Michael van Gerwen scoops sixth Premier League Darts title in dramatic decider

Michael van Gerwen claimed a record-equalling sixth Premier League Darts title courtesy of a thrilling 11-10 victory over Joe Cullen in the final in Berlin on Monday.

Van Gerwen denied a heartbroken Cullen in one of the greatest finals in Premier League history, surviving one missed match dart at double 16 from the debutant before sealing victory.

The Dutch superstar ended a three-year wait for Premier League glory, equalling Phil Taylor’s record tally of six titles in the process.

The 33-year-old scoops a Premier League record £275,000 top prize to add to his £30,000 in weekly bonuses during the league phase.

“I’ve been going through a really tough time, so to win this title means a lot to me,” reflected an emotional Van Gerwen.

“I’m a happy man. Joe Cullen was phenomenal in that final. What a day. I’m over the moon.

“Of course I am going for more titles now. To have won this trophy here in Berlin is amazing.

“This last 18 months has hurt me. I know what I’m capable of, but this crowd in Germany today, they were absolutely sensational. I think they were a credit to the sport.”

Cullen drew first blood in the final with an 11-darter, but after spurning three darts to break throw in leg two, he saw Van Gerwen seize the early initiative with a run of three straight legs.

The Masters champion responded with back-to-back legs to restore parity, only for Van Gerwen to restore a two-leg cushion at 5-3 courtesy of a 12-dart break.

Cullen reduced the arrears with a spectacular 141 checkout in leg nine, and a clinical 114 finish in leg 11 sparked a run of three straight legs for the Yorkshireman – who edged 7-6 in front.

The next five legs all went with throw, before Van Gerwen appeared to strike the decisive blow in leg 19, converting a sensational 92 kill to break throw in 12 darts and move one leg away from glory.

The drama continued as Cullen comfortably broke back in 13 darts to force a decider, but it was the Dutchman who claimed the spoils via double 14, having survived a match dart on the wire of double 16 in the previous visit.

“Michael is a fantastic player and a fantastic champion, but I am absolutely gutted,” admitted Cullen, who was bidding to become the third debutant in as many years to be crowned Premier League champion.

“I can’t believe I’ve lost, but credit to Michael, he is a great guy and a wonderful champion.

“I think the second leg cost me, missing three at 32 for a break of throw. I’m absolutely devastated.”

Earlier in the evening, Cullen produced an astonishing display of power scoring to thwart Jonny Clayton’s bid for back-to-back Premier League titles.

Cullen stormed into a remarkable 6-0 lead against the reigning champion before closing out a resounding 10-4 victory, averaging almost 101 and crashing in 11 maximums – equalling the record for 180s in a Premier League match.

In the second Semi-Final, Van Gerwen defeated 2009 champion Wade by the same scoreline to book his place in a record-equalling eighth Premier League decider.

The opening six legs of the last four contest were shared, but a blistering burst from Van Gerwen saw him win seven of the last eight to pull away from Wade and triumph with a 99 average and six 180s.

Van Gerwen will now return to the Netherlands for surgery on an arm injury which will rule him out of next week’s World Cup of Darts.

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Premier League Darts Play-Off Results

Monday June 13

Semi-Finals
Joe Cullen 10-4 Jonny Clayton
Michael van Gerwen 10-4 James Wade

Final
Michael van Gerwen 11-10 Joe Cullen

Premier League Darts Finals 2022 | Preview and Order of Play – Final four do battle in Berlin

The 2022 Premier League Darts campaign draws to a close on Monday as the final four battle it out for the title in Berlin.

Sixteen nights of intense competition comes down to a straight knockout as the top four in the league table compete for the £275,000 top prize at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Three of the remaining quartet have already lifted the sport’s most prestigious invitational trophy, while the other is vying to do so at the first time of asking.

The opening Semi-Final sees first and fourth in the final league table go head-to-head as defending champion Jonny Clayton faces debutant Joe Cullen.

Clayton is bidding to become only the third player in Premier League history to successfully retain the title, having claimed glory in his debut appearance last year.

The Welsh star narrowly secured fourth spot on that occasion, but has taken the league phase by storm in his second season, winning four nights in the new ‘knock-out’ format and finishing runner-up on a further four occasions.

