Premier League Report – Week 15
The First Direct Arena, Leeds was the venue as the Premier League entered it’s final round of the league phase. It looked all set for another night of huge darting drama with four players vying for the two remaining places which would take them to finals night in the O2, London on the 23rd May.
Gerwyn Price was the first of those four still able to qualify and his opponent, Peter Wright had endured a difficult campaign. The Ice Man walked on to a chorus of boos knowing that realistically only a win would give him any hope of reaching the play offs. Snakebite’s form had been extremely unpredicatble and despite his first throw of the night being a maximum Price quickly raced into a 2-0 lead. Wright pulled it level but then the Welshman took control and never looked like losing the contest registering a 142 checkout and five 180s on his way to a comprehensive 8-3 victory.
Averages: Price (98.58), Wright (95.61)
Having seen Price win and leapfrog him in the table, Daryl Gurney knew he had to follow suit against Michael Smith. The opening five legs all went with throw seeing Gurney with a narrow 3-2 lead but after the break came in leg six Superchin sezied control and it was one way traffic. The man from Derry pulled clear winning five of the next six legs to wrap up an 8-3 win and end Gerwyn Price’s hopes of reaching the play offs. Gurney knew if MvG won just four legs he was on his way to the O2.
Averages: Gurney (101.8), Smith (100.66)
For Mensur the maths was simple, beat van Gerwen! If this wasn’t a difficult task already then it was virtually impossible when The Green Machine raced into a commanding 5-0 lead and in doing so ensured Gurney qualified. Suljovic knew victory and defeat for Wade would still put him in the top four and began a brave fight back to narrow the deficit to 6-4 but MvG once again took control and got over the line 8-5 ending The Gentle’s hopes of winning the Premier League.
Averages: van Gerwen (97.73), Suljovic (96.5)
Michael van Gerwen’s victory had ensured Wade had reached the O2 but also meant only a win for Rob Cross would see him take top spot.
As Wade and Cross made their way to the oche they knew whatever the result they would once againmeet in next weeks semi final play off. In a tight contest the first nine legs all went with throw until The Machine finally made the break in leg ten to go 6-4 ahead. The Voltage quickly broke back to reduce Wade’s lead to 6-5 but couldn’t hold and we saw the match go from a succession of holds to five continuous breaks and an 8-6 victory for Wade. Defeat for Cross meant for the seventh consecutive year MvG impressively ended the campaign topping the table.
Averages: Wade (94.4), Cross (92.39)