Premier League Darts: Awesome van Gerwen Continues Charge

Michael van Gerwen delighted Dublin with a brilliant victory over defending Premier League champion Raymond van Barneveld on Thursday evening.

The world number one remains unbeaten after eight weeks thanks to a fabulous triumph over his Dutch compatriot.

van Gerwen won 7-2 and averaged over 108 in a dazzling display, which saw him hit seven 180s, take out a 160 checkout and come agonisingly close to a nine-darter – missing double twelve for a perfect leg.

“I’ve missed a few nine-darters this year but the most important thing is two points on the board,” said van Gerwen, who won the tournament in 2013.

“Raymond played really well but I was a little bit sharper and I needed to be.

“It is always special to beat Raymond and I’m very happy that I haven’t lost yet. I want to keep it going.”

The pair exchanged 180s in the opening leg, which van Gerwen won before kicking off leg two with his second maximum. His third followed immediately, setting up the chance to complete a perfect leg. The 25-year-old  Dutch ace found the next two requisite trebles but narrowly missed double twelve, eventually completing a 10-darter to break.

van Gerwen then moved three legs clear before van Barneveld pulled a leg back.

Another 180 and an 84 finish saw van Gerwen increase his lead to 4-1. ‘Barney’ hit back again despite a sixth maximum from ‘Mighty Mike’, who bedded double eight to win the seventh leg and remain in control.

180 number seven helped the world number one break van Barneveld’s throw and guarantee his unbeaten record would remain in tact.

And he finished the job in sensational style with a spectacular 160 finish.

Top-of-the-table van Gerwen takes on James Wade in Manchester next Thursday.


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