Van den Bergh reveals reluctance to leave the stage during ‘windgate’ in Rotterdam

Wade and Van den Bergh share a joke on stage (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Dimitri van den Bergh admits he did not want to leave the stage despite feeling a breeze during his Premier League clash with James Wade on Wednesday.

Belgian ace Van den Bergh had established a 2-0 lead on his debut at the Rotterdam Ahoy before Wade signalled to both the referee and his opponent that he wanted to leave the stage due to an apparent draught.

Van den Bergh obliged and the match was halted for a short period before resuming to an eventual 6-6 draw in which both players averaged in excess of 100.

After the match, Van den Bergh revealed his reluctance to leave the playing area but admits he could understand Wade's frustrations.

When asked if he wanted to leave the stage, the 24-year-old told Live Darts: "Of course not, I was two nil up!

"I still understand where he was coming from, I did feel a lot of wind on my body and my arm and I did see my darts go in weirdly into the board, but they were still going in, if you know what I mean.

"At the end, I understand him and I'm always a fair player so I said to him "no worries, let's go off together and listen to what they say and what they might be able to do to help us" because there was a lot of wind.

"We had to get back up there and just be the pros that we are and get on with it.

"I've showed the world it doesn't matter how hard it is, keep digging in, keep fighting and believe in yourself."

Van den Bergh became the fourth of the eight 'Contenders' so far to secure a share of the spoils as he landed a high checkout of 140 and converted six doubles from eleven attempts in a superb showing.

The back-to-back World Youth Champion is now hopeful he can utilise the experience in other televised majors this season.

He added: "The whole Premier League experience has been one of the greatest nights I've ever been involved with.

"The draw, in the other way, is maybe a little bit disappointing because I had my chances.

"I had to fight hard to make the chances for myself but in the end I didn't take them.

"A lot of other darts players want to be there and I was one of the nine to be on there, so even though I didn't win the game, I also didn't lose it and I definitely gained a huge amount of experience."



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