Clayton finished nine points clear of the chasing pack and now aims to go back-to-back for what would be a sixth televised title in total.

He faces his close friend Cullen for the seventh time in this year’s competition, with ‘The Ferret’ having prevailed four times and the pair having won one weekly final apiece.

Cullen is looking to emulate Clayton’s achievement by claiming the title on debut, with his Masters triumph in January effectively clinching his place in the event just as the Welshman had done 12 months earlier.

However, unlike Clayton, Cullen had to wait until the 16th and final night of the league phase to rubber-stamp his play-off spot, defeating Peter Wright in their all-important shoot-out in Newcastle.

Cullen picked up weekly titles in Rotterdam and London and is now gearing up for the most important night of his career to date.

The second Semi-Final sees Premier League stalwarts Michael van Gerwen and James Wade collide once again in a quest to add to their title tallies.

Van Gerwen is out to equal Phil Taylor’s record of six Premier League titles by claiming glory for the first time since 2019, having shown glimpses of his formidable top form during the league phase.

The world number three racked up three weekly titles and has also added three European Tour titles and two Players Championships during the first half of the year.

He secured a comfortable second place finish to reach the play-offs for the ninth time in ten Premier League appearances, but has failed to make the final in his last two attempts.

Van Gerwen was thrashed 10-4 by Wade with an average of just 90 in the weekend’s Nordic Masters – the most recent of their nine meetings in all competitions so far this season.

Of those meetings, five have come in this event, with MVG registering three wins, including the Night Nine final in Leeds.

Wade, meanwhile, finds himself in the play-offs for the seventh time since his debut in 2008, having gone on to win the title the following year.

The decorated left-hander finished third in the league table despite missing a night through illness, amassing two weekly titles plus a further trio of final appearances.

The 39-year-old, who boasts the highest checkout rate (43.5%) of this year’s field, is out to become only the fourth multiple Premier League champion and land what would be an eleventh televised title in total.

The Premier League Darts Finals get under way from 8pm BST, with Semi-Finals to be contested over the best of 19 legs and the final best of 21 legs.

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Premier League Darts Finals Schedule of Play

Monday June 13

Semi-Finals
8.15pm Jonny Clayton v Joe Cullen
9.15pm Michael van Gerwen v James Wade

10.30pm Final

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Michael van Gerwen
Jonny Clayton
James Wade
Joe Cullen

Michael Smith ends Premier League Darts title wait in Newcastle as Cullen seals play-off spot

Michael Smith claimed a weekly Premier League Darts title at the 16th and final time of asking in Newcastle on Thursday, while Joe Cullen clinched a place in the play-offs.

Smith was the only player in this year’s event without a night win to his name ahead of the trip to Tyneside, but the World Championship and UK Open runner-up rectified that with victory on the final night of league phase action.

Though he was unable to qualify for the play-offs going into Night 16, Smith bowed out on a high by adding his name to the roll of honour in the revamped format.

The St Helens ace pulled off impressive wins over Michael van Gerwen and Gerwyn Price at the Utilita Arena, before fending off a late fightback from Jonny Clayton to scoop the £10,000 winner’s bonus.

“To finally get that win and get over the line was massive tonight. Sadly I didn’t make the top four, but I ended on a high and a positive,” said Smith.

“It was only me on zero wins in the Premier League, so I was playing for that, and luckily enough I fell over the line against Jonny.

“There was never any doubt. When I got picked I said I’d win four of these and I’ve managed to win the last one! I haven’t played badly, I’ve just not had the luck.”

Smith had seen off Van Gerwen in the Quarter-Finals for a second week in a row, prevailing 6-4, before easing past an out-of-sorts Price 6-3 with a second 96 average.

The world number four saved his best performance of the night until last, averaging 98 and converting 67 per cent of his attempts at double to leapfrog Price and secure a sixth place finish.

The 31-year-old made a blistering start to the Night 16 final, following up an early break of throw with legs of 13 and 12 darts to establish a commanding 3-0 lead.

He reeled off a fourth leg without reply, before Clayton hit back with three consecutive legs of his own to threaten a comeback.

