Darts Premier League – but no Stokies on show!

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This is the 14th year of the darts Premier League, but for the first time there was no player from Stoke-on-Trent.

The previous competitions have all included all time great, Phil Taylor, who retired earlier this year.

Adrian Lewis has also competed 10 times but missed out this year after losing his position in the world’s top 10.

So, for the first time in its history, the Premier League tournament has no representation from Stoke-On-Trent.

Nonetheless, it was a fantastic night of darts at the First Direct Arena in Leeds. More than 8,000 people attended as Michael Van Gerwen moved to the top of the table with a 7-4 win over Simon Whitlock.

Although Whitlock wasted a number of good opportunities to put the world number one in serious trouble, Van Gerwen was not at his best. This is perhaps because he is used to playing in the final match of the evening and this time went first.

In the other matches, Raymond van Barneveld came back from 5-3 down to beat Gerwyn Price 7-5.

Mensur Suljovic continued his good run of form by demolishing world number two Peter Wright by seven legs to one.

Daryl Gurney missed two match darts against recent UK Open champion Gary Anderson in a game that ended in a 6-6 draw.

In the final match of the day, Michael Smith, who began the evening as Premier League leader with four wins in four games, got off to a good start against world champion Rob Cross. Cross was 5-3 down but a fantastic late surge saw him come back to win 7-5 and move up into 4th place overall.

Cross won the final leg with a 121 on the bullseye to put an end to a spectacular night of darts.

Local fans will all be hoping that Adrian Lewis returns to form this year and qualifies for a place in a Premier League that feels somewhat empty without a representative from Stoke-On-Trent.

 

Full results:
Michael van Gerwen 7-4 Simon Whitlock
Gerwyn Price 5-7 Raymond van Barneveld
Peter Wright 1-7 Mensur Suljovic
Gary Anderson 6-6 Daryl Gurney
Rob Cross 7-5 Michael Smith

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