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Michael van Gerwen ends Luke Littler’s unbeaten run to claim fourth Premier League weekly title

Jamie Shaw in Premier League Darts 11 Apr 2024
Van Gerwen bosses Birmingham (Photo by Taylor Lanning/PDC)

Michael van Gerwen secured his fourth weekly title of the 2024 Premier League with a 6-3 win over Luke Littler in the final on Night 11 in Birmingham.

Van Gerwen had lost six of his last seven league games ahead of his arrival in the Midlands but returned to the winner’s circle to boost his play-off hopes.

The world number three reeled off four consecutive legs from 4-2 down to see off Nathan Aspinall in a crucial quarter-final clash, aided by a spectacular 152 checkout in the penultimate leg.

Van Gerwen then produced a clinical display to dispatch Michael Smith in the semi-finals, firing in a brace of ton-plus checkouts to set up a showdown against Littler.

The teenager had won the pair’s last three meetings, but was punished for a below-par display by a spirited Van Gerwen, who ran out a comfortably 6-3 winner to clinch the £10,000 top prize.

Littler led 2-1 following a low-key start to the final, but Van Gerwen responded with a clinical 125 checkout, before winning four of the next five legs to secure his first weekly title since Night Four.

“It’s about time!” joked Van Gerwen, who climbs to third in the table, four points adrift of league leader Littler.

“I have made it a little bit hard for myself, but the most important thing is how you bounce back and how you reflect on the last few weeks.

“We all know the last few weeks have not been great for me, but to come back with a win here tonight feels good.

“I had to battle tonight. I had to dig deep. I wasn’t playing my A-game, but this win gives me confidence of course.

“I believe in my own ability. You need to make sure you stay focused and that’s what I’ve done, but there’s still more to come.”

Littler was unable to join Van Gerwen and Luke Humphries in claiming a hat-trick of weekly titles, but moved two points clear at the top of the table after leaving the Utilita Arena with three points to his name.

The World Championship finalist kicked off his evening with a deciding-leg victory over Rob Cross – who slumped to a fifth consecutive quarter-final exit.

Littler then fended off a valiant fightback from Humphries in a gripping semi-final, averaging 107 and landing five 180s to sink the World Champion – who fought back from 5-2 down to force a decoder.

World number one Humphries had returned to winning ways on the Premier League stage in the evening’s opener against Peter Wright, reeling off five straight legs from 4-1 adrift to cement second spot in the table, only to suffer a sixth straight defeat at the hands of Littler.

In the night’s other quarter-final tie, Smith denied Gerwyn Price in a high-quality affair, averaging 104 and pinning six of his nine attempts at double to close the gap on fourth-placed Aspinall to a solitary point.

Premier League Darts 2024 Night 11 Results

Thursday April 11

Quarter-Finals
Peter Wright 4-6 Luke Humphries
Rob Cross 5-6 Luke Littler
Gerwyn Price 3-6 Michael Smith
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Nathan Aspinall

Semi-Finals
Luke Humphries 5-6 Luke Littler
Michael Smith 4-6 Michael van Gerwen

Final
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Luke Littler

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