Smith then halted Clayton’s charge with a fourth 180 and a 13-darter to move to the cusp of victory, before sealing the deal with a classy 112 checkout to ensure all eight players ended the campaign with at least one night win to their name.

However, Cullen and Wright’s blockbuster showdown was the headline act in Newcastle, with the winner assured of a coveted play-off place.

The pair were locked on 22 points ahead of Thursday’s clash, but it was Cullen who came out on top in an enthralling affair to continue a memorable debut campaign.

The Masters champion prevailed on Night 15 in London to move above Wright in the table, and he maintained his fine form with a 6-4 success to deny the world number one a third Play-Off appearance.

Both players were imperious on the outer ring, with Cullen converting all six of his attempts at double 16 – including a clinical 105 kill in the penultimate leg, with Wright sat on a double after nine darts.

Despite this, Cullen was forced to settle for a fourth-place finish after succumbing to table-topper Clayton in the Last Four in a repeat of last week’s final.

The Welshman fought back from 4-2 down to defeat Gary Anderson in the evening’s curtain-raiser, defying a 101 average from the spirited Scot to prevail in a deciding leg.

The reigning Premier League champion then recovered from 3-1 adrift to topple Cullen and reach his eighth final of the season.

The Premier League roadshow now heads to the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin for the Play-Offs on June 13, with Clayton bidding to retain his title.

The 47-year-old will face Cullen in the opening Semi-Final, before former champions Van Gerwen and Wade collide – having finished second and third respectively.

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Premier League Darts – Night 16 Results

Thursday May 26

Quarter-Finals
Jonny Clayton 6-5 Gary Anderson
Joe Cullen 6-4 Peter Wright
Michael Smith 6-4 Michael van Gerwen
Gerwyn Price 6-4 James Wade

Semi-Finals
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Joe Cullen
Michael Smith 6-3 Gerwyn Price

Final
Michael Smith 6-3 Jonny Clayton

Premier League Darts 2022 Night 16 | Newcastle Preview and Order of Play

Premier League Darts heads to Newcastle on Thursday for the final night of regular fixtures before the play-offs.

Sixteen weeks of fierce competition culminates at the Utilita Arena on Tyneside as the line-up next month’s play-offs is set to be finalised.

Three of the four semi-finalists are already confirmed, leaving two players to contest a straight shoot-out for the last available spot.

Joe Cullen and Peter Wright go into the evening locked level on 22 points and face off in the Quarter-Finals, with the winner securing a place in the play-offs in Berlin.

Debutant Cullen claimed his second weekly title of the season at The O2 in London last time out to leapfrog Wright into fourth spot, meaning he will have the advantage of throwing first.

Cullen had not been inside the top four since Night Eight but looks to have timed his run to perfection and now has destiny in his own hands as he bids to reach Finals Night at the first time of asking.

Wright suffered a 6-1 hammering at the hands of Cullen in last week’s Semi-Finals but enjoyed a timely return to form with a new setup at the European Darts Grand Prix over the weekend – reaching the Semi-Finals with a high average of 111 along the way.

Wright, whose only weekly title came on the opening night in Cardiff in February, is vying to reach the play-offs for the third time in nine Premier League campaigns, having notably finished runner-up in 2017.

Elsewhere, reigning champion and league leader Jonny Clayton looks to head to Berlin on a high by challenging for his fifth weekly title of the season.

Clayton is already assured of top spot and has reached the final in four of his last five Premier League outings to move six points clear of nearest challenger Michael van Gerwen.

The Ferret kicks off the night’s action with a clash against two-time champion Gary Anderson – who is rooted to the foot of the table and playing for pride and bonus prize money.

Anderson has managed only five wins in 18 matches in this year’s Premier League, with three of those coming on Night Six in Nottingham when he picked up the title.

Five-time champion Van Gerwen is guaranteed to finish in second regardless of Thursday’s outcomes but will look to end in style by clinching his fourth title of the campaign.

Van Gerwen has finished runner-up in three of the last five weeks and starts the night in Newcastle against a familiar opponent in Michael Smith.

The pair have met in the last three consecutive Premier League nights and six times in this year’s event in total, with Van Gerwen having won five in a row before Smith finally stopped the rot in London last time out.

