Premier League: Michael van Gerwen returns to the top

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Premier League: Michael van Gerwen
Source: Sky Sports

Michael van Gerwen finished the first day of the resumption of the Premier League on top of the table. He is looking to win a record sixth Premier League title. The Premier League is set to allow fans in attendance after restrictions have been reduced. MCG hammered James Wade 7-3 while Nathan Aspinall and Dimitri Van den Bergh were beaten. The Dutchman now has a four-point lead over fifth place in a race to the playoffs. Michael van Gerwen missed the playoffs of the Premier League last year but has now won three consecutive games to bring back hopes of a sixth title.

Gary Anderson produced another scintillating display after the highest televised average of his career on Thursday. He reignited his top-four hopes with a win over Dimitri Van den Bergh. Consecutive victories against Peter Wright ad Van den bergh mean he is three points behind the playoff cutoff. He was languishing at the bottom of the table before the two wins. The Scot, who has reached the last four the last six times he has featured in the competition, averaged almost 108, hit six 180s, and took out eight of his 10 darts at double.

Jonny Clayton edged top of the table Nathan Aspinall to knock the latter of the perch. Clayton held off a late fightback by Aspinall who had a good chance of salvaging a point. The match was tied at 2-2 before Clayton broke Aspinall’s serve and was set to run away with the match. After Van Gerwen’s victory, Aspinall knew he needed a win to stay level on points with the Dutchman, but he missed a dart at double top for a share of the spoils to allow Clayton to nip in and pinch the victory. Jose De Sousa tightened his grip on a play-off place with an 8-1 victory over a beleaguered Peter Wright whose Premier League struggles look set to go on.

 

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