Home hero Henderson holds Van Gerwen to dramatic draw in Aberdeen as Wade whitewashes Gurney

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 7 Mar 2019
Henderson and Van Gerwen shake hands (credit:Steve Welsh/PDC)

John Henderson enjoyed the most memorable night of his career to date as he held Michael van Gerwen to a 6-6 draw on home soil in Aberdeen, while James Wade moved to the top of the Premier League table after a 7-0 whitewash of Daryl Gurney.

Henderson, the fifth of the nine 'Contenders' drafted in to replace in the injured Gary Anderson, proved he was not there just to make up the numbers as he produced a stunning display to deny MVG maximum points.

The world number 21 came from 3-0 and 5-2 down to gain a share of the spoils with a 97 average and six 180s to his name, defying a 103 average from the Dutchman.

"I'm delighted with how it went," said Henderson. "I don't think I've ever witnessed anything like that in my career, it was tremendous.
 
"I felt emotional on the walk-on and I didn't want to go up there and play badly. To play the best player in the world in your home town, and get a draw, has left me almost speechless.
 
"At 3-0 down I felt I was playing well, but Michael let me in and I got back into it. I dug in, and I've been doing that this year.
 
"It was absolutely fantastic and to do that in front of my home crowd is phenomenal."
 
The draw means that Van Gerwen is now one of four players locked on seven points at the top of the league table following wins in Aberdeen for Wade, Rob Cross and Gerwyn Price at the AECC.
 
Wade produced the first whitewash of the season and the tenth in Premier League history by sweeping aside Gurney 7-0.

The 2009 champion followed up last week's victory over Van Gerwen with the highest average of the season to date (109.59) as he limited Gurney to just two darts at a double in the entire contest.
 
Wade's ruthless display saw him take out 158 and 116, and he said: "It's a great win and I'm really happy. Daryl is better than that but it's an evolution of my character.
 
"Nobody wants to win 7-0 but I played better and took my chances well. I still believe I'm one of the best in the world, if not the best at times."
 
Former World Champion Cross picked up his third victory of the season in superb style with a 7-3 triumph over Michael Smith.
 
Legs of 14 and 12 darts gave Smith an early 2-1 advantage, but after Cross levelled in leg four a superb 164 checkout to break throw in the fifth turned the game.
 
Cross then took out 68, 81 and 87 before a missed tops for the match allowed Smith in to finish 90 on the bull, but the former World Champion was not to be denied as he posted double three to claim the points.
 
"I'm really happy," said Cross, who also defeated Smith in Sunday's UK Open Semi-Finals. "There's a lot more to come but I did a good job today.
 
"I took my chances well - the 164 settled me down and was a catalyst for me.
 
"Michael's a fantastic player and I thought it would be a lot closer, but I'm getting back to my best darts and I'm enjoying it again."
 
Price maintained his unbeaten start to the tournament with a clinical 7-3 defeat of Mensur Suljovic, landing seven doubles from nine attempts.
 
Finishes of 107 and 127 helped Price into leads of 2-0 and 5-1 before Suljovic took out legs of 11 and 14 darts to hit back, only for tops to seal a fine win for the Welshman.
 
"I wasn't scoring very well but when it came to my last dart on the doubles I was great, and my finishing got me out of jail," said Price.
 
"I'm happy with where I am at the moment ahead of a big game against Van Gerwen next week. I'm picking up points and I'm the only unbeaten player so long may it continue."
 
Scottish hero Peter Wright delighted the Aberdeen crowd by defeating Raymond van Barneveld 7-3, leaving the former champion a point adrift at the foot of the table.
 
After losing the opening leg, Wright took five in a row as he lifted his average to 111, and landed a ten-dart finish before completing his second win of the season.
 
"I'm pleased with the way it went and I'm happy with the win," said Wright, who averaged almost 107. "It's as good a performance as I've had this season but I can still improve.
 
"I've changed from 24 gram darts to 26 grams since last week and there's loads of potential in them. I want to be more consistent and average over 100 more regularly."

Unibet Premier League Darts 2019 Results


Night Five - Thursday March 7

Michael Smith 3-7 Rob Cross
Daryl Gurney 0-7 James Wade
Mensur Suljovic 3-7 Gerwyn Price
Raymond van Barneveld 3-7 Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen 6-6 John Henderson



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Home hero Henderson holds Van Gerwen to dramatic draw in Aberdeen as Wade whitewashes Gurney

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