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Van Gerwen lays down nine-dart promise for the 2017 Premier League

Van Gerwen celebrates victory over rival Klaasen in Leeds (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Michael van Gerwen insists he will produce at least one nine-dart finish in the 2017 Premier League season as he bids to replicate his recent ProTour exploits.

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Van Gerwen went viral after landing two perfect legs in the same match against Ryan Murray during the UK Open Qualifiers in Wigan earlier this month.

The reigning World Champion became the first player since Phil Taylor (in 2010) to hit two nine-darters in one game, and the YouTube highlights have now been viewed almost one million times.

Van Gerwen's last televised nine-darter came in the 2016 UK Open and the Dutch sensation now has his sights set on achieving one in the Premier League for the first time and scooping the £15,000 bonus.

"I promise you I will do one in this Premier League," Van Gerwen told Live Darts. "There's so many legs to be played that I have to do a minimum of one. 

"I showed I can do it on the floor and if you can do it there it's also possible on television but it has to be against the right opponent and in a good game.

"But as long as you win your games that's the most important thing, so however many darts you throw to win a leg doesn't really matter."

Van Gerwen has picked up five points from a possible six in the early stages of the Premier League and believes he has more in the locker in the coming weeks.

"I'm at the top of the table so I can't complain," he added. "I haven't played my best yet but there's more to come.

"I feel great, I was trying a bit too hard last week [against Jelle Klaasen], everyone knows why that is, but I still averaged 102 so that's not bad.

"I want to keep my concentration going which is not always easy because you have to keep performing week after week."

The world number one's next test comes against Adrian Lewis at The Brighton Centre on Thursday, and with 'Jackpot' struggling for consistency of late, MVG believes he can take full advantage and remain at the summit.

"Me and Adrian always have great games but to be fair he's not really in form so I need to try to take advantage of his situation.

"But you never know with Adrian, you always have to concentrate and be on your game because he can turn it on at any time.

"I think he can do a little bit more with his talent because he's one of the best players in the world.

"When he's good, he's tough to beat - I know that and everyone knows that - but at this moment he's having more weak games than good games and he has to up his game if he wants to beat me."


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