Premier League Darts: Nathan Aspinall beat Michael van Gerwen
Nathan Aspinall inflicted Michael van Gerwen’s first Premier League defeat of the year but it was by going top of the table with victory over Gary 34, Glen Durrant who stole the show.
Duzza is currently making his debut at the competition right after appearing as a contender last year and the winner of the competition with Anderson of Durrant was confronted with the carrot of leading the early standings after Aspinall beat Van Gerwen.
It had been as the first stages of this season’s competition have provided lots of play, but the win over MVG of Aspinall was equally impressive.
Thursday night was no different using a group of results that mean top and bottom are separated by only four points.
Daryl Gurney has to win a match, although Peter Wright and Premier League runners-up Michael Smith claimed their first wins of the year, and he secured his first stage with a draw Gerwyn Price.
Aspinall was in good form. The Asp finally disagrees with a 7-5 victory that sees him flat your head to head against the Dutchman and draw level with him on four points.
A finish gave Aspinall the burst of throw following the group had split the first two legs and also The Asp consolidated to depart the world Number 1.
It looked as though the chance of Aspinall may have gone when a missed a dart at bullseye and Van Gerwen was given a chance by a second break of throw.
But another greatest assisted before a trademark Van Gerwen burst saw him win three arms around the rebound to lead since the opening leg of this contest for the first time Aspinall to lead 4-2.
The game become Van Gerwen’s two missed darts along with a best-of-three shoot-out at dual were to prove costly after Aspinall levelled. His double was trapped by asp kept his cool to flip one stage into also a memorable win and two.
Duzza capped a dream start by claiming a win of this season as a result of another magnificent display of completing and maintaining his unbeaten record.
Having defeated Smith on the opening night with a stellar screen on the outside ring, Durrant’s finishing abandoned him in a 6-6 draw with Fallon Sherrock a week, however he had been back to his best with all six mix finishes setting up a 7-4 win over prior Premier League champ Anderson.
Having pinned double one for the opener, Duzza was callous fashion to clean 85 up for a premature rest of throw and a 2-0 lead.
With Anderson struggling to find his array, the BDO world champion was given a 3-0 advantage by a grasp of throw before the Flying Scotsman stopped the corrosion.
Two more followed for Durrant, a 12-dart fracture of throw and also a dazzling 107 ending took him within two of points until a 122 in the seventh leg plus a break kickstarted Anderson’s mini-burst back,
Another saw before Duzza grabbed a point to preserve his unbeaten 16, Anderson draw and then maintained the leg he needed to go top of the heap.
The reigning world champion came out on top from the world champion, together with Wright victory enough to secure his first two points of the season’s Premier League.
Cross scrapped his way throughout the game to force a decider, although the scoreline scarcely did the game justice with Wright averaging nearly 30 points more than his competitor for the vast majority of the competition.
Snakebite raced from the traps, averaging 118 to acquire the opening couple of legs, including a break of throw against a struggling Voltage, who dropped just 68 for the opening set.
The guy from Hastings stopped the corrosion after Wright had secured a leg over the bounce and Cross left handed with a 127 finish , after a double was missed his first two darts by Snakebite.
Together with the shortage at a single, Wright ploughed on to take the following two legs until another Cross outlier – a classy 80 finish – dragged the 2018 world champion back to. Snakebite finally got holding a Voltage comeback that saw the most improbable of things threatens .
Clayton became the most current Challenger to develop short, walking into a Bully Boy whirlwind that saw him secure a first win of the competition of the year.
Smith averaged over 105, hit 64 percent of his darts and took out two enormous ends on his way.
A switch of walk-on music for Clayton watched him serenaded to the point by a Cardiff crowd who roared along to Tom Jones and Delilah, and the Ferret reacted by carrying the opening leg of this contest – but that has been as good as it got for the man from Llanelli.
Smith has proven some stunning bursts of form on and off the TV stage this past year and he exploded into life to throw seven thighs on the bounce, a brilliant 167 on the bullseye the highlight after Clayton had seen two or three opportunities for another leg move begging.
The Ferret was averaging more than 100 himself however four missed darts at cost him across the five arms, and he wasn’t in the sixth as Bully Boy continued to power.
An break of throw procured then a dazzling 142 guaranteed a victory that was thorough and Smith a point.
This was honours even in the contest between Wales and Northern Ireland, Gerwyn Price changing the colors of his top to pleasure the Cardiff audience.
He promised that they went home with at least a draw after Clayton’s conquer thanks to another fighting performance, winning a last-leg decider for its third successive week and procuring some point.
While Price has been forced to battle throughout the opening two nights, Gurney has been out of sorts and also for the second of three weeks, had to carry on a crowd.
Having chosen on Gary Anderson at Aberdeen, Price at Cardiff was another test and the man from Derry dealt tirelessly bringing his best performance so far.
Gurney was in the ascendency throughout, keeping his nose and averaging just under 100 in the procedure.
Price was given a 5-4 lead by A break, however, Gurney reeled off the next two to secure a stage. Price was left having done it from Cross and Smith and needing the leg to take a point, the Iceman has been on the money again.
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Coverage of this Premier League continues on Sky Sports Action with William O’Connor carrying on Michael van Gerwen on Thursday, February 27 in Dublin at 7pm. Don’t forgetthe Premier League is about each Thursday all the way through until the Play-Offs at London on May 21.