Van Gerwen had battled back from 5-2 down to force a decider, but only to miss three match darts and hand Smith the points.

However, a Semi-Final defeat to Clayton ended Smith’s hopes of reaching the play-offs, but he will be determined to bow out in style by becoming the eighth player to win a weekly title.

James Wade has done enough to secure a place on Finals Night for the seventh time, and the 2009 champion will look to hold down third position by overcoming the eliminated Gerwyn Price.

Wade is three points ahead of Cullen and Wright, but the winner of that show-down could potentially move above the left-hander.

Wade returned to action in London last week after missing Night 14 through illness and will be eyeing a marked improvement on his match average of just 80.7.

The last meeting between Wade and Price saw ‘The Machine’ register a personal record average of 114.73 in a 6-1 demolition in Dublin en route to taking the title.

Price will miss out on the play-offs for the fourth time in as many Premier League appearances but could finish as high as fifth if he were to win Night 16 and Wright fails to pick up points.

Night 16 of Premier League Darts gets under way from 7pm BST in Newcastle, with all matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs.

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Premier League Darts 2022 – Newcastle Schedule of Play

Thursday May 26

Quarter-Finals
7.15pm Jonny Clayton v Gary Anderson
7.45pm Joe Cullen v Peter Wright
8.15pm Michael van Gerwen v Michael Smith
8.45pm James Wade v Gerwyn Price

Semi-Finals
9.15pm Clayton/Anderson v Cullen/Wright
9.45pm Van Gerwen/Smith v Wade/Price

10.15pm Final

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Joe Cullen clinches capital title at The O2 to boost Premier League play-off push

Joe Cullen claimed the Premier League Night 15 title at The O2 in London with a 6-4 victory over table-topper Jonny Clayton in the final on Thursday.

A crucial night for Cullen saw him pick up his second weekly title of the Premier League season to move into the top four going into the final night of league fixtures.

The Masters champion dropped just six legs on a dominant evening in London to leapfrog Peter Wright into the final play-off place and set up a straight shootout between the pair for qualification in Newcastle next week.

Cullen began the night by thrashing a struggling Gary Anderson 6-1, before replicating that emphatic scoreline against Wright in the Semi-Finals with six from nine on the doubles.

Cullen and Clayton exchanged holds of throw in the opening four legs of the final, but ‘The Rockstar’ struck the first decisive blow with a 110 checkout in leg five.

The 32-year-old extended his advantage with a 14-darter in leg six, only to squander five darts at doubles moments later as Clayton pegged back to 4-3.

Cullen eventually restored his two-leg lead via double one in leg eight, and although Clayton fired back with a spectacular 144 checkout, the debutant sealed the deal with a nerveless 62 finish.

“The format is really cut-throat, I was under a lot of pressure tonight and I responded well,” said Cullen, who will qualify with victory over Wright next Thursday.

“I’ve put so much pressure on myself in these last few weeks. Some of the performances – I’ve got no issue in saying this – I’ve been embarrassed, genuinely embarrassed.

“I don’t think I was great tonight, but I just ground the results out. It should have been a simple finish at the end, but it wasn’t and that’s been my story of the Premier League this year.

“You are trying to pick a game when you can guarantee two points and it’s impossible. We can all play really good darts on the night.”

Clayton secured a place in his seventh final of the campaign – his fourth in five weeks – with victories over Gerwyn Price and Michael Smith in the capital.

The 47-year-old eased past fellow countryman Price 6-3 in the evening’s opener, before ending Smith’s Play-Off hopes with a hard-fought 6-4 success to guarantee top spot.

The Welshman becomes just the fourth player in Premier League history to top the league phase, following in the footsteps of Phil Taylor, Michael van Gerwen and Glen Durrant.

Smith had held off a late rally from Michael van Gerwen to seal a 6-5 victory in the Quarter-Finals, surviving three match darts from the Dutchman in the decider, but his Semi-Final defeat means he can no longer qualify for the play-offs.

Wright defeated the returning James Wade 6-3 in a hard-fought Quarter-Final battle, but other results mean Wade is already guaranteed of a play-off place going into Night 16.

