Gerwyn Price beats Michael van Gerwen 6-1 in final to win Night Eight of Premier League Darts in Newcastle; Berlin hosts the ninth of 17 individual events on Thursday, March 30 with the Play-Offs returning to The O2 in London on Thursday, May 25
Last Updated: 23/03/23 11:16pm
Gerwyn Price put on a stunning display against Michael van Gerwen in the final on Night Eight in Newcastle to secure back-to-back Premier League Darts wins.
The Welshman hammered Van Gerwen 6-1 to follow up his success in Nottingham with another victory.
Price came out for the final and immediately found his groove, breaking the Dutchman in the opening leg and hitting a 67 per cent accuracy on the doubles as he broke twice more.
Although Van Gerwen fought back late on to break the throw and win a leg, Price’s class on the night was just too much as his 114.96 average helped him cruise to victory.
The win puts Price second in the table and edges him ever closer to a spot in the top four for the first time.
“The last eight-10 weeks, I have been playing really well and playing like that,” said Price.
“It is nice when you can play like that, especially against Michael, because you need those performances to win. I am grateful it happened in the final.
“I slipped up once in one leg and he won, so you can see how much you need to be on your game.
“Thankfully my game was there and I just wish I won 6-0.”
Price had earlier silenced the Newcastle crowd after grinding out a 6-4 victory over home favourite Chris Dobey in the semi-finals.
Premier League – Night 8 in Newcastle Results
|Quarter-finals||Michael van Gerwen||6-5||Peter Wright|
|Nathan Aspinall||6-5||Dimitri Van den Bergh|
|Gerwyn Price||6-1||Jonny Clayton|
|Michael Smith||4-6||Chris Dobey|
|Semi-finals||Michael van Gerwen||6-0||Nathan Aspinall|
|Gerwyn Price||6-4||Chris Dobey|
|Final||Michael van Gerwen||1-6||Gerwyn Price|
Dobey and Price traded breaks of throw for the opening four legs before the Welshman found a crucial hold, breaking again late on.
His night in the north-east had earlier got going with a 6-1 annihilation of Jonny Clayton in an all-Welsh affair, two breaks of throw and incredible efficiency on the trebles sealing a big win.
Van Gerwen’s route to the final featured a 6-0 whitewash over Nathan Aspinall in the semi-finals,
The Asp failed to find his rhythm, and the Green Machine only needed one maximum for the victory, nine 140s instead helping to seal the win.
Van Gerwen also held off a late Peter Wright comeback to take the first quarter-final of the evening 6-5 in a final-leg decider.
Despite Wright breaking Van Gerwen twice and hitting three maximums in four legs, an incredible 150 finish from the Dutchman took away Wright’s chance at taking some much needed points.
In the night’s other quarter-finals, Dobey got his hometown night off to the perfect start as he rallied to beat world champion Michael Smith 6-4, while Aspinall got his first win over Dimitri Van den Bergh in over three years courtesy of a 6-5 final leg decider.
Where are we heading next?
Night 9 in Berlin: Thursday, March 30th
|Quarter-Finals||Dimitri Van den Bergh vs Michael Smith|
|Nathan Aspinall vs Chris Dobey|
|Jonny Clayton vs Michael van Gerwen|
|Peter Wright vs Gerwyn Price|
The Premier League roadshow heads to the Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin on Thursday, March 30 for Night Nine of the league phase.
World champion Smith will lock horns with Van den Bergh in the opening quarter-final, before Aspinall and Dobey go head to head.
2023 Premier League Schedule
|Night 9||Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin||March 30|
|Night 10||Utilita Arena, Birmingham||April 6|
|Night 11||M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool||April 13|
|Night 12||Rotterdam Ahoy||April 20|
|Night 13||First Direct Arena, Leeds||April 27|
|Night 14||AO Arena, Manchester||May 4|
|Night 15||Utilita Arena, Sheffield||May 11|
|Night 16||P&J Live, Aberdeen||May 18|
|Play-Offs||The O2, London||May 25|
We’re back for more Premier League Darts action from the Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin on Thursday, March 30- live on Sky Sports Action & Sky Sports Main Event from 7pm.
Source : Sky Sports