Michael van Gerwen managed to maintain his lead in the Premier League Darts on Wednesday. De Brabander won impressive 7-3 against Rob Cross during the third round in Milton Keynes.
Van Gerwen took the initiative with an early break and did not relinquish the lead. He finished at a high average of 107.56. His finish percentage was almost 47 percent. Cross, the 2018 world champion, came in at 97.87 and exactly 50 percent.
The victory is a boost for Van Gerwen, who started the Premier League with a 6-6 draw. In the run-up to the prestigious tournament, he was a bit searching; he has only been throwing other arrows for a few weeks.
The 31-year-old Van Gerwen is hunting for his sixth Premier League title, with which he would equal record holder Phil Taylor. He is looking for revenge after last year, when he missed the play-offs for the first time in his career. Later this week he will play against James Wade and Nathan Aspinall.
With five points, Van Gerwen now has to share the lead in the ranking with Dimitri Van den Bergh. The Belgian, who kept Van Gerwen to a 6-6 draw in the opening round, humiliated Glen Durrant 7-0. The defending champion, who is in a serious crisis of form, is the only one still winless.
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Clayton throws a nine-dart finish
Clayton also has seven points, just like Van Gerwen and Van den Bergh. The winner of The Masters was 7-3 too strong for José de Sousa. Clayton impressed with a 4-3 lead with a nine-darter. Despite the defeat, De Sousa threw the highest average of the evening with 108.48 points.
Furthermore, Nathan Aspinall recorded his second victory against James Wade (7-4) and climbed to second place with four points. Peter Wright secured his first victory against Gary Anderson (7-4).
This week through Friday, a round of play will be played behind closed doors every day in Milton Keynes. From 19 to 22 April, another four rounds are scheduled in the English city, after which the last two players in the ranking are relegated.
The second part of the Premier League consists of seven match days, followed by the play-offs with the top four. Those phases will also be played in full in Milton Keynes in May, but the PDC darts association hopes that the public will be welcome.
Gerwyn Price is not in the Premier League this year. The reigning world champion and number one in the world tested positive for the corona virus upon arrival in Milton Keynes and will be replaced by Wade. Price did question the outcome.