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Premier League Darts – Night 15 Results

Thursday May 19

Quarter-Finals
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Gerwyn Price
Michael Smith 6-5 Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright 6-3 James Wade
Joe Cullen 6-1 Gary Anderson

Semi-Finals
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Michael Smith
Joe Cullen 6-1 Peter Wright

Final
Joe Cullen 6-4 Jonny Clayton

Premier League Darts 2022 Night 15 | O2 London Preview and Order of Play

Premier League Darts heads to The O2 in London on Thursday for Night 15 of the competition as the race to reach the play-offs takes another twist.

With just two nights of action remaining before the Semi-Final line-up is finalised, the gap between fourth and fifth position has been narrowed to just two points.

The top two are already assured of play-off qualification, while those beneath them look to bolster their hopes of reaching Berlin next month by claiming the £10,000 weekly title at The O2.

The night kicks off with a potentially pivotal contest in the battle for the top four as Welsh stars Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton collide.

Price picked up maximum points in Sheffield last week to breathe new life into his quest for a maiden play-off appearance, and is now within touching distance of Peter Wright in fourth.

The world number two secured his first weekly title since Night Three in Belfast and now has the opportunity to move into the top four for the first time since Night Six back in March.

Price, however, faces a formidable opener against his compatriot in a repeat of last year’s World Grand Prix final, with this only their second meeting of the competition so far.

Defending champion Clayton, who prevailed 6-5 when the pair met in Rotterdam, is three points clear at the top of the table and could wrap up top spot by claiming his fifth weekly title of the campaign.

The Ferret slipped to his first Quarter-Final defeat since Night Six a week ago before suffering a shock early exit to Jose Justicia at the Czech Darts Open on Saturday.

Joe Cullen, who sits just one point behind Price in sixth, looks to remain in the race for the play-offs on debut by inflicting another Quarter-Final defeat on the eliminated Gary Anderson.

Masters Champion Cullen received a bye into the Semi-Finals last time out before going down 6-3 to Price with an average of just 90.

He is without a win in his last four Premier League outings and now faces Anderson for the first time since their fiery encounter in Rotterdam two months ago – in which Cullen came from 5-3 down to snatch a deciding leg victory on his way to taking the title.

Anderson is playing for both pride and prize money as he aims to end the campaign on a high and move off the foot of the table.

The two-time Premier League champion has managed just five wins from 17 matches but could still have a say in who makes the play-offs.

Meanwhile, Michael van Gerwen looks to apply the pressure on Clayton at the top of the table, and the five-time champion starts out against Michael Smith in a repeat of last week’s Semi-Final.

Van Gerwen recovered from 4-1 down to prevail 6-5 in Sheffield seven days ago before narrowly losing out in the final by the same scoreline.

The world number three, a winner of three European Tour events this season, has finished top of the league table in eight of his previous nine Premier League appearances.

Van Gerwen has won all five of his meetings with Smith in this year’s revamped Premier League so far, and a sixth in a row would spell the end of ‘Bully Boy’s’ outside play-off hopes.

Former finalist Smith finds himself six points adrift of fourth spot, having lost in three consecutive Semi-Finals, and knows he must realistically reach the final if he is to take it down to the wire in Newcastle next week.

Another crucial contest in the play-off reckoning sees reigning World Champion Peter Wright take on the returning James Wade.

Wright is aiming to end a miserable run of three consecutive Quarter-Final defeats with a combined total of just six legs to show for them.

The world number one, who pulled out of the weekend’s Euro Tour trip to Prague, is clinging on to the all-important fourth spot, but knows any further slip-ups could see him drop out for the first time this season.

Wade withdrew from last week’s trip to Sheffield after a health scare in Leverkusen the previous weekend, but has been declared fit to compete in the capital.

The 2009 champion has two weekly titles to his name over the past month and has reached the final in four of his last six outings, leaving him handily poised in third position and on the brink of securing a return to the play-offs.

Night 15 of Premier League Darts gets under way from 7pm BST, with all matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs.

