Wade claims first win of 2021 Premier League Darts campaign with dominant display against Van Gerwen | Dartsnews.com

Wade claims first win of 2021 Premier League Darts campaign with dominant display against Van Gerwen

James Wade has had some brilliant tussles with Michael van Gerwen over the years and has got off the mark in this year's Premier League Darts with victory over the Green Machine.

Wade has not been at his best this week but was dominant against Van Gerwen winning 7-3 with a 95 average, three ton plus checkouts and 7/13 on the doubles to deny Mighty Mike the chance to go top.

Wade produced a brilliant start to the tie hitting a 120 checkout to take the opening leg and headed into a 2-1 lead from there after Van Gerwen missed double 16 for a 74 checkout to break throw.

He consolidated that hold with a break at 3-1 but only after Van Gerwen missed two at double 20 to level hitting his trusty double 10 despite missing an initial opportunity at 120.

'The Machine' missed the bull for a 132 checkout but once again return for double 10 to move three ahead at 4-1 after Van Gerwen missed more darts to break back.

It could have been 5-1 with Wade missing bull for a 161 checkout and Van Gerwen hit 110 on double 16 to keep it interesting at 4-2.

But this didn't faze Wade who returned for a 121 checkout using T20, T7, D20 to go 5-2 up with a hold and towards at least a point.

Van Gerwen held himself with a 94 checkout but a 135 checkout secured Wade at least a point and he surged to the win from there.

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