Premier League Darts: Michael van Gerwen too strong for Daryl Gurney; Rob Cross also victorious
Michael van Gerwen dished out a 7-1 Beating of Daryl Gurney while in a tartan tear-up, World Cup team-mates Gary Anderson and Peter Wright shared the spoils to a thrilling night of Premier League Darts in Nottingham.
On a night which saw Fallon Sherrock go back to the TV point with a dazzling attraction from Glen Durrant, Van Gerwen functioned up a screen which underlined why he remains the game’s major draw.
The five-time Premier League winner can also be pursuing a fifth crown succession and he followed up last week’s triumph over Peter Wright having a dominant 7-1 victory over Superchin, a man who had defeated him twice in the league period this past year.
Gerwyn Price was leaping for joy later he produced a thrilling fightback to grab a share of the spoils against Michael Smith, however the St Helens thrower will be thinking about how he pulled it away after missing 2 game darts.
Despite not being at his very best for the second week running, Rob Cross remains unbeaten after he spat Nathan Aspinall with a 94.7 typical, three 180s along with 2 ton-plus checkouts.
MvG is in unknown territory having not won a title up to now from 2020, however his Premier League pedigree isn’t in question and he underlined that fact by cruising past Gurney who was hardly given a tease.
The Dutchman dropped the World Championship final on New Year’s Day and has been beaten in the Masters a fortnight ago, although the Pro Tour season started last weekend without a name for Van Gerwen, but wins over Wright and Gurney have caught him off to the ideal start from the 16-night slog to reach The O2.
Victory was never in doubt from the minute Van Gerwen broke Gurney in the opening leg of this game from 13 darts, also followed by punishing Superchin’s missed opportunities with a dazzling 104 finish.
Onwards MvG ploughed, a 14-dart fracture followed by a clinical finishing that left his opponent staring in an whitewash and took him four legs clear.
After Gurney failed to extract 141, Van Gerwen immobilized double 16 to get a third break in series to get a 5-0 lead and then secured a stage using a clinical 72 to depart the guy from Derry slowing the barrel.
To his credit, Superchin hung on, stopping the rust to take out double six, but it merely delayed the inevitable as Van Gerwen maintained the following leg for a dominant victory.
Remarkably after two weeks, Van Gerwen is the only member of this nine-player area with two wins from two matches, meaning the remainder are playing with catch-up to a guy who’s topped the league stage in all eight seasons he’s played.
Reigning world champion Wright appeared to possess twinged his sprained ankle throughout his typical dance routine on point and it seemed to hinder his motion whilst projecting in the plank.
Regardless of this, Wright remained with Anderson through the first phases of the battle which was raining 180s galore. He landed 11-darter prior to which makes it three legs on the rebound to maneuver up 4-2.
Anderson stopped the rot in the leg prior to taking out 70 to make everything square as they entered the business end of this competition. After sinking 64 in three 16, and also the Premier League winner up.
‘Snakebite’ rescued the 10th leg after nailing shirts, however, it was Anderson who was applying the squeeze by pinning D20 to get a bonded point. In 12 darts to get a point , Wright took a 101 in a finished leg.
Aspinall was here as a competition last year but ended up getting thrashed 7-2 by Michael Smith. He also came out determined to make amends, but equally players started poorly prior to the Stockport thrower awakened with a fantastic 13-dart leg.
The world champion responded to D18 in the most effective possible way thanks by landing his old friend 36 to the second leg 30,, and that he moved 3-2 up.
A 12-darter 84 voucher from’The Asp’ made it a level playing field as the contest started to bubble. Where he drifted D6 to get a rest of throw A 159 place him in control of the following leg. Aspinall was averaging a smidgen over a bunch but Cross flipped it on with a glorious 116 end to wrestle the throw back into a tit-for-tat experience.
In 6-5 into Cross, the Hastings man found a way to conquer Aspinall using a cool 112 end to stay unbeaten.
By hitting maximums smith started and he struck seven darts before missing T19 together with his arrow that was eighth at the leg. He still cleaned D4 to get a rest of throw striking a great 140 to move 3-1 forward and take charge of the game.
A leg place’Bully Boy’ 4-2 upwards and that he averaged close to criteria that are world-record.
He seemed on course to wrap up all three points when he proceeded to inside a leg of success, but Welshman Price responded by reeling off four arms around the twist to catch an improbable draw with Smith left scratching his head as to just how he didn’t win.
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Coverage of this Premier League continues on Thursday, February 20 in Cardiff at 7pm on Sky Sports Action & Sky Sports Main Event with Jonny’The Ferret’ Clayton up against Michael Smith. Do not forget, the coverage continues during until the Play-Offs in London on May 21.