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Premier League Darts 2022 Night 15 Schedule of Play

Thursday May 19

Quarter-Finals
7.15pm Gerwyn Price v Jonny Clayton
7.45pm Michael Smith v Michael van Gerwen
8.15pm James Wade v Peter Wright
8.45pm Joe Cullen v Gary Anderson

Semi-Finals
9.15pm Price/Clayton v Smith/Van Gerwen
9.45pm Wade/Wright v Cullen/Anderson

10.15pm Final

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Gerwyn Price boosts Premier League play-off hopes with Night 14 success in Sheffield

Gerwyn Price bolstered his hopes of reaching the Premier League Darts play-offs with victory on Night 14 in Sheffield.

Price began the evening seven points adrift of the top four, but narrowed the gap to just two points with two league nights remaining courtesy of his triumph at the Utilita Arena.

The world number two registered back-to-back ton-plus averages en route to his first final since Night Three, before recovering from 3-1 down to edge past Michael van Gerwen 6-5 and seal the £10,000 bonus.

“I don’t think I was at my best today but I’m happy to win,” said Price, who missed Night Five through injury.

“The last couple of weeks I’ve been under the cosh and not playing well.

“I was under a lot of pressure tonight; I knew I needed to win two of the last three nights to make the Play-Offs.

“I know I’m in with a shout and if I win next week I’m back in the Play-Off places – as long as I get there I will be happy.”

Van Gerwen, bidding for a fourth weekly title of the campaign, opened up a 2-0 lead in the final before Price halved the deficit thanks to a 92 checkout.

Van Gerwen posted the first maximum of the match and double ten to restore a two-leg cushion, but back came Price with a 13-darter and a 76 checkout as he closed the gap to 4-3.

Four missed darts at double 12 from MVG allowed Price in to level the contest, and after the Dutchman had missed the bull for a 170 checkout, ‘The Ice Man’ sunk double 12 to lead 5-4.

A terrific 95 checkout on two double 19s saw Van Gerwen force a decider, but it was Price who held firm with a 14-darter to seal a crucial victory.

Van Gerwen’s three points on the night mean he is now just three adrift of league leader Jonny Clayton – who slipped to his first Quarter-Final defeat since Night Six.

Clayton was beaten 6-5 by in-form Michael Smith – who recovered from 5-2 down and survived six missed match darts from the defending champion before snatching victory.

Smith, winner of back-to-back Players Championship events earlier in the week, was then denied himself in a last-leg decider by Van Gerwen – who rallied from 4-1 down to prevail in a hard-fought battle.

Peter Wright’s third consecutive Quarter-Final exit leaves him looking over his shoulder going into Night 15 at The O2 in London after he was thrashed 6-1 by Van Gerwen with an average of just 91.

Joe Cullen received a bye into the Semi-Finals following the withdrawal of James Wade through illness but was beaten 6-3 by Price – who averaged 100.8 with four 180s and 60 per cent on the doubles.

Price began his run to glory with a 6-4 defeat of Gary Anderson – who remains rooted to the foot of the table and cannot qualify for the play-offs.

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Premier League Darts Night 14 Results

Thursday May 12

Quarter-Finals
Joe Cullen w/o James Wade (Wade withdraws)
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Gary Anderson
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Peter Wright
Michael Smith 6-5 Jonny Clayton

Semi-Finals
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Joe Cullen
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Michael Smith

Final
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Michael van Gerwen

Premier League Darts 2022 Night 14 | Sheffield Preview and Order of Play

Premier League Darts heads to Sheffield on Thursday for Night 14 of the competition as the league phase enters the final straight.

With just three nights of action remaining before the Semi-Final line-up is finalised, there remains a five-point gap between fourth and those below.

Although not mathematically, the top three appear to already have one foot in Finals Night in Berlin, while those beneath them look to bolster their hopes by claiming the £10,000 weekly title at the Utilita Arena.

With James Wade missing the trip to Sheffield as he continues his recovery from illness, the night features only three Quarter-Final ties.

Joe Cullen, who starts the night in fifth spot, subsequently receives a bye to the Semi-Finals, strengthening his quest to gatecrash the play-off places.

Masters champion Cullen had suffered three consecutive Quarter-Final exits but a second weekly title of the campaign could re-ignite his hopes of making finals night in his debut season.

Cullen now awaits the winner of the clash between world number two Gerwyn Price and two-time Premier League champion Gary Anderson.

