Michael van Gerwen has become the winner of the day in the Premier League for the second week in a row. De Brabander was the strongest on Thursday in Exeter, England, where he defeated Jonny Clayton 6-3 in the final.
Van Gerwen immediately had a break lead in the final. He held the number three in the world until 4-2, but then Clayton broke back.
In the eighth leg, Van Gerwen struck again with a finish of 106, after which he was allowed to throw for the day victory. The Dutchman did not fail in his own leg and decided the game by throwing 61.
The 33-year-old Van Gerwen scored an average of 97.45 per three arrows in the final. Clayton set an average of 96.22 against that.
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Van Gerwen battled past Price and Aspinall
Earlier in the evening, Van Gerwen fought his way past Nathan Aspinall in the semi-final: 6-4. In the quarter-finals he turned a 1-3 deficit against Gerwyn Price: 6-3. In the early stages of that match, ‘Mighty Mike’ mainly failed on his doubles. In the first four legs he only used one of his eighteen chances to throw out a leg.
Van Gerwen became the day winner in the Premier League for the first time this season in the fourth round in Dublin last week. As a result, the three-time world champion also took the lead in the standings.
Since last year, the Premier League Darts has had a format with quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final battle every night. The better you perform, the more points you get for the leaderboard.