MvG averages 118 to edge past Thornton in a thriller!

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Michael van Gerwen returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a pulsating 7-5 victory over Robert Thornton on night ten at the Sheffield Arena. Van Gerwen posted an average of 117.95, the second highest in Premier League history; but he was pushed all the way by a tenacious Thornton, who averaged 104.23 and recorded 71% on the doubles.

Thornton kicked off proceedings with a confident 14-dart hold by virtue of posting his first maximum, but MvG levelled up proceedings immediately with a 13-darter on D20. The Dutchman then produced another 13-darter on tops to break the throw, before establishing a two-leg cushion thanks to a majestic 10-dart leg.

Van Gerwen produced scores of 180, 135 and 170, before cleaning up D8 to maintain his perfect record on the doubles. ‘The Green Machine’ recorded another visit of 170 in the fifth leg to open up a break opportunity and after Thornton wired the bullseye for an 81 finish, Michael clinched his fourth successive leg by pinning D10 with his last dart.

Thornton was throwing well and the World Grand-Prix champion recorded his second maximum to leave 81 after just 9 darts. However, in an exact replica of the previous leg, the Scot missed the bull to complete the combination, and van Gerwen converted 78 in two-darts for his fifth straight leg.

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Michael Smith posts incredible 132 average in UK Open Qualification!

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Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

World number 8 Michael Smith produced an astonishing 132.62 average during his second-round tie against Jermaine Wattimena in the third UK Open qualifier at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan on Sunday afternoon.

Smith produced an extraordinary sequence of legs; securing a whitewash victory in 12, 11, 11, 11, 12 and 11 darts respectively, using just 68 darts in total. The news of this exquisite display only filtered through on Sunday evening, after Smith referenced his second-round exploits on his twitter account.

Although this average is yet to be officially recorded, this display constitutes the third highest average in the history of darts. Kyle Anderson recorded an astonishing 134.84 average against Terry Jenkins in a Players Championship event last April, whilst Gary Anderson, Smith’s mentor, averaged 133.35 in a 6-1 rout over Arron Monk back in 2011.

However, Smith’s performance this afternoon narrowly beats his previous best of 132.50, which he recorded on the PDC Youth Tour against Michael van Gerwen, but this was only recorded over three legs, which makes this particular feat far more impressive.

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Mike Zuydwijk averages over 130 in Development Tour Event!

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Zuydwijk is congratulated by John Part for his UK Open victory (Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Rising Dutch star Mike Zuydwijk averaged a stunning 130.56 in whitewashing Christopher Bent 4-0 in the third round of a PDC Development tour event in Coventry today.

Zuydwijk used just 46 darts to secure victory; recording legs of 11, 11, 12 and 12 darts to complete the rout. The Dutchman’s effort is believed to be the fourth highest average in PDC history. This comes just weeks after Kyle Anderson averaged an astonishing 134.84 in a 6-1 demolition of Terry Jenkins in a Players Championship event.

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