Both players are facing a ‘must win’ scenario in terms of their play-off prospects, with Price seven points adrift of fourth spot, while Anderson remains rooted to the foot of the table and 11 points outside the top four.

Price, whose finest hour in this year’s Premier League came on Night Three in Belfast when he landed two nine-darters en route to the title, has suffered five Quarter-Final exits in his last seven outings.

Price, who has not registered a ton-plus average since Night Six, won his only previous meeting with Anderson in this year’s competition 6-3 in Liverpool on Night Two.

Anderson ended a run of five consecutive Quarter-Final defeats by thrashing Peter Wright 6-2 on home soil in Glasgow last week, only to lose out to eventual winner Jonny Clayton in the semis.

In the bottom section of the draw bracket, two multiple World Champions collide in a repeat of the 2017 Premier League final as Peter Wright takes on Michael van Gerwen.

With 28 points, Van Gerwen is all but assured of a play-off spot for the ninth time in ten Premier League appearances, but will be determined to close the gap on Clayton at the top of the table.

Van Gerwen has three weekly titles to his name as well as a further three runner-up spots and notably whitewashed Wright 6-0 in the final of Week Four in Exeter.

Winner of back-to-back European Tour events, MVG looks to transfer that clinical form into his latest show-down with ‘Snakebite’ – who has struggled for consistency in recent times.

The world number one has not picked up a ranking title since being crowned World Champion again in January and his only Premier League triumph this season came on the opening night in Cardiff.

Wright is holding on to fourth spot but could face a nervy final run-in over the coming weeks if he fails to pick up points in South Yorkshire.

The fourth Quarter-Final sees reigning champion and league leader Clayton take on ProTour man of the moment – Michael Smith.

Clayton has dominated proceedings in recent weeks, winning two of the last three available titles to take his tally to four and has not suffered a Quarter-Final defeat in his last seven outings.

The Ferret is now six points clear at the top of the table and odds-on to win the league phase as he bids to become only the third player to successfully retain the Premier League crown.

Smith remains the only player of the eight yet to win a weekly title, but current form suggests this may represent Bully Boy’s best chance of joining the party.

The world number four secured back-to-back Players Championship titles on Tuesday and Wednesday, landing a nine-darter along the way as well as numerous ton-plus averages.

He starts the evening eight points adrift of the top four and with a mountain to climb, but will be full of confidence as he looks to pick up from where he left off in Wigan 24 hours ago.

Night 14 of Premier League Darts gets under way from 7pm BST, with all matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs.

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Premier League Darts 2022 Night 14 Schedule of Play

Thursday May 12

Quarter-Finals
Joe Cullen w/o James Wade (Wade withdraws)
7.15pm Gary Anderson v Gerwyn Price
7.45pm Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright
8.15pm Michael Smith v Jonny Clayton

Semi-Finals
8.45pm Joe Cullen v Anderson/Price
9.15pm Van Gerwen/Wright v Smith/Clayton

10pm Final

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James Wade to miss Premier League Darts Night 14 in Sheffield

James Wade has withdrawn from Night 14 of the Premier League in Sheffield on Thursday as he continues his recovery from illness.

Wade spent three nights in hospital in Germany after becoming ill during the European Darts Open in Leverkusen on Sunday evening.

The 39-year-old had felt unwell following his Quarter-Final win over Ryan Searle, and after being attended to by medics in the venue, he was advised to withdraw from the competition.

He was taken to a nearby hospital and underwent a series of tests, having suffered symptoms which included high blood pressure and dizziness.

Wade underwent further tests on Monday and Tuesday before being cleared to return home to the UK on Wednesday.

However, he will not be partaking in Thursday’s Premier League visit to Sheffield – where he was due to face Joe Cullen in the Quarter-Finals.

Under tournament rules, Cullen is awarded a 6-0 win and progresses into the Semi-Finals – where he will face either Gary Anderson or Gerwyn Price.

“I’d like to thank all the medical staff for their care over the past few days and also to all the fans around the world who have sent messages of support,” said Wade.

“Now that I’m home, I’ll be taking time to recover fully before returning to playing when the time is right.”

