Premier League Darts 2021: Nathan Aspinall too good for Michael van Gerwen while Jonny Clayton in the top four | Darts News
Nathan Aspinall beat Michael van Gerwen to take first place from the Dutchman as the Premier League Darts welcomed fans for the first time in over a year.
17 days after Night 12, when the second phase of the competition kicked off in an empty Marshall Arena, more than 600 fans were in attendance for the first of five consecutive nights of action that will culminate in this year’s champion being crowned.
The title was the runner-up and second Aspinall last year against a resurgent Van Gerwen, who had won three games to gain the upper hand in the final round of matches. But it was largely one-sided as The crowded Asp clinched an 8-3 victory over the five-time champion who took it ahead at the expense of Van Gerwen.
Jose De Sousa beat Dimitri Van den Bergh to get the Belgian out of the top four, where Jonny Clayton entered the play-offs thanks to an 8-1 beating from Gary Anderson.
Milton Keynes has progressed admirably during the pandemic, hosting 43 of the 101 sessions to be played behind closed doors, so it was fitting that the first walk-ons, 180s, and great finishes were cheered at the rafters of the Marshall Arena.
The race for the top four takes center stage with crowds in attendance throughout the week, and ticket sales for the final two nights are already approaching 1,000 as the Premier League welcomes its first crowd since March in Liverpool over a year ago.
Premier League Darts: Monday results
|Jonny Clayton 8-1 Gary Anderson|
|Jose De Sousa 8-6 Dimitri Van den Bergh|
|Nathan Aspinall 8-3 Michael van Gerwen|
|James Wade 4-8 Peter Wright|
Inspired Aspinall takes first place from Van Gerwen
An inspired Nathan Aspinall continued their attempt to outperform second place last year with an 8-3 victory Michael van gerwen this took him to the top of the Premier League table.
The pair are among the most popular players on the tour. When Mr. Brightside of the Killers performed and fans joined the smile on Aspinall’s face, he was there for everyone to see – and it wasn’t surprising to see him roar out the door.
With the crowd on his side, Aspinall won the first set with a brilliant 120, broke the Dutchman in the next and consolidated again with a chic 75 for a 3-0 lead in the blink of an eye.
Van Gerwen stopped the rot, but Aspinall kept pushing, a second 120 in five-legged darts took him to a 4-1 lead, and when Van Gerwen – who missed the playoffs for the first time in his career last year – missed two double darts on it, it was 5-1 for the Stockport man.
Back-to-back triple-digit finishes of 122 and 110 from Van Gerwen brought him a touching distance to 5-3 – but he didn’t come close as Aspinall initially stopped the recovery with a 13-dart, a got a point with a 14 – dart leg, then took the win with another 13 dart leg.
The size of the victory was enough for Aspinall to return to first place and let Van Gerwen look up, and spoil a return to the inconsistency of the first phase of the competition.
Van den Bergh’s slide continues after De Sousa’s defeat
José De Sousa and Dimitri Van den Bergh started the night in the play-offs – but it was the Portuguese debutant rather than his Belgian teammate who started the last three laps in the top four places.
An 8-6 win over his teammate saw Portugal’s Man O’Scores take second place and extended his unbeaten five games – in fact, he has lost just one of his last 10 games.
De Sousa won the first meeting between the two on the fifth night and started well to open a 4-1 advantage against a struggling Van den Bergh, who struggled to find his lineup.
When the Portuguese missed two darts for a 5-1 lead and Van den Bergh managed to draw within two, it looked like The Dreammaker could be on the return track.
However, they split the next four to leave De Sousa two-legged off the winning post and he got his first point punishing three missed darts from the Belgian at double 18.
Van den Bergh refused to curl up and when De Sousa missed a bullseye dart for a 164 finish that would have given him the win, the Belgian was within one. However, it was as good as a 15-dart leg ensured maximum return for De Sousa, who is enjoying an unforgettable start.
Premier League Darts: Tuesday fixtures
|James Wade vs. Nathan Aspinall|
|Jonny Clayton vs. Jose De Sousa|
|Gary Anderson vs. Michael van Gerwen|
|Peter Wright vs. Dimitri Van den Bergh|
Premier League Live Darts
May 25, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
Ferret on fire blows past Anderson
Gary Anderson and Jonny clayton had the honor of becoming the first players to be greeted on the Milton Keynes stage, but it was Clayton who came away with his four best prospects after an 8-1 victory.
The ferret has thrived behind closed doors, winning the World Cup, Masters and a few Pro Tour titles as the PDC adjusted to the coronavirus pandemic – and the crowd’s return did nothing to stem its spectacular shape.
The pair shared six highs and the two averaged over 100, but the finish was the difference as Clayton hit eight of his 14 darts to a double and Anderson only pinned one of his eight – admittedly five. of these double darts were for great finishes.
After the first two innings were split – Anderson pulling a pair of 180s on his way to claim the first leg, much to the crowd’s delight – Clayton pulled out five in a row to take a 6-1 lead.
And he got his point when he pinned the target for a superb 124 finish after Anderson narrowly missed the decay stop with what would have been a pair of rooftop bullseyes.
Anderson missed a chance to grab a rematch when he missed a double-top dart after Clayton got lost in the wrong bed, but he was back after the Scots failed to secure a big win and a great improvement in his leg difference.
Wonderful Wright denies Wade
Peter Wright ended James Wade’s playoff hopes with an impressive 8-4 victory over the 2009 Premier League champion in the evening’s final.
The Scotsman failed to make a top-four finish thanks to his struggles a fortnight ago, but returned to winning ways in front of a Milton Keynes-loving crowd to register his first win since Night Eight .
Wade got off to a flying start, opening his account with an 11-dart en route to establishing a 2-0 lead, but Wright responded superbly, deflecting four straight legs – with two 11 darts of his own – to take Control.
The formidable standard continued as Wade stopped the rot with a 12-dart catch, but the crux came in Leg 10, with Wright leading 5-4.
“ The Machine ” looked set to level up to five, but Snakebite restored his two-legged buffer with a kill of 103 and it broke Wade’s resistance, as Wright won the next two legs for win with an average of 98.68.
The 2021 Premier League continues this week, with four more nights of action culminating with the Play-Offs on Friday, May 28. Watch all the action live on Sky Sports.