MICHAEL VAN GERWEN came out on top after a Premier League classic with Gary Anderson in Newcastle on Thursday night.
The pair both averaged over 110 in a brilliant contest, which world number one Van Gerwen won 7-3 by taking the last five legs – after Anderson had taken out 170 to win the fifth leg despite the Dutchman firing in seven perfect darts.
The defending Premier League champion rattled in seven 180s – with each one worth £100 to Make A Wish Foundation – as he doubled his points tally for the season with two wins from his first three games.
“In the last two weeks I’ve not been at my best but Gary brings a little bit extra out of me,” said Van Gerwen, who takes on Daryl Gurney in Berlin next week.
“When you play like this against an opponent like Gary, it gives you a lot of confidence for the rest of the Premier League.
“I missed two darts to go 3-0 so I was a little bit annoyed with that, but I was so focused that I felt there was more in the game, and I showed it. I know now my A game and I want to do it more often.
“We were both phenomenal and we can both be happy with the performance, but it’s most important that I got the two points because I needed that to keep up with the players at the top of the table.
“I’ve had Rob Cross, Peter Wright and Gary Anderson and four points is not too bad.”
Van Gerwen will next be in action this weekend when the first two Players Championship events of 2018 get underway in Barnsley.