Unibet Premier League Night 16
van Gerwen loses out on Unibet Premier League Play Offs for the first time in his career as the top 4 are decided.
Glen Durrant, Peter Wright, Gary Anderson and Nathan Aspinall will compete in the Unibet Premier League Play-Offs on a night where Michael van Gerwen failed to qualify for the first time.
The opening game of the night saw Gerwyn Price keep alive his hopes of a first Play-Off berth with a convincing 8-3 win over Gary Anderson. A repeat of the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts final saw Price average 107.7 as he took full advantage of a below-par Anderson, who appeared to be struggling throughout.
Michael van Gerwen crashed out of the competition, going down to a crushing 8-2 defeat to already-eliminated Daryl Gurney. Van Gerwen, who has topped the league phase every year since his 2013 debut, will not feature in the Play-Offs for the first time after a disappointing end do a difficult campaign for the world number one.
Heading into the game, Van Gerwen knew he needed at least a point to keep his top four hopes alive, but Gurney showed no mercy as he raced into a 6-0 lead. Van Gerwen was made to pay for his 11 missed double attempts and was unable to find anywhere near his best form to mount a comeback.
Gurney’s win over Van Gerwen meant Peter Wright was already assured of his place in the top four, but the World Champion ended his season with an 8-5 win over Michael Smith. After Wright took a 7-2 lead, Smith won three successive legs but any hopes of a comeback were quashed by Wright, who will feature in the Play-Offs for the first time since 2017.
Nathan Aspinall produced a scintillating display to qualify for the top 4 on his debut, an 8-2 win over the league winner, high scoring and incredible finishing including a 170 was a feature of his display, he now faces World Champion Peter Wright in the Semi Finals. Anderson faces Durrant from the O2 on 22nd October
Final Group Stage Fixture
Night 16 Saturday September 5th MK
Gerwyn Price 8-3 Gary Anderson
Daryl Gurney 8-2 Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright 8-5 Michael Smith
Nathan Aspinall 8-2 Glen Durrant
Play Offs Thursday October 22nd O2
Glen Durrant v Gary Anderson
Peter Wright v Nathan Aspinall
Durrant/Anderson v Wright/Aspinall
1 – Glen Durrant 21 (+19)
2 – Peter Wright 20 (+18)
3 – Nathan Aspinall 19 (+11)
4 – Gary Anderson 19 (+6)
5 – Gerwyn Price 17 (+15)
6 – Michael van Gerwen 17 (-4)
7 – Michael Smith 13 (-7)
8 – Daryl Gurney 11 (-15)
9 – Rob Cross 5 (-14) E