Wade has picked up two weekly titles in this year’s Premier League so far and sits third in the table.

He had not qualified for this weekend’s Czech Darts Open and it remains unclear as to when ‘The Machine’ will make his return to competitive action.

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Premier League Darts Night 14 – Revised Schedule

Thursday May 12

Quarter-Finals
Joe Cullen w/o James Wade (Wade withdraws)
Gary Anderson v Gerwyn Price
Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright
Michael Smith v Jonny Clayton

Semi-Finals
Joe Cullen v Anderson/Price
Van Gerwen/Wright v Smith/Clayton

Final

Premier League Darts 2022 live stream | How to watch live online

Premier League Darts returns in 2022 for 17 nights of unmissable competition, and a live stream is available for all matches online.

A radical new format for the 2022 Premier League will see each night feature a mini-tournament comprised of Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and a final, with a £10,000 bonus to each night’s winner.

The Premier League will return to being held in arenas across the UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Germany with a bumper £1 million prize fund on offer.

Ranking points will also be awarded from each night – with five to the winner, three to the runner-up and two to the semi-finalists – to form the league table from which the top four players will progress to the Play-Offs.

Across the first 16 nights, players will face each other twice in a Quarter-Final tie to form the draw for 14 nights, with the additional two nights seeing the stars face off again.

Heading up the class of 2022 are the world’s top three box-office stars – Gerwyn Price, World Champion Peter Wright and five-time Premier League winner Michael van Gerwen, as well as reigning champion Jonny Clayton.

Former Premier League winners James Wade and Gary Anderson also make their returns, alongside two-time world finalist Michael Smith and newly-crowned Masters champion Joe Cullen – who is the sole debutant in this year’s field.

The tournament begins in Cardiff on February 3 and culminates in Berlin on June 13. All matches will be available to watch live on laptop, mobile and tablet devices in various regions worldwide.

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Jonny Clayton claims Premier League Darts Night 13 glory in Glasgow

Jonny Clayton clinched his fourth weekly title of the 2022 Premier League campaign with victory over Michael van Gerwen in the final of Night 13 in Glasgow.

Clayton extended his lead at the top of the table with a dominant display at The Hydro, culminating in a 6-3 win over Van Gerwen in the final.

The defending champion also became the first player to mathematically seal qualification for next month’s play-offs in Berlin as he took his tally to 34 points.

Clayton began the night with a 6-2 defeat of James Wade to avenge last week’s final defeat, before silencing the partisan Scottish crowd with a 6-4 success over home hero Gary Anderson in the Semi-Finals.

The first seven legs of the final all went with the throw as Clayton moved into a 4-3 lead, before punishing four costly missed darts at doubles from Van Gerwen in leg eight to break and go two clear.

The Welshman then took out 68 to seal another £10,000 bonus and stretch his lead over MVG at the top of the table to six points.

“It means a lot to see that Q next to my name,” said Clayton. “That was my aim to make the top four.

“I played well tonight and I am really happy with my game.

“I would love to finish top, but the top four is what I wanted to be in. Hopefully I carry on winning games and can finish top.

“Part one is done, but part two is to try and win the Premier League again.”

Van Gerwen’s run to the final saw him edge past Joe Cullen in a deciding leg before repeating the 6-5 scoreline against Michael Smith courtesy of a 104 checkout for a 12-darter in the decider.

Anderson ended a run of six consecutive Quarter-Final defeats by overcoming struggling compatriot Peter Wright 6-2, only to be denied by ‘The Ferret’ despite landing three ton-plus checkouts in their Semi-Final contest.

Smith dealt another below to Gerwyn Price’s fading play-off hopes with a 6-3 triumph but let a 5-4 lead slip in the Last Four against Van Gerwen.

The Premier League heads to Sheffield next Thursday for Night 14 of the competition at the Utilita Arena.

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Premier League Darts Night 13 Results

Thursday May 5

Quarter-Finals
Gary Anderson 6-2 Peter Wright
Jonny Clayton 6-2 James Wade
Michael Smith 6-3 Gerwyn Price
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Joe Cullen

Semi-Finals
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Gary Anderson
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Michael Smith

Final
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Michael van Gerwen