Anderson defeats Van Gerwen in Aberdeen as Gurney falls short of play-off place

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 10 May 2018
Anderson acknowledges the crowd (credit:Steve Welsh/PDC)

Home hero Gary Anderson produced a stunning display to defeat rival Michael van Gerwen 7-5 in Aberdeen on Thursday as he clinched the final play-off place at the expense of Daryl Gurney.

Gurney required a 7-2 win or better against Peter Wright, as well as a landslide MVG triumph over Anderson later in the evening in order to gatecrash The O2, but Superchin's 6-6 draw assured Anderson of a play-off spot before he took to the stage.

Two-time Premier League champion Anderson then thrilled a partisan Scottish crowd by inflicting Van Gerwen's fourth defeat of the league phase, though the Dutchman had already secured top spot a week earlier.

"I'm pleased to win tonight and it's great for me ahead of the Play-Offs," said Anderson, who will face Michael Smith in the second Semi-Final next Thursday.
 
"It's been hard since Rotterdam so I'm pleased to get the win against Michael. 

"The 15 weeks is gone now and it's all down to one night.

"I would rather have played MVG in the semis because you know where you stand." 
 
The duo traded the first four legs before Anderson produced a superb 121 checkout and hit double two to open up a 4-2 advantage.

Van Gerwen replied with a 104 checkout and an 81 checkout on the bullseye to level, but only for Anderson to break throw again with a fourth 180 and double top.

Anderson then took out 112 to wrap up at least a point, and though MVG forced a final leg, the Scot held firm on tops to seal the deal.

Gurney, who ends the season with just four defeats to his name, began well in his clash with Wright as he broke throw in the first leg and held for a 2-0 lead.
 
Wright took out 73 to halve the deficit before the Northern Irishman finished 68 and the duo traded the next two legs as Gurney kept his qualification hopes alive at 4-2 in front.

Gurney then produced a clinical 81 checkout on the bullseye but his hopes were dashed as Wright landed double 19 and went on to finish 82 to trail 5-4.

Gurney bounced back to clinch leg ten but Wright landed a 13-darter on double 16 and a 15-darter on double ten to grab a share of the spoils and avoid finishing bottom of the table.
 
"It's definitely been a positive campaign for me," said Gurney, who drew eight times in his debut Premier League season.
 
"I started off slowly because I was too nervous for the first five or six weeks but I've played better since Judgement Night.
 
"I can't complain; I've played against the best players in the world, in front of the best crowds in the world – what else can you ask for as a darts player?"
 
Elsewhere, Michael Smith secured second place courtesy of a 6-6 draw with Raymond van Barneveld.
 
The St Helens star, whose place in next week’s Play-Offs was already guaranteed, came from 5-4 down to earn a point in a high-quality affair which featured five ton-plus checkouts and six maximums.
 
Van Barneveld continued his strong end to the Premier League as he extended his unbeaten run to five games, although he misses out on the Play-Offs by three points.
 
Smith went ahead twice in the first four legs of the match, only to be pegged back on both occasions as the Dutchman fired in finishes of 122 and 126.
 
The Aberdeen crowd were treated to yet another ton-plus checkout in the fifth leg as Smith regained the lead with a 124 outshot.
 
Van Barneveld, keen to avenge his 7-0 defeat to Smith in Liverpool, landed a 121 checkout to level at 3-3, before the pair exchanged holds of throw.
 
The Dutch ace went ahead for the first time in the match at 5-4 thanks to a 14-darter, but only for Smith to wrestle back the advantage as he went 6-5 ahead.
 
Van Barneveld, though, ensured he would not leave the game empty-handed as he produced a 91 finish in the final leg.

"I didn't feel good tonight," said Smith, who has been diagnosed with pleurisy this week.
 
"I could've pulled out with my illness but I didn't want to let people down, I wanted to fulfil my responsibility as a Premier League player.
 
"My illness comes second at the moment, I want to win every match that I play in and I'm out here fighting."
 
World Champion Rob Cross ended his debut Premier League campaign with a 6-6 draw against Simon Whitlock as he prepares to compete at The O2 for the first time.
 
Cross had already secured his place in the Play-Offs and underlined his intent to finish the league season in style as he opened the match with a 112 finish.
 
The reigning World Champion extended his lead to 3-1, but only for Whitlock to reel off three of the next four legs for parity.
 
Cross broke the Australian's throw to move 5-4 ahead with a 90 checkout, only for Whitlock to break straight back and then hold throw to move into a 6-5 lead.
 
However, Cross ensured he would not go into the Play-Offs on the back of a defeat as he tidied up 94 in two darts to earn a share of the spoils.
 
"I didn’t play that well," admitted Cross, who travels to The O2 without a win in his last five matches.
 
"I’ve had a few days off practicing this to give myself a rest, then I’m going to go hard at it next week.
 
"I've learnt a lot this year, I'm pleased with how I’ve done so far but I think next year I will be even better for the experience."
 

Premier League Darts 2018 Results


Thursday May 10

Michael Smith 6-6 Raymond van Barneveld
Simon Whitlock 6-6 Rob Cross
Peter Wright 6-6 Daryl Gurney
Michael van Gerwen 5-7 Gary Anderson


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