Michael van Gerwen and Michael Smith maintained their lead at the top of the Unibet Premier League with dominant victories over Gerwyn Price and Peter Wright, whilst Raymond van Barneveld and Gary Anderson shared the spoils on an eventful night at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham. Continue reading “Premier League Darts 2018: Night Six Report!”→
Phil Taylor will return to defend his Champions League of Darts title next month, whilst five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld, four-time major finalist Dave Chisnall and world number seven Mensur Suljovic will make their debuts in the second staging of the event at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff on September 16-17th. Continue reading “2017 Champions League of Darts Field Confirmed!”→
Phil Taylor produced a vintage display to dismantle Michael van Gerwen on the opening night of the inaugural Champions League of Darts at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Saturday evening, which was broadcast live on the BBC.
The 16-time world champion averaged a mightily impressive 107.49 and took out four-ton plus checkouts to record a 10-4 win over the world number one, to mathematically secure himself a place in the semi-finals.
Incredibly, nine of the first ten legs went against the throw as Taylor led 6-4 at the break. ‘The Power’ then capitalised on missed doubles from MvG to establish an 8-4 cushion, before Taylor rounded off a stunning 10-4 victory with 138 and 120 checkouts in the final two legs of the encounter, to bring MvG’s astonishing 36-game unbeaten run to an end.
Earlier in the day, the 56-year-old kicked off his campaign with a convincing victory over world number five Peter Wright. ‘The Power’ averaged 102.66, took out a stunning 154 finish and hit 48% of his attempts at double. Wright averaged a respectable 97.30, but he was punished for hitting just 36% of his double attempts.
Meanwhile, MvG reeled off five straight legs to defeat World Grand-Prix champion Robert Thornton in his opening group game. ‘The Thorn’ posted seven maximums as the scores were locked at five apiece at the first interval. However ‘The Green Machine’ exploded after the interval, winning five legs without reply, finishing with a 97.30 average. Continue reading “Taylor dismantles MvG at the Champions League of Darts!”→
Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor will renew their rivalry at the inaugural Champions League of Darts, which gets underway in Cardiff this Saturday. The round-robin tournament, consisting solely of the world’s top eight players, will be televised on BBC Two- the first ever PDC event to be broadcast on the BBC.
Van Gerwen has been in magnificent form over recent weeks, amassing £55,000 in prize money within the last five days alone, having won the European Darts Grand Prix last weekend, before clinching an incredible Players Championship treble in Barnsley. He’ll certainly be the man to beat at the Motorpoint Arena.
The event sees players split into two groups of four, which begins with a round-robin phase. The top two players from each group will then progress to knockout semi-finals and the final, and the eventual winner will scoop the £100,000 first prize.
Van Gerwen and Taylor will be joined in Group A by the Scottish duo of Peter Wright and Robert Thornton. Three-time major finalist Wright is fifth seed, whilst Thornton, who will be defending his World Grand-Prix title next week, is seeded eighth.
Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena will host night six of the 2016 Betway Premier League, as world champion Gary Anderson takes on his protege Michael Smith in their first ever televised meeting.
Michael van Gerwen, fresh from retaining his UK Open title will take on Dave Chisnall, whilst Phil Taylor goes in search of his fifth consecutive league victory against Robert Thornton. Elsewhere, Peter Wright and Adrian Lewis lock horns in a top four battle, whilst Raymond van Barneveld faces James Wade.
Michael Smith v Gary Anderson
First up, we have a clash between master and apprentice. Gary Anderson has been Smith’s mentor for a number of years and the Scot has revelled in the progress of the St Helen’s star. Nevertheless, it will be business as usual for the world champion in Nottingham, as he goes in search of his third consecutive league victory.