Smith hits perfection as Price routs Wright

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Michael Smith celebrates his nine-darter
Michael Smith celebrates his nine-darter

Michael Smith hit a nine-dart finish as he overcame Daryl Gurney, while Gerwyn Price routed Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen beat home-favourite William O’Connor to move top on an action-packed Premier League night in Dublin.

Meanwhile, there were wins for Gary Anderson and Nathan Aspinall, who recorded 7-5 victories over Rob Cross and Glen Durrant respectively.

Night Four Results: 3Arena, Dublin

Glen Durrant 5-7 Nathan Aspinall
Rob Cross 5-7 Gary Anderson
Daryl Gurney 5-7 Michael Smith
William O’Connor 4-7 Michael van Gerwen
Gerwyn Price 7-1 Peter Wright

Smith hits perfect leg en route to victory

Not many in the capacity congregation were expecting such fireworks, as Smith’s match with Gurney entered the fourth leg. But boy, did Smith delight the Dublin crowd.

His back-to-back 180s, followed by a 141 checkout brought the house down.

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Smith hit the first Premier League nine-darter since Adrian Lewis in 2017
Smith hit the first Premier League nine-darter since Adrian Lewis in 2017

However, while he may have felt on top of the world, he still had a great deal of work to do with the players locked at 2-2.

Smith perhaps struggled to re-settle, and a scrap broke out as Gurney battled in his bid to move off the bottom of the table.

Nonetheless, the ‘Bully Boy’ eventually caught the wave of momentum generated by his perfect leg, and edged to a 7-5 victory.

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Smith said his nine-darter was a present for his dad for all the support he has given him
Smith said his nine-darter was a present for his dad for all the support he has given him

Price flexes his muscle

Were it not for Smith’s heroics, Price’s ruthless 7-1 dispatching of world champion Wright would have led all the headlines from the Premier League’s visit to the Irish capital.

The back-to-back Grand Slam winner averaged 98.75 and hit 7/16 on doubles, as the below-par ‘Snakebite’ failed to muster a response on the Irish oche.

Price remains unbeaten, and arguably the most in-form player in world darts. Unbeaten in the Premier League after four rounds, he has reached three of the six finals in the Players Championship thus far in 2020.

The Price is certainly right at the moment.

Gerwyn Price stormed to a surprisingly facile triumph
Gerwyn Price stormed to a surprisingly facile triumph

MVG silences the crowd to move top

O’Connor received a rapturous reception in Dublin, as he walked out to ‘Zombie’ by The Cranberries – a band hailing from his home county of Limerick. The atmosphere was electric.

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William O’Connor was given a hero’s welcome
William O’Connor was given a hero’s welcome

Despite facing a chorus of boos, it was Van Gerwen who settled first, taking a break in the first leg and complementing it with a comfortable hold.

From there ‘The Magpie’ sprung into life, and broke back to level it at 3-3.

However, that was as good as it got for the Irishman as ‘The Green Machine’ moved through the gears, doing what he does best and storming to a 7-4 victory which helped him move top of the table.

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‘The Magpie’ described it as the best night of his life
‘The Magpie’ described it as the best night of his life

Anderson gets the job done

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Gary Anderson felt he nicked the win against Rob Cross
Gary Anderson felt he nicked the win against Rob Cross

Anderson huffed and puffed, but eventually blew away the challenge of Cross. The two-time world champion had his issues, missing 13 darts at double but dug deep to secure a 7-5 win.

It was a tit-for-tat contest, with ‘The Flying Scotsman’ adjusting to his new tungsten set. However, the breakthrough came at 4-4. ‘Voltage’ threw first, but the leg dragged on. Anderson finally secured a break with his 24th arrow, but it will have felt as satisfying as a ‘nine’, as it was the platform for his victory.

It acted as a shot in the arm, as he followed it up with a 14-darter. After stealing the break, he was not going to let up as he secured a 7-5 victory.

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The Flying Scotsman pinned this stunning 109 checkout on his way to victory
The Flying Scotsman pinned this stunning 109 checkout on his way to victory

The Asp times run to perfection

Aspinall staged a dramatic comeback to inflict Durrant’s first defeat of the Premier League season. The three-time Lakeside winner dominated the early exchanges, as the UK Open champion struggled to settle.

‘Duzza’ stormed into a 3-1 lead in a blistering start that featured a 144 finish, and looked likely to pull further clear in the fifth leg. However, his usually-reliable doubling deserted him, as he missed seven arrows at a finish for a three-leg lead.

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Glen Durrant enjoyed the ascendancy in the opening exchanges, including this 144 checkout
Glen Durrant enjoyed the ascendancy in the opening exchanges, including this 144 checkout

‘The Asp’ looked to capitalise on his momentum, and gained the upper hand but Duzza dug deep. They traded legs, and the match was finely poised at 5-5.

The decisive leg came down to doubling as the 28-year-old broke throw to move 6-5 ahead. He then sealed the two points on offer with a confident hold of throw, backing up last week’s win over MVG.

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Nathan Aspinall wasn’t happy with his performance but got the job done
Nathan Aspinall wasn’t happy with his performance but got the job done

Night Five, March 5: Westpoint, Exeter

Rob Cross vs Daryl Gurney
Gerwyn Price vs Glen Durrant
Nathan Aspinall vs Peter Wright
Gary Anderson vs Luke Humphries
Michael Smith vs Michael van Gerwen

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