Michael van Gerwen cut Phil Taylor’s lead at the top of the Premier League table to just two points after claiming maximum points from his double-header at the Bournemouth International Centre. Van Gerwen defeated Peter Wright and Adrian Lewis to confirm his qualification for finals night at the O2 Arena next month.
Van Gerwen kicked off the evening with a comprehensive victory against Peter Wright to inflict Snakebite’s second successive 7-2 loss. MvG averaged 103.38 and boasted 53% on the doubles, and despite Wright averaging 98, the Scot was unable to trouble the merciless Dutchman.
Van Gerwen faced Adrian Lewis in the evening’s final match and the world number one came through a scrappy tussle against Jackpot. Van Gerwen averaged a meagre 96.82 by his exceptionally high standards, but it was still enough to claim victory. Michael broke throw in the opening leg and then extended his advantage with a fine 124 checkout.
Lewis showed impressive resilience to reduce the arrears to 4-3, and he forced a last-leg decider after MvG squandered four darts to close out a 7-4 victory. Nevertheless, Jackpot was unable to salvage anything from the contest, as Van Gerwen secured his second win of the evening with a convincing 14-darter on his throw.