Clinical Cullen ruins Van Gerwen’s dreams of Rotterdam glory

Joe Cullen denied Michael van Gerwen a dream homecoming in Rotterdam on Thursday, defeating the Dutchman in a dramatic decider to seal his first Premier League night win.

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Taylor: ‘Never in a million years could I have ever won against Michael in Rotterdam!’

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Phil Taylor has admitted that playing world number one Michael van Gerwen in front of 10,000 Dutch fans at Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena last week was ‘impossible’. ‘The Power’ returned to winning ways in the Premier League with an impressive 7-5 victory over UK Open champion Peter Wright on Thursday, having lost out to MvG seven days prior. Continue reading “Taylor: ‘Never in a million years could I have ever won against Michael in Rotterdam!’”

Premier League Darts 2017- Fixtures Confirmed!

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Newly crowned world champion Michael van Gerwen will begin the defence of his Betway Premier League title against two-time world champion Gary Anderson, a rematch of their recent World Championship final, when the competition gets underway at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Thursday February 2nd.

The opening nine weeks see the players meet once in the league phase, before the bottom two players are eliminated following Judgement Night in Cardiff.

The remaining eight players then face each other again in the remaining six league nights in April and May, before the top four players progress to compete in the Play-Offs at The O2 in London on Thursday May 18.

Van Gerwen defeated Anderson 7-3 to win his second world title a fortnight ago, halting Anderson’s incredible seventeen match winning streak at the Alexandra Palace. However, the Scotsman will have his opportunity to secure instant retribution when the tournament gets underway in Newcastle. Continue reading “Premier League Darts 2017- Fixtures Confirmed!”

Barney- Rotterdam reception was the best moment of my career!

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Raymond van Barneveld claimed that the breathtaking reception he received from the 10,000 Dutch fans packed into Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena, was ‘the best moment of his career’.

Van Barneveld produced a valiant fightback from 6-4 down against Peter Wright to claim a share of the spoils on home soil on Thursday evening. However, this night will be remembered for the electric atmosphere generated by the ‘Barney Army’, rather than the result itself.

The five-time world champion admitted: “It was probably the best moment in my career. You can win titles; you can win many titles, but to be honoured like this, is probably the best that can ever happen.”

Van Barneveld was the first ever Dutchman to win a World Championship title and he claims he is proud of the legacy he has created in Holland. “Everyone started to play Darts because of me. Michael van Gerwen is there now; we have Jelle Klaasen, we have Christian Kist; all world champions!”

“It was a bumpy road for me, and it’s still a bumpy road for me. I did good things for Darts in Holland, and there was a lot, a lot of respect for me tonight, and I’m really proud of that,” van Barneveld added.

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Premier League Darts- Rotterdam Week 15 Report!

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Michael van Gerwen delighted a 10,000 partisan Dutch crowd by beating Phil Taylor and securing top spot in the Premier League table in Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena on Thursday evening. Van Gerwen edged out ‘The Power’ 7-5 in a thrilling contest to ensure he tops the league phase for the fourth year in succession.

MvG posted two maximums in the opening leg, but it was Taylor who clinched the spoils, after ‘The Green Machine’ spurned five darts at double. However, the world number one responded magnificently, converting checkouts of 90 and 80 to claim a crucial break of throw.

Despite this, the 16-time world champion secured an instant break back after Van Gerwen squandered two darts at tops, with Taylor taking out 41 in two darts. The next four legs all went with throw, with the encounter tantalizingly poised at four apiece. MvG was dominating the averages, but Taylor was displaying tremendous resilience.

Taylor fired in a timely 140 as he aimed to hold throw once more, but Van Gerwen raised the roof with a spectacular 164 checkout on the bullseye. The Dutch star then needed just one more leg to guarantee top spot, but he was made to sweat for a little longer, as Taylor took out D10 to level up proceedings, after Michael had missed a dart at tops.

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Premier League Darts- Rotterdam Week 15 Preview!

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The Premier League enters unprecedented territory on Thursday night, as the tournament enters the Netherlands for the first time in its history. Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena hosts the final week of league action and the stakes are incredibly high.

Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor is undoubtedly the main event of the evening. Both are locked on 24 points and the winner will top the table and subsequently collect the £25,000 winner’s bonus awarded for whoever finishes first.

Elsewhere, Adrian Lewis and Gary Anderson clash in a repeat of last year’s World Championship final, with Lewis knowing that a point should be sufficient to secure a play-off spot, alongside Van Gerwen, Taylor and Anderson.

Peter Wright trails Lewis by the solitary point and he must defeat home-favourite Raymond van Barneveld to have any realistic chance of qualifying for the O2 Arena. Elsewhere,  James Wade and Robert Thornton will also do battle on Dutch soil.

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Premier League Darts-Weeks 10-15 Fixtures Confirmed!

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The fixtures for the remainder of the 2016 Premier League have been announced as the battle for play-off places intensifies, and world number one Michael van Gerwen will face his arch nemesis Phil Taylor on home soil when the Premier League heads to Holland for the first time on May 12th.

Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena will host night 15 of this year’s competition, and five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld will hope to secure victory on home territory against Peter Wright.

After Dave Chisnall and Michael Smith were eliminated on Judgement Night in Cardiff, the remaining eight players will battle it out over the next six weeks to determine who will finish in the top-four and secure a spot at the O2 Arena for finals night on May 19th.

Each player will play twice on one league night within the next four weeks, before the final two league nights, at the Manchester Arena and the sell-out Premier League debut at Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena, feature four games on each night before the cut-off for Play-Off places.

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Brilliant Barney has Rotterdam dream in his sights!

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Raymond van Barneveld got his Premier League campaign firmly back on track with a superb 7-4 victory against last year’s semi-finalist Dave Chisnall at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow on Thursday evening.

Van Barneveld trailed 3-2 at one stage, but produced an inspired spell of scoring; winning five of the final six legs to secure his third win of the season.

The five-time world champion averaged 104.90 and hit three stunning ton-plus finishes to return to winning ways and ease any relegation concerns. This victory also maintains Raymond’s incredible record in Glasgow. He has now won eight times there, which is more than any other player in Premier League history.

Meanwhile, Dave Chisnall is without a Premier League victory since his week one whitewash against Robert Thornton. ‘Chizzy’ has secured just the solitary point from his last 6 matches and he’s in serious danger of suffering early elimination on Judgement Night.

Van Barneveld held his throw in the opening leg of the contest, hitting D10 for a 14-darter, after Chisnall had narrowly missed D14 for a 121 checkout. The Dutchman then extended his advantage by again pinning D10, before ‘Chizzy’ fired back after van Barneveld was unable to take out 76.

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