“In the first two legs tonight I couldn’t find the treble and I was trying too hard, but at the end of the day I got the two points and that’s the most important thing.
“Michael has played well – he’s a huge talent and it’s second in the rankings for nothing but if you look at his tournament average I knew I could get the points tonight.
“To finish at the top of the league table is harder than winning the tournament in my opinion so I want to keep going and keep winning.”