Night 12 of the Premier League Darts Reviewed and Night 13 in Preview

PremierLeagueDartsNight12ReviewandNight13Preview

May2,2018

LastThursdaywewonderedifthefivegamesinthePremierLeagueDartsfromtheManchesterArenawouldfinalisehowtheplayoffswilllookandwhowillbeeliminated。

Wellinshort,theresultsthatnighthavecertainlygivenusagreaterindicationofwhowillbeinvolvedintheplayoffs,andmoretothepoint,whowon’tbe,butnothingiscertainforallplayersjustyet。

ThereasonforthatwassomesurpriseresultsinManchesterwhichmeanthatthosetopfourplayoffberthsarenot100%securejustyetanditmeansthatthereisstillsomethingonofferformostplayersasweheadintoNight13inBirminghamthisweek。

Let’snowtakealookathowtheresultspannedoutlastweekinManchester。

Night12Results

PeterWright1-7MichaelSmith

AnyhopesPeterWrighthadofhisstunningwinoverMichaelvanGerwenlastweekbeingthestartofsomerenewedforminthetournament,evenifitwasalittlelate,endedinManchesterwithMichaelSmithonceagainthumpingtheScotbya7-1scoreline。

Smithbeganquicklytakinga4-0leadasonceagainWrightwiltedunderabarrageof180sandton-plusfinishes。

Wrightpulledonebackinthefifth,butSmithwasinnomoodtoslouchandranoffthreelegsinarowtosecureathumpingwinandsecondplaceinthetable。

DarylGurney6-6MichaelvanGerwen

Thiswasacrackingencounterwhichebbedandflowed,withvanGerwentakinganinitial3-1leadbeforeGurneybouncedbacktotiethegameupat3-3andthenagainat5-5asGurneymissedjustthreedartsatadoubleintheentirematch。

TheIrishmanthenclaimedapointwhenhewent6-5infrontagainsttheDutchman,butvanGerwenheldhiscomposurewellinthefinallegtodenyGurneyavitaltwopointsandendhisrunoftwosuccessivedefeats。

AwininhisfinalgameagainstSmithonthenightwouldnowconfirmvanGerwenintheplayoffs,whileGurneyneedshelpfromotherplayerstoremaininwithachance。

SimonWhitlock7-5GaryAnderson

DarylGurneywillbebuyingSimonWhitlockabeerortwoaftertheAussiestunnedthecrowdinManchestertodefeattheoutofsortsGaryAnderson7-5inanencounterthatneverreallycaughtfire。

AndersonstruggledtomatchtheformheshowedinHollandlastweekandhewasmadetopaybythetenaciousAussiewhograbbedcontrolofthegamebytakinga6-4lead。

Andersonbrokebackthoughtomakeit6-5buttheAussiethenbroketheScotinthefinalgametotakeamemorablewinwhichleavesAndersonstilljustshortofconfirmingaplayoffspot。

RaymondvanBarneveld6-6RobCross

RobCrossalsomissedoutonthechancetosecureaplayoffspotashewasheldinanentertaining6-6drawwithDutchmanRaymondvanBarneveld。

Crossbeganwelltakinga3-1leadinthegame,butBarneybattledbacktolevelat5-5andthentheDutchmankepthisfainthopesoftheplayoffsalivebywinningthe11thlegtomove6-5infront。

HoweverCrossclaimedthe12thlegtograbapointandendBarney’shopesofmakingtheplayoffsthisyear。

MichaelSmith1-7MichaelvanGerwen

MichaelSmith’shoodoowithMichaelvanGerwencontinuesastheDutchmanranoutaverycomfortablewinnerinthelastgameofthenight。

TheDutchmanwonallofthefirstsixmatchestosecureapointbeforeSmithevenmanagedtogetalegontheboard,butitwasalltoolittletoolateasvanGerwenwontheeighthlegtosecureanotherbigwinandtoensurehewillbeintheplayoffs。

NowhewillwanttoclaimtopspotnextweekagainstRobCross。

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The*indicatesplayersthatareeliminatedfromtheplayoffs。